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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The intensely flavoured but incredibly smooth Engineer’s Reserve is our fabulous Old Engine Oil brewed up to 9% ABV. Three hop varieties - grassy Fuggles, spicy East Kent Goldings and fruity Galena - are combined with roast barley providing a slightly burnt, toasted coffee character. Enjoy a bottle after dinner and take time to savour the earthy, hop fruity flavours of this spectacularly dark, rich beer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (1983) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2015
Scent of chocolate and dark malt. The taste is slightly fruity, sweet, dark malt and chocolate. Fairly heavy bitterness to fill the mouth for a long time. A little bitter but otherwise it goes to drink. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rommelreno (46) - - MAY 9, 2015
Espuma escura e abundante, aroma de terra com marcas de azeitona. Gosto segue aroma com notas de cacau em retrogosto. Excelente porter!!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (428) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2015
Lots of roasty malts, treacle, cocoa bitterness. Some earthy and grassy notes. Oily but not too viscous to limit drinkability. Really elegant brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1277) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2015
330ml bottle. Pitch black body with a minor tan head. Burnt malt, nuts, soy, liquorice, herbs, earthy notes, wood, tobacco and minerals.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (331) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2015
Pours pitch black with a one finger high, beigebrown head.

Nose: Caramel malt, roasted malt, fudge, cream, nuts, milk chocolate, rye bread and coffee.
Taste: Soft, silky taste of coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark bread, hops, tobacco and dark berries.
Body: Full, complex yet smooth body with medium carbonation. A little bit of bitterness. Dry ending. This is excellent!

Beatiful, dark, smooth, oily taste and yet so drinkable! I love this beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (3411) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2015
Flaske delt med Ovesen på Cardinal etter Espen Lothe og hans Kinn-øl: Svart og viskøs. Lysebrunt skum. Superb aroma av kaffe, mørk sjokolade de luxe og eik. Smaken er enda lekrere, og den suverene avslutningen bare bvarer og varer. Hadde bare alt blodfortynnende smakt som dette.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (1747) - NORWAY - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle shared with JMD at Cardinal 04.05.15 - after Mi2. Almost black. Pale brown head. Very fine aroma of dark coffee, roasted malt and roastes oak. Similar, and absolutely superb taste. Still surprisingly good drinkability.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20935) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Very dark brown, small head. Licorice and coffee up front. Mid sweet with medium-full body and soft mouthfeel. Licorice and leather couch, some tobacco. Harmonious and soft with mild peat and lightly warming finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1364) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
(Bottle). Ordinary aroma of roasted malt and chocolate but the taste is heavy, however, and as the name suggests, thick and oily. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt and chocolate but there is a prominent hop bitterness in the finish. A little liquorice and burnt tones is also noticeable in the finish. No direct clear taste of alcohol despite 9% ABV. But I am not directly impressed by this beer, it tastes good but it does not impress me!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2015
Elegant, beautifully integrated old ale. A sweet treat. Has an after-dinner feel to it - cigars, chocolate, women in evening gowns. There’s none of that in my life, so this will have to do. Soft aroma of dark malts, powdered chocolate, white pepper and toffee. The aroma is a bit underwhelming, but it’s a different story in the mouth. God, this is smooth. Milky coffee, brown sugar, licorice root. Hint of blackberry sweetness/acidity and Goldings spice really perk this up. I could drink a lot of this. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars)


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