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

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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HourGlass13 (434) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Very thick dark black beer with a nice beige head. Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee aroma, cocoa, some nutty notes. Flavor is roasted coffee, peat, dark chocolate, with some spicy notes, some raisins. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (2415) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2015
Rating nummer 2100. Flaska. Väldigt mörkbrun, nästan svart, öl med ett rikligt smutsvitt skum. Dofter och smaker av choklad, lakrits, brunt socker, rostad malt och frukt. I doften sticker alkoholen lite i näsan. Fyllig kropp, oljig munkänsla. Riktigt bra.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (656) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle, follow up to old engine oil. Black, khaki head faded. Aroma cookies, faint metal, roasted barley. Taste is vanilla, malt, roasted barley, cookies, dark fruit. This is a bit sweet, then dries out. Palate is rich, but not thick. This is super..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (868) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2015
Black color, beige to light brown head. Roasted malt nose, cured meat, coffee, chocolate, licorice. Roasted malt taste, sweet, smoked bacon, chocolate, licorice, hint of alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3590) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2015 330 ml bottle. Pours black with a small but semi-durable head. Thick body with low carbonation. Exceptional, rich dark roasted grain aroma. Light hops and alcohol esters are more evident in the flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (476) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 5, 2015
Poured into a taster showing a black center with thin coffee rims and very sparse coffee brown foam around the edges. The nose shows a lot of chocolate and roasted malts. Very faint notes of ground coffee bean. The palate is thick, oily bodied and moderately carbonated. Dark flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts on the first impression and mid palate. Very faint hints of black cherry also. A nutty finish with a tart coffee bitterness. Quite powerful in flavor I’d recommend this for a slow sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2921) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle from SB. Very dark brown with a tiny tan head. Malty and roasted tones. Malt, coffee, fruit and hops. Full body with a long bitter / smokey finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2906) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle at small tasting at home. APPEARANCE: black beer, little head. NOSE: very sugary, sweet, herbs. TASTE: malty, sweet, bit burned.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (612) - ITALY - JUL 12, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours dark reddish brown, almost black with thin head. Aroma is roasted malts, light soy sauce, dark fruits. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate, light vanilla, some fruits again. Thick oily mouthfeel, full body, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alberti92 (159) - - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head which disappears quickly. Carbonation is low with a medium, viscous body. Aroma is malt forward with lots of roasted nuts, subtle coffee, mild Vegemite earthy hops and lots of booze. The front pallet is all about sweetness, with slight molasses and caramel. Lots of coffee bitterness takes over the back palate with a nice warming hit of alcohol as it travels down the throat. Great beer


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