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


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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
(bottle, 33cl) Deep black colour with a brown and small foamy head. Molassy and moderately roasty malty aroma with notes of dark chocolate, nougat, liquorice and a whiff of grassy hops in the background. Moderately sweet and mildly roasty bitter flavour, quite full bodied with an almost oily mouthfeel. Dark and roasty malt-character with notes of molasses and a distinctively nutty touch (nougat), accompanied by chocolate and liquorice; sweet and heavily malty finish with roasty accents but also some hoppy notes shining through; chocolatey, roasty and molassy aftertaste. Quite complex brew. 29.V.14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2364) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle from Glug, Newcastle. This inky black beer pours with no head. It has very rich chocolate and rich liquorice flavours, red cherry notes and a slight tart fruity and leather-roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cernjoh (136) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Poured from bottle about a year old. Appearance is like old engine oil with a small tan head that vanishes rapidly. Taste is dark fruits molases and some smoke. Palate is very good. Overall ex excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (7881) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, alkoholisch, dunkle Früchte. Geschmack röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, alkoholisch brennend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radzik5555 (368) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAY 20, 2014
Butelka 0.33L. Czarne, gęste, nalewa się faktycznie jak olej silnikowy. Piana ładna, zwarta, ciemnobeżowa z jaśniejszym i gęstym kożuchem na wierzchu. Trwała z bardzo ładnym lacingiem. Aromat: ciemne pieczywo, lukrecja, kawa, czekolada, likier kawowy, suszona śliwka, dojrzałe wiśnie, wiśnie w czekoladzie i likierze. alkohol bardzo dobrze ułożony, nie czuć nut bimbrowych a jedynie lekko słodki aromat od alkoholu przywodzący na myśl likier. Jak na takie ABV to bardzo dobrze. Smak: w smaku nieco inaczej niż w aromacie, alkohol zdecydowanie wyczuwalny, potęgujący sporą ziołową goryczkę. Jest paloność ale już nie tak intensywna jak w aromacie. Są smaki tostowe i wiśniowe ale coałość nie tak fajnie ułożona, zdecydowanie bardziej płaskie i alkoholowe. Jak na porter to za bardzo chmielone i goryczkowe. Odczucie: dużo ciała, pełne, gęste oleiste, z wysyceniem poniżej średniego. W aromacie podobnie a nawet lepiej niż wersja podstawowa, jednak smak jak dla mnie nie zbalansowany, alkohol i spora chmielowa goryczka przykrywająca większość smaków i drażniąca. Może powinno poleżeć z rok i się wygładzić, zaokrąglić bo jest szorstkie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4263) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle many thx to Beersiveknown cons 2014-05-01 Göteborg AR: rosted malt, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla coffey, liqurice AP: opal black, frothy/stouthy steady dark brown head F: thick fluid, heavy roasted malt, dry, sweet liqurice, dark bitter chocolate, home brewed coffey

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
Has a small hint of KanJang or cough medicine. Burnt taste and creamy texture with a sharp aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
McWorta (608) - LUXEMBOURG - APR 18, 2014
Lovely creamy lasting tan head with a really dark brown/black colour. Splendid laces! On the nose aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted white bread hints of locquorice, some light spicyness complement it. Pretty complex. A light velvet touch with slick/oily texture after a brief soft fizz. Full bodied with coffee-chocolate and roasted flavours complemented with some grass and fruityness topped by a light spicy aftertaste on the palate. Lightly sweet with bitterness of the chocolate/coffee flavours. Harmonicaly balanced and offering a pleasant lasting finish to indulge for a long time!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
junon (420) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 3, 2014
Almost amazing...falls short in aroma. Seems to be a theme going with these dark beers. Good balanced flavour from start to finish. If only they could pack some nose into this fucker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimsRatings (420) - - MAR 18, 2014
From 11.2 oz bottle. Pours as black as a Harviestoun Oil stout should be. Tan head that faded slowly. Malt and molasses aroma with a touch-o-chocolate. Taste features chocolate and burnt *something*, but a good burnt something. $7 for a bottle, but I will be getting more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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