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

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RATINGS: 144   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (6415) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle 330ml @ John Bull Pub, Aalborg
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate, alcohol and a slightly hint of metal. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Pours a two finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Mellow chocolate nose and flavor is malty chocolate. Finish is bitter chocolate. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Marlboro, MA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Draft. Blackish beer with a light brown head. Rich malt and earth aroma. Malt and light caramel/toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Malt and light caramel/toffee lingers with light earth. Very smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doghair (242) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Dark brown with minimal foam. Aroma is dry bitter chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Taste is roasted malt and baking chocolate. Almost bitter. A little smokey with a long finish. Good beer but the flavor is more on the bitter side than I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2013
Bottlen @ Y.N.W.A Beershop, Kolding. Pours black with a small creamy head and lacings. Nose is roasted malts. Coffee, chocolate and fruit. Malty roasted flavor. Slick, smooth and really soft. Coffee, fruit and mild ashes. Dry roasted finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Looks like Guinness so 5 on the appearance, duh! Mellow raosty malt aroma. Woody, roasted, sweet malty flavor, hiding the alcohol with prose. A drh stout with balls? Damn the fuggles, kent goldings and shit, but its good, very fi.w.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (9835) - DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle, 9%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, medium sweet, coffee, hop, liquorice and medium bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Nice creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, lactose sugar, coffee, licorice and hops. Nice and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamP01 (515) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Pours a rich black with a thin brown head. Aroma is of sweet chocolate and caramel malt. Taste has a nice sweet roasted chocolate and caramel malt flavor with some roasted espresso bean bitterness. Palate is a full rich slightly viscous body, smooth and slight sticky mouth feel with good mild carbonation. The finish is sweet mildly roasted caramel and chocolate malt with some mild roasted espresso bean bitterness for balance. Overall this is a very good full flavored rich and tasty brew, enjoyed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a thick black with a thin, espresso-like head of khaki foam. The aroma has nots of tobacco, raisins, plum, and earth. Taste is rich molasses and dried fruits, and tobacco again. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Nice stuff.


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