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Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 218   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westy84 (7) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2012
bottle. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma: Coffee and roasted malts. Slight hop nose. Tastes lightly sweet with coffee and burnt toast along with slight bitter chocolate. Decent carbonation.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3562) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2015
Small tan head dark brown pour aromas chocolate cocoa liquorice dark fruit date raisins flavours malt chocolate rich cocoa raisins caramel toffee vanilla grassy note coffee bean taste roast notes such a good ale balanced tastes the finish strong dark tastes hops malts excellent stuff

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (354) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2015
330ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a tan, creamy head. Toasted and creamy aromas, fudge, nuts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, roasted malt. Mild carbonated, full body, oily and sweet-sticky mouthfeel. The taste is sweet and roasted, tobacco, milk chocolate, coffee with cream, marshmallow, vanilla. Long finish with complex flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4008) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty smell with allot of roasted aromas, coffee and dark chocolate. Similar roasted taste with burned toast. The roasted aromas is on the edge of being too much, there are some ink aromas. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Noticeable ABV but not so bad. Long roasted bitterness. In the end I like it .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (446) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2015
Sweet aroma with roasted malts, coffee grouse and a hint of licorice. Taste is really robust, with a mid-dry and ful aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14980) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais. Black beer lasting tan head. Very good dark chocolate flavour. Smooth. Can’t taste the abv. Lovely chocolate finish. Good strong dark chocolate beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SVD (845) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2015
Sample at Tuesday Tasting at De Molen. Black beer, roasted coffee, chocolate aroma, Taste is the same, some bitterness, ok

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6480) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2015
Sample at the last Molen monthly tasting. Thin ring tan head. Clear black pour. Bitterness and sweetness well balanced. Nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (6833) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle shared at the De Molen monthly tasting. Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, toffee, dark fruits, light burnt notes, caramel and light earthy hops. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (856) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2015
Kol svart med ett kraftigt brunt skum. Doft: Smörkola, rostade nötter, sot, rostat, malt, lakrits, lite skog/frukt/humle, alkohol. Smak: Kola, frukt soda, rostat, kaffe, kakao, gräddkola, alkohol, lakrits, bränt socker, brända mandlar.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (4246) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 020615. black as licorice and twice as tasty. Not much of a head but a big powerful aroma of dark malt, licorice and molasses. big full boied beer with a great big flavour. Better than the original.


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