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

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RATINGS: 193   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20606) - 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 (1361) - 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)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5911) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget Black with a small, beige head. Salty and sweetish toasted aroma. Thick and oily. Sweet, dark toffee and salty liquorice in the flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (2560) - SWEDEN - APR 17, 2015
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of molasses, leather, german sausage. Taste is sweet and smoked with a bitter coffee finish. Body is rich and smooth with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (489) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 9, 2015
Pours black and I first thought without any foam but it does show up after several seconds. Small and tannish, near zero lacing. Big roasted malt nose with some coffee and chocolate, leans towards the bitter side vs sweet side. Dark chocolate and that hugeness of roasted malt I mentioned in the smell dominate. Good coffee notes and hop bitterness from the UK hops. Very smooth mouthfeel. Big brother to the regular Old Engine Oil and just as enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3164) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English imperial porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bork (411) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bold and boasty, with a heavily roasted, almost burnt nose and a highly complex taste with notes of coffee and chocolate. Slightly alcoholic near the end, but not so that it is disturbing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1433) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Pitch black with a medium off-white head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Quite sweet with nice bitter tones. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, hops and spices. A very tasty dark brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5721) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
10/I/15 - 33cl bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a (export to US version of the label) (2015-33) Thanks to teorn88 for the trade!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit greenish, malty, charcoal, cocoa nibs, coffee, very roasted. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: roasted, bit of caramel, sourish, coffee, something "greenish", hoppy. Aftertaste: green coffee beans, bit metallic, sourish, very roasted, burnt malts, earthy, green hops, some dark chocolate, pretty hoppy finish.


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