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

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RATINGS: 176   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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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (1064) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a black color with a slight head. The aroma is espresso and the taste is rich coffee and chocolate and black licorice. The bitterness rolls around my palate

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3543) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of licorice and leather. Falvors of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla with lots of roasty notes. Somewhat boozy but immensely satisfying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (641) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
On draught at apex- pours pitch black with small head. Nose of roasted malt - not strong at all. Taste is of mild roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1118) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
330 Ml bottle Black with hints of ruby. Thin light tan collar. Nose is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, orange, tar, tobacco, and burnt tires. All in some nice harmony. Really wonderful smell that glands together well. Taste is rich and decedent. Lots of fruit cake notes with vegemite, tar, burnt tires, dark chocolate and coffee. Simple beer made very well. Would grab again and again

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndresTM (319) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 26, 2014
Sometimes, it just takes a whiff of a really good brew for you to remember why you love beer. Well, goddammit, this is one such case. Chocolate with raisins and fruitcake battle tar, coffee, ashes, and soil for preeminence, while some significant alcohol prickles the nostrils (in a good way). Caramel, soy sauce, ginger cookies, and molasses show up toward the end. What a nose. The pour is black, with a beige head that dissipates into a ring of foam. The mouthfeel is silky but solid, viscous but gentle, with gentle but sustained carbonation. Absolutely perfect. The taste is moderately bitter, with lots of malty sweetness and some earthy hops. It is tarry and slightly soy-saucy. Very substantial, with a lingering aftertaste of roasted grain and molasses. Christ on a cracker, this is beer done well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3197) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose and taste are thick, sweet, roasted chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15855) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
8th October 2014
Opaque dark brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Palate is smooth and lightly dry. Mild fine carbonation. Good malts, flavoursome but not heavy. Mild chocolate and mild dark fruits and dried fruits. Trace of orange. Light semi dry finish. Nicely joined up and drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoaquimLuiz (25) - - OCT 9, 2014
Coloração negra, densa. Creme bege, denso, duradouro. Aroma de torrefação muito evidente com chocolate amargo. Viscosidade evidente, corpo médio, álcool bem perceptível, torrefação e chocolate no sabor, com sensação de sal. Retrogosto persistente da torrefação e a sensação salgada. Boa cerveja, potente, mas com discreto desequilíbrio do álcool.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Another that blurs the line between old ale, Scottish ale, imperial porter and imperial stout. Looks like the latter. Smell of charred malt, chocolate Malt balls, a hint of coffee and molasses. Taste has those attributes and a heavy dose of dark fruit that mingles quite nicely with everything else. Bittersweet finish and super smooth. Reminds me of a few foreign stouts like lion or st Ambrose."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (1030) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 14, 2014
Couleur noire, légère mousse beige qui disparait. Nez de malt grillé, café assez doux et fruits noirs, notes d’alcool, touche pas commune de tourbe, air marin, fut de whisky. Super gout de malt d’orge un peu grillé, café, chocolat, note reglisse et fruits noirs, bien ronde en bouche, légère et intense a la fois. Toute une histoire!


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