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

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (16) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2014
Pours almost black with a pretty fast disappearing medium head. Aroma: roasted malts clearly dominate, followed by chocolate and earthy characters. Taste: roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Presence of hops. Warming, pleasant aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body, clear, with a small fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is richly malty with a heavy tobacco note and a minimal alcohol note. The flavor is heavily malty as well, lots of burnt caramel and some rich dark fruits. Minimal alcohol, even at 9%. Nice lingering finish. Medium bodied with just a hint of clinginess and a bit of warmth on the finish. Interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Pours opaque black with a beige to brown head, aroma of chocolate, wood, bourbon, woody smokiness, dried fruits, brandy, flavor of dark chocolate, wood, dark bread, dried fruits, coffee, medium bodied, nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Handypaul (185) - - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a brown frothy head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter in a light to medium body that’s oily in texture. Flavors of caramel, licorice and molasses. aroma of molasses and sweet malts. A bit too much alcohol is present.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (525) - SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Rich chocolate mocha nose. Huge deep glossy tan light brown head. Some initial fizz before a dark dry earthy firmness takes over. Incredibly dry. Long coating lashings of aftertaste . Glossyblack in colour. Tar in the nose. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5614) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks zvikar. Black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, some dark fruits and mild smokiness. Sweetish flavor with chocolate, roast, a smoky hint, some fruitiness and a drier finish with some earthy bitterness. Chewy thick mouthfeel. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8389) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2088) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cernjoh (93) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (6773) - 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.


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