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

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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doghair (286) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4587) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, fruit, some vanilla.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, coffee, some spices, alcohol, some liquorice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arsol (750) - NORWAY - MAY 23, 2015
Svart farge med beige skum. Lukter av svisker, alkohol. Smaker sødme og noe kaffe. Svakt bitter avslutning.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vighals (1816) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2015
Svart med to fingre høyt lys brunt skum. Lukter ikke så mye men det er kaffe, mørke frukter og lakris der. Noe salt og bitter i avsluttningen.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Opaque black beer with a rich and lasting beige/brownish head. Roasted chocolate and coffee aroma, vanilla, cocoa, fruity notes, peat, some soot. Roasted coffee flavor, peat, fruity, dark chocolate, spicy notes, caramel, cocoa powder, some raisins. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2030) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2015
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av choklad, humle, karamell, malt, bröd, rostade toner, kaffe, lakrits, tobak, björnbär, blåbär och torkad mörk frukt. Fruktig,torr, lagom sötma, fina smaker, välbalanserad med fin beska med smak av bitter mörk choklad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (1930) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2015
Scent of chocolate and dark malt. The taste is slightly fruity, sweet, dark malt and chocolate. Fairly heavy bitterness to fill the mouth for a long time. A little bitter but otherwise it goes to drink. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rommelreno (40) - - MAY 9, 2015
Espuma escura e abundante, aroma de terra com marcas de azeitona. Gosto segue aroma com notas de cacau em retrogosto. Excelente porter!!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (397) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2015
Lots of roasty malts, treacle, cocoa bitterness. Some earthy and grassy notes. Oily but not too viscous to limit drinkability. Really elegant brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1211) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2015
330ml bottle. Pitch black body with a minor tan head. Burnt malt, nuts, soy, liquorice, herbs, earthy notes, wood, tobacco and minerals.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (298) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2015
Pours pitch black with a one finger high, beigebrown head.

Nose: Caramel malt, roasted malt, fudge, cream, nuts, milk chocolate, rye bread and coffee.
Taste: Soft, silky taste of coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark bread, hops, tobacco and dark berries.
Body: Full, complex yet smooth body with medium carbonation. A little bit of bitterness. Dry ending. This is excellent!

Beatiful, dark, smooth, oily taste and yet so drinkable! I love this beer!


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