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

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RATINGS: 171   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
Had at Glunz Global Beer Expo XIX. Poured black with a tan head that dissipates to nothing. Had aromas of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. A strong roastiness comes through on the tongue. Was very sweet as well, and had a decent amount of bitterness on the end. Medium bodied beer, and left a strong dark chocolate aftertaste. Very good.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2850) - 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 (15309) - , 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 (23) - - 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 (5975) - 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 (862) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dexcansino (463) - Andalucía, SPAIN - SEP 12, 2014
Esto sí que es un cervezon. Dulce, especiada, tostada, chocolate, café. Riquísima. Mejor disfrutarla no muy fria.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2472) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle, 12C. Black with a good coat of tan head that lasts well. Intensely plummy aroma with molasses, mocha, spices. Heavy, lowish carbonation. Very rich. A little boozy. Little dark figgy plums, a bit porty, mocha, treacle; grassy and spicy drying bitterness kicks in pretty early - lifts the sweetness away but it’s a bit soon. A little astringent at the end. Smells very fine and there are lots of good things happening, but the flavours don’t have the room to move that they do in normal Old Engine Oil and it’s a mite over-hopped for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (215) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Pours pitch black with a slight head that laces and retains less than normal. Light nose of chocolate, roast and dark fruit (dates, figs, raisins) with a touch of coffee over a light rich malt sweetness. Medium bodied with a very slick, approaching creamy, texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The excellent flavor profile is quite complex yet balanced. Alcohol is noticed on the first sip, but then becomes well hidden. It begins with a rush of dark chocolate sweetness and roast over a light coffee background, then the dark fruit flavors predominate the middle. The finish is a slow fade of the flavor profile where the spicy hops become evident and leaves a nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1032) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Blackberry, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, must, minerals, and bread. Pours a deep opaque oily black with a thin bubbly tan head that disappears within seconds leaving no lacing. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, rye, caramel, and bread. No idea how they hid that 9%.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1797) - WALES - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle, a couple of months old. This was hard to come by, finally tracked it down. Thick black pour, forms a very small ring of head. Aroma is strong - chocolate, marmite, earth, yeasty. Body is medium, pretty smooth, slightly foamy. Up front the taste is malty, a bit sharp, smokey, bit of copper pipe. Softens up a little bit over time to become more chocolatey and smooth.


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