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

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arcanor (184) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2016
330ml bottle best before 2017-03. Pour pitch black with some reddish reflections, nice thick white foam that diminish to some clouds and a ring that leaves some lacing. Aroma of chocolat malt, roasted oats and brown sugar. Better when it warmup. Nice spicy roasted malt taste, the alcohol blend nicely with the bitterness, chocolat and the brown sugar. Full body and medium carbonation for the style, oily and creamy. Long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (859) - POLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Piękna beżowa piana, obfita, gęsta i trwała. Barwa ciemno brązowa, prawie czarna, nieprzejrzysta. W nieco mało intensywnym aromacie oczywiście króluje słodowość - karmel, pumpernikiel, czekolada, kawa zbożowa, zioła... W smaku podobnie, półsłodko, ciemne słody dominują, jest treściwie, kremowo i gęsto w odczuciu. Spora chmielowa goryczka, ziołowo palona, tytoniowe i likierowe posmaki, lekko rozgrzewające w przełyku. Wysycenie niskie, gładkie, oleiste.
Bardzo konkretny Old Ale, trafnie nazwany Blackest Ale - potężne ciało, takaż sama goryczka i paloność, a jednak gładki, aksamitny na języku. Jeszcze więcej pysznego Old Engine Oil w tej samej pojemności! Klasa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PiwnyMarek (842) - Lomza, POLAND - AUG 15, 2016
Świetne piwo. Aromat fajny, choć mało intensywny. Wygląd spoko. Natomiast smak to największa recz w tym piwie. Nic tylko się delektować.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3937) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Jakze zbudowane jest to Ale. Smolisto czarne, wyglada jak zuzyty olej silnikowy:) czarne oliwki i lukrecja w smaku, slodowe i zlozone, lekko alkoholowe, ale to szlachetne rozgrzewajace i cieple wrazenia. Piana mogla by byc nieco trwalsza i wieksza. Bardzo dobrze zbudowane piwo. W ustach pozostawia lepkosc rozgrzewajaco gorzkawa koncowke. Klasa

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Werckmeister (2055) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 28, 2016
0,33l bottle at home. BB 03/2017. almost black color, small dark coffee-colored head. smells of spices, licorice, some charcoal, bitter chocolate, earthy, light sweetness, light dark fruity notes. good smell. full body, light carbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel, tastes earthy, spices, licorice, tastes a bit light struck, light medical, lightly sweet, has a stinging unpleasant bitterness, especially towards the finish, that does not work for me, also a bit salty, some alcohol. finishes rather bitter / salty with notes of licorice, earthy notes and spices. I have great memories of the regular version, but I did not like this one, rather unpleasant finish, rather alcoholic and also taste is not overly special. was expecting a lot more.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (224) - Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Mild aroma and flavor which is deceiving when considering the ABV. Beautiful black appearance with slight head which dissipates quickly...I failed to note if there was lacing or a lack of it. I did catch a hint of licorice though it is not prominent...it’s really mild in flavor...a bit sweet with chocolate and coffee but not bitter at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rafael52 (879) - Łódź, POLAND - JUL 14, 2016
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, klarowny.
Piana: średnio obfita, robnopęcherzykowa, w miarę trwała.
Zapach: sporo aromatów słodowych, ciemnego pieczywa, karmelu, melanoidyn, ciemnych owoców, śliwek, wiśni, delikatny alkohol.
Smak: spora pełnia słodowa, sporo nut ciemnego pieczywa, karmelu, nut opiekanych, melanoidyn, trochę czekolady, goryczka w kierunku niskiej.
Wysycenie: średnie, trochę w kierunku wysokiej.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (1763) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 9, 2016
Rami Rami is drinking an Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve by Harviestoun Brewery Jest czekolada, kawa, chmiele... Popiolowosc... Jest tez jakis dziwny a la podwedzany smrodek w tle. B Niezle, ale tez zawod, tylko b niezle:(

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2016
Dark brown color. Coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate.. tobacco? Sweet malt with chocolate and a bitter taste. Something in the taste is a bit off. Off taste stays in the back of the mouth and ruins the finish for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekboniek (487) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Butelka. Barwa czarna niemalże nieprzejrzysta. Piany brak. Aromat intensywny, palony, chmielony, kawowy oraz czekoladowy. Dodatkowo wyczuwalne ciemne owoce. Smak mocno chmielony, palony oraz oznaczający się dużą ilością kawy i czekolady. Kawa wysokiej jakości, esencja. Piwo jest wytrawne. Bardzo gładkie, lepkie, treściwe. Alkohol przyjemnie rozgrzewa. Niezła pijalność. Po wypiciu Ola Dubh 16 można rozpoznać, ze podstawą bazy do wersja BA był Engineer’s Reserve.


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