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


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RATINGS: 167   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.

17thfloor's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Delicious. Malty chocolate milk. Light fruity esters and touch of hops, alcohol is completely hidden, light carbonation, milky, bit of hops in the finish, chocolate and light caramel, not getting the coffee much, just a tad. Very yum, but maybe too milky. Like the slight vinous aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (685) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dexcansino (453) - Andalucía, SPAIN - SEP 12, 2014
Esto sí que es un cervezon. Dulce, especiada, tostada, chocolate, café. Riquísima. Mejor disfrutarla no muy fria.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2428) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (190) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (963) - 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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1693) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2615) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Bottled. Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and coffee notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry with bitter notes and alcohol. Medium bodied, oily to creamy texture and soft carbonation. Very nice Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (322) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Opaque black with a beige head. Initial aroma is lactose followed by chocolate and some wood smoke. Taste is bittersweet. Oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6593) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2014
Dark brown coloured and with an off-white head. Roasted sweet aroma, slightly burnt sugars too. Flavor starts sweet, more roasted notes, finish moderate bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (2370) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks zvikar. Pours black with tan head. A little smoky, chocolate and wood aroma, smoky, lingering phenolic taste, mildly bitter and wooden. A little rubbery texture, no carbonation, oily, long and a little roasty finish. Amazing.

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