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


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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2436) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2022) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (1923) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rommelreno (39) - - 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!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (396) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1208) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (294) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (3265) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2015
Flaske delt med Ovesen på Cardinal etter Espen Lothe og hans Kinn-øl: Svart og viskøs. Lysebrunt skum. Superb aroma av kaffe, mørk sjokolade de luxe og eik. Smaken er enda lekrere, og den suverene avslutningen bare bvarer og varer. Hadde bare alt blodfortynnende smakt som dette.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (1644) - NORWAY - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle shared with JMD at Cardinal 04.05.15 - after Mi2. Almost black. Pale brown head. Very fine aroma of dark coffee, roasted malt and roastes oak. Similar, and absolutely superb taste. Still surprisingly good drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20669) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Very dark brown, small head. Licorice and coffee up front. Mid sweet with medium-full body and soft mouthfeel. Licorice and leather couch, some tobacco. Harmonious and soft with mild peat and lightly warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1361) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
(Bottle). Ordinary aroma of roasted malt and chocolate but the taste is heavy, however, and as the name suggests, thick and oily. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt and chocolate but there is a prominent hop bitterness in the finish. A little liquorice and burnt tones is also noticeable in the finish. No direct clear taste of alcohol despite 9% ABV. But I am not directly impressed by this beer, it tastes good but it does not impress me!

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