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


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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 (2434) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9100) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2015
Bouteille: As black as ink, small & stable tanned; solid sweet-bitter roasty and " leathery" nose, some unexpected chocolatey to nutty traces underneath; solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied, unfortunately not very soft; lingering bitter-sweet chocolatey and toasty finish, some dried fruits in the background. Delicous…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (386) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Appearance is black, with a beige foamy covering. Aroma- fudge, chocolate, vanilla hints, coffee, roast malt. Taste- big coffee, dark chocolate, roast malt, chewy toffee, vanilla, burnt malt, quite a thick mouthfeel. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2087) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Rich black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, & some hops; Flavor of smoky/roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops, caramel and coffee; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3271) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
33cl bottle from Grand Cru, Rimini. It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head. Aroma is cocoa powder, biscuit and licorice root. Taste is medium sweet and lightly roasted with a nice dry finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, really tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eritarka (9) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
330ml bottle as a nightcap after dinner. very roasty but still smooth. long lasting, pleasant aftertaste. highly enjoyable, one to sip by the fire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2232) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a very small head that fades to almost nothing. Aromas are charred wood, nuts, cocoa, and roasted coffee. Tastes like dark roasted coffee, peat smoke, and charred wood. Light chocolate sometimes. Leaves a lingering burnt taste. Medium body. A very nice, smokey old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1291) - PORTUGAL - DEC 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 33cl bottle. Deep dark brown colour with a tan lacing. Dried fruits, coffee, liquorice, dark chocolate, alcohol and wood in the aroma. Soft carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is sweet at start with some notes of coffee and bitter chocolate, a bit fruity and finishing in a long dry bitter complexity. Overall, a very, very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (1163) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a black color with a slight head. The aroma is espresso and the taste is rich coffee and chocolate and black licorice. The bitterness rolls around my palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3731) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of licorice and leather. Falvors of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla with lots of roasty notes. Somewhat boozy but immensely satisfying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (650) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
On draught at apex- pours pitch black with small head. Nose of roasted malt - not strong at all. Taste is of mild roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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