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

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common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The intensely flavoured but incredibly smooth Engineerís 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2308) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2016
330ml bottle from Saveur Biere. Black-brown colour, beige foam head leaving lacing and aroma of caramel, roast, chocolate, malt, coffee. Taste is sweet malty, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, raisins, chocolate & coffee, liquorice, with booze and tangy bittermess. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry and some residual sweetness at the finish. Nicely drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7414) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2016
330. Pours a thick and viscous matte black with a dense and creamy tan head that goes away pretty quickly. Big roasty dark nose--cola nuts, walnuts, black bread, some bittersweet baking chocolate. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Walnuts, cola nuts, roasty earthy malts, bittersweet baking chocolate on the mid palate. Earthy dry finish. Nice one for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (456) - Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and licorice. Similar taste. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnokk (433) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2016
APPEARANCE- lives up to itís name. thoroughly dark, head is absent. NOSE- slightly sweet with deep/dark fruity (perhaps fig or black cherry) scent. FLAVOR- surprisingly light in flavor and thin! Sweet in the beginning of the sip, and a little bitter at the back end. Deep fruity flavor, black fig perhaps, NOTES- excellent beer. Always trust the ENGINEER!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darbeer75 (357) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Aroma: lots of roasty coffee with some underlying vanilla; Appearance: pitch black with off white head that is fairly thin; Taste: rich and roasty with additional coffee flavors; Palate: lighter body than expected; long, sweet, slightly burnt finish; Overall: delicious; would definitely buy again.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ebone1988 (1185) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is booze, malty, bready, chocolate, pretty much like the other one but with more booze. Appearance is dark dark brown, barely a head, but light tan, poured relatively thin. Taste is malt, booze, bread, roasted malt, maybe chocolate? Not much happening here. Mouthfeel is medium body, nearly flat, roasted malt aftertaste. Overall, the regular is better and that says nothing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a light black, pretty thin with a lack of much head or lace. The aroma is really woody. There is a sweet oak and a good bit of roasty booze. There is a bit of dark fruit and a strong bitter roast. Itís a little boozy and not as complex as the standard beer. Iím not sure how I feel about this. The flavor is not that good. Thereís a wet roasted malt and a light chocolate. Itís body less with hardly anything happening. Fuck. The mouth feel is thin and watery with no carbonation. This just falls off the tongue and makes me a little angry that Iím drinking it. God damnit.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfhennig (276) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2016
This is one of those really special beers. Tons of aromas and flavor. It was a bit thinner than expected, but awfully good. IMHO, itís the best Porter Iíve had and one of the best beers, period. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6746) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Black pour with a thin light tan head. Interesting English bready/toffee/raisiny/cocoa-ish nose. Big roasty and raisin-sweet flavor with a black malt and cocoa sweetness underneath. British ale yeast finish with a bit of booze, roast, and raisin.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (747) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and coffee.

Overall:
This beer is really complex and has a lot of depth. It could have been more intense, but tastes really authentic.


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