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

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RATINGS: 267   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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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Black pour with a thin, oily caramel brown head. Aroma heavily of roast, smoke, chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt sugar, earth, iodine, spice, a hint of old dry wood and some spicy hops. Flavor is big roast, some sweet dark caramel, lots of chocolate, roasted nuts, hazelnut, hints of earth tobacco and licorice, earthy and spicy hops, fallen leaves and coffee. Medium to heavy body with a feel that is somewhere between, sticky, slick, creamy, dry and oily, it’s an interesting mouthfeel with a light, blanketing carbonation. Very impressive beer overall, the flavor and mouthfeel really sell it for me.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Werckmeister (1908) - 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 (209) - 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 (845) - 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 (1661) - 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 (402) - 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 (468) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2400) - 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 (7490) - 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 (538) - 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 (447) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2016
APPEARANCE- lives up to it’s 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!


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