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

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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2136) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (5036) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2015
330 ml. sampled @ Maldegem tasting. Thanks! Black, little head. Nose is oily, herbal, sugar, thicker faintly umami malts,… Taste is herbal, sweet sugar, oily, malty, lightly umami, thin chocolate, light coffee & spices. Med. tad umami body. Good but not exemplary.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (2804) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle at home. Black beer with a rcreamy brownish head.Chocolate and coffee, vanilla aroma.Coffee, chocolate, caramell flavour. A really nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4595) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, fruit, some vanilla.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, coffee, some spices, alcohol, some liquorice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arsol (750) - NORWAY - MAY 23, 2015
Svart farge med beige skum. Lukter av svisker, alkohol. Smaker sødme og noe kaffe. Svakt bitter avslutning.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vighals (1816) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2015
Svart med to fingre høyt lys brunt skum. Lukter ikke så mye men det er kaffe, mørke frukter og lakris der. Noe salt og bitter i avsluttningen.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Opaque black beer with a rich and lasting beige/brownish head. Roasted chocolate and coffee aroma, vanilla, cocoa, fruity notes, peat, some soot. Roasted coffee flavor, peat, fruity, dark chocolate, spicy notes, caramel, cocoa powder, some raisins. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2033) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (1931) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rommelreno (40) - - 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!!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (399) - 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.


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