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

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RATINGS: 190   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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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2120) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5903) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget Black with a small, beige head. Salty and sweetish toasted aroma. Thick and oily. Sweet, dark toffee and salty liquorice in the flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (2367) - SWEDEN - APR 17, 2015
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of molasses, leather, german sausage. Taste is sweet and smoked with a bitter coffee finish. Body is rich and smooth with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (486) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 9, 2015
Pours black and I first thought without any foam but it does show up after several seconds. Small and tannish, near zero lacing. Big roasted malt nose with some coffee and chocolate, leans towards the bitter side vs sweet side. Dark chocolate and that hugeness of roasted malt I mentioned in the smell dominate. Good coffee notes and hop bitterness from the UK hops. Very smooth mouthfeel. Big brother to the regular Old Engine Oil and just as enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3140) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English imperial porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bork (401) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bold and boasty, with a heavily roasted, almost burnt nose and a highly complex taste with notes of coffee and chocolate. Slightly alcoholic near the end, but not so that it is disturbing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1409) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Pitch black with a medium off-white head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Quite sweet with nice bitter tones. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, hops and spices. A very tasty dark brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5696) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
10/I/15 - 33cl bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a (export to US version of the label) (2015-33) Thanks to teorn88 for the trade!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit greenish, malty, charcoal, cocoa nibs, coffee, very roasted. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: roasted, bit of caramel, sourish, coffee, something "greenish", hoppy. Aftertaste: green coffee beans, bit metallic, sourish, very roasted, burnt malts, earthy, green hops, some dark chocolate, pretty hoppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1789) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 3, 2015
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Dark color with thin brown head. Taste is light sweet, medium bitterness. Aroma is spicy, chocolate, herby, woody.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9162) - 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…

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (463) - 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.


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