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

bottled
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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 (2196) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2775) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle at small tasting at home. APPEARANCE: black beer, little head. NOSE: very sugary, sweet, herbs. TASTE: malty, sweet, bit burned.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (533) - ITALY - JUL 12, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours dark reddish brown, almost black with thin head. Aroma is roasted malts, light soy sauce, dark fruits. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate, light vanilla, some fruits again. Thick oily mouthfeel, full body, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alberti92 (159) - - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head which disappears quickly. Carbonation is low with a medium, viscous body. Aroma is malt forward with lots of roasted nuts, subtle coffee, mild Vegemite earthy hops and lots of booze. The front pallet is all about sweetness, with slight molasses and caramel. Lots of coffee bitterness takes over the back palate with a nice warming hit of alcohol as it travels down the throat. Great beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (590) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2015
Pours opaque black with a light brown head which largely remains. Aroma is roast, malt, figs and burnt sugar. Taste is coffee, roast malts, slight molasses and a hint of raisins.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3600) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2015
Small tan head dark brown pour aromas chocolate cocoa liquorice dark fruit date raisins flavours malt chocolate rich cocoa raisins caramel toffee vanilla grassy note coffee bean taste roast notes such a good ale balanced tastes the finish strong dark tastes hops malts excellent stuff

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (497) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2015
330ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a tan, creamy head. Toasted and creamy aromas, fudge, nuts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, roasted malt. Mild carbonated, full body, oily and sweet-sticky mouthfeel. The taste is sweet and roasted, tobacco, milk chocolate, coffee with cream, marshmallow, vanilla. Long finish with complex flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4121) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty smell with allot of roasted aromas, coffee and dark chocolate. Similar roasted taste with burned toast. The roasted aromas is on the edge of being too much, there are some ink aromas. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Noticeable ABV but not so bad. Long roasted bitterness. In the end I like it .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (474) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2015
Sweet aroma with roasted malts, coffee grouse and a hint of licorice. Taste is really robust, with a mid-dry and ful aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15064) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais. Black beer lasting tan head. Very good dark chocolate flavour. Smooth. Can’t taste the abv. Lovely chocolate finish. Good strong dark chocolate beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SVD (892) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2015
Sample at Tuesday Tasting at De Molen. Black beer, roasted coffee, chocolate aroma, Taste is the same, some bitterness, ok


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