Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve

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

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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (1204) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Caught somewhere between an old ale and an imperial stout, Special Reserve offers up a huge swath of toffee and malt, yet couples it with a black-as-night roastiness, deep veins of bakers chocolate and coffee offsetting the sweetness. Candied black cherries round out the middle, and the finish has a pine-floral bitterness that meshes well with the lingering java notes. No trace of the 9% ABV. Deep chocolate-toffee aroma is almost visible, and the oily black pour seems both foreboding and decadent. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djcampbell (99) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12, 2017
Velmi zajímavá zkušenost,na kterou se jen tak nezapomene. Skvělá chuť černého piva s whiskey.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (1468) - Bled/SF, - MAY 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2017 Pours oily black, opaque with tan light brown head. Aroma of roasted grain, dark malts, dark fruit esters, burnt sugar, floral, grassy hop profile. Flavour follows aroma with intensity of roasted grain, malts with notes of caramel, toaSted toffee, chocolate, coffee, nutella, burnt sugar, supported with grassy, floral, slightly spicy hop profile & dark fruit esters. Dry finish, medium body, smooth texture, moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2414) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2017
330mL bottle from Bucket Boys. BB 07/2018 Pitch black, pours slowly & thick (like old engine oil :D ). Tan head is small but holds. Aroma alludes blackness - blackened crust, burnt nuts, roast coffee & bitter chocolate, touch of orange, earthy hop. Thick, lingering, oily, somewhat dense texture. Makes no qualms about being a potent brew yet not particularly boozy, rather dry overall. Rather sweet upfront - burnt sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, burnt nuts - sort of stout like without being acrid - some dried & citrus fruit character on a long bitter finish. Lovely potent black brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rychuku (68) - POLAND - APR 27, 2017
Blackest beer I’ve ever seen. Very fine, brown, long-lasting head. Genius aroma of chocolate cherry, very intense, very pleasant. In the taste the intense, full, dark chocolate takes over everything. Low, correct carbonation. Mostly chocolate, roasted coffe. Bitterish finish. Very peculiar beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LomYst (879) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2017
zwart gebrande mout, as, gebrand hout? goed bitter en dan zoet... assige bittere afdronk.. agressief en lekker

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CH-303 (2175) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 29, 2017
Appearance: Very dark brown, tiny dark tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, dark chocolate, roasted. Sweet?
Taste: Dark malt, slightly roasted, dark chocolate. Some sweetness. Warming. Very enjoyable.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 330 ml, £4.79
Info: 22/3-2017, BB: 31/7-2018

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (913) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2017
Well this is nice! Very dark with a slight head. Aroma of roasted malts and dark toffee. Dark fruits coming through too. Body is thick and oily but enough of a kick to make it interesting in the mouth. Taste has nicely roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, dark fruit again, some chilli like burn from the alcohol. Something a bit vegetal at the end.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mclaren14 (299) - £ód¼, POLAND - MAR 16, 2017
Aromat: z butelki mocno słodowo, głównie ciemne słody z karmelem, do tego nuty prażonego słonecznika i alkoholowe przypominające Porto, ze szkła bardziej słodko, melasa, potem Porto i trochę beczkowego drewna, Wygląd: barwa ciemnobrązowa do czarnej, nieprzejrzyste, piana kawowa, drobnopęcherzykowa, średniotrwała, opadając zostawia taki sobie lacing Smak: słodka kawa, mocno palona i czekoladowa z dodatkiem świetnie ułożonego alkoholu, lekko wodniste, na finiszu gorzka czekolada, goryczka na średnim poziomie, szlachetna choć delikatnie czuć ją pomiędzy kolejnymi łykami Podniebienie: pełne, niskie nagazowanie, daje wrażenie gęstości, wyklejające, bardzo pijalne Podsumowanie: lekka wodnistość w smaku trochę zaskakuje, choć na pewno czyni to piwo bardzo pijalnym pomimo dosyć wysokiej goryczki, genialny aromat

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlisle (702) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with minimal tan head. Nose of roasted malt with some grass and toffee. Smokey, toasty malt upfront followed by some chocolate notes. Full mouthfeel. Long finish. No overwhelming alcohol presence, which is surprising given the 9% ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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