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

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RATINGS: 277   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darbeer75 (628) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Aroma: lots of roasty coffee with some underlying vanilla; Appearance: pitch black with off white head that is fairly thin; Taste: rich and roasty with additional coffee flavors; Palate: lighter body than expected; long, sweet, slightly burnt finish; Overall: delicious; would definitely buy again.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ebone1988 (1473) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is booze, malty, bready, chocolate, pretty much like the other one but with more booze. Appearance is dark dark brown, barely a head, but light tan, poured relatively thin. Taste is malt, booze, bread, roasted malt, maybe chocolate? Not much happening here. Mouthfeel is medium body, nearly flat, roasted malt aftertaste. Overall, the regular is better and that says nothing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a light black, pretty thin with a lack of much head or lace. The aroma is really woody. There is a sweet oak and a good bit of roasty booze. There is a bit of dark fruit and a strong bitter roast. It’s a little boozy and not as complex as the standard beer. I’m not sure how I feel about this. The flavor is not that good. There’s a wet roasted malt and a light chocolate. It’s body less with hardly anything happening. Fuck. The mouth feel is thin and watery with no carbonation. This just falls off the tongue and makes me a little angry that I’m drinking it. God damnit.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfhennig (282) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2016
This is one of those really special beers. Tons of aromas and flavor. It was a bit thinner than expected, but awfully good. IMHO, it’s the best Porter I’ve had and one of the best beers, period. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (7847) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Black pour with a thin light tan head. Interesting English bready/toffee/raisiny/cocoa-ish nose. Big roasty and raisin-sweet flavor with a black malt and cocoa sweetness underneath. British ale yeast finish with a bit of booze, roast, and raisin.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1098) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and coffee.

Overall:
This beer is really complex and has a lot of depth. It could have been more intense, but tastes really authentic.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFF (165) - - APR 28, 2016
Légers arômes de torréfaction, réglisse rouge, vanille. Mousse inexistante. Robe noire opaque. En bouche, très bien balancé, torréfaction mais sans pour autant goûter brûler, un peu de vanille. Bien liquoreux.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (452) - USA - MAR 10, 2016
Pouring a deep coffee bean brown, the garnet highlights glint with the lights in the room angling just right through the glass. The head is thick and chocolaty, a soft foam a finger deep atop the rich liquid. - As I bring the glass closer, the roasted malts tease my olfactory senses with a robust aroma of dark roast coffee, baking chocolate and leather, the combination growing more complex as the beer warms in the snifter. - The glass tipped; a first sip. The flavor is ash and coffee with the first taste, and I let the cool brew flow over the tip of my tongue into the warm, tender places underneath it. There is a tantalizing burn on the inside of my lips, under my tongue; the alcohol apparent but not overwhelming. The body is heavy, but not nearly as viscous as I was expecting, considering the comment on the bottle. Thick it is, however, and quite creamy once I get my mind past that bit of burn that seems to impart a more lively texture. - Allowing this to warm a bit in the glass, the flavor blossoms with dark chocolate cherries, and my lips become sticky with each quaff. The brew thickens with the warmth of the room and becomes more of what I had anticipated; the leather, ash, coffee and fruity chocolate coalescing to deliver a delicious and palette pleasing beer. - My experience with the original was excellent, but I must admit, this Engineer’s Reserve has delivered in full. I’ll enjoy this superior brew anytime!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1621) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2016
Bought this from Top of the Hops in Kilmarnock and sampled on the 7th February 2016. Poured into a chalice glass, dull black in colour with a thick buff head. Aroma is slightly malty with light overtones of sweet black treacle. Thick creamy mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt complex delivers a rich treacle cake base with notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and mocha coffee. There is a slight hop prickle in the short aftertaste but this fades rather fast. Finish is malty and smooth with rich cacao, treacle fudge sweetness fading to liquorice dryness. One of the best permutations of Old Engine Oil in the Harviestoun portfolio.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tekstr1der (423) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Wow, this is good. Dark black pour with nearly zero head. Smells of vanilla, cocoa, and lots of roast. Flavor has lots of sweet chocolate and smooth malt up front with a slight bitter from the ton of roast kicking in at the finish, and lingering a bit. Very smooth, very tasty


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