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


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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westy84 (7) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2012
bottle. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma: Coffee and roasted malts. Slight hop nose. Tastes lightly sweet with coffee and burnt toast along with slight bitter chocolate. Decent carbonation.

Idiosynkrasie (7967) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2017
330ml bottle. Jet black colour with average, thick, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Rich, roasty, dark malty and dark fruity, hoppy aroma, notes of blueberry, blackberry, hints of plum and cherry, notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, some coffee and liquorice. Taste slightly dry, is roasty dark malty with some residual, chocolately malty sweetness, dark fruity hoppy and minimally alcoholic, notes of milk chocolate and dark chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, a touch of plum and cherry; full body, smooth and soft palate. Superbly balanced, rich and simultaneously rather easy drinkable

TBone (18223) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2017
Bottled 330ml (Gonzo, BB 07/2018)
Opaque colour, good creamy brownish head and lace. Toasted malty aroma with dark chocolate. Quite dry, even dry hayish. Medium-bodied. Toasted malty, chocolaty, a bit lactic even. Milk stoutish. Interesting variation of the classic.

GuideDogSaint (1752) - Xiamen, CHINA - OCT 31, 2017
330ml bottle at the House of Belgium, Xiamen. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roast malt with chocolate and coffee. Can't taste the alcohol. Bitter finish.

Stefano (2034) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2017
Black coloured beer with a medium to huge beige head. Aroma is roasted malt with some coffee and leather notes. Flavor is toasted malt with some licorice, coffee and chocolate notes. Medium to heavy palate. Love this one.

Moebbels (817) - FINLAND - OCT 2, 2017
A thick, viscous pitch black beer with no foam on top. Deep malty aroma with sweet chokolate, coffee, caramel, roasted barley and syrup. Sweet taste with chokolate on the upfront and a roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Low carbonation and rich palate. Extremely nice, nuanced and well balanced dark beer.

douglas88 (9629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2017 12 ounce bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a small white head. A big roasty chocolate nose. Huge smoky malts, sweet, licorice, sweet chocolate. Very good.

GreenCat (170) - SLOVENIA - SEP 6, 2017
0,33 l bottle. Pours almost black with small brown head. Aroma is malty, coffee, chocolate, light dried fruit, quite but not annoyingly roasty and smokey, very light alcohol. Body is medium sweet, medium bitter. Body is full, texture oily, almost thick, carbonation light. Finish is quite long, starts malty and slowly goes to bitter dark chocolate with dark roasted coffee finish.

mike_77 (7089) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2017
Black with dark creamy head. Aroma and flavour do indeed have some chocolatey notes. Furthermore it’s malty, rich and sweet. Smooth, oily texture.

wekker84 (2390) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
Bottle a black colored beer without a head aroma malts chocolate coffee spicy caramel dried fruits and oak flavor malts spicy caramel dried fruits coffee chocolate spicy and hops

ciocanelu (2951) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUN 8, 2017
Almost black color with brownish head. Aroma has dark roasted malt, a bit of umami and a hint of smoke. Taste follows, roasty, a bit briney, light ham notes. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Quite tasty and smooth overall.

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