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

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RATINGS: 287   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Dark brown with minimal foam. Aroma is dry bitter chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Taste is roasted malt and baking chocolate. Almost bitter. A little smokey with a long finish. Good beer but the flavor is more on the bitter side than I expected.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
peponi (1646) - Hannover, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2017
Aroma: roasted dark malts, pumpernickel, chocolate. Appearance: jet black and creamy head. Taste: pumpernickel, roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, low herbal bitterness, smooth, warming alcohol. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Really good Old Ale, it tastes like a combination of a doppelbock and a london porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2781) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
Bruine, bijna zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt koffie, chocolade, stroop. Smaakt zoetig, drop, stroop, vettig, ziltig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chap95 (166) - - DEC 11, 2016
Bardzo ciemne z kremową, przeciętną pianą. W aromacie poza klasyczną czekoladą i wiśnią jest sporo słodowości, pumpernikiel, karmel, trochę skórki od chleba. Umiarkowanie słodkie z zaznaczoną goryczką, w smaku dominuje gorzka czekolada i pumpernikiel. Alkohol rozgrzewający, ale dopiero po znacznym ogrzaniu się piwa. Jest treściwe, dość oleiste, ale pełni mogłoby być odrobinę więcej.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LRonCupboard (50) - ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle from vineyard, Belfast. Pours pretty black with good size creamy coffee beige/brown head - lasting. Chocolate, malty aroma with licorice and some coffee. Full soft body, soft carbonation, some sweetness. Chocolate, coffee, dark malt, some peat and slightly medicinal on tasting. Good length finish with subtle bitterness. Well balanced and pretty drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jagienka (405) - Łask, POLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Butelka. Barwa ciemno brunatna, nie przejrzyste. Piana ciemno be?owa, drobna, ma?a, szybko opada. Aromat s?odkowodne, palony. W smaku s?odkiawe, kawowe. Goryczka palona na poziomie ?rednim ku niskiej. Piwo nisko nasycone, olejiste. Piwo lekko rozgrzewa w prze?yku.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sdg (162) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2016
Black color, quickly dissipating light brown head; Malty aroma, roasted malt, chocolate & caramel; taste is sweet, followed by a light bitterness; full body, very smooth and oily texture, average carbonation. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hansvf (790) - - DEC 27, 2016
Mooi zwart. Ruikt een beetje metalig of medicinaal. Goed dik, en aparte smaak. Hoestdrank? Gerookt? Vettig? Ziltig Sowieso. Veel drop ook. Niet heel lekker vind ik, wel iets nieuws.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (746) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle @ home, aged 1,5 year. Pours black with a beige head. Nose has licorice, chocolate, raisins, molasses, dark bread, toffee. Medium to big body and smooth quite oily texture. Medium duration. Taste of licorice, chocolate, molasses, toffee, mamalde. Clear licorice and some ash and plums plus alcohol in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (2539) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
Donker bruin bier met een kleine beige schuim kraag. Ruikt geroosterd, zoet, koffie, ham, gerookt. Smaakt ziltig, drop, laurier, gerookt, geroosterd.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5840) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Super chocolaty, this is a nice beer, less thick than I anticipated but certainly thick enough. Delicious.


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