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


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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Delicious. Malty chocolate milk. Light fruity esters and touch of hops, alcohol is completely hidden, light carbonation, milky, bit of hops in the finish, chocolate and light caramel, not getting the coffee much, just a tad. Very yum, but maybe too milky. Like the slight vinous aroma.

Mprather5 (11) - - AUG 2, 2017
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mike_77 (6734) - 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 (2597) - 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.

rodsquad (263) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 30, 2017
Bottle from Westhill Service Station. Pours black with a ruby tinge and creamy tan head. Aroma of strong toffee, little vanilla then big roasted notes and boozy dark fruits. Taste advances the boozy fruit with soft creamy chocolate building to a warming alcohol glow. The palate has a soft and glossy feel with a gentle dry sparkle. The creamy sensations coupled with the warming boozy tones are absolutely top drawer. A fantastic beer from Harviestoun.

erikaraeb (256) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Very, very dark with little head. Heavy on the roasted chocolate taste and aroma. Not at all bitter; rather sweet, but pleasantly so.

oobawa (1498) - 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.

djcampbell (260) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12, 2017
Velmi zajímavá zkušenost,na kterou se jen tak nezapomene. Skvělá chuť černého piva s whiskey.

klm1 (1589) - 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.

Muggus69 (2531) - 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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