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


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RATINGS: 302   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2351) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Black pour with a thin, oily caramel brown head. Aroma heavily of roast, smoke, chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt sugar, earth, iodine, spice, a hint of old dry wood and some spicy hops. Flavor is big roast, some sweet dark caramel, lots of chocolate, roasted nuts, hazelnut, hints of earth tobacco and licorice, earthy and spicy hops, fallen leaves and coffee. Medium to heavy body with a feel that is somewhere between, sticky, slick, creamy, dry and oily, it’s an interesting mouthfeel with a light, blanketing carbonation. Very impressive beer overall, the flavor and mouthfeel really sell it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LomYst (869) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2017
zwart gebrande mout, as, gebrand hout? goed bitter en dan zoet... assige bittere afdronk.. agressief en lekker

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CH-303 (2155) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (895) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mclaren14 (283) - £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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlisle (680) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (7449) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2017
Thnx to Ben. Pours black , small white head. Smell Is intense, roasted malts. Bit sweet. Taste is very intense, roasted malts, chocolaty, very distant bitterness. Lovely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2017
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small cream head. Aroma of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, peat, and molasses. Flavor of roasted grain, peppers, coffee, raisins, oak, chocolate, and nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EugeneStraver (222) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
20170304 Home; 33 cl Bottle, BB MAR 2017. A dark red-brown clear beer with a good brown foam layer. Aroma of dark malt, dark chocolate, mocca. The aroma and taste is also light peated. For the rest in the taste roasted malt, chocolate and nuts. A sweet full body with a malty bitterness like coffee. Also stcky and dry bitter in the aftertaste. Alcoholic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mindwarp (269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2017 Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and a bit of dark chocolate. Taste follows the nose but is also creamy. Is this a black ale or a stout don’t know don’t care this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (5217) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2017 33 cl. bottle. Nearly jet with a creamy disc of foam. Smoky-sweet aroma of espresso, bacon, molasses, oats and dark chocolate. Flavor is a blend of bacon, raisin, charred oak, blackberry and caramel. Medium-heavy body is smooth and a little bit sticky with low-medium fizz and an acidic, drying blackberry finish.

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