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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (18 year old) (Cask)

Harviestoun Ola Dubh (18 year old) (Cask)
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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Cask; Special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (3134) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2014
On tap at Archive Beer Boutique 040114. Thick as syrup and black as night this beer reeks of goodness. A meal in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (238) - - JUN 5, 2014
Incredibly smooth for the strength - this beer has aged VERY well. Liquorice up the nose, rich, Christmas cake on the tongue. A delightful, delicious, dark beer. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (4103) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2014
Cask at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured an opaque dark mahogany with a thin off-white head and some broken lace. The aroma is rich roasted malt, red berry fruit, yeast and boozy alcohol. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a smooth creamy malt fruit alcoholic liqourice bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. So much going on here. Loads of flavour and although the alcohol is there, it’s far from taking over. A superb ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (280) - - FEB 7, 2014
Opaque, good lacing. Full body, dense flavor mass, avg length. Sourish, sweet, bitter in balance with each other, pronounced alcohol heat. Dried fruit (cherries, grapes), not clear to me the whiskey cask influence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14074) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2013
at the bat... Deep black... Creamy tan head... Soft deep meaty roast.. Light whisky nose... Big whisky front... Juicy dark roast malts... Solid rosst malts... Little chocolate... Big boozy ehisky but blended in... Very soft

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (7775) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2013
One-third pint taster, draught at London Craft beer Festival. Inviting appearance with its pitch black body and a low, light brown head that laced well. Mid-sweet dark malty nose, hints of anise and chocolate. Likable confectionery taste character supported by a dry, whisky touch. Lingering roasted finish. Well bodied, warming and balanced. Perfect sipper (London 16.08.2013).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2013
Draft at LCBF. Pours black with no head at all. First time on cask in the UK. Aroma is liquorice, coffee and roast. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Remarkably easy to drink for 11%. Medium body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Osprey87 (1405) - WALES - AUG 16, 2013
LCBF. So the rep says, this is the first time this has been on cask in the UK, but the previous ratings suggest otherwise! Black, no head at all. Medium body. Some liquorice and liquer in the smell and flavour, but I’m mostly getting mature cheese (in a very good way). I imagine that this stuff pairs up fantastically with good quality cheese.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Draft at Red’s. 11% ABV version. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and light brown with good retention and lacing. Smelled of roasty malt, anise, dark chocolate, and cocoa. There were also whiffs of raisin, blueberry, and subdued soy. Full bodied and dry. Lowish carbonation with a surprising tart note. Distinct woodiness with unripe dark fruit, cocoa, and burnt malt flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6044) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2011
(Cask, by gravity, at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov 2010) Black colour with foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, dark bread and subtle hints of oak wood and whisky. Roasted, malty taste with chocolate, coffee, dark bread, oak wood and a slightly spicy finish with hints of whisky. Almost full body, sweetish. Exceptionally well balanced for its abv, and as usual with these beers the oak wood is subtly integrated with the rest. Lovely stuff.

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