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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (21 yr old)

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


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle, limited release
Aged in casks that previously held 21 year old Highland Park Whiskey; wooden sweet flavour with bitter chocolate, smoked peat moss and a touch of vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (730) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 21, 2014
Couleur noire, mousse beige qui disparait. Nez boisé de fut de whisky, chêne et café léger, bonne amertume. Gout intense de café léger grillé, chêne et malt, note de figues, et vanille.Un peu huileurse mais bien ronde et légère en bouche malgré l’alcool Super

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8234) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized light brown head that lasts for quite a while and leaves good lacing. Aroma is malts, lightly sweetish, a touch of dark chocolate. Taste malts, some liquor, liquorice, slightly sweet. Medium body, low carbonation. Hmm a but disappointed with this one. Decent beer but I expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4020) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @benzai. Black colour with a small light brown head. Smells liquorice, roasty, sweet. Mostly liquorice. Tastes roasty, chocolate, sweet, hint of bourbon, nice! Medium body, low carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1197) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a small tan head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and very subtle hints of smoke - with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2014
On tap at OEC. Pours near black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted and light chocolate malts, oak and whiskey, some light coffee notes, some caramel sweetness, and light dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of the barrels and the dark beer. Smoother texture. A solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (318) - USA - JUL 19, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter black with a thin head. Aroma is peaty dark fruited & sweetness. Flavor is classic Ola Dubh. Harviestoun is an icon with this brew. Had so many vintages aged in many Highland Park whiskey barrels. This one is classic with the balance of flavors. Laying the 2nd bottle down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cernjoh (126) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Poured from a April 2014 bottle into a snifter. Appearance is black like old motor oil with a small tan head that dissipates rapidly. Taste is dark chocolate, peat, and whiskey. Aroma is similar. Palate is nice and smooth. Overall very good though I assume as with the other Ola Dubh beers this will improve with age. Cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3000) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at home courtesy of the brewery, cheers Ewan!
Dark brown, tan sticky lacing. Coconut and red berries on nose. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Sweet, fruity, vanilla, dry wood, Slightly whisky, malty, warming but not boozy with a long coconut malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TizzleJizzle (621) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2014
American Craft Beer Week! On tap at World of Beer SMU. Poured an opaque black with a razor thin khaki top. Taste mostly of the barrel flavors with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla esters, and roasted malts. Medium carbonation, medium-thick body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3655) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2014
This beer provides the illusion it was aged 21 years but its only a few weeks old. It pours so dark brown you can’t see through it and the alcobolic thin head is deep tan and lasts. The aroma is alcohol, sugar, plum, and roasted malt. The body is thick, flavor dominated by cocoa and alcohol with burning vanilla and alcohol soaked oak. Pretty much a bad joke.

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