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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (21 Year Old)

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
undercurrent25 (1782) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Pours a black colour. Taste is whisky like with some wood and vanilla. Not quite as good as the 18 year old but still a way above average beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3630) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Rich, soapy foam. Chocolate covered cherries, great whiskey character. Sweet, smooth. A little more body than 16y/o. Tobacco and peaty smoke. Lovely, tasty, subtle. Not as interesting as the 12y/o in the end though.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4432) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Pours opaque sable with a thick and rather persistent tan head. Aroma tempts with strong roast malt, molasses, chocolate, smoky, whisky-soaked wood, and earthy tones. Flavor delivers not quite as much as the aroma, but still pleases - and now the vanilla snippet finally comes forth. Mouthfeel presents firm, viscous body and strong fizz. Worth seeking.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2400) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a tan head..Nose is chocolate, spice, roast, bourbon, oak, musty...Taste is musty, spice, oak, chocolate, dry oak

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Nice sipper as expected - leather and tobacco, light smoke booze fruit and chocolate notes. I like all of the Ola Dubhs with this One somewhere in the middle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanfl (441) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - JAN 17, 2016
Black body, barly any head. In this version the wood barrel is the main aroma, vanilla, caramel, slightly peaty and smoky. Flavours of caramel, wood, vanilla, fusel alcohol, smoky and peaty. Medium woody finish. Oily body, low carbo. Better than the 18yr but I still prefer the 12yr. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20064) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
26th November 2015
Scopey 10K Celebrations in deepest Croydonia. Thanks to Matteo. Almost opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, a little dry. Mild carbonation. Bitterish dark malts with equally bitterish dark chocolate. Tangy dark fruits. Some cream sweetness provides relief. Some sherry soaked fruits. Dry finish. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (1559) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at The Halloween tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Taste at Beerville Bar with our small tasting group.Bro Vlada, Bro Alberto and Bro Matt.Bottle from the Great British festival.Pour it dark color with small white head.Aroma of dark red fruits and vanilla.Taste light pleasent start of whiskey, after smokey, finish kick of alcohol,nice and pleasent.Ok balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
330 ml bottle shared with crew. Pours an orange tinted black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is chocolate, salt, peat and smoke. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, peat, salt, oldish, wood. Finish is salty, smoky, peaty. Light to medium body, weak carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Black pour with surprisingly decent one finger brown head. Indistinguishable in appearance from the others sampled at the same time. All had the same basic notes of licorice, tar, tabacco, and leather. This one was significantly smoother and more well rounded than the other ones. Note exactly my idea of an amazing beer, but definitely my favorite of the bunch.


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