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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (21 Year Old)

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


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 17/20
superspak (3000) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
330 ml bottle into snifter; bottle # 05043, bottled in 4/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, peat smoke, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and scotch barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, peat smoke, oak, light dark fruit, light vanilla, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, peat smoke, oak, light dark fruit/vanilla, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of roast/bready malt and scotch barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent old ale style. All around great complexity and balance of roast/bready malt and scotch barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. An interesting note about this vintage is it is much bolder on peat smoke and earthy leather/tobacco notes than the younger scotch vintages. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (287) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
Bière très mince mais proposant beaucoup de saveurs. C’est vraiment très gourmant au nez : chocolat et guimauve dominent clairement la danse. En bouche, la fête sucrée se poursuit mais sans tomber dans l’excès. Le corps très mince limite cependant l’appréciation. L’alcool est absolument indétectable et aide à produire une bière qui se boit vraiment très bien.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1661) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a small beige rim that leaves fair lacing. Nose is of smoke, peated scotch, chocolate and coffee. Taste is of slight iodine, smoky like expected and chocolate-y. Moderately sweet. Lots of wood. Body is light to medium, carbonation somewhat high and alcohol shows a bit. Overall a good barrel-aged porter-ish beer! Barrel aged is not in your face like american equivalents and classy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2417) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2015
0,33 l bottle roasty, woody, vanilla, toast, herbs, earthy, black, hazy, minimal head, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3428) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Bouteille No 00874. Avril 2014. Meilleure avant 2017. Robe presque noire plus ou moins épaisse et sur laquelle se place un anneau de mousse qui meurt avec une certaine tranquillité. Au nez, fumée de tourbe, chocolat ou plutôt mélasse ou fudge en friandise et petits fruits foncés comme des mûres ou des raisins et cette assez belle présence d’une vanille ou de quelque chose qui peut s’apparenter à de la guimauve. En bouche, une fumée chargée de réglisse et de chocolat qui s’évapore à travers la peau d’un raisin qui trempe dans un whiskey aux consonances boisées et iodées. Au palais, une impression corporelle plutôt et étonnamment mince avec une texture à la limite crémeuse et un pétillement modéré à bas. Une finale de scotch rendue amère par cette fumée du bord de mer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4908) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle (33cl): No.#11690/April 2014: Served in a Chouffe glass at 14 degrees Celsius: Small vast/thick beige head on top of a black beer. Aromas of smooth whiskey notes, chocolate, oatmeal, mocha, soft roast tone, hints of bay leaf, peat and wood. Flavours of vanilla, mocha, smooth whiskey notes, chocolate, smooth roast, bitters, some caramel, light peat and light smoke. Aftertaste is a mix of mocha, bitters, smooth roast, chocolate, light peat. Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, more than medium bodied. Very smooth beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShivanDragon (1920) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2015
Old Ale, Bottle #3182, april 2014. schenkt zwart met mooie bruine kraag. Aroma van gebrande mouten, chocolade, koffie, toffee, whisky, vanille. Smaken zijn redelijk zoet, matig bitter, zeer sterk, donkere fruiten, sterke moutigheid van gebrande en geroosterde mout, toffe, chocoalde, vanille, whisky, caramel. iets scherps maar verder héérlijk. medium body, romig van textuur, uitstekend bier !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5827) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget Black with a small, tan head. Wooden aroma with some vanilla and coconut. Rather light body and sweet. Wooden flavour with vanilla. A bit vinous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1065) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2015
Nearly black, seems clear. Tiny offwhite head. Aroma has wood, chocolate, peat, smoke and dark sugar. Flavour is peaty, smoked with warming alcohol. Brown sugar and syrup, strong whisky notes. Sticky, boozy finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fyb (15) - SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2015
Dark brown with a small beige head. Whisky-like aroma with peat and tar, and hints of cocoa. The whisky is there in the taste as well, smokey, sweet, some cocoa and coffee notes. Medium body, low-medium carbonation. Long, peaty finish, alcohol, leather. Nice one.

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