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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (21 Year Old)

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


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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3044) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2015
28 May 2015, bottle. black. nose is pungent; toasted malt, strong alcohol, tobacco, bread. med body and moderately fizzy. very woody, sweet, dry bread, toasted malt, tobacco, slightly acidic, grainy, woody. big but almost bland. i think i’ve had better old dubhs than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (8971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle 330ml @ Sommerhus
Pours dark brown with a few off-white bubbles. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, oak, alcohol, biscuit and smoke. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, biscuit, caramel and oak finish: Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (1289) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle shared. Black with small beige head that’s mainly some big bubbles. Licorice, soft smoky wood, light whisky, caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts. Quite soft and subtle earth, peat, disintegrated wood, syrup. Very nice and complex aromas work well with the light sweetness and soft roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Great, the best of the series for me so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5617) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8%. Pitch black colour, moderate to low tan head. Very nice aroma of oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and whisky. Medium dry flavour, notes of oak, tar, ashes, whisky, smoke, coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (848) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
April 2014 bottle. Pours black with a ring of off-white head. Aroma is mild with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, toffee, and oak. Taste is balanced. Touches of dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, peat smoke, whisky, and a mildly bitter ending. Medium body with a low carbonation. Clean texture with a bone dry finish. Overall an interesting beer. Not as big as I was expecting but well done. Couldn’t tell it was 8%. Very well rounded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2638) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2015
10.05.2015, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Small light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is mild and slightly sweet, caramel, leather, dark malts, oak, chocolate, coffee, nuts, grass, grain, hints of peat. Taste is slightly dry, hay, peat, dark malts, leather, sour coffee, caramel, minerals, oak, weeds. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
2015-05-01. Black body with a small tan head. 3+ Aroma of alcohol and dark malt. Sweetish core balances against the dryness of the alcohol. Whisper of peat and whiskey. Flavour is similar. Dark malt core, moderate whisky tang throughout. Surprisingly restrained and mild actually. Not to my taste but a nicely made beer. Better than some of the others in the series, at least for me. Bottle from the LCBO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeatyPete (482) - NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
Dark almost black color with mocha-colored head. Aroma of dark fruit, wood and vanilla. Taste is soft and complex with hints of peat, wood, vanilla and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2963) - FINLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle. Almost black in color, tan head. Notes of peat, sweetish chocolate and dark fruityness in aroma. Just awesome. Some campfire is present too. Chocolate and cocoacoffee with notes of whiskey in taste. Quite smooth mouthfeel. Bit of fine grainy notes and salty licorice in aftertaste. Had my doubts, but seems like an excellent sauna beer as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (686) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
330ml bottle. Dark brown with a frothy beige head. Flavors are chocolate, smoke, soy sauce, licorice, alcohol, caramel, vanilla and peat with fruity and oaky notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

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