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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (30 Year Old) (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Cask: Special. This listing is for the cask version only, keg and bottles go under the normal 30 y/o

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnokk (476) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2016
APPEARANCE- Perfectly black with no head and no lacing. Very light brown color at the very edge of the thumbnail. NOSE- STELLAR! Smells sweet and slightly boozy at the same time. Exactly as expected for a barrel aged and cellared beauty beer. FLAVOR- first thing that hits me is it’s surprisingly thin. The nose is deceptive compared to the flavor. The flavor is distinctively stout, but significantly lighter in nature than you’d expect for the way it smells and looks. Really good beer, however I was anticipating a much ’heavier’ beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Cask at Andrew Ushers , Edinburgh, Sunday 20th March 2016 in the company of Dad, Barry, Craig, Stella, Jan and Charlotte. (courtesy of Craig, cheers mate!) Pours black (pitch black) lots of whisky on the nose, a touch boozy, I like it, great temperature, warming, nice silky smooth mouthfeel, lovely beer. A7 A4 T9 P4 Ov16 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (3284) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Cask in Tilley’s Bar, Newcastle. Black with a cream head. Whiskey aroma. Smokey with coffee and chocolate. Smooth and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (6600) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Cask handpull at The White Horse Old Ale Festival, 2015. 10.5%. Rich oily black, small bubbly tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses, whisky, woody vanilla. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is smooth buttery whisky, vanilla, wood, light chocolate. Long musty finish with some spice. Very drinkable for strength.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Aroma: bourbon, peat, molasses, caramel, toasted malts, dark grains. Appearance: black, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: very subtle bourbon, or should I say Whiskey, intensifying, alcohol, peat, oily texture, alcohol in the long finish. Overall: a ridiculous bargain at the Sloaney Pony for 90p on a Monday evening, fantastic palate, probably one of the best palates I’ve ever tasted. Pint at the White Horse, Parsons Green.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10874) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Cask at ushers. Pours black, nose is chocolate, oak, coconut, whisky, taste is sweet, rich, smoked sausage, toffee, vanilla, boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (2968) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2015
Cask at Ushers, as 10.5%. Pours quite flat, black. Whisky is dominant in nose but still in quite soft way, also dark chocolate, roast, dark fruits. Taste is very soft and smooth, whisky, peat, slight vanilla and burnt caramel, dark chocolate. Excellent soft and strong beer but strong whisky taste so you better like whisky as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Cask at 33rd Old Ale fest at White Horse, Parsons Green, London. A black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Roasty, whiskey, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, whiskey, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate. Very rich and slight smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18719) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Handpump at the WHOAF 2015 - London. Pours oily, mostly clear, deep brown with a small, bubbly tan head. Rich semi-dark malts in the nose, brown sugar, heavy peat, dried berries. Hearty sweet flavor with rich burnt malts, oily peat, charred wood, earth, slight vanilla. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with soft carbonation. Warm to hot on the finish, with lingering peat, smokey fire, burnt toast, scorched earth. Great depth. If you like peat, and I do, then you will love this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale Festival, 19/11/15. Black with a moderate tan head of bubbles. Nose is rich chocolate, spice, tannins, dark fruit shreds, smoke, good whisky vibes, earthy. Taste comprises light peated malt, spice, dark malts, light charr, wooded notes, chocolate, raisens, toffee fudge. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a good boost. Solid well balanced whisky olde.

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