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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (30 Year Old)

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99
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Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
Malty smokey and tar taste.Some syrup and whiskey too. No head. Dark reddish black color. Oak malty and whiskey taste. Mild coffee and vanilla notes. Also some peat and vanilla. Mm a good one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4 year old bottle shared by Eric. Thanks bro. Pours deep dark brown with a small brown head. The nose is vanilla, chocolate, booze, light smoke and some hints of wet grass. The taste is lightly sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Something off about it though. Perhaps a little oxidation. The textture is creamy with bits of pop. The body is medium and the finish is long. All in all I don’t think it should have gone 4 years. Would try it at one and two to see what the changes were.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ration (1998) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 29.10.2010

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (4346) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2013
(bottle) pours a darkest ruby-black in colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of caramel, herbal hops, milk chocolate and fudge, slightly oxidized, with notes of honey, cherry schnaps, toasted rye bread, walnuts and lots of tobacco. flavour is mostly dominated by smoked ham and ash, with a light hint of caramel and herbal hops in the finish. medium to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - MAR 3, 2013
Incredibile. Ebano quasi nera nel bicchiere. Un bel cappellino di schiuma. Aroma complesso: whisky, malti affumicati, torbati, pappa reale, frutta secca e qualcosa di balsamico. Ingresso in bocca vellutato, per niente acido, nonostante l’invecchiamento. Ottima alchimia tra gli elementi alcolici e maltati del whisky e le note del cioccolato e del caffè della birra che emergono di più verso la fine. Tra le tante note: frutta secca, caffèlatte, menta, sentori affumicati. Anche al palato ho riscontrato qualcosa di balsamico che non sono riuscito a decifrare. Una birra di incredibile equilibrio. Stupenda. Alto livello.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilentGlory (8) - - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
Super dark and heavy. I would recommend this to anyone at least once. Excellent brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lopisar (240) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2013
Strong dark portery smell. Very mild in taste with vanilla and salmiak notes.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2405) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle 05688, March 2009. Pours dark black in color with almost no head. Nice lacing on the glass. Amazing complex aroma. Chocolate fudge, tobacco, prunes, toffee, light whiskey, light smoke, licorice, marshmellows, and caramel. Taste is almost as good as the aroma. The fudge, tobacco, and whiskey stand out but can taste all other aromas too. Peaty smoke comes through much stronger in the finish. Light boozy feel at the end too. I wish this beer had a bit more body to it but other than that I love it. A top notch old ale, great sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shaney (2426) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2013
Fast schwarz, wenig Schaum. Holzige Noten im röstmalzigem Duft, auch leicht nach Heidekraut und Torffeuer. Halbtrockener Antrunk, erstaunlich leicht im Körper. Startet würzmalzig, wird dann schokoladiger, viele Kakaonoten, etwas Kaffee und wärmender Alkohol. Klingt zartbitter, röstig aus. Am besten mit einer Partagas oder Montecristo begleitet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (8089) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2013
Jan 2009 bottle at home (#34421). It pours near black with small light tan head. The nose is whisky, roasted malt, treacle, toffee, fudge, medicinal notes, chocolate covered marshmallow, Christmas pudding, nut, date and prune. The taste is roasted malt, treacle, whisky, fudge, oak, earth, salted caramel, nut, light bitterness, liquorice and warming alcohol with a bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Wow! The balance is spot-on. Great depth of flavour, yet ultra smooth and massively drinkable.


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