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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (30 Year Old)

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

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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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NB if your bottle is marked 30th anniversary edition (bottled June 2013) Your rating should go here:
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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
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
My second favorite of the bunch (12, 16, 30 year). This is the most balanced of the bunch. Very mellow and smooth, what it lacks however is the accents that make a great beer what it is. The body is awesome to drink, but there is nothing exceptional about it. The HUGE smokiness in the 16 is minimized but at the same time, you don’t get the great variation in textures and tastes that are there in the 12. Overall, great but lacking that last bit to put it as the best of the three.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is comprised of notes of pipe tobacco, very peaty scotch, smoke, wood and unsweetened chocolate. Full-bodied with a whole milk mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Malty with undertones of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, scotch whiskey, smoke and wood. Moderate to medium sweetness; moderate to medium charred, woodsy, boozy bitterness. Woodsy, smoky and boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, whiskey, smoke, wood, and a little coffee. Flavor is smoke, whiskey, wood, roasted malt, and chocolate. Body is a bit thin. A very interesting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Sept 2007 Bottle Number 11372<P> Pours deep brown - less black than its little siblings, 16 and 12. Low carbonation , a head so light it barely reaches around the rim. Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, coffee. First sip is smooth with a malty, whiskey almond taste that finishes woody, dry and bitter. Compared to 12 and 16 in this release, 30 does not appear as complex as the cask flavor dominates.<P> Those 30 year casks will fool you on the ABV. It has the taste of a huge ABV. It comes in at a mere 8%. Way under carbonation but still very, very tasty!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1029) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
The individually boxed package with a clinky neck ornament exuded pure class. The beer was poured into a humble mug, and it graced it with a pitch black appearance and a two finger thick beige head. The smell was more typical of a Dry Stout than an Old Ale. It smelled pretty roasty, with a lot of coffee and chocolate. The taste was along the same vein, but the whisky barrel aging was more apparent here. The roasty flavors were mellower than the smell suggested, and there were overtones of vanilla and prunes. The body was soft and oily (which was quite appropriate I suppose). Quite good, but not a whole lot different than the time I sample my stouts with some dark chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle shared courtesy of Axilla. Tasted side by side iwth the 16 & 30 year versions. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, whiskey, smoke, vanilla, earthy, and wood. Tastes of whiskey, smoke, vanilla, wood, and chocolate. Out of the 3, whiskey was the most prominent characteristic (and I do like whiskey).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Poured a deep brown body with a small tan head lace. The aroma was a bit harsher than the other 2 with a lot othe the same, choclate, vanilla, smokey, notes found in the others. The flavor started of on the bitey side with sweet smoke, dry oak, stronger scotch characteristics, choc, and very mild vanilla.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Poured a dark mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of strong, peaty smoke, light roast, chocolate, wood, and faint vanilla. Taste of more peat smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, faint vanilla, and wood, with a bit of alcohol. Acidic mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle shared with Adam: Pours black with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, with peat, smoke, whisky, and charred barrel. Flavo is massive. Compared to the nose this is total oppisite. Taste is light peatness with heavy char barrel. Whiskey is an under tone. Finish is dryt with barrel note and slight chocolate. Amazing beer. Thanks Adam!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Pours a deep brown with touches of amber notes and a medium creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, nuts, light whiskey notes, and some caramel. Flavor of vanilla, caramel, cardboard, light roast, some milk chocolate, earthy and woody.


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