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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (30 Year Old)

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


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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%

NB if your bottle is marked 30th anniversary edition (bottled June 2013) Your rating should go here:

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.”

Moliere's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Moliere (27) - Viterbo, - APR 3, 2012
Una birra semplicemente strepitosa. La sua complessità è pari a quella di un buon whisky, ma con tutti i vantaggi dell’essere birra, e quindi alcol contenuto e buona bevibilità. La Ola Dubh merita 5 di diritto.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Satyroneto (253) - BRAZIL - NOV 13, 2015
N° 02792 - junho 13 Sem carbonatação, aroma linear de café e chocolate com percepção do álcool. Corpo leve com sabor seguindo o aroma sem retrogosto. Acredito que meu exemplar estava comprometido.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tognetta (493) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 12, 2015
Totalmente negra, ao servir me pareceu menos licorosa do que a 12,16 e 18, espuma rala de pouquíssima formação e persistência. Aroma intenso adocicado, uva passa, frutas vermelhas em conserva, chocolate, média torrefação e levemente defumada. Paladar trás mais de café, sem perder muito do dulçor, mas trasparece mais o malte, e leve amargor torrado. Corpo médio abaixo do esperado, sem carbonatação. Aftertaste lembra a charuto, e com o passar do tempo no copo, mais e mais tende ao sabor de whisky. O álcool apesar de presente, não atrapalha. Em geral achei que seria a melhor, mas prefiro a 18, tem menos de whisky e mais de cerveja.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
It’s a foam poor ale, which is black and has the most delicate vinous aromas of dried fruit on a port-like manner. Old Ale, Port, Barley Wine and Single Malt Whisky has combined in this magnificent ale. Light smoked malt is transferred to dried figs and prunes as becoming slightly bitter chocolate notes which go on to discrete port sweetness. From here we head for round caramel notes with whisky’s little dry alcohol to follow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (3378) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2015
Flott innpakning med lissesnor rundt halsen og egen pappboks. Gir et eksklusivt inntrykk. Tykt mørkebrunt skum legger seg oppå en helt svart kropp. Fatlagret whisky er mest fremtredende i nesa, men røstet malt er ikke langt bak og det er også noen eiketoner. Full røstet maltkropp og også i munnen kommer whiskeytonene tydelig frem. Det hele er velbalansert og mykt med en passende alkovarme i halsen. En deilig nightcap!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zanderbier (2) - BRAZIL - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
Excelente. O aroma de puro whisky, mas paladar suave. Sabor muito amadeirado. Vale a pena experimentar!! Toast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (9521) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle:Almost black, almost no head; wood and vanilla detectable in the nose, molasses and dried fruits as well; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied and smooth; lingering sweet-bitter finish of leather, sweet caramel. molasses and dried fruits, followed by a malty bitterness. Easy drinking thirst-quencher...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Chocolate and coconut on nose. Taste is silky sweet chocolate, liquorice, coconut, smooth whisky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (12282) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier, kein Schaum. Geruch mild holzig, schokoladig, etwas Whiskey. Geschmack torfig, röstmalzig, schokoladig, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 330ml bottle served in a ordinary glass. Bottled in September 2007. A: Pours a completely black color forming a small and thin beige head. Medium retention and some few lacings formed and left in the glass S: Great nose. Strong notes of roasted malts, oak, dark chocolate and toffee. Some notes of whiskey T: Strong notes of oak, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Slightly sweet upfront followed by a perfect roasted bitter end M: Quite creamy body. Low carbonation. Roasted bittersweet aftertaste O: Masterpiece [ BA Review @ 12/15/2010 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1419) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle shared by John. Flat with roasted malt taste. There is a slight wood taste an some heat.

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