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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: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
<b>Bottle 33cl.</b>
Clear medium to dark brown black color with a average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, smoke - peat, wood, whisky. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (120908)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at OBrians. Pours pitch black with a lacing tan head. Aroma is dense roasted malt, dense oily and distinct barrel base presence. Dense roasted malt an dark barrel/whisky base presence. Solid smooth and nicely spiced. Smooth finish yet dense and mild spiced with alingering whiskey presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
Draft. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with notes of hard roasted malt, whiskey, and wood, as well as light notes of smoke. The flavor is very powerful with strong notes of whiskey as well as medium notes of hard roasted malt, and a bit of smoke. Nice - reminds me of the Paradox beer - no wonder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of whisky, dried fruits and smoked eel. Roasted flavour of dried fruits and whisky with notes of smoke. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2008
Bottled@EBF2008. Black colour, small head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, whisky and some chocolate, peat and roasted malts. Flavour is quite the same in an excellent mellow way. Alcohol shows a little bit in the finish. Pleasant and very driankable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours a very dark brown - close to black - with a vague tint of red and a small off-white head. Fairly burned malty aroma with some wooden accents. Medium body, low in carbonation, some hard roasted malts and distinctly smoked whisky notes. Subdued bitterness. 120908

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23426) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Bottled at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. Dark brown no head. Dalty fatty nose. Less peaty and with more evident alcohol than the 12 y/o. Very dry with cocoa powder and whisky. The compact malt seems to hold on to the flavour and not let it come out fully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23005) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty oaky licorice and chocolate flavor. Has a smooth roaund malty oaky finish with hints of licorice and chocolate in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
9th September 2009
Opaque black brown beer. Soft creamy palate. Light chocolate nose. Dark malt. Wood and minerals. A little unsweet chocolate. The whisky is smooth and almost subtle and lends a little sourness. Smooth easy drinking!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21559) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Bottle at home with Tom and Royce deep black no head ... Woody light smokey ... smooth gentle roats malts ... some iodine ... little coffee ... definitly whiskey tone... Blind with the other 2.

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