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Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30th Anniversary

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

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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bottled,special
This listing is specifically for bottles released June 2013, all other 8% variants to go under the regular 30y/o listing here: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/harviestoun-ola-dubh-30-year-old/84059/

Aged in first fill sherry butts, formerly used to mature Highland Park’s award winning 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Harviestoun are delighted to release this unique bottling, to celebrate three decades of dedicated craft brewing. Please join us in a toast - Slainte!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2425) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a near opaque black/brown color, with mahogany highlighting at the base, a light, quickly disappearing layer of tan head foam, and a light mixture of translucent, leggy spots & dots of lacing on the glass that also faded. The nose was roasted & malt sweet, with dark fruit, molasses, cask wood, and some vinous nature. The taste was similar, with stronger cask notes, cocoa, and some peat, in a medium body, with soft to no carbonation, but a mellow alcohol presence that pleasantly warmed, Quite a treat shared by Chuck from his birthday stash!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1375) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
August 4, 2014. Bottled june 2013. Pours black with almost no head, just a small tan ring. Aroma is oak, peat, chocolate, earthy, light metallic. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter roasted chocolate. Finish is light bitter, peat, chocolate. Medium bodied, low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown/black with no head other than a thin beige surface on the pour. Aroma: Peat, whisky notes, butterscotch, chocolate, woody Taste: Low/medium bitterness and sourness. Palate: Medium thick oily smooth texture, medium body, average carbonation, fairly dry, lingering peaty, butterscotch, chocolaty finish. Comments: Gorgeous and very drinkable. Bottle number 10496.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6129) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2014
11.2. Thanks, M! Wonderful treat. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy tan head that falls quickly away. Bit sweet peaty creamy nose, lots of whisky showing through. Malty and dense. Thick sticky mid palate. Rich, chocolatey, creamy, peaty, dense, heavy presence. Long earthy finish. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (2999) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 14, 2014
bottle at home courtesy of the brewery, cheers Ewan!
fuller bodied and slightly more meaty than the 21y/o (sherry cask effect) still easy drinking, moderate mouthfeel andlow carbonation, cocoa, vanilla, warming wood, rye spiciness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3417) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. 8%. Bottle #00709. Pours black with a small head, aroma of chocolate, wood, cognac, vanilla, alcohol, flavor of chocolate, wood, cognac, vanilla, malt, medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (352) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a thick pitch black with no head whatsoever. Nose is dominated by dark fruits, with chocolate, vanilla, wood, light smoke and definite whiskey notes. Lightly sweet fruity start with caramel and chocolate with a light balanced bitterness. Smoke comes out as it warms as does a light sour note to add to the complexity. Medium full oily mouth with very soft carbonation and a lingering finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5812) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. 8%. Bottle #00709. Dark brown to black. Aroma of chocolate, sherry, smoke, oak, a bit of whiskey and an alcohol note. Sweetish flavor, malty, with chocolate, wood, caramel, nuts, some smoke, roast, sherry, a bit of dark fruits and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1315) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
12oz bottle. Stout like dark. Scotch. Smoke. Thin body, rather smooth. Decent but nothing amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2604) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2014
330 ml bottle into snifter; bottle #03946, bottled in 6/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small fairly dense khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin spotty cap of lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, raisin, fig, dark bread, light peat smoke, light leather, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oak cask notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, dark bread, oak, raisin, fig, peat smoke, leather, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roast, vanilla, toast, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, oak, peat smoke, light leather, and roasted/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and oak cask flavors; with a great oak/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent old ale style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak cask flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.


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