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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: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Parkís 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!


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2015
330ml bottle at home shared by Saeglopur, many thanks for this one. Bottle No 108093. Bottled 06/2013. BB 07/2016. black color, very little coffee-colored head. smells of wood, liqueur, malty roast, coconut, some ash, peat. very nice smell. full body, slick carbonation, full mouthfeel. taste of peat, ash, malty roast, some bitter chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, lightly of coconuts. finishes rather dry with notes of ash and peat. smell was very nice, taste and finish have a bit too much peat and ash for my taste. overall still quite nice though. Liked the Old Engine Oil a bit better.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle split at Bruceís pad, 29/01/15 - thanks to Leighton. Light black with a decent tan covering that dissipates. Nose is dark malt, light smoke, spice, tangy red berry, woody notes, toffee. Taste comprises rich dark maltings, chocolate, dark fruit rind, spice, smoked notes, whisky licks, spice, liquorice. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok, some complexity but no game changer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1053) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2015
330 ml bottled June 2013 #10809.
Black body, with a tiny, dark beige head.
Aroma of whiskey, coconut, vanilla, barrel, dark chocolate, some peat, alcohol.
Tastes of whiskey, peat, cocoa, coffee, coconut, barrel, some dark fruits, tobacco, liquorice.
Medium mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smooth, quite dry, a bit alcoholic, with cocoa, coffee, barrel notes, peat, tobacco, slight liquorice.

Very nice. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but drinks quite smooth. Enjoyed the nose a bit more than the taste, which is also well balanced, but not as complex. Overall an enjoyable sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shaynsawchuk (664) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
330 mL bottle. A hard pour results in a black cup with a thin head of patchy khaki. Lots of nice walnut tones at the edge. Dark fruit, sherry, molasses, whiskey oak and subtle roast on the nose. Gingerbread spice, anise, brown sugar and light smokey peat. Acridly dry, I would personally like more sweetness. Finishes bitter and barreled. Moderate plus bodied with a long, lingering finish. Low carbonation. Based off notes, I much preferred the 12 YO.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14006) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle shared in London - picked up at Julioís. Pours rich brown with a frothy tan head. Nice old leathery dark fruits in the nose, faint tangy berry, raisins. Medium sweet flavor with nips of smoke, peat, chocolate, burnt bread, mild earthy bitterness. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, some mild peat and charcoal, dark chocolate, slight earth, raisins, other dark fruits. Solid.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4781) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
Courtesy of Ferris. Nose of deep fig. Flavour of raisins and Roasty malt. Pretty tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12460) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours realkly dark brn/blk with a few dark tan bubbles. Aroma of dark treacle and smoked leather. Itís complicated. Some oxidation. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is sherry-like oxidation, smoke/scotch. Itís a magic blend of oxidation and smoke.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2015
29th January 2015
Tasting at Bruceís. Thanks to Leighton. Almost opaque dark brown beer, a few pale tan bubbles donít make a head. Smooth and semi dry palate, modest fine carbonation. Dry brown malts, mild roast. Mellow whisky turning to dark fruits. Mild spice. A fairly dry finish with a whisky - fruity linger. Too dry but tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7558) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours near black with a few tan bubbles and a huge treacle aroma. There is a smoky dark molasses flavor with some anise and a dry whiskey-laden finish. A hint a of sherry.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9033) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle big thanks to Leighton. It pours opaque darkest brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, juicy dark fruits, nougat, sweet whisky, dried fruits, raisin, chocolate, vanilla and charred wood. The taste is smooth, toasty, earthy roast, whisky, charred wood, toffee, fudge, coffee and a some umami with a drying finish. Medium-full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Well rounded and good depth to it. Very nice.


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