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Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30th Anniversary

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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shaynsawchuk (648) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12573) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle split at Bruce’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (17889) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2015
29th January 2015
Tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks to Leighton. Almost opaque dark brown beer, a few pale tan bubbles don’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8813) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13827) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle shared in London - picked up at Julio’s. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
Courtesy of Ferris. Nose of deep fig. Flavour of raisins and Roasty malt. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (7560) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle - Nice sweet roast. Deep brown with almost no head. Very light and thin, but lots of barrel notes and whiskey notes. Smells great, but much too thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1737) - ESTONIA - NOV 25, 2014
Shared by martjoobolut, thanks! Black beer, no head. Nose is wood, peat/whiskey, vanilla, roasted malt. Flavor is peat/whiskey notes, roast, ttender smokey tones, mild chocolate. Very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. Was expecting a tad more tough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (1464) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 25, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 07.2016, bottle no 10188 June13. Pours black with ruby highlights, no head. Aroma is peat, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla. Flavor is sweet and bitter, peat, whiskey, dark chocolate, malt. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
330ml bottle
8.0% ABV
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Bottle Number: 16141 (June 2013)
March 1, 2014
The beer pours a solid coca-cola colour with a thin brown head. The aroma is whiskey, dark fruits, molasses, and charred wood. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is whiskey, some peat is evident, molasses, and dark fruits. Despite being the same ABV as the others in the Ola Dubh series, the alcohol is more notioeable in this one.

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