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Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30th Anniversary

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


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4100) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2015
11.2 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottle #00909, June 2013. Black with thin bubbly light tan ring of head. Aromas of butterscotch, whiskey, dark fruit & raisins, some toasty notes. Tastes of chocolate, light whiskey, some smoke and roast, subtle caramel. Light somewhat watery body with a dry finish. Low carbonation. Smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF 2015. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted chocolate licorice dark fruits vinous aroma. Malty caramell fruity, caramell licorice flavour. Nice one :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8125) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2015
Nose is wood, chocolate fudge, treacle, whisky. Dark brown with lace. Big whiskey flavor, caramel and chocolate, marshmallow, minerals. Soft and silky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at pre GBBF 2015. Oily chocolate ok. Thin mouthful. Not much finish oily. OK. Glad I didn’t buy it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s Shindig 2015. Black beer with a small head. Roasted chocolate and vinous aroma, cocoa, licorice, figs, raisins, caramel notes. Malty caramel flavor, fruity, toffee, caramel, vinous, some warming alcohol, licorice, some grapes. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37013) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2015
33 cl bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, roasted and dark malty. Bitter, dry, dark and roasted. Bitter and dark roasted. Dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12952) - 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. It’s complicated. Some oxidation. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is sherry-like oxidation, smoke/scotch. It’s a magic blend of oxidation and smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7994) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1334) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (1297) - 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.

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