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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: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle, 3 years old. Black pour, no head. Aroma is bready, some chocolate, caramel, sherry notes. Taste is bready, some dark fruit, caramel, touch of chocolate. A little sweet, hint of roasty bitterness. No carbonation, seems something might have gone wrong in the aging, but still tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (8276) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is wood, peat, roast. Medium mouth, smoke, roast, chocolate, boozy finish, very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2184) - Garching, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2016
Dark brown color with hardly any beige head. Aroma is rich wood, a bit oxidized. Taste is wood, wood, some whisky, more or less a logical continuation of the other ones. Still feels fresh. Low carbonation. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2142) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Fairly dark brown, bit of ruby and no real head. Nose is terse choc, fairly decent berry and polished wood. Initial taste is a fairly quick drop into bitter choc tea and loose berry. Spicy and thin. Mouthfeel finishes fairly clingy but there’s very little richness involved. Finishes very sleepy bark and berry, and lingers a greatful soft burnt toast whisky kiss off.

Bottle, Scopey Dreggz Tasting

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (8809) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle at Craigs. Rarez. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of smoke, oak, whisky. Taste is sweet, molasses, whisky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of molasses, oak, whisky. Taste of smooth whisky, smoke, roast. Bit flat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is smoky, meaty, chocolate, something odd, taste is sweet, chocolate, toffee, whisky, little thin.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2016
bottle at home ... Feb 2016 ... The Last one i Need for the TOP 50 Scottish beers ... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... dark sweet chocolate ... soft malts .. soft roast malts .. dark chocolate .. mellow roast .. soft chocoolate .. sweet malts.. ligth whisky .. sweet chocolate .. ligth and easy roast

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4337) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle courtesy of RoNo. Pours dark blackish brown with a small mocha head that leaves a small ring of trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty, toasty and slightly fruity eatery with caramel, toffee, toasted cereal, banana bread, vanilla fudge, charred wood, cocoa powder, minerals and light peat whisky. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and tiny fruity eatery. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny viscous, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with caramel, toffee, dark bread, banana bread, vanilla fudge, charred wood, raisins, prunes, moist soil and hints of whisky alcohol. Solid malty offering with intriguing and skill full barrel treatment. But thin which actually makes it suffer a lot but this is nonetheless a good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5253) - 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.


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