Category Archives: English Old Ale

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21

Brewery: Harviestoun Brewery
Country: Scotland
ABV: 8%
Style: English Old Ale
Other Notes: Aged in Highland Park 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky casks.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Aged in selected oak casks, formerly used to mature Highland Park’s beautifully balanced 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

(from tag) Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is so named because it is gloopy and viscous. This limited release has been matured in casks from Orkney’s award-winning Highland Park distillery to add complementary whisky notes to what is already an amazing brew. It is chocolatey with a roasty, bittersweet aftertaste.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.94
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml foiled and capped bottle, bottle no. 00214, bottled in April 2014, and best before end of May 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A clear dark brown colour with pretty much no head and only very sparse spotted lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, whisky, wood and vanilla with maybe a touch of coffee.
Taste: Dark chocolate, roasty malts and coffee bean, whisky and vanilla with a hint of sweet dark fruit, raisin, plum and prunes on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Nice roastiness and vanilla with subtle but clear whisky notes makes this go down easy. Definitely on the lookout for the other years now.

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Bøgedal No. 326 Gylden #2

Brewery: Bøgedal Bryghus
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.2%
Style: English Old Ale (Bøgedal says Golden Caramel)
Other Notes: Hops – Cascade, Perle and Tettnang. Malt – Caramel.

Brewer Description: A golden beer with a scent of caramel and cane sugar. Has an aromatic taste of caramelized sugar, cappuccino and chocolate, without being too bitter. The head is thick and creamy. Enjoy it on its own or pair it with slow food or cheese.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.49
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 750ml bottle brewed on 15th November 2012, bottled on 27th November 2012 and poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear deep amber red with a one finger off white head that dissipated quickly and did not leave much lacing.
Aroma: Sweet dark fruits of plum, prunes and raisin with caramel and vanilla.
Taste: On the sweet side with mainly caramel, toffee and brown sugar plus dark fruit sweetness of plum, apple and raisins.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: Admittedly, I’ve probably held on to this for too long. This was ok but too sweet for my palate. I’m glad I tried it, but it certainly took a while for me to finish this 750ml bottle.

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