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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 795   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1637) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a very dark brown with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of dark fruits and some chocolate. Rich maltiness to it. Fantastic beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (388) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
Dark brown color with cream-coloured head. Aroma of ripe dark fruit and slightly smoked. Taste is full and has mainly in the aftertaste smoky tones. Chocolate, coffee and ripe plums.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle:   Thanks Matt!   Soft sweet prune, touch of roast and ash, but lots of tobacco.   Soft chocolate and coffee.   Light head and Lacing.   Lingering tobacco and print roastiness.   Nice stuff.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ATulloch (93) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from Highland Park distillery. Pours a jet black with a light brown head which hangs about for a while. Unique aromas of heather peat, chocolate and a mild whisky. Lovely taste with chocolate, peaty whisky and a slight sticky prune. Amazingly drinkable for an 8%! Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3665) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at an Ola Dubh "vertical’ bottle share. Pours a very dark brown color. Nose is lightly woody and roasty, with some caramel in there. Taste is also quite roasty with a lot of wood coming off, and is very smooth. Even better than the base.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sharkydodson (204) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - AUG 2, 2014
the aroma is caramel and fruity with notes of port... the taste of caramel, dark fruits and strong wine with shades of licorice, black currant, toast and whiskey... sweet fruity and warming aftertaste... it’s wonderful...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1508) - FINLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. Black color with a thin foamy beige head. Aroma of licorice, peat, smoke and roasted malt. Sweet taste with a medium bitter finish.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StilleStorm (716) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
DWG; Pours black with a short lived tan head. Intense nose of roasted malt, caramel, smoke, dark, dried, ripe fruits, alchol, sweets, yeast, oak, coffee, chocolate, smoke and licorice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, umami and light bitter, chocolate and coffe lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is flat. Revised rating -from cask version, drunk 1th of Aug.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1021) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle. Black With a minimal lightbrown head. Aroma of smoke, roastd mald, dark fruit and chocolate. Light bitter,medium sweet With not the best smoke/roasted end. Late night

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle from Booths, Ilkley. A thick oily black beer with rich creamy chocolate and whisky flavours, vanilla and currant notes with smokey oak and liquorice on the warming tart red fruity finish.


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