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

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RATINGS: 942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.”


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (57) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle 330ml (2014). Served at room temperature. Pours jet black. Head is small, tanned, dense and lasts very well. Aroma is rich and complex with notes of roasted barley, dates, figs, dark cherry chocolate, burnt toffee, treacle, tobacco, peated whisky and smokey oak. Flavour is a light earthy bitterness with notes of roasted barley, raisins, dried currants, dried cherries, toffee, dark chocolate, aniseed, peated whisky, some spice and a strong smokey/charred, woody finish. Full bodied with light carbonation, oily texture and a very long, complex oaky finish. Incredible Old Ale!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1868) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle @Bir&Fud Bottega (Rome). Pours oily black with a medium head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate notes with light mocha and a touch of peated whisky. Flavour is medium sweet with a good bitter end, smoky aftertaste. High body, medium carbonation. Close to world class!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (902) - Skui, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2016 Mørk i utseendet, med lavt lyst brunt skum. Mild aroma av bål, lær og kaffe. Smaken er tobakk, røyk, kaffe, whiskey, lakris og mildt av vanilje. Herlig fløyelsmyk konsistens.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sccp1910 (161) - BRAZIL - FEB 7, 2016
Aroma intenso do malte torrado e com notas leves de whisky. O sabor também deixa uma leve percepção do whisky. Cor preta e espuma marrom. Paladar singular, ótima sensação!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (5158) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Black with thin creamy head. Aroma and flavour have sticking plasters, light smoke, leather, bitter roasted malts, some coffee and of course malt whisky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MGantzel (193) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2016
Denne ola dubh har et mørkt udseende med et svagt hvidt skum. Øllen har en whisky og træ aroma og smager deraf med både noter af chokolade, lakrids og lidt kaffe. God cremet fornemmelse. Lav karbonering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerGantzel (286) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2016
Aroma of roasty chocolate and coffee with hints of liquirice and whisky. Black with a nice small white head. Medium sweetness followed by a medium bitter and dry finish. Soft carbonation, medium body and creamy texture. Great ale!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (4482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Same heavy pour with soapy head. Rich barrel aroma, deep vanilla. Smoky, woody overtones. Creamier body, lots of whiskey. Solid, tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheKernOwl (161) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Like any good grandad: Liquorice Allsorts, a smokey/tobacco whiff; whisky everywhere – and something you’ll never fully understand. I’ll stop the analogy there. Seriously good, and worth whatever high price you pay for it. Body is perfect weight; long whiskyfied finish is inviting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3351) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle. Amazing nose, with rich dark fruit, light smoke, licorice, barrel, and light alc. fumes. Thick dark brown color with translucent edges. Whisky barrel flavor, with smoke, dark fruit, berries, The fruitiness and the barrel notes blend wonderfully in the finish. Decided alcohol presence. Medium-heavy body (a bit thin for the style). Very smooth, flavors are full but subtle, gentle, and complex.


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