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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.”


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1426) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 19, 2014
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Color is dark brown. Head is thin. Body is mild, thin to medium, medium carbonated. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is wood, chocolate, roasted, light alcohol, water.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2026) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Peat, whisky, smoke, sweetness, black treacle, sweet, smoke. Good stuff

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2331) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Good for a British beer. Some sweet mollasses, oak, and whiskey are the dominant flavors but for 8% is does come across watery and bland as is the British way.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2190) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Poured a very dep black with a medium head full of whiskey notes. Very light whispy head. Dark dark malts in the mouth with a slight hint of the whiskey. As the glass warms up, the whiskey becomes too much on a hot summer night. Much more a winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown/black with thin beige head. Aroma: Wood, peat, whisky note, treacle, malty. Taste: Low bitter and sourness, low/medium sweetness. Palate: Fairly thick smooth texture, medium body, low/average carbonation, fairly dry, abrupt malty, treacly, savoury, smokiness in the finish. Comments: Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poech73 (191) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
Plus une Scotch Ale. Une belle robe noire opaque presque sans col développant de fortes senteurs de whisky, de vanille, de malts rôtis complexes, un pointe de boisé. Quasi sans amertume. En bouche, la gorgée assez aqueuse offre des saveurs de caramel boisé, fort liquoreux, fort doux sur le lacté, l’avoine, le cacao (grain sur la langue). En finale, je reste avec les arômes de whisky tourbé et boisé surets. Bravo: l’assemblage de malts rend cette bière super bien équilibrée. Un délice!

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2014
bottle, this is interesting, it is dangerously approachable, the drinkability increases after every sip, Sweet and roastyness mixed with that trademark highland park scotch flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
330 ml bottle from STLWill - thanks again, Will! September 2007 vintage, bottle 19501. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small beige head. Notes of very rich chocolate and fudge, vanilla, soy, peat, oak, leather, and earth. Peaty finish, which lingers. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a rich, smoky, semi-sweet mouthfeel. Sweeter on the nose. I liked this more than anticipated, and get the idea I’d like other versions and newer vintages better. Definitely coming back to this series.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimsal27 (244) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
@ twisted kilt NYC. Pours dark black. Aroma was a bit weak but had some malt and whiskey. Taste was the same but I was expecting bolder flavors. Been waiting some time to try this and was a bit disappointed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koshack (82) - POLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Piana szybko opada, kolor ciemnobrązowy, nieprzejrzysty. W aromacie ciemne słody i wyraźny smak beczki - dębowe nuty. Lekka kwaskowość od ciemnych słodów. Zostawia w posmaku lekko słone odczucie.


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