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


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RATINGS: 749   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lesifflebiere (1021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Brune-noire à l’effervescence assez marquée, notes en nez de caramel, de cassonade et d’alcool fort. En bouche, fruits confits, fruits foncés, le whisky est présent mais discret. Savoureux mais finalement plutôt mince, ce n’est pas à son désavantage, elle équilibre ses saveurs avec brio, et l’alcool est bien caché ; un peu de boisé en finale. Le genre de bière qui se déguste avec révérence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1085) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2014
Aroma: The smell has burnt wood, earthy and smoky aromas. Some sweetness and licorice.
Appearance: The beer is very dark brown, call it black, the small head is beige, leaves some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: The taste has much sweet smoke, kind of barbecue sauce character, chocolate with smoked almonds on toast, slightly vinous. Some yeast tones.
Palate: Low carbonation, very soft and oily.
Overall: A good after-dinner beer, a dessert in itself.
Note: Bottle 49161 from July 2009 Reviewed 2011-01-03.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andreslepage (68) - ARGENTINA - JAN 17, 2014
Muyyyy buena!!! Del barril de los ’12 años’ ni noticias, pero todo el resto es nota 10. Super redonda, buen cuerpo, poco carbonatada, bien aromática, cremosa, cafeteada, chocolatada, fumée. Especial, espectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (234) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JAN 7, 2014
Couleur noire, mousse beige. Nez caramel grillé, malt grillé et note de whisky. Bon corps malgré très peu de carbonation. Gout malt grillé au note de chocolat caramel, limite un peu fumée et note de whisky doux. Longue fin de bouche, petite ametrume. Pas mal! Bien que ce ne soit pas mon style de prédilection. ps: comme dit cargo150, dans commentaire juste avant, c une bière a déguster lentement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cargo150 (419) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
De couleur noir intense avec un col beige résistant. Nez de fumée de bois et de grains grillés. En bouche la fumée attaque doucement sans être désagréable, avec un peu de chocolat, du bois et des grains grillés. Bien balancé, agréable a boire mais a boire lentement, une bière a dégusté. Une bière a se rapeller excellente et unique en son genre, j’aimerai réussir a trouver les autres de cette catégorie!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogbomb (861) - ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. #37106. FEB 2012. Pours jet black with the merest whisper of a thin dark brown head. Nose is whisky, with peaty malts, vanilla, woodchips, nuts, coffee. Tasting it, it’s earthy - peat, malts, icecream, whisky. Quite thick and slick in the mouth. Lovely scotch alcohol flavours without any bun - and well mixed. You can tell that this has been resting in the barrels "properly". I’ve tasted different, which isn’t quite as smooth as this. No alcohol burn! Actually surprisingly incredible! Pure class, with a long lingering whisky taste on the palate. Not just a gimmick - I want more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2145) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
330ml bottle form Provenance, Edinburgh. Pours near black with little tan head. Slightly smokey aroma, some chocolate malt and maybe soy. More chocolate on the taste, light whisky. good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) Bottle. Slight smokiness in the aroma with oak as well and prunes, dark fruit, and maltiness. Nice smell. Smoke flavors. Thicker body. Roastiness and dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Climo (1) - FRANCE - DEC 27, 2013 does not count
Décevante : manque de caractère et finalement assez courte en bouche, je m’attendais à plus de goût provenant du fut de whisky

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (140) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Sniffs of smoky woods, brined black olives, burnt coffee. Taste is sweet malts, vanilla bourbon, bubbling black gold. Beautiful stuff.

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