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


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RATINGS: 773   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (768) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 2, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en el lúpulo. Mayo de 2013. Botella numero 54290 de julio de 2011. Gran asociación de harviestoun y highland park whisky. Color negro intenso con espuma oscura. Cuerpo medio con 8 vol fáciles de beber. Aromas y sabores a maderas y whisky presentes y bastante refinados. Maltas tostadas y ligeros sabores dulces. Muy buena para repetir sin problemas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (520) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours almost black, with thin tan head. Rich aroma of whiskey, malts, and wood. Taste is like a mixture of good porter, smoke, and whiskey. An excellent beer, but very expensive ($15.95 for a twelve ounce bottle). Thumbs way up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pizz5116 (56) - Bayville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Pour a dark black coffee like color. Aroma is roasted malts, dried fruit, and caramel. Taste is as the aroma precedes. Amazing beer. Like liquid gold.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (867) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma: sweet dried fruit, ripe plums, caramels. Appearance: dark brown/black, no head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: heavy body, note of dried fruits, dark berries, whiskey. Overall: amazing beer, perfect for whiskey lovers. Bottle from Beer Hawk, England.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. Bottle #60303. Bottled July 2011. Black with tan head. Rich aroma, chocolate and a little soy. Umami, malty and a little wood taste. Smooth, no carbonation, full-bodied, a little wooden finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1056) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
Had these in a flight of Old engine oil, 12,16,30,40. The aroma is slightly peaty, sweet molasses and roast. Similarly sweet palate, watery mid-palate and a sweet and molasses like finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (1620) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 19, 2014
At a tasting, thanks zvikar, very very dark brown colour, aroma of dark bread, some peatiness, treacle and a hint of smoke, cakey malty flavour with some charred notes, with touches of alcohol coming through. Quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark black with a tan head. Smokey oak aroma. Whiskey smoked malts and chocolate taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5614) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. Bottle #60303. Bottled July 2011. Very dark brown to black with a bit of tan foam. Aroma of chocolate, some roastiness, a bit of whiskey and woody notes. Roasty flavor, slightly smoky, with a chocolate, a bit of whiskey and a drier and slightly alcoholic finish. Medium to full-bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Valgreen (632) - DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle @ Michael, brew day. Dark brown, small off white head, nice coating. Aroma, malty, roasted notes, dark chocolate, whiskey notes, some alcohol, brown sugar. Taste, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, brown sugar, whiskey, coffee notes. Whiskey and chocolate in the aftertaste. Slightly bitter. Little carbonation.

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