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


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RATINGS: 939   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 16/20
Holmen2 (2710) - NORWAY - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle shared with with TO at Melkebaren 19.12.15. Ebony. Small, brown head. Sweet aroma and taste of dark malt, dried dark berries, dark syrup and dried red fruits. A a hint of dark caramel and burnt sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flanfl (566) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - DEC 12, 2015
Black body, tiny lasting brown head. Appealing aroma, lots of malt complexity, coffee, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, berries. Taste as complex, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, liquorice. Long whisky barrel finish, some bitterness. Full body, low carbo. So good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mecafilo (188) - Perugia, ITALY - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle @home. Pours with a dark brown colour, medium sized brown head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with notes of woodberries and, more in the background, coffe, dark chocolate and vanilla; medium hoppy; additional distinct notes of whisky. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. A good brew overall, but I would have preferred it less hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fugitive (1841) - Athens, GREECE - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle. Color dark brown with small head. Aroma malt, roasted, chocolate. Taste sweet, roasted, dark chocolate, dry, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2190) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
Tasting at Mrks. Mooi soepel en gebalanceerd, drinkt zoals je een goede wijn drinkt ofzo.. Backlog from 2014/12/27.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (7338) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle@Simon The Tanner, London - black our with beige head. Aroma and taste is roasted sweet malty, with prominent chocolate, dried fruit, some great dark spices in there, lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (972) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle from Beers’n’more. Hefty sweet malts, but surprisingly not dominated by roast aromas. Soft BA influence, nicely balanced with the rest of the beer. Beautiful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ochniczek (235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2015
33cl bottle. dark, unclear, almost black colour. little head with little ring of lacing. aroma of dark chocolate, walnuts and raisins, very complex. coffee notes in taste, very smooth. bitter notes in aftertaste. well-hidden alcohol. low carbonation. decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mario_giri (255) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2015
Kurze Review von Untappd: nicht ganz so aromatisch und gehaltvoll wie das 18er, aber doch sehr gut.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
koleminer20 (2109) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2015
On draft at HopCat in Ann Arbor. In prep for Rare Day tomorrow. For an old ale, this thing looks terrible. It pours a thicker black, no head or lace. The aroma is a boozy and sharp with a strong roast and decent caramel malt. It's nothing like an old ale. The flavor is not good. There is a boozy lead in. It's sweet, boozy, and then strongly metallic. It's more old boozy oxidized Porter than old ale. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy with very little carbonation and a lingeringly malty, metallic finish. Not good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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