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

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RATINGS: 857   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.”


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2596) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle. Black oily pour. Aroma of brown malt, milk chocolate, whiskey and ash. Taste of fruity whiskey, some peat, coffee, vanilla and a little smoke. Bitter boozy finish. Slick mouthfeel. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaroonOrange (137) - - JAN 1, 2015
On tap. Dark and thick. Aroma of sweet molasses and peat smoke. Dark malt is the predominant taste with notes of coffee and raisins. Thick coating palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle: As black as expected with a small and slowly collapsing tanned head; robust nose of roasted malt, seaweed and dried berries; robust dryish bitter flavour, not without a well detectable sweetness, nearly full bodied; lingering bitter chocolatey finish, toasted malt detectable as expected. Very good, but not really great...

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1518) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Draft at crunchy's. Deep brown with a beige head. Dark chocolate and prunes. Tart and dark.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (5569) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle from MisoW and Beersiveknown, many thanks Steve. Almost black color with medium beige head. Dark malt, peat, chocolate, coffee, notes of old cheese. Taste, dark malt, cream, dark chocolate, peat, notes of old cheese. Peated notes in finish. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (2098) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle at home from Beersiveknown, many thanks for this one. Pours black color, small beige head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, some alcohol. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, warming alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillWyce (805) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle #02154, bottled 2/2012. 2 1/2 years old. Pours a deep, opaque black with a thin, 1-finger caramel-colored head that was gone quickly. Mild bubbling along the glass. Aromas of vanilla, charred wood, leather, and a touch of smoke. Body is medium-to-full, lightly oily, with a mild astringency to the finish. Predominant flavor is charred wood, with some buttery leather. A bit of a chocolate note as well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (1599) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
33cl bottle at home, poured a dark brown to light black colour with a small creamy caramel head. roasted malts, sweet chocolate forward, red fruits combined with plums and dates, candy sugar, small oak hint, rye, some vanilla, and just very small whisky notes, some iron / metallic hints,dark bitter coffe and some more barrel influence on the taste. light bodied beer. small smoke hint, just a small touch of peat, i’m 100% sure they have cut this beer with a LOT of fresh engine oil

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heyden (79) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2014
Black viscous and rich looking. Whiskey barrell and alcohol nose. The oats give a rich and smooth taste. Dark/(roasted?) barley and subtle whiskey. Well balanced and well made. Worth getting if you can get your hands on it

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Giochaurand (141) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Pitch dark in colour with creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, vainilla and roasted malts. Taste is whisky, bitter cacao beans, malts... Full bodied, complex.


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