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

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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2010
A tasty, rich flavored dark beer. Like the round fully bodied flavor and the long round and smooth aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NathanJM (58) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Dark... near-black with little-to-no head. Seriously. Aroma dark fruit...cherry, oak. In the mouth, much less heavy than expected. Smoke, oak, whiskey, sunflower seed, and slight notes of dark fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Really quite contemplative and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2010 Bottle. Finally cracked this one I was given for Xmas. Pours a deep black ale in the glass with a small dark cap. Aroma is pungent as it warms in the snifter: Cocoa, roast grains, figs, grass and hints of alcohol. Chewy malt in front with the roasty-cocoa-coffee tastes but mid palate the complexity hits you> vanilla-oak, pine-honey, cherry figs, spicey hops, raisin bread.....long warm finish. Very decent old ale

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark as "Ola Dubh", as promised, with none-to-little head. Roast malts, dark fruits and sugar on the nose, with similar on the tongue. Well balanced overall, with decent complexity and character.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle, Carringtons, Manchester. Poured a murky dense brown colour with a lingering thin tan head. Aroma pretty much as anticipated, whisky dominant with wood, roasted malt and chocolate notes. Started out sweetish with a solid roasted malt spine. The Whisky is pretty prevalent in the flavour, but there is enough there to prevent it from becoming saturating. Quite a nice warm almost comforting feel to this. Not much in the finish really. I’m not the biggest whisky aficionado, but I have certainly enjoyed Highland Park in the past, so I found this enjoyable on the whole and look forward to trying the older versions.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (6242) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle, Göteborg, Scotisch tasting 2010-02-06 AP: black beer brownish head AR/F:malt and whiskey, sweet vanilla fudge, a bit hollow vs the older ones, woody finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Thanks Beth101 for the bottle. Wish you were here to share it with me. Nice fruity aroma, quite a rich fell to it. Slight roasted malt hints. great deep black apperance with an off white head. Nice smooth texture. Fruity, malt and liquorice flavours. Nice texture. Very easy to drink for its strength. As it warms, chocolate and coffee start to come through. Very nice tasty ale.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Sept. 2007 vintage Pours a pitch black with a thin head. Aroma is sweet, with dark fruit, brown sugar, whiskey, and some wood notes. The flavor is stronger on the whiskey and wood, and weaker on the sweetness, with some hoppy bitterness still after 2+ years. The aroma and flavor together make for nice complexity when sipping. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected from the color and style, but not unpleasant. Overall, an impressive idea and a good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (2997) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2010
Flaske: Mørkebrun næsten uigennemsigtig øl med et flot tæt lysebrunt skumhoved. Tovværk og en smule røg i duften sammen med en god gang chokolade. Smagen er igen utrolig velafbalanceret imellem en sød base af chokolade og en god del røg og tovværk. Superlækker øl, og en af de bedste whisky fadlagret øl jeg har smagt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Bottle at home, 25th Jan 2010. Pours a velvety extremely dark brown with a small tan head. Releases a lovely woody, toffeeish whisky aroma when swirled. In the mouth you get dark chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of liquorice and just the right amount of whisky undertone. It’s very balanced and very drinkable for a 8% beer. Very moreish aftertaste, I found myself wishing it came in bigger bottles!


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