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

bottled
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RATINGS: 948   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.”


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13033) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2010
Bottled 330ml from Quercus Brewery Shop, Kingsbridge, Devon. Black with tan head. Heavy, slightly thick, malty ale laced with malty whisky notes. Liquorice and tar flavours are most noticeable with a roast 7 ground coffee note behind. Strong alcohol note. Challenging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 Oily, black color; aroma of tar, burned wood, smoke, roasted malt; medium to full bodied, low carbonation, smooth and slick: easy to drink; flavor adapting the nose, it´s full of tar, oak, liquorice and slightly smokey whisky in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
330ml bottle from the LCBO. Sampled up against the 40, which narrowly won this battle. Pours black with lasting small tan head. Nose not as complex as the 40, but some nice scotch notes with smoke, and toffee. Taste is full bodied, lots of dark malt, chocolate, syrupy and smooth finish. Less scotch flavours than the 40, but a very nicely balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (7113) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle 330 ml # 58102 (2009)
Appearance: deep dark brown appearance with excellent beige brown creamy crown. 5-
Nose: soft, rich . sweet brown malts , barley with smooth character of whiskey barrel. Solid nose presented. 8+
Flavor/Palate : mid full bodied, low carbonation. Ash with brown malt followed by dry alcohol. Lighter finish. All very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Solid sipper from Harviestoun.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours like it says, black oil, no head, almost no carbonation. Nose of dark cherries, oak, chocolate. Taste is strong oak, some smoke, with a bitter finish. Decent but barrel seems to have overpowered it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3036) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a short lastign brown head. Aroma of smoke, rosted malts and tarr. Taste of rosted malts, wood and whiskey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 22, 2009
bottle from citywide. pours a deep brown with a tan head. Notes of whiskey, bread, chocolate, smoke, tabacco, and moss. mouthfeel is very thin. I tend to really enjoy bourbon stouts, but I don’t particularly care for this whiskey flavor in the beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2797) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2009
Bottled:
Colour is very dark brown, could be mistaken for black. The mid sized head is pale brown. Aroma is seaweed, tar and smoke. Flavour is sweet tar, ash, smoke and liquorice. Well balanced and really good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head. Wow, the aroma is friggin wicked on this one, dark fruits, molasses, basement, oak, smoke, peat, campfire, bourbon, just like a full on running balls to the walls dropkick to the nostrils of aroma. The flavour is like wise, makes my mouth almost as equally happy as my nose, The flavour is malty chocolatey goodness upfront, molasses, some oakey dryness, smokiness, dark fruits, ends on a dry oak note. This beer really is something special, wish I could get my hands on the 40 year old, but it seems like the LCBO is being really skeevy with there stock.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3089) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Gorgeous aroma of fruit, soy sauce, oak, not a lot of whiskey, surprisingly. The appearance is jet black, almost no head, just a thin tan foam ring. The flavor is soy, chocolate, fruit, nice. The finish is where I notice the whiskey, a nice lingering warming. Medium to medium /thick, viscous, oily mouthfeel. I thought it would be a little thicker. Very good.


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