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

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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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (1154) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2009
BLACK - black oil is right. No head to speak of but a few bubbles can be stirred up with a little shake. Big rich raisiny nose, plums, toffee, roasty and sweet with a hint of whiskey and vanilla. Dry roasty flavor, a hint of earthiness to this. Slight burn from alcohol but blends well. Sharp on the tongue. Palate actually thin for style. Aroma is the real treat but the beer is full of flavor

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7775) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2009
(Bottle) Dark brown colour, almost black with brief, pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with smoke, vanilla, oak wood, chocolate, liquorice and dark rye bread. Malty, roasted taste with distinct notes of oak wood and vanilla, followed by dark rye bread, liquorice, chocolate, sherry and a touch of smoke. Bittersweet finish. Slightly more than medium body, smooth mouthfeel with some sweetness. Excellent oak wood character. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6613) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
Bottled. Dark brown color, short head. Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolat, whisky. Quite some dry whisky notes in taste as well, on a soft roasted malty background. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2009
JET black, thick, engine oil...or grease. A sipper at best, this crazy and obscenely priced blended stout is bursting with malt whiskey cask character. BIG everything. Let this one breathe for at least 30 minutes or an hour before even coming close to it. Absolutely amazing, don’t let the cat near this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (5240) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2009
Bottled. Tnx Bullit. Aroma has roast, chocolate, whisky. Dark brown coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is sweet and more bitter towards the finish. It has chocolate, whisky, vanilla, rost. Medium bodied and quite smooth. Good one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a small, fizzy light brown head, somewhat lasting with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, roasted grain, chocolate), average hop (flowers, perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of light alcohol, prune, wood, tar, and vanilla. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4415) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark colour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, fruits. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, whiskey and dark fruits. Oily texture, medium bodied. Nice stuff, although not overtly complex.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2009
bottle, pours black with a thin to medium tan head. Sour prune and black cherry aroma with some cocoa and port wine. Roasted malt and dark bitter malt body lots of whiskey heat and flavor with some vanilla and oakyness. Nice, but I would love to see if the 16 or 30 are smoother.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2009
2007 bottle poured a dark brown bordering black with a ring of creamy dark tan head. aroma has molasses, bourbon soaked oak, raisin, vanilla, alcohol, and some campfire smoke. big, sweet, and boozy. mouth feel is a medium with a thick oily texture. flavor has a whack of smoke upfront, roasted malt, whiskey soaked barrel, light bitterness, and some earthy dark fruit. the flavor levels off in the sweetness department but the booze is there across the board.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34272) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
Bottled. A black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of whiskey, wood, prunes, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and whiskey, as well as lighter notes of sood and alcohol, leading to a dry finish where notes of straw and wood lingers.


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