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

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RATINGS: 916   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.”


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle poured black with limited tan head. Aroma is smoky , toasted malts ,roasted meat . Taste is sweet caramel with smoky salty meatiness underlying. Finish is a smoky bitterness but lighter than a rauchbeer style. Medium carbonation with thick oily mouthfeel


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (3629) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Same heavy pour with soapy head. Rich barrel aroma, deep vanilla. Smoky, woody overtones. Creamier body, lots of whiskey. Solid, tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheKernOwl (66) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Like any good grandad: Liquorice Allsorts, a smokey/tobacco whiff; whisky everywhere – and something you’ll never fully understand. I’ll stop the analogy there. Seriously good, and worth whatever high price you pay for it. Body is perfect weight; long whiskyfied finish is inviting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3039) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle. Amazing nose, with rich dark fruit, light smoke, licorice, barrel, and light alc. fumes. Thick dark brown color with translucent edges. Whisky barrel flavor, with smoke, dark fruit, berries, The fruitiness and the barrel notes blend wonderfully in the finish. Decided alcohol presence. Medium-heavy body (a bit thin for the style). Very smooth, flavors are full but subtle, gentle, and complex.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pov (21) - - JAN 10, 2016
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleksander9 (1050) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2016
Black with tan head. Freshly emptied whiskey barrels, tobacco, some smoke and tar. Dry, fruity, some metal, Sweet caramel, floral and vanilla finish. Overall: excellent balance. Great whiskey old ale

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moravius (940) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2016
Flasche (33 cl) vom Bierzwerg-Onlineversand. - Tiefschwarz, schwacher dunkelbeigefarbener Schaum. - In der Nase schweres dunkles Malz, Stout-artig, mit zarten Anklängen an Vanille und Torfrauch. - Antrunk schwer und füllig röstmalzig mit starkem Mokka und weicher, zurückhaltender Süße. Beim Wärmerwerden zeigen sich zarte komplexe Säure und Noten von Torf. Mild rezent, weich im Mund, schwer aber nicht sirupartig. Im Abgang milde, schwach holzige Herbe mit einem Hauch von Asche, zart salzig. Im Nachtrunk dann tatsächlich so etwas wie Whisky-Noten: zart torfig und rauchig. - Schmeckt wie ein erstklassiges schweres Stout, dabei rund und sehr harmonisch. Die Whisky-Noten geben ihm nur noch das besondere Etwas.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (1559) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at The Halloween tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Taste at Beerville Bar with our small tasting group.Bro Vlada, Bro Alberto and Bro Matt.Bottle from the Great British festival.Pour it dark thick color with small white head.Aroma of whiskey, wooden barrel. Taste of vanilla, whiskey present, spice, smooth, milky texture, nice balanced, for me the best from this series.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2454) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flanfl (439) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mecafilo (168) - 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.


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