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

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RATINGS: 749   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.”


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2008
Bottle 11.2fl.oz. Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, peat - smoke, whisky. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Very nice. 100908

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a fully diminished tan head. Dense roasted and chocolate malty aroma. Smooth and roasted malt flavour with a distinct tarish dryness and smooth chocolate note. Acidic bitterness into the finish with a lasting chocolate roasted base flavour going into the far finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (28448) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of yespr/Ungstrup. Dark brown with a tint of red and a rough, off-white head. Very burned malt aroam with some whisky accents. Full-bodied, a little low in carbonation. Plenty of burned malt and smoked whisky accents. Burned malty bitterness. 100908

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2008
Bottled@EBF2008. Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, sweet malts, chocolate and roasted notes. Flavour is sweet alcohol, caramel malts, roasted malts, some chocolate and vanilla. More "raw" than the 30 I tried "on the side" of this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of dried fruits, chocolate, liquorice and whisky. Roasted flavour of dried fruits and chocolate with notes of coffee. Roasted and warming alcoholc finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2008
<i>Bottled at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. </i> Very dark brown, no head. Arma of vanilla and sherry. Salty and dense with coffee and caramel. Intense and compact with salty peaty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15568) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a rosated malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty licorice flavor with some hints of oak. Has a roasted malty licorice and oaky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2011 2010-11-19, 8-5-8-4-16=41
It pours a black color with glorious creamy brownish head. The aroma of the dark ale is complemented by tones of glueish alcohol, the whisky. It has a good body structure, yet the mouthfeel is not sticky; flavor of roasted malts, dark caramel, dark chocolate. The final shows at first elegant single malt whisky notes, then the roasted malts; quite dry. Probably one of the beers where the whisky has the best presence. Elegant and powerful.

2009-04-23, bottle at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 7-4-8-3-15=37
Black color; big head. Mild cask and smoke aroma, caramel. Medium body strength, quite smooth mouthfeel, with a good combination of caramel, chocolate malt and light smoke, a touch of whisky. In the end there is some more chocolate malt. Balanced, but sometimes a bit empty, mainly the final (weak), without vibes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13458) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is close to black. Aroma and taste are whisky, malt and licorice. Some raisin too.


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