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

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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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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4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - FEB 24, 2013
What a great beer to have on my birthday! Really, really enjoyed this one, and kind of wished (though it was probably for the best) that I sprung the 20 bucks for the 40 year old that was still at the LCBO. What I love about this is how well mixed and balanced the scotch tastes are with the old ale tastes. You still get the malt, mixed with some spices and fruits floating just beneath the surface, but the peat smoke and the scotch flavours come in to make this beer something special. Pours blacker than black, probably the darkest beer I have had (take that Russian Imperial Stouts!) but tastes so smooth. The palate is a bit thin, I agree, but overall its a minor quibble for a beer that is easily in my top 10 if not top 5 beers.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2159) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a very little head. Aromas are chocolate, charred oak, light smoke, coffee, and some dark fruit. Tastes slightly sweet with chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit standing out. Finishes with both peat smoke and campfire smoke along with coffee. Hint of whisky as well. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Very enjoyable just like all the other Harviestouns I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budedou (427) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - DEC 9, 2014
Pours a jet black with a light brown head which hangs about for a while. Unique aromas of heather peat, chocolate and a mild whisky. Lovely taste with chocolate, peaty whisky and a slight sticky prune. Amazingly drinkable for an 8%! Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Xebbe (90) - - DEC 5, 2014
Rik doft av choklad och kaffe. Lite whisky toner kan skönjas. Rik och ganska fyllig smak. Whiskyn blir tydligare. Helt ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhammaren (1161) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2014
.33l bottle from Alko Keskusta Pours black with minimum head. Aroma is dark malts, whisky, liquorice, roasted, coffee and dark chocolate notes. Flavor is whisky, dark fruits, cocoa, coffee, alcohol. Oily palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (2601) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown. Dark fruity, dusty dry woody roasted, slight leathery, malty nose. Some licorice, but mainly woody soft roast, some chocolate. Slick texture, quite ok, real easy for an 8 abv. An oaky dark soft roasty drink.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hermod (3449) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle from Alko. Pours black, nearly no head. Molasses, soy sauce, big time vanilla aroma. Flavor has ash, soy sauce and molasses. Very thin body for being 8% abv. Huge disappointment.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Toomio (241) - Joensuu, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Vähin äänin viinan puolella alku. Porter-tyyppinen maku. Antiikinomainen väri ja rasvainen olemus. Hyvä tuote.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2130) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Black body, fast disappearing brown head. Aroma has molasses, roasted malt, smoke and some chocolate. Flavour tends to lean bit sweeter than the aroma. This brings some nice depth out. Or its just wrming a little bit. Quite nice and enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtu71 (113) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle. Deep black. Almost no head. Dark burned deep aroma, some woods. Taste full of dark flavours: coffee, liqourice and chocolate, black cherries. Heavenly balance. Whisky and full dark chocolate come out best towards the end. Smooth, low carbons, oily. Full bodied and drinkable, tasty, strong and deep as night. Love it.

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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SperkeleForce (609) - FINLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black with brown fast vanishing head and a kind of smokey scent. Smooth smokey and wood taste right at the start. This continues with some good chocolate, licorice, coffee and roasted notes. Very smooth and easy drinkable. Maybe could use some more body. But still quite the good beer which goes damn easy down.


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