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

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RATINGS: 777   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.”


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
Rerate - first tasting notes were on a bottle that was clearly sub-standard, won’t bother to post them - There are so many things about this beer that make me happy. Firstly, a traditional scots beer from a real scots brewery aged in a kickass distillery’s whisky casks. Secondly, the flavour is just so intricate and awesome. Bottle 341ml. 8%. Rich dark brown-black pour with a weak white head that bubbles away quickly, no lacing. Aroma is earthy - presence of toasted barley, chocolate, coffee grounds, mild peaty smokiness.Mouthfeel is clean, low carbonation, medium alcohol warmth. Taste is a depth of chocolately, nutty roast malts, tinge of peat smoke, and tremendous character from the wood of the whisky casks - vanilla, oaky. A tremendous brew worthy of high praise.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (3631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2008
33cl, bottle no 11322, Sept 07. Opaque black with the creamiest, lasting inch of non-nitro head you’ll ever see. Smoky-sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, and hickory-smoked pork. Flavor is a superb blend of the same with some dark fruit, vanilla, charred oak barre, caramel and whiskey. Heavy body is smoooooth and lightly oily, with just enough warming and drying on the finish. Brilliant sipper that could be a gulper. I didn’t give this one a 5.0 because Nirvana is the only place for that, but oh my Buddha....

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2010
A - Roasted chocolate and caramel aroma, with hints of scotch A - Black with creamy brown head T - Slightly sweet with full, but controlled bitter finish P - Soft and creamy O - Wow...this may be the best beer I have ever tasted. The search may be over.....

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaartenRF10 (1566) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
Geweldig bier! Prachtig bier met zeer complexe smaak. Whiskey, rook, chocolade en mout. Iets voller en steviger en hij zou perfect zijn. Lekker met een stukje Blue Stilton.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Its hard to enjoy a beer when it costs this much, but Harviestoun is that good. The aging process gives its malt profile added definition. Oily black and coffee finish.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wookiee (2) - - SEP 26, 2012 does not count
had this by chance in a resteraunt on the recommendation of the waiter - very pleased with the results. As a whisky lover I thought it might be an interesting experiment to see a nice ale matured with whisky but it turns out that it makes a brilliant winter warmer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NikStrrr (16) - - SEP 7, 2013
This beer tastes really good! Definitely has some whiskey like notes but without the burn.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matt7215 (2161) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
330 ml bottle fromt he LCBO. pours black with a tan head. salty barrel aroma with deep black malt layers. the flavour has everything you could ever ask for in a big black beer + smokey scotch + woody barrel. this is stupid easy to drink @ 8% abv. what an amazing brew, i cant wait to try the 40.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3769) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2011
It has a very strong barleywine/english strong ale aroma to it, but in the flavor has a very peaty malt base that dominates. Thankfully the scotch flavor doesn’t come into play, although the smokiness is very strong, which in the end makes it a great old ale.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
christilef (4) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011 does not count
A taste of this beer left me suspended in momentary shock, awe and excitement. I’m not a big Whiskey fan, in fact I avoid it. But this... I could feel roasted chocolate with a very noticeable Whiskey taste, and all I could think was "well, they got me into Whiskey now". It has a high alcoholic content, and this shows through in the taste. Not unpleasantly so, but just enough to remind you that you’re holding a powerful drink, and just like Whiskey, you must drink it with class. Almost black in colour, with a tan head, it even looks delicious. Medium to full bodied, quite slick. Such an amazing experience!


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