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

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RATINGS: 856   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, - JUN 25, 2009
Black body with a fluffy light brown head; Excellent aroma, the whisky is very well integrated as a full sharp background, in front of it there are layers of fruit, oak, caramel and chocolate malt notes, very good; Very pleasant body, very full velvet soft textured, very well balanced, slightly thin but it fit perfectly with the velvet softness, that could easily have become to much if the beer had been to chocolate full and sweet; It dies a little to fast in the finish, there are lots and long whiskey aromas but the fell of the beers disappears a little to fast. Very pleasant and I think the most drinkable of the 3 I have had.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermes (3) - Blanes, SPAIN - APR 19, 2015 does not count
Espectacular! Com molts dels productes que surten d'aquesta brewberi Pero de la saga de les ola dubh es probablement amb la que mes em quedaria, per que? Equilibri ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3002) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
Bottled. Pours black with a little, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, spicy notes and a little smoke. Sweet flavor, that ends up more dry with a hint of bitterness. Soft carbonation, full bodied and oily texture. A very nice ale indeed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️&#

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trith1 (48) - - APR 9, 2015
First crack of the bottle gives a really great peaty smell, I wish I got more of that after the initial. But I'm getting so much more on the palate than other beers, it's got great woodiness throughout and a delicate smoke across it. In terms if the porter itself, I tried the original "Old Engine Oil" years back, it was great, this softens the heavy Fist of that old dog, and this gives it an extra element that I love.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1654) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2015
Best of the Ola Dubh series I have had. Bit more sweetness and chocolate, still nice smokey peat but not as dry and boring as some of the higher numbered year ones. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (6978) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 3, 2015
Bottle @ Home. Pours bblack with a fading light brown head, lacings. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, nuts, whisky, little spicy, light smoke, peat, sweet dark dried fruit. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, oak, whisky, light smoke, dark fruit. little alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation, light warming alcohol. 030415

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1000) - , CYPRUS - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle. Aged 3 years. Black colour, sweet whisky choxolatw aroma and flavour. Very good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1288) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Almost black beer. Very strange aroma, almost like some fish. Or this flu. Also smoke, oak, burnt sth, chocolate. Oily texture, smooth. Soft taste with burnt malts, chocolate, sweet whisky, dark fruits. A bit on sweet side but nice balance. Strange aroma but great taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GnarlyGnome (713) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Mmmm... the nose hits you with a nice whiskey aroma, and the flavor is nice and woody and smokey. This is a delicious beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicolas_M (78) - BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2015
As a non-fan of whisky, the first approach is difficult with this beer. Happily, the aroma is the only part that has something in common with whisky. The main taste is the one from the malt roasting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2416) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Poured from a bottle, thanks Mike. This is a great stout. There is a strong smokey roasted malt presence. Woody and cocoa as well.


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