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

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RATINGS: 859   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniel0017 (401) - Yukon, - NOV 7, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 pours black as soot with very short off-brown head and minimal retention, slight carbonation. aroma is promising with heavy molasses and smoke masking ever so present hops. You can fully taste the delicious whiskey in every sip, mixed in with toffee and molasses. Heavy, lingering sweet aftertaste.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mauritsio (528) - FINLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from Alko. Black with some non lasting Brown head. Smoky, candy sugar, syrup. Some lasting bitterness. Some thin texture?

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2709) - South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2015
From a bottle in Edinburgh. Body is a bit too thin and I wish the flavor were closer to the aroma in terms of richness and strength. Other than these two mild complaints, this is a great beer. Prudent use of barrel aging adds some nice complexity, including hints of whisky (of course), wood and vanilla. Very smooth with the alcohol partly hidden (but high ABV is obvious).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWorta (833) - LUXEMBOURG - APR 19, 2015
Black with some faint dark ruby red hues and a frothy tan head. Aromas of roast malts, chocolate are up front but also notes of coffee, vanilla fudge with some light honey, liquorice and black olive influences are noticeable. Retronasal the heather woody part shines well through. Softly carbonated with a slick texture and a medium-full body offer at first a light short sweetness which moves quickly forward to a roast herbal bitterness with some coffee astringency following through. Lasting finish. Well concipated especially the heather honey vanilla notes of the highland park 12y are noticeable here.

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 (3045) - 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 (53) - - 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 (1655) - 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 (7112) - 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 (1010) - , 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 (1391) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 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.


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