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

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RATINGS: 795   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
borisz (374) - - NOV 18, 2012
Pours a solid black with a tan foamy head and lacing. It has of toasted malt and some caramel, with a bit of the scotch in the background. The flavor has the same description, with the malt flavors up front, followed by a great smoke and peat aftertaste and a syrupy, sticky texture.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omikr0n (730) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with fine light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, whiskey, wood, nuts, clove. Taste is roasty, malty with chocolate, nuts, alcohol. Very smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1624) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Pitch black pour with a small tight khaki head. Deep dark red pit fruit. Rotted vegetation. Charred celery hearts. Prunes. Vegemite. Desiccated cherry cordials. Very rich and peaty. Have had this in the bottle before. The draft version (and I do not think it is the cask version) opens up a bit more. Maybe less refined but feels nicely broader. The Old Engine Oil is playing quite well with the barrel notes. Smooth finish. Cannot wait to try the older variations!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1719) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
Old-school English old ale matured on Scottish Highland Park barrels, sold in a thrilling vintage series. Thin, unstable, light beige head, very dark brown colour, hazy. Powerful ’old’ aroma of old madera, dry sherry, soy sauce, caramel, candied dates, dried plums, whisky, cherries, caramel... Complex taste of candied fruits and caramel malts, chocolatey too, strong dry and old sherry character, complex finish with warming alcohol and a hint of whisky, but no astringent alcohol. What a mighty old beer, a noble gastronomic delight - if you’re into vinous old beers, that is.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamf (75) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with quite small head that doesn’t last long. Dark chocolate, roastiness and whisky notes in nose. Full-bodied, chocolate, some coffee, good but balanced sweetness. A little bit of noble, warming alcohol. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (711) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle from The real ale store. Pours black, aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, whisky, has the same. Very easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wixie (21) - BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2014
Dark black, no head. Aroma reminds me of port and for some reason also an animal shop. Taste is a mixture of stout and whisky. Medium body.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3208) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle No. 45787. Feb. 2012. Swietny wyrob. Destylowana 12 letnia Whisky Highland Park oddala temu piwu nieco karmelowego posmagu kandyzowanego brazowego cukru a takze nieco smolistego aromatu. Dymnosci, grilowego dymu oraz wedonej szynki. Wszystko doskonale zbalansowane i uzupelniajace sie. Piana niewielka do sredniej gora wielkosci, ale nie o to w tym piwie chodzilo. To stare Ale jest czarne niczym zuzyty olej samochodowy, rozgrzana smola i posmak wedzonego drewna. Beczkowy aromat zbozowy jest tak wyrazny ze mozna chlonac go nosem do upadlego. Kolejny swietny klasyk od Harviestoun Brewery..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (920) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2014
beige head disappears quickly without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is smokey, leather, boozy, bit vanilla and coco. taste is smokey, leather, boozy, whisky, bit sweet, candysugar, aftertaste bitter from roasted malts. medium body and carbonation. very nice balance and rather complex. bottle 33 cl / bd aug-2013 / bottle no 01635

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (1430) - - AUG 15, 2014
Draft. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, cocoa powder and smoked peat. Taste adds some soy sauce, caramel, marshmallow and wood. Thin sticky mouthfeel. Incredibly complex and delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (1844) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a black colour with a nice beige head, some chocloate in the aroma, the taste is bitter with some whisky coming through, with a bitter finish.


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