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

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RATINGS: 818   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 (376) - - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Giochaurand (87) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Pitch dark in colour with creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, vainilla and roasted malts. Taste is whisky, bitter cacao beans, malts... Full bodied, complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wiosna (267) - - DEC 23, 2014
0,33l pullo Arabian Alkosta. Samea lähes musta, ruskeaan taittava. Tuoksussa paahteista mallasta, viskiä ja ruista. Maussa tummia maltaita, kahvia, tummaa suklaata, viskiä ja humalaa. Pehmeä, vähän kermainen.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2437) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
0,33l bottle from Alko, Arabia. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate and whiskey. Flavor is soft roasted malts, chocolate, whiskey, some coffee and hops. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2177) - 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 (430) - 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 (1166) - 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 (2621) - 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 (3457) - 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 (244) - Joensuu, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Vähin äänin viinan puolella alku. Porter-tyyppinen maku. Antiikinomainen väri ja rasvainen olemus. Hyvä tuote.


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