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

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RATINGS: 791   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.”


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
I really dig Highland Park whisky and I always have a bottle of Highland Park 12yr in my cupboard, So I am very excited about this brew! Pours a deep rich murky black body and a wispy tan head. The aroma notes of roasted malts, coffee, coco and largely suggests the peat smoke and whisky barrel. I enjoy the way that the Whisky barrel interacts with the characters of the old ale in the flavor. Seems like less oxidation on the beer, but I’m sure it’s just the whisky overpowering the roasty oxidized malts. The palate is sticky and oily, a bit gritty. Finishes dry yet molasses sweet. A fine brew indeed!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (606) - 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 (13) - 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 (3175) - 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 (850) - 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 (1372) - - 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 (1837) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1582) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a very dark brown with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of dark fruits and some chocolate. Rich maltiness to it. Fantastic beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (376) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
Dark brown color with cream-coloured head. Aroma of ripe dark fruit and slightly smoked. Taste is full and has mainly in the aftertaste smoky tones. Chocolate, coffee and ripe plums.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle:   Thanks Matt!   Soft sweet prune, touch of roast and ash, but lots of tobacco.   Soft chocolate and coffee.   Light head and Lacing.   Lingering tobacco and print roastiness.   Nice stuff.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ATulloch (65) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from Highland Park distillery. 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.


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