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


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RATINGS: 750   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dink (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, - APR 16, 2011
Is a black, oily pour out of the bottle. Burnt aromas, chocolate, peat and smoke. Starts with a sweet touch of scotch and becomes more dry-roasted chocolate bitterness on the finish. Full-bodied and low carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
InPivoVeritas (196) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, beige head. Aroma of chocolate, wood, caramel, smoke. Taste is a bit sweet with dry, whisky and vanilla finish. Medium-low carbonation. Full body. Thick and smooth on palate. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (2837) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Bottle #60303. Bottled July 2011. Pours black to red, sticky with a small head, aroma of wood, whiskey, deep, flavor of wood, whiskey, chocolate, coffee, sweet and tasty, medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (363) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 05.2015. Pours very dark brown with tan head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, vanilla. Taste: sweet, malt, smoke, caramel, and chocolate. Finish is smoke bitterness and some alcohol burn. Overall: sweeter than I expected, but still very nice brew; very drinkable for ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (644) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner. Black colour no head. Aroma is dark fruits wood ,smoke. Taste is similar slight whiskey notes little alcohol warmth. Great stuff. Bottle February 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (505) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours almost black, with thin tan head. Rich aroma of whiskey, malts, and wood. Taste is like a mixture of good porter, smoke, and whiskey. An excellent beer, but very expensive ($15.95 for a twelve ounce bottle). Thumbs way up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pizz5116 (55) - Bayville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Pour a dark black coffee like color. Aroma is roasted malts, dried fruit, and caramel. Taste is as the aroma precedes. Amazing beer. Like liquid gold.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomekk1978 (278) - POLAND - APR 3, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, pod światło, brązowa. Piana jasno beżowa, niezbyt obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, szybko opadająca, ale ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Wysycenie niskie. Aromat: aksamitny, waniliowy, kokosowy z łagodną nutą alkoholową. Dopiero później wyczuwalna jakby melasa i kawa. Smak: delikatniejszy od engine’a. Nieco większa słodycz, ale również opiekane nuty, przypieczony karmel i wyraźny posmak whisky. Do tego alkoholowa, nieco rozgrzewająca końcówka.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (531) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 2, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en el lúpulo. Mayo de 2013. Botella numero 54290 de julio de 2011. Gran asociación de harviestoun y highland park whisky. Color negro intenso con espuma oscura. Cuerpo medio con 8 vol fáciles de beber. Aromas y sabores a maderas y whisky presentes y bastante refinados. Maltas tostadas y ligeros sabores dulces. Muy buena para repetir sin problemas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migajos (79) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 22, 2014
What a beer! The closest to whisky I’ve ever tasted. Aroma: peat, earth, salt. Taste: silky, salty, asweetish, peaty. Just whisky flavour. It is pleasant to taste but not reallt drinkaple. Some sweetness is lacking for me. Overall very interesting and surprising beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Modularman (51) - - APR 5, 2014
Smell is wood, whiskey, vanilla appearance is pitch black with no head, taste is wood, smoke. Good beer that I thought was going to be really sweet from the smell but was pleasantly surprised by the smoky taste.

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