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


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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.”

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darbeer75 (316) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Aroma: rich and complex; whiskey faint but not overwhelming like many other barrel aged beers. Appearance: pitch black with off white head that dissipates quickly; little lacing; Taste: malty with more pronounced whiskey flavors (still not overwhelming); complex; excellent; Palate: heavy body with shorter finish than expected; Overall: delicious. Would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (670) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black with a small, short lived, light brown head that laces. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, coffee, oak and whisky. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, smoke, whisky and oak with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (1194) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2016
Black with brown head. Oak, spicy, vanilla and herbal. Sweet, dry and woody finish. Overall: good! 18 og 12 is better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (2712) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2016
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Lukter godt fatlagringen, eik, nøtter og noe sjokolade. Fyldig. Søtlig start, svisker og vanilje. Utover kommer en nøtteaktig avslutning. Noe alkohol i avslutningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (2011) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at The Halloween tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Taste at Beerville Bar with our small tasting group.Bro Vlada, Bro Alberto and Bro Matt.Bottle from the Great British festival.Pour it dark color with small white head.Aroma of roasted malt.Taste of vanilla again, whiskey flavour, not comlexed and balanced like other two 12 and 21.Flat finish little bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2087) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2015
Tasting at my place. Bottle shared thanks to Mrk. Black. Coffee, dark chocolate, marzipan, whisky. Sweet with bitter finish. Interesting development of palate. Backlog from 2015/01/09.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (4016) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
Bouteille #13650. Un liquide brun foncé avec une mousse beige. Un nez de cuir, vanille, touche de chocolat. Une bouche agréable, facile mais oh combien efficace et savoureuse. Très bon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2287) - Tuusula, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2015
2012 Bottle. Black color, brown head. Aroma has licorice, oak barrels, wet wood, chocolate. Smooth palate, oak, chocolate, coffee. Very smooth, aged nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1236) - CROATIA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle; pours black with a thin tan head; aroma of malt, wood, scotch, and hints of chocolate and dark fruits; taste is malty with chocolate and dark fruits plus hints of wood; finish is light bitter with hints of chocolate and wood; good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Chocolate, smoke, toasted biscuits, peat, soy sauce, some roasted notes, and a bit of raisins in the nose, as well as the ever-growing presence of alcohol. It is more restrained and less messy than I was hoping for. The mouthfeel is medium, a bit sticky but not very viscous, with prickly carbonation. The taste is chocolatey bitter, slight molasses sweet, and a woody/boozy tanginess toward the end, for a dry, cerealy finish. Very palatable, if a little too safe.

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