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


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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3252) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
Bottled. Pours black with a little, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, spicy notes and a little smoke. Sweet flavor, that ends up more dry with a hint of bitterness. Soft carbonation, full bodied and oily texture. A very nice ale indeed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️&#

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzi (69) - POLAND - APR 4, 2015
piana: beżowa, średniooczkowa, lecz natychmiast opada do zera. barwa: czarna i nieprzejrzysta wysycenie: niskie aromat: wędzonka, alkohol, lekka śliwka i wanilia oraz paloność smak: wędzonka, rozgrzewający alkohol, później długo utrzymująca się paloność i kawa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1608) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Pitch black with a small beige head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Medium sweetness with some bitter tones. Dark chocolate, whisky, coffee, caramel, raisin, vanilla and herbs. Another tasty brew from Harviestoun.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainTilven (39) - FRANCE - MAR 20, 2015
Black colour with mahogany reflections; dark beige foam that fades away rapidly. Obvious smells of coffee and prune. Coffee all along, dark chocolate, wood, roasted and even burnt. Oily, rich; very nice bitterness. Gorgeous complementary match with gorgonzola on a chestnut and dried fruit bread; and in matching shades with a dark chocolate cake, of course.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle, shared by a kind soul, in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically black, and basically still... there are some whisperings of a head that are quickly hushed.

The aroma is roasty and peaty with some sweet maple wood and chocolate.

The flavor is sweet and lightly smoky with some dark chocolate, some light peaty earthiness, and a good dosing of vanilla.

Pretty enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (918) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
33cl bottle @ home from Edinburgh. Body is nearly black, head is small off-white, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Nose is light roasty, flavor is licorice, raisin, herbs, spices, light smoke, wood. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter, dried fruits, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkvoika (156) - ESTONIA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. pours black color with small tan head. Aroma smoke, malts, plum, some wood. Taste smoke, malts, light sweet, medium bitterness, bit of whisky, some fruits. Medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle shared with mikkvoika. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is burnt malts, sweet cherries, oak, dark plums, some burnt bread, cherry flavored dark chocolate, biscuites etc.Taste is medium bitter, burnt malts, some dryness, hints of whiskey barrels.Full body, thick. Soft carbonation. Long burnt bitter finish with some smoothness. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (897) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 5, 2015
Black colour, small beige head. Aroma of cofee, dark chocolate, peat. Taste is light sweet, slightly bitter. Light smokey flavour. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (7614) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Århus. Pours pitch black with a small tan head, some lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, little peat, oak, light whisky, light hints of oxydation, some dark fruits. Flavor is light sweet, rich malty, caramel, dark chocolate, oak, whisky, dark fruit, little peat, light alcohol. Medium body, very soft carbonated, light warming alcohol in the finish. 270215

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