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

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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.”


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
s_hartshorne (1093) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner. Black colour no head. Aroma is strong dark fruits wood smoke peat. Taste is similar good whiskey notes coming through. Really good nice mouthfeel and body. Really good slightly better than 12year more complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekk1978 (418) - POLAND - APR 4, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, praktycznie nie prześwitująca. Piana jasno beżowa, niezbyt obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, szybko opadająca. Wysycenie niskie. Aromat: wyczuwalna wanilia z łagodną nutą alkoholową. Następnie akcenty melanoidynowe (z czasem zanikają) i jakby tytoniowe. Całość jednak odrobinę mniej wyrazista niż w 12. Smak: wyraźnie słodki, jednak z wytrawną kontrą. Występują zatem nuty opiekane, toffi, ciemne owoce, łagodna czekolada, kawa i alkoholowy, delikatny koniec. Nieco kwaskowe i momentami jakby ściągające.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingstoni (1473) - FINLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with a thin brown head. Aroma of smoke, peat and roasted malt. Bitter and sweet taste. Flavors are licorice and peat with notes of coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (841) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle from Watson. Pours a deep dark opaque black with a ring of light tan head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, and booze. Taste pretty much similar with an oak hint that masks a bit of the abv.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 Pours dark with a head that disappears. Aroma is oak, booze, and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit, barrel, and chocolate malt. There is a bit of sourness and oxidation in the taste. Borderline infected?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Black and oily with virtually no head. Aroma is molasses, wood, soy sauce, hint of leather and smoke. Very smooth on the palate, oily mouthfeel, sweet with only a hint of booze. Taste is raisins, wood, chocolate, prunes, hint of anise. Yummy

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Claves77 (152) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Like motor oil black. Great smell. Not too strong. Smooth taste, not overpowering like others. Smoke flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (280) - - FEB 25, 2014
Pours dark, dark brown into snifter. Subtle nose, but whiskey barrel, booze and dark fruit present. Very chewy mouthfeel. Toffee, a touch of whiskey, booze, smokey. Good - not worth the price, but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
authenticmead (59) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Got it from Mainbrew ABV. Subtle aromas of fruit and whiskey. Medium mouthfeel with toffee, dark dried fruits and cocoa. A bit vinous and oxidized. Very smooth with low carbonation. I would like to see a bit more hop presence and whiskey character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (593) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
Aroma: malt, choc, sea App: black tan head, sheet lacing Flavour: iodine, whiskey, malt ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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