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

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RATINGS: 654   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.”


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StilleStorm (832) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2014
DWG; Pours black with a short lived tan head. Intense nose of roasted malt, caramel, smoke, dark, dried, ripe fruits, alchol, sweets, yeast, more barrel oak than the 12 reserve version, coffee, chocolate, smoke and licorice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, umami and light bitter, chocolate and coffe lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is flat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Satyroneto (124) - - JUN 29, 2014
Garrafa #08701 Cor negra com espuma marrom semelhante a espuma de cafe espresso de baixa/media formacao e baixa persistencia, quase sem lacing; Aroma de madeira, cinzas, cafe, chocolate amargo, baunilha, alcool e um toque de frutas vermelhas; Sabor com inicio de torrado com certo dulcor de frutas vermelhas com final que evolui para amargor e sabor amadeirado que lembra uisque; retrogosto ao mesmo tempo adocicado, amargo e amadeirado dando uma lembranca de uisque; corpo leve e baixa carbonatacao; A complexidade da cerveja evolui muito com o aumento da temperatura.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiammanghilla (638) - Genova, ITALY - JUN 28, 2014
Bottiglia 33 cl @ fob. Nera con schiuma non troppo persistente. Corpo inaspettatamente leggero. Molto affumicato da whisky. Legnosa. Piuttosto beverina, forse un po' poco carattere al di la di quello che da la botte ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
12oz bottle - I’ve always enjoyed my times with Engine Oil, and while I did enjoy this beer I thought it was lacking in a few things to give a better score. Aroma had some light acridness, wet dog, tobacco, wet dirt and very light whisky notes. Flavor was centered squarely on a worty, whiskyish flavor with notes of iodine, light boiled veggies, toffee and caramel also present. I did enjoy the fullness of the body of this beer, but it lacked any head formation and looked like a stout w/o carbonation. Coated my glass nicely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (637) - - JUN 25, 2014
la 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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (1297) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
330ml bottle. Black dark brown colour, foam beige head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of malt, treacle, dark fruit, nutty, earthy, woody. Taste is sweet malty, nutty with some brown sugar & chocolate, smoke, peaty, boozy, some bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, warming smokey finish. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (757) - Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a mahogany color with little head and lacing. Aroma is savory with coffee and mild whiskey, some smoke and dark fruit. Taste dark roasted malt cocoa, smoke and some whiskey.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (418) - USA - JUN 19, 2014
Dark brown almost black color no head. Smells of smoked Gouda cheese, savory meat, roasted smell. Taste is brown sugar, savory a little smoky, roasted, tobacco, caramel, chocolate, scotch, molasses. Great tastes, scotch character is smooth and complementing. Nice sweet chocolate, caramel with smokey roasty flavors. Not as viscous as I suspected but coating. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (363) - USA - MAY 26, 2014
Poured from a July 2009 bottle motor oil with very little head. Aroma is rich dark fruits light booze. Chocolate. Flavor is remarkably smooth prunes, figs, brown sugar. a tad whiskey. So smooth. Again will always reach for this brew when it is available.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cernjoh (141) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Poured from July 2009 bottle. Aroma is dark fruits. Appearance is black like old engine oil with a small tan head. Taste is a bit of smoke some brown sugar and dark fruits. Palate is a little thin but good carbonation. Overall I love the beer.


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