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

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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2479) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is sweet brownie, some dark fruit and a trace of earthy barrel character. The palate follows with lots of balance between brownie batter and vanilla kissed whisky. Undertones of dates and leather. Long round finish. Smooth silky body

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - DEC 31, 2014
Immense whiskey aroma. Choco and coffee also in the aroma. Taste is coffee forward followed by sweet choco an then whiskey

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9165) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle: Almost black with a ruby sheen, small and pretty stable off-White head; moderate to solid Aromas of toasted malt, port and chocolate; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, nearly full bodied; molasses, toasted malt and sweet dried berries in the finish. Great...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (1847) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
bottle at home, poured a dark colour with a small tanned head. smoke, dark chocolate, oak, peat, iodine, roasted malts, dark fruit, smoky aftertaste, iron, some lactic sour notes, highland park is just not my kind of whisky. to much sweetness combined with peat,

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ShivanDragon (2070) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
@Nuchtere Noorden Tasting I, fles meegebracht door @MaartenRF10, thanks, fles uit 2009, heeft dus even liggen rijpen. schenkt zwart met bruine kraag, Aroma van zoetigheid, volle chocolade, hout, whisky. heerlijk. smaken zijn enorm vol/glad/romig, matig zoet, licht bittertje, gelagerd op 16 jaar oude whisky aldus de fles, en de whisky smaak komt heerlijk en subtiel terug, verder wat plakkerig zoet en verder heerlijk gebalanceerd. afdronk is zoetig, Héérlijk spul dit !!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaartenRF10 (1668) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
Fles uit 2009. Geweldig bier. Goede balans, heerlijke zachte whiskey tonen. Romig....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jultsu (253) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottled JUL 2011. Pikimustaa moottoriöljyä, ei vaahtoa. Luumuinen, aromikas, intensiivinen, yrttinen. Jälkimaku kuitenkin aika laimeahkon liukas, ei poltetta. Ei parhaimmistoa mutta helppo nautittava useampikin putkeen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1827) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - DEC 16, 2014
33cl bottle from pistáchio, Sintra, Portugal. Color is dark. Head is thin. Body is smooth. Taste is light sour, light sweet. Aroma is coffee, roasted, chocolate, whisky, wood.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2252) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
330ml bottle @ the Tenth Shrewsbury Bottle Share, courtesy of Simon. Pours nice and dark. Peated / chocolate cake aroma. Hugely complex taste, enveloping and captivating with a swirl of whisky hints drawing you in with a nutty warmth. Very impressed with this. Thanks Si!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (4677) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
330ml bottle: 03442 April 2013. Broached between 5 on 8th Dec 2014, cheers Simon for bringing this to the Shrewsbury Bottle Share meeting. Dark and inviting look, but who wants to stare at a beer like this? The aroma draws you in, a huge peat bog of a smell, with a whisky hint in amongst the roasted malty esters of chocolate, liquorice and dark fruits. Taste starts fairly sweet and then a mini-sourness arrives to calm down the sweetness, a wine like depth to the flavouring gives a warm feeling in the mouth and stomach: just a great beer really.


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