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

bottled
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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.”


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle pour at Pai Men in Portland Maine. Thin ring of white head. Boozy scotch and cocoa aroma. Scotch, sweet, molasses , vanilla and chocolate taste. Big and rich.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (2128) - PORTUGAL - NOV 2, 2015
33cl bottle. Opaque black colour with a small tan head. Wood, vanilla, licorice, light roasted and smoke in the aroma. Soft carbonation and medium body. Taste is balanced with some wood notes. Overall, a good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2422) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
Black color with nice tan head. Slightly peaty aroma, wood, some prunes. Taste is malty, dark fruits, slightly peaty, low but present carbonation. Superbly balanced, so good. Way better than the 12yo.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abijen (2456) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Donker rood bruin bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt zoet, alcohol, geroosterd, spek, siroop. Smaakt wat zoeter dan de 12, siroop, vanille, dunnig.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2589) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Mooie zwarte kleur met een kleine kraag. Ruikt zoetig, vanille, crèmebrulee. Smaakt zoetig, vanille, beetje koffie. Beetje dun. Minder dan de 12.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hansvf (678) - - OCT 9, 2015
De tweede in het rijtje. Uiterlijk hetzelfde. Ruikt wat scherper naar alcohol. Ook qua smaak. 12y was beter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1288) - DENMARK - OCT 4, 2015
(33 cl bottle from Sip; Bottle #121; Bottled on October 2012; BBD: December 2015) Poured into an Ølfabrikken snifter at 10 degrees celsius reveals a pitch black body with one finger tan head that fades leaving film and a bit of lace. Aroma has notes of ryebread, salt and whiskey. Oily texture, soft carbonation, full body and a warming finish. Flavour is dark, sweet and boozy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xXbaptisteXx (233) - - SEP 16, 2015
De couleur noire la mousse est de couleur marron clair il se dissipe assez vite Honey on va sentir des arômes de Porto de fruits secs comme l’amande et des arômes un peu aigre-doux... En bouche elle va se sentir très douce au début puis une toute petite amertume va arriver au fur et à mesure avec toujours six ces fameuses notes de Porto puis le café arrive ensuite mais tout ça reste très doux... Elle me manque quand même un peu de corps. C’est limite si la version 12 on n’a pas plus de goût...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1444) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
Medium foam with nougat color. Good aromas with fruity touch of especially plum and berries. The taste is dominated by caramel malt abundant, well with black currant, plum and prune / raisin and a little hard roasted malt which holds together the flavor notes. Hop bitterness is almost hidden behind the warming alcohol, and I had probably expected me much more than it is.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours opaque black, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is peaty, smoky, roasty, cocoa, molasses. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, less peaty than most in the series actually. Medium body.


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