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


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RATINGS: 687   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.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (468) - Gdańsk, POLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Piana drobna, brązowa, szybko opada. Kolor mocnej kawy, ciemnobrązowy, nieprzejrzyste. W aromacie gorzka czekolada, lekka słodycz, wyraźne nuty dębowe. Trochę garbnikowe. Przypomina zapach gorzkawych orzechów, trochę jak wytrawna nalewka orzechowa. Trochę wędzone. Lekko przypomina whisky. W smaku wyczuwalne garbniki, lekko winne, beczka bardzo wyraźna. Nie jest gorzkie, nawet pojawia się lekka słodycz. Lekko ściągające, taninowe. W smaku lekko wędzone, nuty whisky. Bardzo pijalne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1632) - SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Dark brown, flat head. Smooth brassy balsamic. Lightly soy, mostly meaty here. Creamy, light nutty. Smooth and tinselly rich. Canter of sweetness towards the end.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5801) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is liquorice, chocolate, sugary, taste is flat, light chocolate, sweet, light whisky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1576) - Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Bottled Feb.2012. Opened Nov.2014. Pours black with a chunky light brown head. Aroma is rich, malty, sweet. Sherry. Soy sauce. Molasses. Chocolate. Raisin. Light smokey. Flavor not quite as engaging as aroma. Much less sweetness. More of the peat, whiskey and oak show up, with accompanying chocolate. medium body. Not sticky or cloying. Pretty smooth. Nice smokiness. Some oaky dryness. Nice complex whiskey character. A nice treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (643) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Bottled Feb. 2012. Opened Nov. 2014. Dark chocolate, caramel, rich malty aroma. bittersweet. A tiny bit of soy sauce aroma. Taste has a strong sweetness/maltiness matched very well with a bitterness/dryness. Some alcohol. very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4779) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2014
Poured deep and very dark brown with a dense beige head. Aroma of sweet berries, vanilla and toasted malt, a little wood. Full body, flavour as the aroma, lightly peaty, smooth and luxurious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kauge (593) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle from a Selver in Tallinn (€ 6,50), Oct 2014. BB Dec 2015. Pours... black. Head is creamy and small, leaving thin, tiny islets. Nose is... where should one begin? This is a myriad of thick, intoxicating aromas like wood and peat (a wonderful whiff of whisky there), roasted malts, smoked plums, chocolate, liqorice... Taste is sweet and sourish of dark ripe fruits, roasted malts, it’s also got a red winey warmth and thickness and a pungent woodiness. It’s got a full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bruds (37) - - OCT 12, 2014
From bottle at room temperature. Pours black, white ring of head. Smells of whiskey barrels. VERY smoky flavor, almost overpowering. Finishes with smoked wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6698) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"pours near black with a lighter brown thin head. inviting complex aroma of smokey peat, whiskey, malt, tar? the feel is quite nice, smooth and full bodied without being cloying or too thick. complex flavors as well - everything in the aroma, plus some chocolate and a hint of pepper. if you like scotch, this is a cool, unique brew. i hope to try the 12 and the 18 as well. at nearly a buck an ounce it’s a little pricey, but unique enought to be worth it once or twice."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solvaris (119) - - OCT 4, 2014
nicht so smoky wie angepriesen, eher wässerig. ---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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