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


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RATINGS: 682   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.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4249) - 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 (484) - 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 (6336) - 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 (114) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (2260) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2014
33 cl. bottle poured in to a Snifter. Bottled in April 2013. Pitch black with a thin ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass. Roasted aroma with chocolate, vanilla, dark malts, liquorice, light whisky, barrel and some gentle smoke. Taste is sweet. Medium to full body with an oily texture and a flat carbonation. Finishes dry and roasted with chocolate, whisky, light barrel and smoke. Some boozy notes in the far finish. Lovely, rather subtle barrel rating, a sippers beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tlind2 (1223) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle, bottled 2009, BBE Jan 2012. Black color, tan head. Strong, sweet aroma with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak. Hint of... Cherry? Surprisingly dry flavor with noticeable whiskey notes and oak. Very full body, medium carbonation. Elegant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2005) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a thin beige head, malt chocolate aroma with a hint of whisky, taste is lightly bitter and smooth,the whisky comes through in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (454) - Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Aroma of chocolate, taste is chocolate, woody, vanilla, some smoky notes. Good beer, scotch whiskey comes through at the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (423) - GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
Schwarz. In der Nase komplex: Holz, Vanil, Röstmalz, dunkle früchte, whiskey. Am Gaumen alkoholisch, whiskey, malzig, dunkle Früchte.

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