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


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RATINGS: 675   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (1982) - 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 (448) - 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 (284) - GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
Schwarz. In der Nase komplex: Holz, Vanil, Röstmalz, dunkle früchte, whiskey. Am Gaumen alkoholisch, whiskey, malzig, dunkle Früchte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (1249) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 20, 2014
Couleur noire, légère mousse beige qui disparait. Nez de malt a whisky, chène, fut de whisky, note malt fumé et tourbe. Gout cremeux chocolaté, malté, notes boisée et fumées, voir whisky doux. Huileuse, légère et ronde en bouche, super!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omikr0n (779) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with thin brown head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is chocolate, wood, vanilla, roasty, hint of fresh milk. Taste is chocolate, hops, roasty, slightly herbal and smokey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hank37 (139) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2014
Aromas of whiskey and oak alongside stonefruit. Taste is Strong on whiskey with some heavy molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (427) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2014
Dark brown almost black beer with beige minimum foam collar that instantly disappears. Aroma of fruit, coffee and chocolate. Taste of wood, peat, dark fruit and à bit salty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3956) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle at an Ola Dubh vertical. Pours a very dark brown color. The scotch here is really starting to come through, as well as some chocolate. Taste really has the peatiness come through with the wood, and ends up being super smooth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle:   More chocolate than the 12, less tobacco and prune.   Leather, some peaty notes.   Malty, more scotch like, smoother than 12.   Nice stuff.   Thanks Matt!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RubberSoul78 (3) - - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
Densa e corposa con poca schiuma, colore scuro, profumo di torba e legno, sapore ricco di malto, whisky, caffè, caramello (poco) e note di cioccolato. Lascia in bocca un retrogusto persistente con qualche nota amarognola. Bevuta in bottiglia in un piccolo beershop (amarillo 32) a Foggia (Italy)

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