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

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RATINGS: 654   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.”


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lukasman77 (4) - - MAY 23, 2014 does not count
Delicious overall! Great chocolate comes through great, good thick mouthfeel! The scotch flavor really adds layers to the beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radzik5555 (427) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAY 20, 2014
Butelka 0.33L Wygląd: Czarne z beżową, średnioobfitą, dość zwartą pianą. Aromat: Dojrzałe ciemne owoce, rodzynki, wiśnie, suszone śliwki, ciemne pieczywo, czekolada, kawa, lekko dębowe ale whisky nie czuć zbyt wyraźnie. Całość przypomina trochę karmę dla psów. Smak: Gorzka czekolada, suszone owoce, whisky, alkohol. Finisz dość długi lekko palony, alkoholowy z palono-alkoholową goryczką. Odczucie: wysycenie poniżej średniego, ciała dużo, faktura gładka oleista. Dobre piwo ale trochę mnie wpływu beczki niż w 12tce a dość mocno alkoholowe.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilverfoX (380) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
nuts, chocolate, soy sauce, clove aromas, pitch black body with a thin white head. salty, lightly bitter, light sweetness, a bit smokey in the aftertaste, i just keep thinking soy sauce. not really worth the price tag.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Czekalina (4) - - MAY 19, 2014 does not count
(08.05.2014 - butelka) Czarne, piana skąpa, redukuje się prawie do zera. Zapach intensywny, praliny, likier czekoladowy, wędzoność, drewno. W smaku yraźnie wyczuwalny alkohol, rozgrzewające, czekolada i praliny, czuć beczkę. Wysycenie znikome faktura bardzo aksamitna.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (8095) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, holzig, dunkle reife Früchte, Vanille, so ist auch der Geschmack.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (747) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
Aroma is sweet roasty malts with smokey notes. The Highland Park casks add a pleasant sweetness and light smokiness. Body is black and with a thin beige head.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1752) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Not nearly as boozy as I thought it was going to be, tasted more like a water BA stout than anything else. Nice but not worth the price tag. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, kind of like engine oil funnily enough, thin quickly fading dark brown head. Awesome aroma of whiskey, chocolate, dark fruit. Flavour is whiskey, nicely smoked which fades in the finish, chocolate, nuts, roasted malts, vanilla. Smooth palate. Like this a lot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xenon (97) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2014
Really opened up with temperature. The barrel and scotch flavors were hard to spot but opened up later. As a new scotch drinker, I appreciate those notes. It seems this is more of a porter than a stout, and unfortunately, I feel that porters are just worse stouts. Chocolatey nose Licorice sweetness, no roast, and a slightly spicy mouthfeel despite no carbonation or head, which was pretty cool. Dark as night color.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (876) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 12.2015. Pours very dark brown with brown head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, vanilla, and oak. Taste: malt, smoke, sweetness, wood, and dark chocolate. Finish is smoke bitterness and some alcohol burn. Overall: very nice brew, less sweet than 12 year old; very drinkable for ABV.


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