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


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RATINGS: 699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (1865) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle. Black with creamy beige head. Coffee, dark chocolate, hay, marzipan, fresh baked brown bread, raw green beans, light smoke, whisky, very dry ashy touch. Quite sweet but towards the finish more dry with a bitter kick. Medium bodied with initial velvety feel that ends way more dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2603) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is sweet brownie, some dark fruit and a trace of earthy barrel character. The palate follows with lots of balance between brownie batter and vanilla kissed whisky. Undertones of dates and leather. Long round finish. Smooth silky body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - DEC 31, 2014
Immense whiskey aroma. Choco and coffee also in the aroma. Taste is coffee forward followed by sweet choco an then whiskey

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9482) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle: Almost black with a ruby sheen, small and pretty stable off-White head; moderate to solid Aromas of toasted malt, port and chocolate; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, nearly full bodied; molasses, toasted malt and sweet dried berries in the finish. Great...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (2331) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
bottle at home, poured a dark colour with a small tanned head. smoke, dark chocolate, oak, peat, iodine, roasted malts, dark fruit, smoky aftertaste, iron, some lactic sour notes, highland park is just not my kind of whisky. to much sweetness combined with peat,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ShivanDragon (2470) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
@Nuchtere Noorden Tasting I, fles meegebracht door @MaartenRF10, thanks, fles uit 2009, heeft dus even liggen rijpen. schenkt zwart met bruine kraag, Aroma van zoetigheid, volle chocolade, hout, whisky. heerlijk. smaken zijn enorm vol/glad/romig, matig zoet, licht bittertje, gelagerd op 16 jaar oude whisky aldus de fles, en de whisky smaak komt heerlijk en subtiel terug, verder wat plakkerig zoet en verder heerlijk gebalanceerd. afdronk is zoetig, Héérlijk spul dit !!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaartenRF10 (1738) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
Fles uit 2009. Geweldig bier. Goede balans, heerlijke zachte whiskey tonen. Romig....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jultsu (358) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottled JUL 2011. Pikimustaa moottoriöljyä, ei vaahtoa. Luumuinen, aromikas, intensiivinen, yrttinen. Jälkimaku kuitenkin aika laimeahkon liukas, ei poltetta. Ei parhaimmistoa mutta helppo nautittava useampikin putkeen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2033) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - DEC 16, 2014
33cl bottle from pistáchio, Sintra, Portugal. Color is dark. Head is thin. Body is smooth. Taste is light sour, light sweet. Aroma is coffee, roasted, chocolate, whisky, wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2740) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
330ml bottle @ the Tenth Shrewsbury Bottle Share, courtesy of Simon. Pours nice and dark. Peated / chocolate cake aroma. Hugely complex taste, enveloping and captivating with a swirl of whisky hints drawing you in with a nutty warmth. Very impressed with this. Thanks Si!

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