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

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RATINGS: 638   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.”


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Black and oily with virtually no head. Aroma is molasses, wood, soy sauce, hint of leather and smoke. Very smooth on the palate, oily mouthfeel, sweet with only a hint of booze. Taste is raisins, wood, chocolate, prunes, hint of anise. Yummy

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Claves77 (153) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Like motor oil black. Great smell. Not too strong. Smooth taste, not overpowering like others. Smoke flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (305) - - FEB 25, 2014
Pours dark, dark brown into snifter. Subtle nose, but whiskey barrel, booze and dark fruit present. Very chewy mouthfeel. Toffee, a touch of whiskey, booze, smokey. Good - not worth the price, but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
authenticmead (60) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Got it from Mainbrew ABV. Subtle aromas of fruit and whiskey. Medium mouthfeel with toffee, dark dried fruits and cocoa. A bit vinous and oxidized. Very smooth with low carbonation. I would like to see a bit more hop presence and whiskey character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (596) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
Aroma: malt, choc, sea App: black tan head, sheet lacing Flavour: iodine, whiskey, malt ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3196) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
From a 25 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head.Aroma of chocolate and licorice. Flavors of oak, vanilla and whiskey. Medium heavy bodied, light carbonation, roasted peat finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (902) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a finger thick, creamy mocha head. Aroma is nice burned malts with oak, coffee, muscovado and tobacco. Quite light body with very soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with burned malts, whisky and oak barrels, as well as muscovado and dark fruits, and with a lingering sweetly finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
abstractbeer (237) - NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle, at home. Bottle has been in my beer fridge for ~2 years. Bottled "July 2011", best before september 2014. Pours the expected very black brew, with a "cappuccino coloured" small head. Aroma of sweet raisins, prunes, coffee, smoke/peat. Smoky flavor with notes of coffee, burnt malts, brown sugar, dried fruits, leather. Long and lingering aftertaste following the initial flavor, with an additional cascade of flavors, liquorice being dominant, then nuts. Soft carbonation and full body. Yum!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (272) - - FEB 15, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Dark cherries, dark chocolate, wood, smooth vanilla, toasted bread, whiskey and raisins. Hints of caramel, licorice and clove. Bite of alcohol at the end but great texture carries it well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TizzleJizzle (620) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2014
12 oz bottle. Poured an dark mahogany when put up my flashlight app, otherwise looks jet black. Thin khaki head. Complex taste of roasted and toasted malts, followed by the boozy barrel flavor, and vanilla eaters. Medium carbonation, smooth creamy thick body. Wow, damn good beer!


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