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


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RATINGS: 651   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7847) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, holzig, dunkle reife Früchte, Vanille, so ist auch der Geschmack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (712) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1722) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xenon (86) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (789) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (398) - Texas, USA - APR 10, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Aroma is booze and a sweet dark malt. Appearance is black. Taste is a dark stout with some bourbon mixed in. Palate is smooth for a bourbon barreled stout. Overall, a good, even aged stout. Pretty thin, though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
s_hartshorne (1490) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner. Black colour no head. Aroma is strong dark fruits wood smoke peat. Taste is similar good whiskey notes coming through. Really good nice mouthfeel and body. Really good slightly better than 12year more complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekk1978 (505) - POLAND - APR 4, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, praktycznie nie prześwitująca. Piana jasno beżowa, niezbyt obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, szybko opadająca. Wysycenie niskie. Aromat: wyczuwalna wanilia z łagodną nutą alkoholową. Następnie akcenty melanoidynowe (z czasem zanikają) i jakby tytoniowe. Całość jednak odrobinę mniej wyrazista niż w 12. Smak: wyraźnie słodki, jednak z wytrawną kontrą. Występują zatem nuty opiekane, toffi, ciemne owoce, łagodna czekolada, kawa i alkoholowy, delikatny koniec. Nieco kwaskowe i momentami jakby ściągające.

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