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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 728   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.”


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (844) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a very dark, caramel color, with little, if any, head. Very complex variety of flavors--some smoke, some sweet vanilla and molasses, a bit coffee and chocolate. Overall, just a bit too sweet to my taste, but certainly worth a try.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle #02075 from September 2007. Sampled on 09/20/2008. Dark black body with a medium frothy light brown head. Sweet scotch aroma, some light smoke and caramel. Sweet scotch flavor, some peat, caramel, and light smoke. Medium full body with low carbonation and a smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5850) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle. Labeled 02014/Sept 2007. Black pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is very peaty with roasted malts, light vanilla, molasses, burnt wood and smoke. Taste is delicious! Smoke, burnt wood, light vanilla, peat, molasses, treacle and light scotch. Very tasty! Body is light-medium to medium with soft, almost faint carbonation feel on the tongue. Rather smooth overall. Light warmth as well. Ends with a bit less of the smokiness in it, more roasted malts, vanilla, wood and treacle. Can’t wait to try the 30!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3954) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle 08997, from sept 2007. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is expensive scotch: vanilla, smoke, peat. Flavor is subtly scotchy, with some chocolate and slight bitterness. Lots of smoke and oak. Really nice and warming, loved it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle 09899 September 2007 pours black with a creamy surface haze foam. The aroma is smoke, wood, malts, dark fruits, and peat. The flavor is smoke, vanilla, and dried plums. The palate is smooth and silky. Overall, good, but glad I got it on sale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2008
The pours is very dark near black color, with a very thin tan head. Nose is smokey wood, vinous, and alcohol. Taste resembles the nose and is smooth with a nice alcohol warming at the finish. This ale is very finicky to temperature, make sure not to try it to cold!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Thanks for sharing this bro! Pours a rich brown color with thin light tan head. Aroma is of peat, roasted malt, light vanilla and dark fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit notes, light charred wood and iodine. Full bodied and chewy, this one did not do it for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Thanks, bro! Pours a very dark ruby color that almost looks oil-black, with a very thin white ring. Aroma is smoke, wood, roasted malts, tobacco, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is smooth, smoke, tobacco, and a mineral-like quality that my bro explains as Iodine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Dark black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke and dark fruits. Flavor of roasted malts, smoke, coffee and wood.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours very thick, black with little head. The aroma is of malts and bourbon. The flavor is interesting: it has a very strong peat characteristic, and tastes smoked and almost salty, but with sweet coffee malts reminiscent of a porter. It gets much better as you drink it, but it is still rather tough to drink. Very interesting, but I do not think that I would be inclined to get it again.


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