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

bottled
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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.”


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (1089) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Appearance: Pours dark brown, appears black in glass. Head is a tannish brown Smell: Heavy notes of chocolate, malt, burnt sugar and alcohol. Flavor: Has a funky almost smoked flavor for a finnish, must be the barrel its aged in. Has a slightly woody/ scotch like after taste as well. Definitely different Palate: Smooth yet funky Not the biggest fan but not bad Serving type: bottle

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11870) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle from Lithy, thanks! Almost black and opague. Dark chocolate and peat in the aroma. Full bodied. Malty and peaty flavor with dark chocolate. This peat and oak hide the body of this beer. Good complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pours a dark black color with no head at all. the nose is very strong and has a lot of roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is nice and malty with a whiskey like finish and it is somewhat watery. Initially while the beer is still in your mouth it is refreshing and flavorful but after the finish fades rather quick. You can really taste the roasted coffee and chocolate which is pleasing to the palate. Overall it is a good beer and a nice brew to sit down and sip on.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pours an oily, flat-looking black colour with some large bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass. The aroma is very rich and sweet with definitive notes of smoke, chocolate, dried fruits, and caramelized sugar, coffee and oak. The flavour has a very distinctive scotch presence with loads of smokey goodness that are noticeable instantaneously. There are sweet flavours of chocolate, cocoa and some dried fruits, though much less than in the aroma. The palate is a bit watery, with short residence time. The hints of smoke linger the longest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4717) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Smell is smoke, beef jerky, whiskey, and oak wood. Look is dark almost black with some brown highlights. Decent tan head. Taste is dried fruits, oak, smoke, malts, and roasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle: Pours dark with not light coming through, and a dense creamy tan head. Nice aroma with some rich cocoa, mild plummy notes, smooth and mild oak, roast and purple grape skin notes. Has a great silky feel in the palate. The fore flavor is fruity with purple grape, plummy notes, sweet-ish tobacco, cocoa roast, earthy peat, mild smokiness and toasted oak. Remains drinkable in it’s tasty richness. Well done and nicely integrated character.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of Skyview. Dark brown with a reddish hue and a rough, light brown head. Burned, smoked peaty whisky touch in the aroma. Full-bodied with burned malts and distinct peaty malt accents. Some malt bitterness in the finish. 100908

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2008
33cl bottle. Pours opaque black with a thin, persistent tan head. The aroma is very smoky with peat, molasses, and dark fruit. The flavor starts slightly sweet with chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, some peat, and some Scotch whiskey notes. This beer is complex: smoke, thick oakiness, raisins, and chocolate. Decadence is an understatement. The finish is somewhat dry from alcohol but thick and sweet with smoke, peat, and an interesting fruity and earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick, ropey, and creamy with soft carbonation and a drying sensation all over the mouth from alcohol. Overall: wow! Decadent, interesting, and uber-complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Black with aroma of coffee and fine tobacco. Well balanced flavor of burnt wood, sweet malt, dark, dark fruit and a bit of slight whisky and bitter aftertaste. Very, very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12303) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
Black with a small off-white head. Roasted malt aroma with licorice and some peat smoke. Smooth and complex flavour with peat and roasted malts.


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