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

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RATINGS: 661   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle 33cl. @ chris_o’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008.
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, mild coffee, peat, barrol oak, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration, and a dry dussty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. Very nice ;o)) (020808)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a diminished chocolate brown head. Smooth chocolate, a bit of vanilla and mild roasted malty aroma. Light chalky too. Smooth chocolate and downplayed roasted malt flavour, smoothend by vanilla wooden flavoures. Light acidic touch into a smooth chocolate finish. Very smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29848) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
Bottled. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, and whiskey. The flavo ris sweet with notes of sweet malt, roasted malt, whiskey, tar, wood, and vanilla, leading to a dry woody finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of coffee. Roasted flavour of dried fruits and overriped fruits with notes of coffee. Roasted finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Bottled. Very black colour, small brown head. Aroma is whisky oak cask and mild notes of vanilla, caramel malts and some slight berryish notes. Flavour is quite much the same in n excellent balance, and the notes of oak are even more evident.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19956) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Very dark brown, no head. Molassess, chocolate and peat up front. Sweet and full bodied with chewy malt and oily whisky. Salty, tarry and intense with long warming peaty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty oaky chocoalte aroma. Slightly sweetish roasted malty oaky licorice and chocolate flavor. Hasa roasted malty licorice and a dry oaky finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
23rd August 2009
Opaque black stout. Much like the 12. Neutral to soft palate. Light malt, very slight roast. Lots of smooth whisky and a hint of vanilla oak. Overall very light for it’s make up.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle at The Green Lion Inn, Malmö
Black color; generous creamy head. Delicate aroma, creamy, with roasted malt, milk, cookies, light whisky. Medium body strength; chocolate flavor with roasted and black malt; later, it’s quite smooth and a bit creamy; very low sweetness (almost absent), and it finishes quite dry and bitter. There are no traces of whiskyflavor, or smoke. So far, the less interesting among the Ola Dubh.


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