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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.”


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (1108) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
Will have to try the 12, 16, and 18 side by each to determine, as my memory isn’t good enough to properly distinguish. There are so many things about this beer that make me happy. Firstly, a traditional scots beer from a real scots brewery aged in a kickass distillery’s whisky casks. Secondly, the flavour is just so intricate and awesome. Bottle 341ml. 8%. Rich dark brown-black pour with a weak white head that bubbles away quickly, no lacing. Aroma is earthy - presence of toasted barley, chocolate, coffee grounds, mild peaty smokiness.Mouthfeel is clean, low carbonation, medium alcohol warmth. Taste is a depth of chocolately, nutty roast malts, tinge of peat smoke, and tremendous character from the wood of the whisky casks - vanilla, oaky. A tremendous brew worthy of high praise.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
edgallow (2345) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 11.3 oz bottle poued Black witha thin tan head. Aroma and taste of coffee, chocolate and scotch. Delicious

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1940) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Delicious. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, dough, liquorice, Xmas. Sweet, with sour and bitter notesr, very long length. Syrupy, full bodied. Black, with a frothy head.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3303) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle No: 10504, Bottling Date: Feb 2012. Znakomite czarne piwo, jak oleisty olej nieprzezroczyste z niewielka brazowa piana. Przypominalo w zapachu porto, a dalej trufle gozka czekolada. W smaku lekka nutea wedzona i drewniany posmak whisky, trufle i kakao, rodzynki i chyba jeszcze troche tortu czekoladowego. Po przelknieciu troche pozostaje posmaku alkoholowego w gardle oraz cieplo pochodzace z whisky. Palonosc portera na przyzwoitym poziomie. Ladna buteleczka zdobiona i numerowana, gdyby jeszcze ta pianka sie trzymala dluzej to bylby ideal. Goraco polecam skosztowanie innych rocznikow, oczywiscie chodzi mi o beczki po Higland Park Single Malt.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4640) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Aroma not as intense as the 12. Immediately thicker than the 12, this is the thickest of the bunch. Sweet and strong, it has a solid consistency from start to finish. Excellent.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yankeefan21 (131) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Bottle: Pours an opaque black with a thick tightly laced beige head. Sweet malty smell. This is a delicious perfectly balanced beer with exactly the right weight on the tongue. The flavors start with dark chocolate and some caramel before a bit of the smokey wood cask flavor shines through in the finish. I am a Highland Park Scotch drinker so this seemed like a deal I couldn’t pass up. The price is quite steep [$10 for 11oz.] but in this case, you really do get what you pay for and that is a magnificent beer with a complex flavor profile!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kiwirevo (11) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 27, 2012
If you are reading this review and not drinking this beer right now what are you doing! This beer is a bit bizarre but fantastic. An insanely complex blend of coffee, toffee malt flavours with citrus sour flavours. (sounds bad but it’s not)

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1972) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Holy crap. This is fantastic. Pours very dark. Woody and vanilla up front. Medium to full bodied. Very nice beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 Dark brown, oily, small dark tan head. Reminds of Goose Island BCS with a little larger head. Strong but classy nose of whisky, chocolate, and wood depths. Taste is delicious: chocolate, alcohol, malt, dry wood, and a nice smoky peat touch. Medium bodied, super rich, long in peat, and ultra smooth, this is one hell of a beer for whisky heads, stout heads, dessert-beer heads, fireside-winter-beer heads...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - APR 7, 2010
Tasted 2010-04-07. 1 year old bottle. Pours dark red/brown almost black with brown head. Nose is full of cocoa, vanilla and whiskey. Taste is smokey, slightly roasted and only slightly bitter with a hint of whiskey. Very balanced. Very tasty. Almost more a stout than an old ale. Quite expensive, but worth every damn cent.


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