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


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RATINGS: 675   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.”

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (1855) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
You look at this beer and try to discern a colour... the best you can get is that it is as black as sin and maybe shows some mahogany around the dimple and the rim of the glass. The head upped and went after a very short time leaving a herbal-greenish tinge on a latte skim of bubble. The nose is just molasses all over. I’m surprised this s connected with whisky and not dark rum. Black strap molasses, pumpernickel, rye, dark chocolate, treacle, plums and thick plastic dominate the aromas. While it is obviously enormous, it is a treat for the nose. Thick and oily in the mouth, those aroma signatures abound in the mouth with plentiful molasses. There is a nod toward bitterness but the start is its thick, oily texture. It is chewy and reminds me of an acquaintance who having been to Ireland (and was not known as a Guinness drinker) said you could stand a spoon up in the pints. This is probably as close as that gets. A bit of bonfire smoke starts to come out in the flavour, which is gratifying and resonates with the house character of Highland Park whisky - also a favourite. This is love: beer and whisky in poetic harmony. Sweet toward the finish without being sickly and cloying. Plenty of lingering warmth in the top of the chest and a platoon of Orcadian distillery workers and Caledonian brewers to thank. The warmth in my chest is probably made up just as much of love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (6612) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Århus. Pours pitch black with a small tan head, some lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, little peat, oak, light whisky, light hints of oxydation, some dark fruits. Flavor is light sweet, rich malty, caramel, dark chocolate, oak, whisky, dark fruit, little peat, light alcohol. Medium body, very soft carbonated, light warming alcohol in the finish. 270215

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
didierlewallon (188) - ponferrada, SPAIN - FEB 12, 2015
Cuando la abres se perciben unos olores que salen disparados de la botella, que recuerdan a malta, licor, ahumado, notas de whisky y madera. Es una cerveza de color marrón casi negra con una espuma marrón claro. El aroma es de malta chocolate, café torrefacto, regaliz , Whisky y fruta madura. El sabor es a café torrefacto, dulce de caramelo,chocolate, se nota la madera, ahumado de turba y matiz de whisky aportado por la barrica y para acabar con un complejo amargor. Le doy un sobresaliente, excelente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ckilly (25) - Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2015
This ale has neither head not aroma. It is very dark; like a black ops rather than a stout. It is smooth and not bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eckybal (1) - weert, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Chocolade, kruidnagel, bladeren, boerenerf, leer, banaan, aarde, bubblegum, kruidnagel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4344) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Blackish beer with very little head. The aroma is very malty with vinous elements and a mild degree of roastedness. The flavour is rich with spiced and malty roastedness elements. Overall a reasonable roasted and malty beer with a fair degree of bitterness, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
undercurrent25 (1564) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Pours a black colour. Liquorice and oily on the palate, some coffee, some wood. Not much whisky flavour. Disappointing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (967) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle. Black with creamy beige head. Coffee, dark chocolate, hay, marzipan, fresh baked brown bread, raw green beans, light smoke, whisky, very dry ashy touch. Quite sweet but towards the finish more dry with a bitter kick. Medium bodied with initial velvety feel that ends way more dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2359) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is sweet brownie, some dark fruit and a trace of earthy barrel character. The palate follows with lots of balance between brownie batter and vanilla kissed whisky. Undertones of dates and leather. Long round finish. Smooth silky body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerardgathier (488) - - DEC 31, 2014
Immense whiskey aroma. Choco and coffee also in the aroma. Taste is coffee forward followed by sweet choco an then whiskey

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9160) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle: Almost black with a ruby sheen, small and pretty stable off-White head; moderate to solid Aromas of toasted malt, port and chocolate; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, nearly full bodied; molasses, toasted malt and sweet dried berries in the finish. Great...

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