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

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RATINGS: 721   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.”


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4649) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Whole Foods, Bowery 33cl ($9): Pours black with a greyish brown head. Aroma is whiskey, vanilla, smoke, roasted malts, and toffee. Taste is somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel is velvety. Aftertaste is chocolate and coffee. Just as the 12 surprised me with its mellowness, this too is extremely mellow. All the bitterness of Old Engine Oil is removed. I remember liking the 12 a bit more actually. In any case, this is still delicious.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3630) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Same dark pour as the other OEOs. Richer, more complex barrel. Body of the beer is less developed, more cola. Whiskey-barrel note is better but beer itself has suffered. A little residual sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (135) - Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a dark beige head that quickly subsides. Nose is malt, whisky, oak, and dark fruit sweetness. Taste follows; with a roasted malt component and bitter chocolate notes. Medium body. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darbeer75 (120) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Aroma: rich and complex; whiskey faint but not overwhelming like many other barrel aged beers. Appearance: pitch black with off white head that dissipates quickly; little lacing; Taste: malty with more pronounced whiskey flavors (still not overwhelming); complex; excellent; Palate: heavy body with shorter finish than expected; Overall: delicious. Would definitely buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (572) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black with a small, short lived, light brown head that laces. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, coffee, oak and whisky. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, smoke, whisky and oak with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (1054) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2016
Black with brown head. Oak, spicy, vanilla and herbal. Sweet, dry and woody finish. Overall: good! 18 og 12 is better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (2417) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2016
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Lukter godt fatlagringen, eik, nøtter og noe sjokolade. Fyldig. Søtlig start, svisker og vanilje. Utover kommer en nøtteaktig avslutning. Noe alkohol i avslutningen.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (1571) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at The Halloween tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Taste at Beerville Bar with our small tasting group.Bro Vlada, Bro Alberto and Bro Matt.Bottle from the Great British festival.Pour it dark color with small white head.Aroma of roasted malt.Taste of vanilla again, whiskey flavour, not comlexed and balanced like other two 12 and 21.Flat finish little bit.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (1572) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2015
Tasting at my place. Bottle shared thanks to Mrk. Black. Coffee, dark chocolate, marzipan, whisky. Sweet with bitter finish. Interesting development of palate. Backlog from 2015/01/09.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (3759) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
Bouteille #13650. Un liquide brun foncé avec une mousse beige. Un nez de cuir, vanille, touche de chocolat. Une bouche agréable, facile mais oh combien efficace et savoureuse. Très bon.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2015
2012 Bottle. Black color, brown head. Aroma has licorice, oak barrels, wet wood, chocolate. Smooth palate, oak, chocolate, coffee. Very smooth, aged nicely.


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