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


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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 first with genuine provenance. This version is aged in Highland Park 40 Year whisky casks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3984) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle with thanks to Homer! Pours opaque black with a tiny brown head that dissipates semi quickly with some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, ash, peat, scotch. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, smooth scotch present but not overpowering, chocolate. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2589) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
6/3/2011. From bottle. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Thick and robust. Oaky aromas with whiskey, roasted malt, chocolate. This beer is all about the barrel ageing and the balance is near perfect. long smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (1538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Black with a small pale head. Aroma is raisins, dates, molasses, caramel, beef jerky. Oily mouthfeel, very complex palate, full bodied. Taste is raisins, dates, dark cherry, chocolate, marzipan, liquorice, hint of sherry. Fucking delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RW80 (1056) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2014
33cl bottle Appearance: Pours black with a finger thick, small creamy tanned head. Aroma:caramelised malts, prunes, dark chocolate, oak ,peat, hint of spice, and alcohol. Taste:he taste is malt, dark chocolate, spice, peat, and moderate alcohol. soft carbonation, medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1237) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
Had these in a flight of Old engine oil, 12,16,30,40. I found this one to be drier than the 30 year old, with an aroma that is more fruit cake like and overall more balanced. It is the smoother beer and there is peatness there but I did find the 30 yr old to be more exiting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmrmwel (1138) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a finger thick, creamy mocha head. Aroma is burned malts with nice, quite bitter whiffs of burned, as well as oak and tobacco. Quite light body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with burned malts and whisky, as well as coffee and oak giving a long sweetly finish with dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4389) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Rated on 4-24-2010 (Bottle No. 55878 - Date: Jan. 2009) This beer pours a small light brown head that mostly diminishes, opaque body, and spotty lacing. The aroma is malt, dark chocolate, earthy, smoke, hint of spice, and alcohol. The taste is malt, dark chocolate, spice, smoke, and moderate alcohol. The palate is soft carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, WOW what a great tasting beer! It has a nice warming sensation as it warms up, worth trying, and a beer I absolutely would drink again. More please!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pour is black with a small brown head. Aroma is very pungent with notes of tar, smoke, oak, booze, and spice. Flavor is a bit sweeter with notes of dark toffee, berries, licorice, spice, and burnt wood. It is dryer and boozier than the other years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1466) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2013
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and whiskey – with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3441) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
Clear black colour, red hue, beige head. Aroma of whisky, caramel, tomato, alcohol, whisky and vanilla. Sweet malty flavour, chocolate, whisky and caramel. Finish chocolate, caramel, cacao and whisky. Great beer which still allows room for the whisky to shine. Nice!
(from 33cL bottle @ post-ZZT VIIIb drink, Oirschot 2013. Thanks a million for sharing, joes!)

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