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

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RATINGS: 305   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3804) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Very dark brown opaque pour. Huge warm smell. Whisky notes with sweetness and soft chocolate. Also has some coconut on the nose. Warm feeling. Slightly smoked and sweet malts. This is heavy and encompassing. Wow.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Bottle # 54159 and bottled on Jan 2009. Poured a dark black color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of whisky, chocolate, some earthiness, roast, smoke, and wood. Tastes of whisky (more than the aromas), vanilla, smoke, wood, roast, and some dark fruits. Light alcohol in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
Pours black with a big creamy caramel coloured head. Aroma is smokey, whiskey, and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the flavour is chocolate, smoked, roasted and again whiskey. Nicely balanced and very drinkabel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11191) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Some Whisky-shop in Edinburgh.
Pours almost all-black with a great, creamy, cappucino head. Nice, elegant aroma. Whiskey, light smoke, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Medium carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really good. Lots of whiskey character, light smokiness. Fat chocolate, light roasted. Really wonderful wood character in the finish. Impressively balanced. Wonderful.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9406) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 26, 2009
330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Jet black, tiny head only when poured from a height, but at least the ring stayed for a while then. Softly whiskyish woody aroma. Beautifully soft palate, very gently carbonated. Massively mellow - so well balanced, the dry woodiness is just perfect. Alcohol completely in check.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20618) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2009
Bottled@Tuulensuu. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, roasted malts, mild peat and smoke and also some alcohol Funny thing, this one burns a lot more in the flavour than the 18, even though I had them side by side. Usually whiskies melloww out by the tiime... 40 might be a lot fuller, the 18 is much more in balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2009
0.33 l bottle at Vihreä Haltiatar, Jyväskylä. Black color with creamy tan head. The aromas of vanilla, whisky and chocolate. Gently roasty and whiskeyish flavor with chocolate, oak, smoke, tar, raisins and licorice. A bit too whiskeyish for me. Could be roastier to better support the hefty whisky character.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2009
Warm bottle (#42532) at Beer Hunter’s, Pori. Black with a firm mocca head. Very smooth dark cocoa aroma, ¨very elegant salty whisky, little peat and vanilla, some alcohol warmth and dark fruitiness. Flavor is pretty mellow with dark chocolate, balanced mild oak & sugary sweetness. Finishes with warming woody whisky, alcohol and sweet roasted cocoa. A tad light palate, I’d like something to really chew here. A lot softer the other Ola Dubh’s I’ve had, even to the point of being kinda forgettable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle from Pizza Port. Black with no head. Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and a big scotch aroma. Nice smooth palate with some buttery notes. Chocolate, dark fruit, Scotch, slight cherry, and oak taste with a chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2009
(Bottle #42262 at Kaisla, Helsinki, on 2009-07-03) Deep dark brown and clear. Small tan coloured head. Raisin, roastedness, coffee and liquorice in aroma. Full bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Roastedness, whisky, ash, alcohol, salt water, bitterness, coffee and chocolate in taste. Ash and whisky in aftertaste.


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