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

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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 first with genuine provenance. This version is aged in Highland Park 40 Year whisky casks.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle. Blackish beer with a slight tan head. Rich whiskey aroma with peat/smoked malts and light toffee. Whiskey and peat/smoked flavor with caramel and light oak. Medium-plus bodied. peat/smoke lingers with whiskey, toffee, oak, and light chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8332) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle that Craig brought along to Fin and Craigs pre Cropredy Festival mini tasting at Merton, Oxon 12-08-09 Pours black with no head actually on second glance there is a beige bubbling around the rim. Soft whisky aroma with hints of vanilla and a creamy waft. I get dark sugars first, this is soft in the mouth but the ale flavours ride through first and are just complimented by the nice softened whisky attributes. Its dark bitter, a touch sticky, good stuff, vanilla and smooth creaminess only enhance what is a decent drop. A7 A4 F7 P4 Ov15 3.7

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Had from cask in a mini English pint glass at J. Clyde in Birmingham, AL. The aroma is all whiskey and oak - straight up alcohol with vanilla and wood. The flavor is not as promising with hints of alcohol and touches of dark fruits, whiskey, cream, vanilla, smoke, and salt. The mouthfeel on cask was low carbonation but not too creamy - quite nice, actually.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Cask: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby tints. A thin brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, vanilla, oak, scotch, slight toast, and some alcohol. Flavor is malty, caramel, oak, vanilla, scotch, some plum, toast, and a warming alcohol finish. Ar 7 ap 4 f 7 p 4 o 17

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle. Black with a firm beige foam. Aromas are soft, warming alcohol and whisky grain with pepper and dark chocolate. Leather with smoky peat. Mellow berries and marzipan with vanilla. Flavours are initially light chocolate malts with peat, soon replaced by peppery alcohol, whisky and oak. Sweet marzipan and cream follow with soft spices. Very mellow and smooth on the palate. Smoky and warming on the finish. Great.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a very nice looking dark brown/black with creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, toasted coconut, chocolate and smoke. Flavor, WoW, wood, malt, dark roast, chocolate and smoke, blended very well, very flavorful, signs of whisky as well. Mouth feel is very smooth, heavy body, low carbonation, almost silky. Overall, very good beer!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer (2448) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. YUM. Nose is toasted coconut, smoke, seaweed. Creamy texture with good weight. Long finish. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4042) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9856) - 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.


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