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


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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, 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 (2039) - 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 (1934) - 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 (4536) - 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!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1207) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle from a friend. Pours black with a brown-ish head. Aroma is plums, wood, dried fruits, caramel, coffee, roasty and licorice. Taste is nice malty sweet, definitely whiskey aswell. Some wood and vanilla in the finish. Great stuff. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (3413) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle @ GBF 2013. Dark brown with a tiny tan head. Malty and woody tones. Malt, oak, fruit and coffee. Medium to full body with a nice balanced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5520) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 4, 2013
Rating #3000 bottle 33cl #06074 from Allen many thanks ! A dark beer with good copper head for such an old beer. Nose is on prune, caramel and vinous notes, slightly oxidized which is normal. Aroma is on wood and vanilla, like a smooth low alcohol whiskey ! Caramel, astringency and smoked touch, metallic notes, old prune skin notes, very easy drinkable, finish is on smoked notes and roasted malt, light acrid finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle @ home, via trade with Homer321. Fucken a bro. Thanks! Pours a jet black appearance with a dark brown head. Spicy, a bit sweet chocolate, moderately peaty smoky, smooth aroma. Quite peaty, very herbal campfire smoky, burnt malty, big chocolate, slight piney flavor. Tons of peat, tons of chocolate. Pretty fun beer to drink albeit pretty strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10967) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dreid fruits, ash and wood and vanilla, Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long wood, chocolate, roasted finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geokkjer (7341) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle, courtesy of Meilby. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, some smoked notes, ash and roasted grains. Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted notes, vanilla, wood, some whisky and peat. Medium body, average carbonation.

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