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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6893) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2012
33 cl bottle. Bottle no. 40801. Bottled on 01/2009. BBE 24.06.2011.
Rated on 20110624.
Pours pitch black color with small, rapidly dissipating head. Aroma of slightly disturbing peat and harsh whiskey. Flavor of ash dry chocolate, peat and some harsh salmiac notes. Bitter and dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2932) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Nose of hard roasted malt, whiskey and smoked notes. Flavor of roasted malts, ripe fruit and whisky along with with spicy notes. Soft carbonation. Full bodied. Oily texture. Ends up more dry and with notes of wwhisky and alcohol. A world class beer smoother than the 30 years old version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9428) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 33cl bottle (#10960) shared with Dutchdrebus. Pitch black color with a small light brown head. Smell malts, whisky, some wood and roastyness. Taste malts, lightly roastyness, lightly whisky and wood, slightly alcohol in the finish. A bit thin texture, medium body, medium carbo. Not as good as expected. Re-rate without a full comment. Loved it this time. Original rating: 7-3-7-3-13.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DutchDrebus (4473) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
Pitch black, opague colour with a small light brown head. Smells sweet, flowers, wood, whisky, some chocolate. Tastes chocolate, whisky, a lot of liquorice and wood. A bit thin for its abv, watery, okay carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle pours black small head smells tastes of whiskey caramel vinillia charcoal liquorice. Pretty good med body semi sweet between the whiskey has a darker fruit taste mixed in not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2756) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
*(cuvée 2010): Couleur rubis sombre, presque noir avec une belle tête crémeuse. Très délicat bouquet de vanille et de bois humide, sans plus. En bouche c’est onctueux, on sent bien la présence du blé et de l’avoine. Une agréable sensation de terre mouillé et de bois mort couvert de mousse s’imbrique avec la vanille douce. Rien de spectaculaire, tout en élégance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7783) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
330 ml bottle. #42066/Jan 2009. Finland.
Black colour with no head. Sweet caramel, roasted malt, liquorice, alcohol and whisky sweetness in aroma. Flavour is liquorice, alcohol, vanilla, whisky sweetness and roasted malt. Warming. Whisky sweetness gets a bit too pushy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Very dark maple brown with thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Complex nose of Scotch, caramel, dried fruit. Lots of heat for 8%. Subdued carbonation. Flavors of oak, molasses, vanilla, and Scotch. Scotch flavor and heat last. Very good, but too hot. Maybe better after a couple years on the shelf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6750) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle at home to celebrate my rating no. 4700. Pours black with a medium tan head. The aroma is smoke from the whisky, dark fruit, tobacco, tar, ash and hard roasted malt. The flavour is mostly whisky notes with some chocolate, dark fruity and hard roasted notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3709) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle at home. Aroma of leather, aged whiskey, licorice and roasted malts. Flavor is iodine, leather, sweet old whiskey and some bitterness. Not very thick bodied, but very flavorful. Amazing brew.

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