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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (10382) - 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 (7851) - 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 (4279) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle @ home, tfs vaiz! Aroma is roasty malt, peat, liquorice, some smoke, subtle but nice. Flavour is liquorice, whiskey, loads of wood. But not just wood, it’s like you can taste every year of aging apart. Creamy palate. Awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2012
330ml bottle, no. 38858, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen almost two years ago. Pretty to look at with its black foil around the neck, tan-coloured head and jet black body. Sweet malty nose, woody and with whisky undertones. Malt and vanilla oak flavour with smooth whisky notes beneath. Warming alcohol. Works fine for me (shared with Finn, Tromsø 12.01.2012).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2012
Flaske 0,33l - nummerert 38858 -spandert av og delt med Rune på seanse hjemme hos ham 12 Jan 12. Svart. Høyt lysebrunt skum. Klar whisky-aroma. Smaken tørr & røykfylt. Litt krydret. Avslutningen har et visst øl-preg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Thanks to BigSound for sharing this one. Cheers, Henri! Pours a medium stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is peat, band aid, nail polish remover, booze, and unsweet chcocolate. Flavor is similar- peaty whiskey with wood, roasted malts, peat, smoke, band aid, and booze. Medium in body and ok, but peaty as all hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2012
bottle #39152 dated Jan. 2009 - Pours dark brown with a very small tan head. Smoky scotch clearly dominates the aroma and there’s a bit of chocolate under it. The flavor is full of smoky whisky goodness with sweet chocolate malt. It’s smooth and the whisky and smoke lingers pleasantly in the finish. I liked this one more than the 12 year bottle. I like scotch. Of course if I didn’t, why on earth would I have bought this brew?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KongKalle (12) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2012
The smell is sweet and inviting. Chocolate, coffee, a hint of whiskey and a little licorice. The taste is delicious. In a way this is both complex and simple in taste. One may well conclude that as a compliment to the beer.

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