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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36362) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle 330ml. @ home.
[ Trade by cgarvieuk ]. Clear dark black color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, wood, oak, smoke - peat, vanilla, alcohol - whisky, moderate roasted and chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. [20100130]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (32943) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
27.5 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is solid wooden and vanilla, dark roasted malty. Thick malty and smoked flavoured, dark roasted and vanilla. Smooth wooden and dry. Lingering smoked and malty into the far finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29949) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has strong notes of peated malt, smoke, roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, roasted malt, nuts, peated smoke, leading to a dry smokey finish with a light alco burn. Huge thanks to yespr for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25079) - Lyserødovre, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small, rough beige head. Massive whisky aroma - amazing. Solid body, roasted malts, lots of sweet and oaky accents. Low in carbonation. Warming alcohol finish. 161209

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21691) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2010
Bottle at home. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Fruity aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and whisky with notes of alcohol. Fruity and light roasted flavour of caramel, whisky and alcohol. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish of whisky. The whisky is too dominating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21061) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle.Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty smoky chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of whisky and oak. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
18th December 2009
Opaque black beer. Unsweet chocolate and a little whisky on the nose. Softish palate, semi dry. Fresh minerally malt with unsweet chocolate. Rich whisky is loud and clear! Feels like a stout with whisky added rather than barrel aged! Soft, creamy - well joined up. Delicious. Head and shoulders above the other Ola Dubh’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15379) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Bottle at fins ... deep black ... big coconut and spirit nose ... big iodine and roast mlats ... light smoke. 3.2 Bottle at home ... nov 2014 ... dark black ,.. thin tan lacing ... dark sweet malts .. soft meaty malts .. soft roast ... soft chocolatr roast ... dark sweet malts .. but big oxidised fruits .. big blackcurrant .. soft whisky3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle from New Beer Distributors, New York; bottled Jan 2009, 1 year old
parallel tasting with Ola Dubh 30 years old

Black color; beige creamy head. In this version the whisky aroma is more prominent, followed by roasted malt, cream and alcohol; good but less interesting than in the other version.
It has a lean body, not as structured as I would expect; good chocolate flavor, with late caramel and low but present sugars; less liquorice than the other version, cleaner whisky touch.
The final is balanced, roasted malt and chocolate, a bit drier and more alcoholic than the 30 years old. After some time in the glass, it still keeps sharp and it slowly becomes more interesting than the 30 years.

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