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

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RATINGS: 303   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, wood, chocolate, caramel and notes of licorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2010
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, April 2010. Pours pitch black with a small white head and lacings. Nose is peat, roast, caramel. Smooth and roasted flavor with hints of oak, coffee and liquorice. Niceness

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle, 8.0%. Distinct roasted aroma, old smoke and vanilla. Black colour. Big unstable brown head. The flavour is equally distinct, powerful roasted note, some smoke, hint of vanilla. There is some alcohol in the finish, rather rough, a little burning, but also warming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle, at Cardinal. It’s a very dark brwon beer, a small tan head sits of top. Whisky, peat and alcohol on the nose, something metallic too. Unusual to find that in the aroma. Peaty, whisky-like flavor with a good dash of alcohol warmth. Full-bodied, and peaty, burnt finsh. Some whisky too of course. Expected more from this, but it’s a fine beer indeed. Nothing extraordinary though. 091106

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black - offwhite head. Raisins, whiskey, milkey, roasted, sweetness, vanilla, oakey, wooden, chocolate, cocoa, candy, oily, dark chocolate, light fatness. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12626) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
Very dark brown. No head. This looks oily and maybe flat. Big aroma - the peat-tinged saltiness of Highland Park shows through along with rich dark fruits (plum, pear, grape), burnt treacle and other such sugary nuances. Sweet, soft fruity character with hints of slightly peaty whisky towards the middle. The finish continues with sweetness. There is a certain whiskeyish vibrancy to the body - it crosses the palate something like a dram as it does an oily ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12548) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2009
Bottled, Beer Hunters (#41366, Jan 2009). Opaque black/brown color, small brown head. Very similar aroma than in Ola Dubh 30: licorice, oak and vanilla - slightly more vanilla than in Ola Dubh 30. Medium to full bodied - more robust than Dubh 30. Soft palate, whicky, licorice, oak-wood, sweetish vanilla. Balanced and highly drinkable barrel aged beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of peat, scotch, and caramel. Flavor of scotch, roasted malt, earth, caramel, and raisins.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2010
11.2 ounce bottle. 99% black, very dense brown head that settles slowly, solid lacing. Aroma of whisky, prune, vanilla, coffee. Taste is very much whisky, raisin, alcohol, chocolate. Thick and chewy. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2009
(cask) Black body with minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet, Scotch, chocolate, caramel, molasses/maple. Taste is sweet, Scotch, molasses, chocolate, caramel, prune/raisin, light alcohol burn. Smooth medium-full body, low carbonation.


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