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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle at barVolo, #471, 2009. Pours a viscous black with a quickly dissipating offwhite head. Smells sweet, with cherry, vanilla, peat and beauty. Tastes of cherry, vanilla, peat, brown sugar and indescribable goodness. Full bodied. Oily texture. Very dry with some rough texture initially with strong peat, but is followed by a wet and sweet wave, finishing again dry but with a lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2011
Sampled at Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011. September 3, 2011
Very complex aromas with a lot of whisky notes. It’s very vinous with aromas of wood and dried fruit. The taste feels a bit flat here as well but the vinous feeling I get is really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Shared at Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice. Pours dark brown, almost black with thin tan head. Aroma is booze, whiskey, oak, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste is molasses, chocolate, whiskey, oak. Medium mouthfeel, finishes hot alcohol. Pretty good!

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2009
bottle thanks to bullzeye. Black pour with thinnish head. Aroma of bourbon, smokiness, vanilla, toastiness. Somebody said almond joy and that is accurate. Flavor is leather and bourbon. Medium/smooth mouthfeel. Nice bourbony beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Pours with a black hue that sits below a tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is of scotch, dark fruits, wood, fire, and smoke. Flavor is of coffee, and lots of scotch once again. Syrupy texture with a dry finish once swallowed - light bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Cask. Pours an smooth, opaque black with no head at all. Nose is chocolate, smooth, a hint of peaty acidity, and a very subtle, mellow roasty underpinning. Taste is rich and so mellow - smooth milk chocolate notes, with a tiny bite of acidity, a very subtle peaty smoke note, and an earthy, organic finish. Very unique beer. Mouthfeel is smooth, but with that round, gentle fluffiness that comes from well conditioned cask. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
digopossobon (384) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2014
Garrafa numerada 27328. Safra de agosto de 2010. Aroma intenso. Perceptível a distância. Adocicado. Pão. Malte. Álcool. Madeira. Caramelo. Frutas vermelhas. O Beltramelli falou em iodo... É possível sim... Fato é que, esta é, indubitavelmente, uma cerveja rica em aromas. Creme castanho, bolhas pequenas. Persistente até o fim como uma fina camada. Coloração castanha escura. Opaca. Complexa nos sabores. Final café, presunto defumado e um calor alcoólico. Início madeira, lúpulo, álcool bem inserido, quase licorosa. Retrogosto persistente, muito ao estilo de um whisky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
Pours black with a big creamy caramel coloured head. Aroma is smokey, whiskey, and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the flavour is chocolate, smoked, roasted and again whiskey. Nicely balanced and very drinkabel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2010
Pours black with very little to no head; aroma has strong whisky notes: oak, peat, smoke, but it’s also quite sweet with hints of vanill, chocolate, and slightly licorice; flavor is pretty much the other way around: starts pretty sweet of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, vanill and salty licorice, but finishes burnt woody, peaty and smoky; aftertaste is woody dry, but also quite sweet (probably could have done with some hops) of salty licorice; body is medium with low carbonation. For me not quite as altogether or smooth as the 30 year old, but on the other hand more powerful and complex. So which of them is better, then? I believe it is a tie.

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