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

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RATINGS: 302   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2010
Pours dark black, with minimal head. Thin lacing, thicker consistency. Smells sweet, buttery. Tastes smooth, caramel, sweet and buttery. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Thicker body. If only the price was a little more reasonable from the LCBO I’d have much more of this beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
b79turner (221) - Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 Bottle at J Clyde poured into a tulip glass. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Medium/heavy carbonation. Nose is FANTASTIC! Smells of oak, bourbon, smoke. Taste is mostly same, some minimal sweet notes. The carbonation is a great, but messes with the bourbon flavor a bit. Alcohol is not very noticeabe. Fantastic brew, overpriced at $20/bottle, but definiely well done.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2010
330ml bottle from the LCBO. Special thanks to my brother in law who works downtown Toronto for leaving work early to go pick this up for me. Pours black, with an almost black ring of foam. Aroma is big. Smell the whisky! Very rich, like a port. A nice unique drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2011
On the nose you get lots of woody notes like vanilla, tar and some fudge. Also you get anise, raisins and apples. Taste the vanilla hits you again, but also figs, chocolate, coffe, anise, honey, apple, cassis, tar. It’s quite dry for being an old ale, medium body and very balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbondi (200) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2010
Smooth smokey Scotch aroma. Black with small tan head. Smokey tobacco with warming scotch taste with plenty of scotch aftertaste too. Worth the $18 to have once but not worth having again at that price unless someone else is paying of course.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
strowlands8 (178) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2010
I don’t see how this is the same beer as the other Ola Dubh’s. Aroma is roasted malt, wood and peat with some vanilla. Flavour is incredibly smooth with lots of peat, vanilla and wood, with hints of roasted malt. Real nice and I’d say maybe even worth the steep price.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philvil (173) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2010
on cask but still nice carbonation. aroma and flavor dominated by the whiskey. smooth and sweet like chocolate milk

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
pitch black oil coloured. lets no light through. pours a thin tanned head with thick creamy texture, focused on the sides of the glass. Aromascape is vast with cream, whisky, oak, tobacco, deep malt, mustiness, dust, earth, wood, tar, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate. the liquid is thick and settles amazingly into the mouth. its exceptional how balanced and easy to drink this is even when everything is so thick and full. the smooth palate makes it very easy to enjoy but doesn’t compromise taste or how rich the beer is. a high five to harviestoun.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Poured from 330cl bottle numbered #51803 a very dark inky black with a minimal brown head. Aroma strong of whisky and chocolate notes. Also notes of taosted malts and wood...amazing aroma! Flavor is close to a chocolate stout but the strong whisky flavor makes this beer different from any other I have tried. Toasted malt and wood are noticed in the finish.


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