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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11860) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 Bottle. Pours deep black with a sturdy beige head. Plenty of alcohol in the aroma, some whiskey, some roasted malts. Big flavor, some chocolate, peat, vanilla, smoke. Medium bodied with modest carbonation, a bit oily. Lingering smokiness. A rather complex brew that will certainly appeal to those who like the flavor of whiskey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11637) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Pours black with a decent creamy tan head. Really nice aroma of dark malt and scotch whiskey. Peaty is the word. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Warm. Dark toasted malt - but very smooth. Very subtle heat and peat flavors. Gets very smoky/peaty in the finish. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11374) - DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Black with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, sweet, little peat and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11276) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, whisky and alcohol. Dry and complex roasted flavour with a touch of ink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11254) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Some Whisky-shop in Edinburgh.
Pours almost all-black with a great, creamy, cappucino head. Nice, elegant aroma. Whiskey, light smoke, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Medium carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really good. Lots of whiskey character, light smokiness. Fat chocolate, light roasted. Really wonderful wood character in the finish. Impressively balanced. Wonderful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11192) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
Bottle at Cardinal, stavanger. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is whiskey, hop, alckohol, malt. Flavour is whiskey, smoked, roasted, malt, hop, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate. Full body. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (11076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle #54922 from Party Town. Poured black color with a minimal brown creamy head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Heavy aroma of caramel, woody and toasted malt. Medium to full body with smooth texture and flat carbonation . Same as the other two, medium to heavy dark woody bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy smoked sweet whiskey finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met with a complex smooth brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10926) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
dark brown, small light brown head. aroma of coffee, roasted stuff. nice. flavor is nicely sweet malty, licorice, many notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Name: Old Dubh 40
Date: March 07, 2009
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: big roasted and scotch aroma, touch of sweetness offset by an earthyness
Flavor: big scotch flavor, lots of complementary roasted malt, plenty of alcohol adds a spicy peppery character that melds well with the scotch, enough sweetness from the alcohol and dark caramel to keep it balanced, finishes hot and roasty with the scotch and roast in perfect harmony
Overall: pick of the litter, has the big scotch character and enough sweetness to keep it balanced and balanced
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4


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