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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15149) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle, pours dark brown / black with a tiny tan head. Aroma is extremely woody, with dry whiskey, burnt malt, and a slight licorice note. Flavour is very dry and woody, with notes of whiskey, dry burnt wood, some licorice, and charred malt. Finishes dry, woody and a bit boozy. Excellent, though I actually prefer the 12, 16 and 18.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14116) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14079) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14076) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 33cl bottle (#10960) shared with Dutchdrebus. Pitch black color with a small light brown head. Smell malts, whisky, some wood and roastyness. Taste malts, lightly roastyness, lightly whisky and wood, slightly alcohol in the finish. A bit thin texture, medium body, medium carbo. Not as good as expected. Re-rate without a full comment. Loved it this time. Original rating: 7-3-7-3-13.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 26, 2009
330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Jet black, tiny head only when poured from a height, but at least the ring stayed for a while then. Softly whiskyish woody aroma. Beautifully soft palate, very gently carbonated. Massively mellow - so well balanced, the dry woodiness is just perfect. Alcohol completely in check.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13233) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. MOderate biter flavor. Strong vanilla and chocolate notes. Average moderate bitter nice finish. Creamy palate. Almost no whisky notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12884) - 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.

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