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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10453) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2010
Near black with a large beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, dark chocolate ad coffee notes. Flavour was sweet with whiskey, burned malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke and peated malt. Finished smoked.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10162) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle. Black and opague. Cream, ash and peated malt in the aroma. Initial chocolate overpowered by licorice, peat and whisky. Full bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Ash and pipe tobacco. Some warming alcohol. Lovely!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Light brown head. aroma of ripe fruits, spice, roast, chocolate and liqourice. flaovur of vanilla, soy sauce, liqourice, chocolate, alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Roasty and chocolaty end. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9467) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2011
from Bier-Bienne - dark black beer with no head retention; notes of whisky and wood, pralines and licorice; low carbonation and quite full-bodied; gently sticky and pretty sweet; a late moderate bitterness; long and deep aftertaste of black chocolate, dry and with notes of cacao and whisky - a somptuous dessert beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9287) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The bouquet provides dark chocolate, charred-smoky wood and Scotch whiskey - no doubt this was aged in a spicy Highland Park barrel. Nearly full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced and mildly chocolaty; bittersweet and roasty, but not a lot of whiskey flavor. Crisp, burnt, bittersweet finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9053) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Bottle. Thanks Andrew! pours a black color. Best of the Ola Dubs yet! Aroma is smoky, peaty, scotch, chocolate, vanilla and some asphalt. Flavor is peaty and has a lovely combo of scotch, tar and chocolate. Hell yeah I love these beers!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9025) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle @ home, via trade with Homer321. Fucken a bro. Thanks! Pours a jet black appearance with a dark brown head. Spicy, a bit sweet chocolate, moderately peaty smoky, smooth aroma. Quite peaty, very herbal campfire smoky, burnt malty, big chocolate, slight piney flavor. Tons of peat, tons of chocolate. Pretty fun beer to drink albeit pretty strong.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Bottle # 54159 and bottled on Jan 2009. Poured a dark black color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of whisky, chocolate, some earthiness, roast, smoke, and wood. Tastes of whisky (more than the aromas), vanilla, smoke, wood, roast, and some dark fruits. Light alcohol in the finish.


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