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

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RATINGS: 306   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Cask at Rattle’n’Hum. The aroma has coconut, vanilla, bourbon. Feels overloaded with scents but is almost too much. Sweet, tar flavors are present, with some prune. A bit of vanilla as well, but comes across fairly mild in flavor for its strength, especially considering the kick in the face aroma. Not very exciting. Fairly typical BBA stout (or Old Ale, if you will, but it’s awfully close to a ton of American BBA stouts).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10908) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10435) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4112) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Thanks turd for sharing. Pousr a dark brown with copper edges and a one finger head of light tan. Nose is peaty and smoky, Scotch there for sure, mild chocolate and day old coffee. Flavor is a tad thin, Scotch for sure, peaty and meaty, old chocolate and coffee. Palate is a tad thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle 330 ml Bottle # 01178
Appearance :
dark brown yet with some light. Dark beige creamy, beaded crown.Nose: Frontal vanilla cask, woody with hints of dark cardboard. Lighter in character than expected. 7-
Flavor/Palate : pit smoke in front , meaty with oak suggestion followed by dry alcohol burn. Quiet meaty , full heavy character. Rare brew for sure but I prefer Ola Dubh 12 over this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
A rich dark color with faint brown head. A nice whiskey nose. A malty body, smooth with a solid bourbon hint.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21333) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2010
Bottle at home. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Fruity aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and whisky with notes of alcohol. Fruity and light roasted flavour of caramel, whisky and alcohol. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish of whisky. The whisky is too dominating.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
Aroma is roast coffee and rich malt, jet black, tiny cappuccino head. Rich malt, coffee, scotch notes. Medium bodied, very well balanced, alcohol is subdued very smooth drinking. Great!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle shared by to TURDFERGUSON. Pours black with a very small beige head. Looks almost still. Nose is subtle chocolate malts, and mild peat/Scotch. Maybe after all the epic beers that preceded it, this one underwhelmed. Scotch notes just reminded me of J & B as opposed to something sexier.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2010
A bottle I bought for a trade by accident. Oh well. Wish this was better for the price. Pretty smooth overall, but kinda wish I could have tasted more of the scotch, though I’m not a huge scotch fan. A good amount of peat, char, wood, roasted malts, coffee, light cocoa. Didn’t really stand out.


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