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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - 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 (10925) - 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 (10458) - 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 (4139) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9517) - Vero Beach, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2098) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown, light brown head. Peat, scotch, wood, hint of chocolate, vanilla and smoke. Surprisingly thin, peaty, but not too balanced - if you like scotch you’ll like this, otherwise probably not. Slightly bitter, woody, decent dry finish with a nice peat after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrelbelly (647) - BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2011
Plastic/leathery aroma, some chocolate. Taste is coffee/leather like taste. Some soury bitterness in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4492) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle, sample at GBG 2011 cons 2011-09-02 AR: peaty, vanilla AP: pitch black/beige wee head F: peaty, round vanilla, whiskey

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2011
Sampled at Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011. September 3, 2011
Very complex aromas with a lot of whisky notes. It’s very vinous with aromas of wood and dried fruit. The taste feels a bit flat here as well but the vinous feeling I get is really nice.

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!


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