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

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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Poured from 330cl bottle numbered #51803 a very dark inky black with a minimal brown head. Aroma strong of whisky and chocolate notes. Also notes of taosted malts and wood...amazing aroma! Flavor is close to a chocolate stout but the strong whisky flavor makes this beer different from any other I have tried. Toasted malt and wood are noticed in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2011
330ml bottle into a snifter. Pours jet black with a fairly billowy mocha head that sticks around. A much nicer blend of whisky and beer notes than the 30 year-old rendition. Chocolate and peat smoke dominate the nose. Much the same on the palate with added fruit notes and a very silky smooth texture and long slightly bitter finish. So much nicer than the 30 year old.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kavu (3011) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2011
Pours pitch black with a low head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and liquorice. Flavor is along the same lines. Very full. Great.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
D_i (33) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2011
Really dark, almost black foam. Caramelly, chocolate, coffee and a nice touch of whisky. One of my favorite imperial porters.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Albe (56) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2012
Black dense body and brown mostly diminishing head. The aroma is very complex, dominated by cask wood, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some whisky notes. Pleasing creamy, moderately sweet body. Flat carbonation and long flavour duration.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mortlach (1314) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 13, 2012
12/12/2012 330ml bottle. Nera, liquorosa, quasi impenetrabile, riflessi color caffè, schiuma color beige, leggera e poco persistente. Aroma straordinariamente intenso di vaniglia, cioccolato, malti tostati, whisky torbato. In bocca è meno esplosiva, dolciastra, cioccolato, leggero torbato, non invadente, ha un corpo medio, molto scorrevole al palato, la carbonazione è quasi assente. Un vero capolavoro al confronto di altre birre sullo stesso stile decisamente più grezze.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
another winner in this series. best of the bunch. i’m between a 4.4 and a 4.5, but will go low til i have it again...and i will have it again. smokey peet almost undetectable at first, but as it warms, whiskey booziness takes over from the super chocolate, malty, robust goodness, and manages to do so without the slightest hint of heat or alcohol. well done! 7/11 - 2nd times a charm...still the best in the line."

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4413) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Rated on 4-24-2010 (Bottle No. 55878 - Date: Jan. 2009) This beer pours a small light brown head that mostly diminishes, opaque body, and spotty lacing. The aroma is malt, dark chocolate, earthy, smoke, hint of spice, and alcohol. The taste is malt, dark chocolate, spice, smoke, and moderate alcohol. The palate is soft carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, WOW what a great tasting beer! It has a nice warming sensation as it warms up, worth trying, and a beer I absolutely would drink again. More please!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weark (447) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle from Erzbierschof - Black color with a small creamy tan head, good lasting, small lacing - Aroma of whisky, vanilla, oak, malty, hints of soy sauce - Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, whisky, dark cherry, licorice and spicy - Full body, smooth, light carbonation, roasted malt okay whisky spicy finish - all the interest of this beer come from the barrel, well balanced, delicious, this one is little bit dryer than other in the series

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
digopossobon (352) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2014
Garrafa numerada 27328. Safra de agosto de 2010. Aroma intenso. Perceptível a distância. Adocicado. Pão. Malte. Álcool. Madeira. Caramelo. Frutas vermelhas. O Beltramelli falou em iodo... É possível sim... Fato é que, esta é, indubitavelmente, uma cerveja rica em aromas. Creme castanho, bolhas pequenas. Persistente até o fim como uma fina camada. Coloração castanha escura. Opaca. Complexa nos sabores. Final café, presunto defumado e um calor alcoólico. Início madeira, lúpulo, álcool bem inserido, quase licorosa. Retrogosto persistente, muito ao estilo de um whisky.


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