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


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RATINGS: 312   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kavu (2728) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mortlach (1136) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6707) - 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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (5606) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2009
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Bottle No. 40857, January 2009. ABV is 8.0%. Pitch black colour, big tan head. Intense and lovely aroma of fine malt whisky, notes of oak and peat, hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. Strong flavour of dark malts and fine whisky, peaty and oaky notes, also notes of coffee, hints of liquorice and tar. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Pretty brilliant stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a three finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong whiskey nose. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet burnt coffee and whiskey. Nice old ale but so is Harviestoun’s 12 year that is $9 cheaper. Ages well, bottled 1/2009. Beyond expensive at $18.00 for ONE 330ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (1938) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - cask) Near jet black appearance, with brown highlights and hues around the edges. Poured with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated. Looks very dense. Emphatic (in a good way) whiskey aromas with definitive vanilla and oak aromas as well. Really great aroma Whiskey dominates at first, but the vanilla comes into play wonderfully as you continue. Some earthiness and almost savory characteristics as well. A little viscous and oily, but not as heavy as the other aspects of the brew might suggest. Very muted carbonation (on cask), but suited the brew very well. Very drinkable in that the overall complexity of the brew was very enjoyable

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