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


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RATINGS: 299   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2265) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Deep black body, moderate light tan head, soapy lacing. Nose is whisky, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted malts. Flavor is similar, but the whisky takes on a nice peaty/smoky character that ads additional depth and complexity. Full bodied, gentle carbonation, lingering lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Black with a small pale head. Aroma is raisins, dates, molasses, caramel, beef jerky. Oily mouthfeel, very complex palate, full bodied. Taste is raisins, dates, dark cherry, chocolate, marzipan, liquorice, hint of sherry. Fucking delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RW80 (341) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2014
33cl bottle Appearance: Pours black with a finger thick, small creamy tanned head. Aroma:caramelised malts, prunes, dark chocolate, oak ,peat, hint of spice, and alcohol. Taste:he taste is malt, dark chocolate, spice, peat, and moderate alcohol. soft carbonation, medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (989) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
Had these in a flight of Old engine oil, 12,16,30,40. I found this one to be drier than the 30 year old, with an aroma that is more fruit cake like and overall more balanced. It is the smoother beer and there is peatness there but I did find the 30 yr old to be more exiting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmrmwel (756) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a finger thick, creamy mocha head. Aroma is burned malts with nice, quite bitter whiffs of burned, as well as oak and tobacco. Quite light body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with burned malts and whisky, as well as coffee and oak giving a long sweetly finish with dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (3941) - 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!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pour is black with a small brown head. Aroma is very pungent with notes of tar, smoke, oak, booze, and spice. Flavor is a bit sweeter with notes of dark toffee, berries, licorice, spice, and burnt wood. It is dryer and boozier than the other years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (993) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2013
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and whiskey – with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
Clear black colour, red hue, beige head. Aroma of whisky, caramel, tomato, alcohol, whisky and vanilla. Sweet malty flavour, chocolate, whisky and caramel. Finish chocolate, caramel, cacao and whisky. Great beer which still allows room for the whisky to shine. Nice!
(from 33cL bottle @ post-ZZT VIIIb drink, Oirschot 2013. Thanks a million for sharing, joes!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle from a friend. Pours black with a brown-ish head. Aroma is plums, wood, dried fruits, caramel, coffee, roasty and licorice. Taste is nice malty sweet, definitely whiskey aswell. Some wood and vanilla in the finish. Great stuff. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (1875) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle @ GBF 2013. Dark brown with a tiny tan head. Malty and woody tones. Malt, oak, fruit and coffee. Medium to full body with a nice balanced finish.

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