Harviestoun Ola Dubh (12 Year Old)

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

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RATINGS: 985   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   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 rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”

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4.5
Nasmar (12) - - SEP 5, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2017 Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is sweet with notes of coffee. Taste is light malty, sweet, chocolate, coffee, with whiskey notes. Very sweet and light finish. very smooth and wellness balanced.

3.8
Adamsville (362) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2017
Apparence : Pas tout à fait noire, légers reflets rouge et orange, sans col ni carbonatation apparente.
Nez : Caramel, légère fumée, nez moyennement sucré.
Goût : Malt caramélisé, notes fumées, moyennement sucrée, finale avec une faible amertume grillée du malt.
Sensation : Corps moyen, durée moyenne, effervescence faible.
Bref : Plus caramélisée que la Ola Dubh 16, moins amère, une peu plus sucrée, légèrement moins fumée; cette version me paraît plus accessible que sa grande sœur. Par contre, elle souffre du même défaut, son manque de corps.

4.4
lello4ever (1114) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2017
Nera con sottile schiuma beige evanescente, aroma notevole di malto tostato, dark fruits e un barricato subito presente con le sue note di whisky. Al palato viscosa, da degustare con calma. Bella sensazione legnosa e liquorosa, whisky, liquirizia, malto e caramello e dark fruits. Bassa carbonazione. Alcol per niente invasivo.

3.9
onceblind (10095) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Black pour with a very thin tan cap. Rich inky dark semisweet aroma with dark roast and gentle dark chocolate tones with little kisses of vanilla. Big complex flavor that’s loaded with dark semisweet chocolate, woody tones, a little luscious cereal grain flavors that’s like bran flakes, and a light little bit of vanilla and gentle whiskey. Really nice and complex, dark and sweet and woody.

3.9
melush (4341) - SPAIN - JUL 25, 2017
33cl Bottle @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain Black colour with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, oak, whiskey. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet, molasses, raisins, licorice, oak, whiskey. Full body, soft carbonation.

4
Bootlegger007 (243) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2017
Aroma of earthy peat malt and caramel, pours black with a thin tan head, medium body and soft carbonation, I found this ale well refined and very enjoyable, smooth and warming.

3.8
kaserov (874) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2017
Color negro con capa de espuma marrón de dos dedos de grosor (retención decente). Carbonatación inexistente. Textura oleosa y algo untuosa (buen cuerpo, pese a que esperaba más). Aroma ahumado, a cacao, pasas, vainilla, ligerísimo licor. Sabor a cacao, vainilla, pasas, con toques ahumados (sobre todo al final del trago). Final ahumado y que remite ligeramente a whisky. Intensa y bien hecha, fácil de beber, peligrosa. Me hubiera gustado que el whisky estuviera algo más remarcado en aroma y en boca, pero la verdad es que el envejicimiento en barrica es de una sutileza que mete miedo. Eso sí, el ahumado supongo que también provendrá en parte de la barrica y a ello sí que no pongo pegas.

4.2
Sparf (284) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2017
Helt svart brygd, lätt silkesartad viskositet. Kort skum. Komplex doft med toner av mörk frukt, sirap, säd, rostad malt, lakrits och en lätt rökighet. Mörk frukt, fattoner (vanilj, rök, trä) och alkohol i smaken. Kroppen är (oväntat nog) inte riktigt fyllig, men trevlig ändå. Halvtorr avslutning och en lätt syrlig arom hänger kvar.

4
19Michi38 (193) - Cracow, POLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Czarne, nieprzejrzyste. Piana kremowa, drobna, dość obfita, utrzymuje się na powierzchni, zostawia średni lacing. W zapachu karmel, czekolada, figi, rodzynki, wanilia. W smaku czekolada, karmel, drewno, wanilia, rodzynki, paloność. Goryczka niska, wysycenie niskie, posmak karmelowy, palony.

3.6
ForlornHope (533) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2017
Bottle at home. Opaque black with a thin tan head. Complex aroma of tar, fruit, old tobacco and a hint of wood. Tastes bitter - very bitter. Peaty, woody, fruity and tar-like with a dry finish and a hint of smooth vanilla. Definitely a hint of whisky. Complex, interesting and worth trying.


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