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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 990   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 Harviestouns 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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Notes: 12 oz bottle, 2007 vintage poured into a snifter. Pours a deep oily brown hue with a nice brown head. The nose is peat, smoke, oak, scotch whiskey, and chocolate. The taste is big on the smokey, rich flavors of the scotch and the oakiness of the barrels. The chocolate comes in the middle and finishes with an excellent scotch taste. The mouthfeel is initially moderate-medium bodied but ends up being dry like a nice scotch. A truly great offering from Harviestoun, i;d buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7497) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2010
Medium darkish brown head. Opaque black body. Strong chocolatey toffee aroma with notes of cocoa, marzipan, and alcohol. Sweet, powerful chocolatey roasty cocoa taste with toffee and alcohol notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Fullish body. Dryish roasty charcoal smoke aftertaste with wooden notes. Lovely peaty smokiness settles in the mouth as you drink. Excellent balance between the bitter and the sweet, and lovely raw whisky smoke character. (0.33l bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh.)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11761) - Sborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2010
Bottled. Black coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, liqourice, fruits, light roast and spice. Flavour of chocolate, light ripe fruits, spice, light liqourice and some vague roast. Medium to full bodied. Dry sweet and fruity ligth bitterness in the end. I like this series Ola Dubh series. Very wellmade beers all of them.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (7038) - Troms, NORWAY - APR 15, 2010
Flaske 0,33l. Dyp dyp rd. Nesten svart. Whiskyaroma. Smaken er svakt stlig. Litt uvariert men gjennomgende whiskypreg. Lett bitter ettersmak. KI=4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9490) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2010
Bottle. High creamy and lasting light brown head. Pitch black body. Roasted barley malt aroma with whisky choccolate alcohol and wood. Highly carbonated creamy coffee choccolate whisky wood flavor with a nice long and bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 12, 2010
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, smoky, ash, leathery, dry. Tastes dry and peaty with some molasses, vanilla, pepper and chocolate. Much more distinct than the rest of this series in terms of the Scotch character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (8232) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle. Pitch black pour with a creamy dense longlasting tan head leaving very nice lacings. A beauty! The aroma is peaty whisky, chocolate, smoke and sweet tobacco. Lighter notes of ripe fruit. The flavour is heavy peaty, light roasted, some chocolate and caramel and ends up quite whisky peaty like. Me like!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2010
330ml bottle from the LCBO. A black pour with a hint of dark tan head. There are roasty, woody aromas, along with a hint of whisky. Found it to be smooth and rich in flavour. A nice drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tessic (1140) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
This ale poured a deep black colour with a deep brown foamy head. To the nose there are scents of molassass, berries, alcohol, whiskey and smoke. First sip was thick and very flavourful. Flavours of smoke and whiskey along with wine and molassass. Finish is smoke with a little slcohol warming. Palate is smoke with a hint of bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2010
A tasty, rich flavored dark beer. Like the round fully bodied flavor and the long round and smooth aftertaste.


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