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

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RATINGS: 996   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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3.7
Skinnyviking (9570) - 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
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
Plovmand (8315) - 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
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
Tessic (1153) - 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
tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2010
A tasty, rich flavored dark beer. Like the round fully bodied flavor and the long round and smooth aftertaste.

4
NathanJM (58) - Jersey City, NJ, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Dark... near-black with little-to-no head. Seriously. Aroma dark fruit...cherry, oak. In the mouth, much less heavy than expected. Smoke, oak, whiskey, sunflower seed, and slight notes of dark fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Really quite contemplative and enjoyable.

3.8
pootzboy (1739) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2010 Bottle. Finally cracked this one I was given for Xmas. Pours a deep black ale in the glass with a small dark cap. Aroma is pungent as it warms in the snifter: Cocoa, roast grains, figs, grass and hints of alcohol. Chewy malt in front with the roasty-cocoa-coffee tastes but mid palate the complexity hits you> vanilla-oak, pine-honey, cherry figs, spicey hops, raisin bread.....long warm finish. Very decent old ale

3.7
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark as "Ola Dubh", as promised, with none-to-little head. Roast malts, dark fruits and sugar on the nose, with similar on the tongue. Well balanced overall, with decent complexity and character.

3.6
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle, Carringtons, Manchester. Poured a murky dense brown colour with a lingering thin tan head. Aroma pretty much as anticipated, whisky dominant with wood, roasted malt and chocolate notes. Started out sweetish with a solid roasted malt spine. The Whisky is pretty prevalent in the flavour, but there is enough there to prevent it from becoming saturating. Quite a nice warm almost comforting feel to this. Not much in the finish really. I’m not the biggest whisky aficionado, but I have certainly enjoyed Highland Park in the past, so I found this enjoyable on the whole and look forward to trying the older versions.


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