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


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RATINGS: 969   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SanfordBrewer (1519) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2011 (br-btl bk/wh-lbl, Special 12 Reserve, bottles from sept 2007, drank may 2009 and sept 2011, $9, 80/oz)

opq-bk, no-head, viscous, thick but crisp dry body,

aroma: ^chclt-malt silage dark-fruit grain warm-alchl smoked-ham faint-soy-sauce.

T1: chrd-chclt-malt alchl-wrm astrngt soy-sauce.
T2: ^balanced(leafy-hops & roasty-malt) lcrc lactose goat-cheese mushroom.
T3: astrngt-bttr herbal-hop.
Tf: chclty.

hops and malts are so well balanced and complementary in T2 that they are almost indiscernible from each other - not sure if i like that. Has changed quite a lot with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (6584) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Restrained roasted malt aroma with some dark chocolate and salmiak, with faint notes of whiskey and wood. Medium bodied, low carbonation, a bit lifeless. Well balanced with a dry finish. Quite boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2009
Its pitch black with a light-brown, creamy head. The aroma has notes of wood, light whisky, roasted malt and peat. The flavor is slightly sweet with notes of wood, ashes, peat, whisky, roasted malt and the finish is slightly dry. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2009
Thnx Bullit. Brown, dark colored brew. Aroma is roasted malts, a bit whisky, alcoholic. Flavor is very smooth and balanced with some nice whisky flavors. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
deflagro (106) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle. An almost black liquid with a small, beige head. Aroma is very rich and rather sweet, with notes of wood, slightly burnt peat, some roasted malts and vegetables. Taste is a bit smoky with a nice sweetness, roasted malts and a bit of smoked meat. Mouthfeel is thick and nice. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2009
Bottled. Pours out in a opaque dark brown colour with a small tan-coloured head. Rich aroma of fudge, nuts, oak, prunes, cocoa and roasted malts. Medium to full-bodied with rich balanced notes of oak, dark chocolate, nuts, raisin, dades, mild vanilla and roasted almonds. Smooth and bit chewy mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Long balanced finish of tobacco, dark malts, oak, toasted nuts, leather and bittersweet chocolate. Tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (6606) - rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 Pitch black liquid with a light brown foam. Smell of chocolate, coffee and whisy. Smooth mouthfeel with a taste of coffee, chocolate, wood, nuts and whisky. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9645) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2009
Aroma of oak, soy, seaweed, caramel, coffee, bitter chocolate, pine, wood. Flavors of seaweed, pine, soy sauce, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and huge oak. Very thick, rich, palate. Marvelously satisfying. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (2943) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle from Utobeer market stall. Pours a dark ruby-brown with a light brown head. Nice yeasty smell with aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, licorice. Peaty taste. Flavours of malts, smoke, bitter chocolate, figs, cinammon, burnt treacle. Has peaty, smokey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2814) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours pitch black with a small tan head that fades. Smells chocolatey and sweet; a bit of a wine nose. Tastes chocolatey and roasty with a light whiskey touch.

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