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

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RATINGS: 984   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zaf (308) - - FEB 24, 2013
aroma: toast, chocolate, coffee, woody, smoke, peat (torba) apparenza: black, sparkling, minimal head, white foam, gusto: lightly bitter, medium sweetness, palato: full body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish, birra imbottigliata a febbraio 2011,bevuta a febbraio 2013..bottiglia spettacolare,firmata,con etichetta,tracciabilit della botte,insomma uno spettacolo..idea veramente meravigliosa quella di invecchiare questa birra in botti di whisky..sar il mio amore per laffinamento in botte e soprattutto per il whisky scozzese,ma questa birra per me un capolavoro..aroma affumicato e torbato,lievissimi sentori di luppolo e di malto..birra scura come la notte,schiuma che si dissolve rapidamente..in bocca moderatamente frizzante,oleosa (come la birra che mettono ad invecchiare,la old engine oil)..il gusto complesso e sicuramente prevalgono sapori forti,caff,malto tostato e affumicato e la torba,meravigliosa che ricorda il whisky ma che ovviamente non cos prepotente come nel whisky..finale lungo e piacevole,riscaldante..bevuta al santo bevitore


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (386) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - APR 17, 2017
From 11.2oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a dark brown/black color, no head. Nose is roasted malt, smokey, licorice, toasty, whisky. Taste is medium-heavy bodied, sweet with touches of bitterness. Finishes super silky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5898) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2017
Bottle (330 ml) at home. Bottled July 2011, so nearly 6 years old now. Dark brown, almost black, with a small beige head, decent retention, leaving little lacing. Aroma is nicely peaty and smokey with roasted malt, berries, caramel and tobacco. Taste is slightly sweet but not cloying with peat aplenty, smoke, berries, caramel, roasted malts, hints of alcohol and tobacco notes. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Peaty finish. Surprisingly well balanced considering the peat presence which isnt easy at all. Still in pretty good shape for a 6 years beers, I would never have known it was that old without looking at the bottle. Really flavorful.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lmojoh (673) - Troms, NORWAY - APR 13, 2017
Flaske 0,33L via DjOeye. Aroma plomme, karamell, malt. Utseende sort med lite beige skum. Smak karamell, malt, mørke frukter, lakris. En kraftig øl med lang ettersmak med noe lakris, føles noe tynnere mot slutten ---

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (680) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose of caramel, coffee, and smoke. Chocolate and caramel with smoke in the long finish. Medium body; not as viscous as expected. Alcohol less prevalent than expected as well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1591) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Dark, brown color. Nice , beige head. Burned sugar, wood, cocoa and hint of smoke in aroma. Flavor of dried fruits, whisky and cocoa. Sweet and malty . Smooth, warming finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3575) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2017
Refrigerated 11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Black with small beige head. Aroma is wood, medium body, low carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is rich tobacco, wood, and a little chocolate. Seems to be real similar to 16 year old.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
katrinaez (1762) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2017 Cocoa and rich booze. Boozy scent of whiskey and malts. Taste is a bit sweet and thick. Very nice and smooth. Better as it warms. Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (3277) - DENMARK - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown close to black with a small light brown head with good lace and regeneration. Nose has dark wood, tobacco, burned sugar, light earthy smoke. The flavour follows with earthy smoke, chalk, dark wood, twigs, light brown sugar. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, medium sweet with mild bitterness. Long finish with brown sugar, tobacco and light smoke.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2872) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2017
0.33 l bottle from Marktkauf Nowak (Iserlohn), bottled in April 2015, 8.0% abv. Black with a thin, soapy, slowly diminishing, beige head. Sweetish, slightly roasty-malty, a bit smoky and minimally medicinal aroma of lots of whisky, dark chocolate, licorice, some peat and hints of iodine. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty, a bit smoky taste of dark chocolate, hazelnut, some vanilla, peat, iodine and a touch of licorice, followed by a medium long, slightly roasty-bitter, moderately peaty and a little warming finish. Over medium-bodied, smooth and just slightly effervescent mouthfeel, almost flat. Very elegant beer, lovely sipper, and relatively low in alcohol. The whisky flavours merge perfectly with the base beer, it just lacks a bit of body which is not surprising though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclefrito62 (236) - Stow, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2017
11.2 ounce bottle at home. Very nice beer. Hint of whisky to the nose. Pitch black in color. Very silky smooth. Notes of whiskey in the taste. What an excellent winter warmer


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