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


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RATINGS: 979   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fatehunter (2480) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Nov 2008 Bottling Poured into a tulip glass. Pure blackness with almost no head save the lace on the edge. Still, impressive blackness. The nose is all dark molasses with some alcohol and malt. The tongue has biscuit, molasses, wood smoke and a little alcohol. While it seems simple, the combination and balance are incredible. Thin and crisp body and low carbonation. Seems strange for this type of beer. Overall, very easy to drink. I was expecting more body for a cask aged beer, but I enjoyed it more this way. Not as bold as other cask aged beers, also not as obnoxious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3489) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
katrinaez (1714) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (3241) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2775) - Hagen, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclefrito62 (225) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle. Whisky aroma. Very Dark Brown in colour; Reddish against light. Very Malty; roast/burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Hints of whisky; salty, peat smoky, oily, tarry. Fruity; vinous, dark fruits. Surprisingly, alcohol is well disguised. Mildly sweet malty leading to a dry mildly bitter roast finish. Lingering smoky aftertaste. Moderately intense flavours; rather subtle; not extreme. Very tasty. Nicely done. Lovely beer! (2009-07)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1866) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2017
Pours a viscous-looking, close to black body with a light tan head that sticks to the glass. Strong aroma of dry, bitter and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, wet charcoal, tobacco and dark roasted malt. Strong flavour of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa, leather, wet charcoal, brown sugar and pine bark. The whisky notes are quite well hidden in the back, together with burnt sugar. Moderate sweet taste with a light to moderate bitter long-lasting finish. Full body, oily texture and soft carbonation. A complex and tasty beer with a very well integrated whisky influence, maybe a bit too well integrated.
[33 cl bottle, bottle number 19836, enjoyed 21 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Ullevl, Oslo]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ianwelby (1276) - SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle. Opaque black, thin head. Rich aroma thats almost wine-y with the fruit. Flavour is malt, fruit, chocolate. Its rich and absolutely delicious. Could guzzle it and do myself some damage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Korcz (2409) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mateuszk (2544) - Poznań, POLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Dark malts, some roastiness, lots of whisky, tobacco, vanilla with dried fruits in the back. In taste likewise, semi sweet. Oily texture, medium to full body, finish bit alcoholic with whisky and moderate bitterness.

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