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


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RATINGS: 976   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, - NOV 7, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 pours black as soot with very short off-brown head and minimal retention, slight carbonation. aroma is promising with heavy molasses and smoke masking ever so present hops. You can fully taste the delicious whiskey in every sip, mixed in with toffee and molasses. Heavy, lingering sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2605) - 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 (203) - 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 (2698) - 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 (1849) - 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 (1247) - 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 (2239) - 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 (2512) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1993) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2017
From bottle thanks to Mads. Pours a clear dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma has toffee, oak, malts, malty whisky, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, light sweet cherries, port wine. taste is sweet, more chocolate going on here, slight bitter, slight oaky. Low carbonation and an oily body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KarlPopper (99) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Aroma Mainly of a great english porter: cocoa, some roasted malts, some vanilla probably from oxidation after aging. Little bit of alcoholly notes (although none in taste)less whiskey and wood but some whiskey is in the nose, the taste of whiskey and wood is however dominated by classic, very drinkable English porter, with some but not overwhelming roastness of malts. Overall incredibly pleasant, sweet, it is quiet medium bodied although easy drinkable and still complex. Definitely recommend! Drunk on 06.12.2016 - review typed from notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyhallmanti (366) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2017
Bottle number 08370. Pours a a pitchblack colour with a small brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark malts, wood, bit of liquorice, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, soft bitter woth a warming finish. Notes of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, bit of scotch, liquorice. Texture is watery, medium bodied with low carbonation

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