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

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RATINGS: 990   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle 59029 (2011) pours nearly opaque black with thin oily tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, nuts, caramel, vanilla, whisky. Moderately bitter and sweet. Body is mostly smooth with a bit of acidic crispness. Aromas blend well, possibly because of the aging. Nice.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrOrla (3024) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle. Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma of roast, heavy licorice, dry Barre l, slight phenolic, loads of wood. Fruity with loads of barrel, fruity and quite dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jooilakon (74) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2017 330 ml bottle from Amazon. Aroma is sweet with smoky whisky tones and hints of caramel/chocolate and coffee. Dark beige head and black body. Taste is sweet with caramel tones and smoky whisky, and there is a subtle wooden taste as well. Leaves a long, smoky aftertaste. A very rich beer overall. One is enough for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (615) - Mora, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2017
Black color, small brown head. Sweet aromas of caramel, kolasnren, raisins, wood, syrup, slight smoke and chocolate. Taste of caramel, wood, whisky, salt, smoke, chocolate and roasted malt. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobroman (1136) - Torun, POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
Tasted on 31.03.15. Intensive aroma of chocolate and liqueur candies. Small head disappearing to ring. Almost completely black colour. Complex taste of dark chocolate and liqueur candies. Great hoppy and roasted bitterness perfectly balances sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonBlok (500) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2017
33cl bottle split with my housemate. Appearance: black with low egg-shell white head. Aroma: smoke, Lays Hamkas, mocca, coffee, raisins, whisky. Taste: high sweetness and low bitterness. Notes of coffee, whisky, mocca, raisins. Finish is fairly long and filled with smoke / Lays Hamkas. Palate: full bodied, thin oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1464) - Bled/SF, - MAY 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2017 Pours oily black with tan beige head. Aroma: roasted grain, peat, hint of smoked, dark malts, dark fruit esters, hint of vanilla & whisky. Flavour follows aroma: roasted grain, malt with toasted toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee like charackter, peat, smoked, dark fruit esters, whisky, tobacco, leather, hint of vanilla. Dry, slightly peated finish. Medium body, soft texture, moderate carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (390) - 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 (5964) - 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 (719) - 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 (701) - 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


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