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

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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomer (3375) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 4, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2016 At a tasting, many thanks, almost no head, pitch black color, flavor of biltong dried beer and dark sourdough bread with oxidsed and coffee hints in the back, flavor of chocolate, ash and charred wood with hints of vanila, prunes and halva. Really mellow and highly enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
karpik (1034) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Caramel, chocolate, peat, whiskey in nose. Pours very dark brown with beige head. Taste is sweet with caramel, peat, chocolate. Low bitter finish, medium body. Overall good but slightly disappointing, especially body is too thin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rikstar (2555) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2016
zwart met een beschieden bruine kraag. Geur van turf en gevriesdroogde koffie, smaak vooral as en koffie met suiker. had hier zelf iets meer van verwacht.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1933) - Gomel, BELARUS - SEP 28, 2016
Ink black, ruby highlights. Moderate tan head. Bubbly lacing. Nose: barrel, oak, iodine, peat. Medium to full body. Oily. Complex taste with notes mentioned for aroma. Light bitterness. Not as extreme as the 18 years version. In my opinion at least not worse than the latter.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1860) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2016
A smokey malt aroma, with a hint of whiskey and wood. Pours a black color without much head. A nice smokey malt taste, with a hint whiskey and soy sauce. Body is lighter than you would expect with a slightly watery smoked malt finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (787) - HUNGARY - SEP 25, 2016
A 16 ves verzi kerlt sorra, s mint whisky hordban rlelődtt sr, mr eleve izgalmas darabnak grkezik, az vszm emelkedse ez esetben egyenes arnyos lehet a minősg fokval, gondolhatnnk. Kzepes teste mr a kitlts sorn felfedezhető, illatai azonban masszvak, teltek, rettek; marcipnos, likőrs, vanlis single malt aromk, amikhez kiss les vltssal trsul a ksőbbiek sorn a marknsabb, tőzeges lecsengs, de ne szaladjunk ennyire előre. A test, ahogyan arra szmtottunk, enyhn szellős, kzepesen sznsavas, mzss slytl mentes, vagy legalbbis a hordban zott zjegyek lakhelyeknt kiss szűksnek tekinthető, mgis elegns, knnyed, de teljes rtkű. A cscspont termszetesen a Highland Park hord ltal biztostott fsts vonalak, amelyek a levezets fő irnyt kpviselik, az előzmnyek alapjn nmikppen vratlanul, de korntsem rendszeridegen mdon, a whisky ismeretnek fnyben legalbbis semmikppen, csupn az alapok lehettek volna masszvabbak, hogy a struktra nmikpp vaskosabb lbakon lljon, s az effle betetőzst megingathatatlanul viselje. Igaz azonban, hogy az idő ez esetben is remekl gyrja egybe a komponenseket, egyre simbb s kifogstalan, igen emlkezetes karaktert hagyva maga utn.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (1210) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle- pours jet black with a tan head. Aroma is malt, soy sauce, sherry and roast malt. Taste is smokey and malty up front with a dry malty finish with hint of the whiskey and sea weed. Palate is oily and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (891) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle. Rich caramel and dark fruit aroma. Dark porter like appearance with virtually no head. Flavours present are roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and fruit. Some hints of whisky. Slick and oily texture. Rich malt finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Estebanik (1030) - Lublin, POLAND - SEP 15, 2016
Piany kompletnie brak. W aromacie troszkę toffi, może wpada w truflę, w tle obecna jest też whisky. Nasycenie średnie w stronę niskiego, subtelne. W smaku jest trochę słodowej słodczy, toffi, sporo orzechw włoskich. Całość kompozycji kończy się subtelnym akcentem whisky. Nie jakiś alkohol, nie taniny, ani drewno, po prostu subtelny, miękki posmak whisky. Oczywiście alkoholu brak. Gdybym koniecznie miał tu znaleźć jakąś wadę, to po dłuższym zastanowieniu powiedziałbym, że może nico brakuje mu ciała. Klasa sama w sobie, jeżeli chodzi o umiejętność użycia beczki. Nie sposb powiedzieć, gdzie zaczynają się aromaty pochodzące od słodu, a gdzie te od beczki - a prawda jest taka, że w tym piwie przenikają się i grają razem, dając nam świetny finalny efekt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkillsFactory (676) - ITALY - SEP 11, 2016
Bottiglia 5209, giugno 2014, aperta l11 settembre 2016. Rossa talmente scura da sembrare nera, limpida con riflessi caramello, schiuma nocciola chiara appiccicosa e di persistenza media, medio-bassa. Aroma affumicato, torba, legno, uva passa, zucchero caramellato, sciroppo dacero, leggera liquirizia. Al palato affumicata e legnosa, torbata, caff molto molto leggero, finale legnoso e torbato molto piacevole arricchito da note di cacao amaro, nocciola tostata ed una lievissima punta acidula di frumento. Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione bassa, vellutata.


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