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


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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkillsFactory (685) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClaudeB04 (398) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 2, 2016
Deep black, small head. Taste coffee, berries,roasted malt. The finish leaves something that reminds me of whisky, some woody, peaty, boozy taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
szymonskc (835) - Skrcz, POLAND - AUG 21, 2016
Zapach intensywny, wanilia, kawa, torf, beczka, czekolada, karmel, suszone owoce, whisky. Kolor czarny, nieprzejrzyste. Piana beżowa, średnio obfita, drobna, trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku umiarkowana słodycz, średnia pełnia, torf, kawa, wanilia, whisky, beczka. Goryczka niska, wysycenie niskie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogbomb (1205) - ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown with a dark tan scum on top. Nose is vanilla and cedarwood. A little whisky. Taste is woody, burnt, toffee, a touch of whisky, cream, chocolate. Incredibly rich.Raisins and roasted fruit. Theres bags of flavour in this. Nice and sweet, without being sicky. A little slick in the mouth, but not uncomfortable. DELICIOUS!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (1305) - Kalisz, POLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Piana beżowa, drobna i obfita, trwała i zdobiąca szkło. Barwa ciemno brązowa, nieprzejrzysta. Aromat dość intensywnie waniliowy, do tego oczywiście karmel, suszone owoce, melasa, dębina, whisky i nieco torfu. W smaku podobnie, płsłodkie, treściwe, tu torf nieco wyraźniejszy, sporo kawy, wanilii, likieru. Goryczka niska, palono tytoniowa, lekka szorstkość popiołowa na języku. Wysycenie niskie, pełne, gęste i aksamitne w odbiorze.
W moim odczuciu najlepsze z dotychczas degustowanych Ola Dubh na blogu. Najwyraźniej czuć tu wpływ beczki oraz fajne torfowe smaczki, co przy oglnej wysokiej jakości piwa dają dodatkowo sporo przyjemności w piciu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PiwnyMarek (1036) - Lomza, POLAND - AUG 18, 2016
Czuć rżnicę pomiędzy tym piwem, a 18-ką. I to na korzyść tego drugiego. Oglnie piwo jest wyjątkowo przyjemne i udane.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
daigoon (199) - - AUG 12, 2016
330 ml bottle. Dark brown nearly black. Tan head and some lacing. Roasted taste with chocolate and some coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (3062) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 2, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2017 Harviestoun Brewery by Ola Dubh 16 Year Special ReserveRami Rami is drinking an Ola Dubh 16 Year Special Reserve by Harviestoun Brewery at PowiśleNieco wedzone ogniskowo, beczka i whiski ewidentne, melasa, czekolada, palonosc, wanilia, wisniowe posmaki, oleiste, waniliowe, klasa

Ocena potraktowana skryptem do przeliczania ocen (uzgodnienie UT/RB).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4940) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #8. Bottle from...somewhere...sampled in January, 2009, Burlington VT, starting out at cellar temperature, in a Maudite glass. Deep, near-opaque walnut in color, with a darkish, small beige head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving a bit of residue...the aroma is deep as well, oaky-caramel, aged soft whisky and gracious with light hints of nuts and blueberries...the boozy character is stronger on the palate, sherry alongside whisky, vanilla mixing with fortified grapes and a tart, tannic acidity near the end...the alcohol is rather forward throughout though I would not say overwhelming...the finish has a sharpness that is a bit rough, almost unpleasant, and takes a while to go away, though I will say this improved in the 45 minutes it took me to drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (7526) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from LeeAVFC cheers mate; dark opaque brown pour thin light tan head, aroma has rich chocolate, taste has a hint of vanilla, chocolate, some spirit, some vanilla, quite nice.

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