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


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RATINGS: 762   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (3251) - NORWAY - JUN 6, 2016
Shared bottle at Mi2 Extended at Cardinal 06.06.16. Reddish ebony. Small, brown head. Fine aroma of Scottish Whisky, sweet dark malt, dates and prunes - balanced with moderate bitterness. Ripe prunes in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2946) - GREECE - APR 11, 2016
330 ml bottle. Black color with small brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, dark dried fruits, chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, smoked notes, wood. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma, chocolate, smoked notes, fruits and vanilla. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ildjarno (36) - Vaasa, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2016
330 ml bottle. Really dark brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma has roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is sweet, long, bitter, malty(roasted), peat/smoke. Low carbonation and medium/full body. Long bitter finish with burned tires.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fullpintofbeer (257) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
Bottle from Brew Bristol. Appearance: black colour, small dark head which dissapers slowly, fair lacing. Aroma: malts - vanila, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. A little bit of burnt tyre after a while. Taste: very nicely sweet, long duration. Palate: full bodied, thick, oily, flat, perfectly balanced. Very drinkable beer, as for 8% very light, superb balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekboniek (578) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 22, 2016
Butelka. Barwa praktycznie czarna nieprzejrzysta. Piany brak. Aromat na pierwszy niuch przypominający portera. Dużo ciemnych słodw, kawa, lekka czekolada. Po ogrzaniu dają o sobie znać nuty mokrego drewna, whisky w postaci torfu i popiołowości. W smaku lekka słodycz. Delikatne nuty whisky, kawa. Na drugim planie pojawia się bardzo przyjemna niezalegająca nuta torfowa. Wysycenie niskie tak jak i goryczka. Konsystencja mało lepka, ale napewno nie wodnista. Bardzo ciekawe piwo, ktre zmienia się szybko pod wpływem ogrzewania się. Jestem ciekaw jak wypadają pozostałe wersje.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1286) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 16, 2016
Bottle from June 2014. Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head. Roasted malts on the nose along with chocolate, vanilla, cocoa and molasses. Taste is light sweet with a moderate frutyness. Some bready maltyness, a bit of whiskey and a long sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eduardovl (1372) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2016
330ml bottle served in snifter glass. Purchased at Drinks of the World - Geveva.
A: Pours a oil black color forming a medium dark beige head with medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass.
S: Great nose. Sweet caramel, roasted malts, whisky and wood. Vanilla and licorice. Light notes of leather and earth.
T: Sweet upfront taste. Strong notes of roasted malts, whisky and oak. Notes of vanilla and licorice. In overall, the taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Light notes of grassy hops.
M: Heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet caramel, whisky and oak in the aftertaste.
O: Excellent drinkability. Classic British Old Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (5244) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2016
Fra flaske p Mi2, Cardinal (Asko Rogaland lmesse): brunsvart, ok skum. Mmm... et lekkert preg fra fatlagringen - torvryk, svisker, vanilje og en knivsodd salt, med litt lakris helt i slutten. Lekre saker for snille gutter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peponi (1644) - Hannover, GERMANY - APR 16, 2016
Aroma: roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, peated. Appearance: black color and beige head. Taste: low herbal bitterness, bitter chocolate, peated, bonfire, smoked notes, burnt malt, quite dry. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, peated finish. Overall: It is a really good stuff, amazing peated notes, smooth and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1653) - CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
Appearance: nearly solid black with only the merest hint of brown around the margins, short beige head, poor retention and no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: whiskey, bakers chocolate, liquorice, vanilla, oak. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light alcohol. (7/10) Palate: full slightly oily body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry lightly boozy finish. (4/5) Somewhat to my surprise, I half think this really did have a best before - because this is so mild that the only conclusion I can draw is that its faded in the bottle. On the up side, its extremely mild and easy drinking, with a very mild whiskey character. (14/20)

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