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

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RATINGS: 783   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 Harviestoun’s 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
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2009
(Bottle 33cl nr.61795) A black colored beer, with a thick foamy beige head. The aroma of roasted malts, oak with dark fruits. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. The taste is dry bitter, burned/roasted malts, chocolate, bitter fruits. Notes of vanilla with some whiskey in the back. The aftertaste is bitter and dry.

3.9
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep midnight black with a disappearing brown head. Noise is rich oak, dried cherries and cranberries, and whiskey. Flavors are summer sausage at first then the whiskey comes to the front with a malty-ness to it. Really smooth mouth. I dig it, I think I liked the 12 better (that is all I have tried so far).

3.6
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head that diminishes rather quickly. The aroma has a lot of molasses and cocoa with a slight hint of whiskey. It’s somewhat thick with some mild carbonation. The initial flavour is the sweet molasses and cocoa. The brew doesn’t seem to have any change in flavour as it warms. On the contrary, it feels like it’s watering down. The carbonation also seems to affect the flavour if you allow the brew to sit too long. That’s kind of disappointing. As the brew passes bitter cocoa becomes more apparent with light notes of dark fruits. A nice sweet molasses counters the bitterness. Whiskey is somewhat evident and becomes a more defining flavour towards the finish. Alcohol also becomes more apparent towards the finish as well. The finish is lightly dry. This is really good, but I happen to think that it’s somewhat overrated.

4
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2009
33 cl bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger - shared with Roger on my birthday. (Bottle no 60862, jan. 2009). Dark brown, almost black color,nice but moderate brown head. Aroma is whisky, whisky, whisky. Flavor is the same, with sweetness, dried fruit. Medium dry finish.

4.3
liinis (1773) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2009
Excellent beer. Its a combination of two of my very best delights an excellent beer and an excellent whisky. Old engine oil and Highland park. Super rich in aroma and flavor. Strong, warming and full.

3.6
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2009
Black in colour with a thin brown coloured head, some light lacing. The aroma is quite smoky with lots of malt, some alcohol and roasted chocolate. The flavour is quite smooth, some bakers chocolate, smoke, light sweetness, very light alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation. Finishes smooth and warming.

Slightly better than the 12 Year, very smooth.

330ml bottle from Sahara Mart in Bloomington, Indiana.
Opened on December 19, 2008.
Bottle #06613, Bottled September 2007.


4
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
This beer pours solid black with a thick tan head. Aroma of roast and sweet chocolate malt. Taste is oak and dark chocolate along with a creamy smooth texture.

4
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle. This beer was better than the 12 year old about the same as the 30 for a cheaper price. Will give the 18 a try.

4.1
KnutAlbert (6753) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle at Oslo Beer Festival 09. Tar and smoke aroma. Wonderful sweet and sour beer, malty body with long lingering smoke. Warming feeling and echoes of the whisky as it slips down.

4.1
mikkopen (1172) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
330 ml bottle. Almost black, with a thin but creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, whisky and a hint of smoke and alcohol. Warm, roasted malty flavour with a strong presence of whiskey and chocolate and a hint of liquorice. Delicious.


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