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98
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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 790   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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3.6
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Sampled at the Alexi TN distributor’s tasting; thanks Jim Bird! Tasted alongside the 12 and 30 year. All poured a very dark brown with a very small dark tan head. Roasty, and a bit hammier than the 12 year. Also a little sweet on the nose and creamy smooth. Pretty tasty stuff, just too expensive.

4.1
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle from La Bodega in Riverside... Bottle 13180/ Sept 2007...Pours Black with a creamy light brown head...Smell is smoke, beef jerky and some salty caramel..Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee and some smoke with that dark chocolate bitterness.. Very smooth with low carbonation... I was kinda hoping for a sweeter beer but it is still good though.

3.7
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle. Black colour with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorice and smoke. The flavour is roasted malt, smoke and chocolate with notes of tar and oak. Finish is slightly bitter and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice brew.

4.3
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Aroma of oak, cherries, vanilla. Pours black with a thin brown head. Flavors of baking cocoa, smoke, oak, vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate. Delicious! Dry finish and aftertaste of baking cocoa.

3.7
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with reddish brown highlights, big light brown head. Aroma is smoke, peat, mushrooms, dust, fruits, raisins and ripe plums, some alcohol, roasted malts. Flavour is big, coffee, smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, peat, ashes, whisky. A faint note of meat that I don’t enjoy too much. This is a big and complex one. I wouldn’t mind if it was a bit sweeter. Thick and smooth.

3.8
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2009
11.2oz bottle (Bottle No. 01417, Sept 2007) served in a snifter. Slick, oily black pour with a thin head of creamy tan foam that settled and lingered for the duration of the glass. Slippery lacing. The aroma had chocolate, burnt sugar, oak, fine whisky, and dark fruit. The flavor was a little hotter than I remember the 12 Year Old being. Warming alcohol with some lingering peat are the focus. Chocolate, dried dark fruits, and some vanilla are also there. Mild cardboard. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied but seemed to be thinning a bit. Very lightly carbonated. Slightly oily on the tongue. Tasty, but I wish I would have cracked this open sooner. Showing some signs that it is on the decline.

3.7
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle. Haket. Gothenburg. Dark brown/black colour with a beige head. More sweet and less salty then the 12 yo, oak, chocolate, light smoke/peat, a bit of bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Rosted dry finish.

3.9
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle from Bierkoning. Luscious brown body with thick tan head. Heavenly nose of chocolate and whiskey. Nice taste of malts, chocolate and strong flavour of licorice. Smoked ham towards the end. Dry and smoky finish. Delectable.

3.8
Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 18, 2009
Bottled @ Peckham’s Beer Festival. Pitch black colour, some lacings. Aroma of roasted malts, whisky, smoke. Flavour of roasted malts, chocolate and licorice. Dry finish. Nice one.

3.9
Finwe (438) - Grankulla, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle 33 cl (bottle number 60383, Jan 2009) True to its name has an oily black colour with small tan head. Has some liquorice and hints of smoke in the aroma. The taste includes elements of roasted malts and wood, as well as whiskey. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable in the taste, but by no means disturbing.


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