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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 785   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1849) - Tallinn, - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Really nice packaging. Pours a deep dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma has peaty whisky and some roasted malt. Taste is also driven by peat and smooth malt. Very mellow, also the carbonation is quite soft. Finish has some woodiness and light ash. Very smooth, I expected the flavours to be stronger. It is definitely nice but I’m not as blown away as I hoped to be.


3.6
Carlisle (736) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with dark tan head and lacing. Vanilla dominates the nose with oak and subtle chocolate notes. Charcoal and smoke dominates with some green onion and medicinal notes. Slightly viscous body. Long finish.

4
19Michi38 (191) - Cracow, POLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Różnice między 12-stką subtelne. W zapachu bardziej wyraźna beczka. W zapachu bardziej kwaśne, goryczka troszkę wyższa, posmak bardziej palony.

3.7
wekker84 (2360) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
Bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma malts chocolate coffee oak spicy caramel and porto flavor malts chocolate dark fruits coffee dried fruits oak caramel spicy and some bitterness

3.9
Niller (1706) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2017
Bottle from Voldby. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma and taste is malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, whiskey notes, dark fruits. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Light bitter finish.

3.9
zvsn (2086) - ISRAEL - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks kerenmk. Deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of oak, peat, iodine, chocolate, port wine, whiskey. Sweet, roasted, chocolate, caramel, peat, wood, moderate bitterness. Full-bodied, oily. Really good.

3.8
rayaron (1811) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at zvsns place. Thanks keremk. Deep brownish-amber with beige head. The aroma has some peat, whiskey, ink, alcoholic and smoked. Bitterish flavor, alcoholic with notes of ink, peat, quite oily, wood, some smokiness, alcohol warmth in the finish. Full-bodied.

3.1
MrOrla (3060) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2017
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roast, Barrel, deep toffee, tar, loads whisky, smoke - peat?, notes of bandaid. Heavy sweet, loads of dry barrel, smoke, vinous, dried fruits, phenolic like smoke, bandaid.

3.8
OminouSC2 (650) - Mora, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2017
Black color, small brown head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, wood, whisky, chocolate, cream, vanilla and dates. Taste of caramel, dates, wood, whisky, malt, chocolate, syrup and dried figs. Sweet and balanced.

3.6
jooilakon (136) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2017 Bottle 330 ml from an Amazon order. Light brown/beige head and black body. Well rounded taste with roasted coffee, caramel and smoky whisky. Rich.

3.9
msbernac (2575) - Krakow, POLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle Aroma-caramel, whiskey Appearance-black, hazy, tan foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good


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