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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
edgallow (3831) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 11.3 oz bottle poued Black witha thin tan head. Aroma and taste of coffee, chocolate and scotch. Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (859) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Btl 2009. Brune très foncé. Belle mousse beige. Belle texture. Sucré. Bien malté. Caramel/toffee. Café doux. Chocolat au lait. Mélasse. Légèrement terreux. Peu de barrique. Un peu fumé. On goûte le whisky quand même. Finale épicé et cacaoté. Excellente même si la date de péremption indique 2012. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
titanek (304) - POLAND - JAN 5, 2017
Świetny aromat, owocowy głwnie śliwka, jest słodko, karmelowo, waniliowo, jest lekki przyjemny alkohol. W smaku slodko, palono, wanilowo, alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5176) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Black with hardly any head. Full bodied yet surprisingly smooth. Slightly fruity with some wooden flavours thrown in. Powerful but not threatening. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1227) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2016

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, wood, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and peat.

Opaque black beer with a slight/medium brown head.

Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, wood, vanilla and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and peat.

This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Old Ales from this brewery are always so extremely complex, amazing to behold. Great flavour thanks to this. The aroma could have been stronger, but that ia the only real flaw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFF (179) - - NOV 23, 2016
Armes de vanille et lgres notes de whisky herbal. Robe noire, faible mousse beige phmre. En bouche, trs puissant: grain torrfi, vanille, chocolat, liquoreux et lgre amertume. Carbonation moyenne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (745) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 15, 2016
Bottle. Teku. Pitch black with tiny, light brown head. Very poor head retention and average lacing. Nice, medium aroma of cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, lightly coffee and dried fruits notes. Aroma is also empowered with light to medium caramel notes, slightly ashy. Taste is semi-dry to semi-bitter, rather constant thru the whole of degustation. Medium body, creamy and semi-thick texture, soft carbonation, finish is semi-dry and cocoa, slightly ABV warming. In general good beer with nice and pleasant nose and taste, aint fireworks, but worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bozo_skeleton (1070) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 14, 2016
Noire dencre, petit collet fuyant Aromes riches et complexes, reglisse, caf, vanille, bois, lgres notes de whisky tourb. Le bois ressort bien plus une fois en bouche, mais on retrouve aussi tous les aromes. La finale manque juste un poil de prsence sur la longueur. Carbo en bouche assez calme et douce

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muydeemer (21) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Jet black with beige foamy head disappearing quickly, nice lacing though. Milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla and licorice in aroma. Quite sweet, milk chocolate, toffee flavours. Low carbonation. Enjoyed it thoroughly :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (655) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2016
330ml bottle. Impenetrable black with a foamy tan head that mostly fizzed away quite quickly. Sweet, peat smoke aroma. Flavour is coffee, chocolate, smoke and quite dry in the finish. Excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomer (3254) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 4, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2016 At a tasting, many thanks, almost no head, pitch black color, flavor of biltong dried beer and dark sourdough bread with oxidsed and coffee hints in the back, flavor of chocolate, ash and charred wood with hints of vanila, prunes and halva. Really mellow and highly enjoyable.

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