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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: 779   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 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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrOrla (3008) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (611) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jooilakon (71) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (2501) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1611) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2017
Black color. Thin , brown head. Malt , milk chocolate and whiskey in aroma. Taste follows. Roasted bitterness at the end. Warming finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (6421) - FINLAND - APR 29, 2017
Bottle. Black. Huge whiskey presence, whiskey malty, barrely, roasty too though, roasty, light ashy. Fullish bodied, light oily. Yeasty stress. Feels like an impy with manhandled yeast. Which has been thrown in a whiskey barrel. Feels messy unbalanced. Surprisingly easy though.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (9155) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2017
Aged 4 years in the bottle. Inky black hue with no head. Nice nose of woody dates and earthy malts with a sweet darkness about it. Big rich earthy dark flavor with cocoa and woody tones with gentle scotch note and light dates and dark fruits. Smooth whiskeyed non-boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2017
Bottle. Whisky aroma. Dark Brown-to-Black in colour. Very Malty; roast/burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Whisky taste; smoky, peaty, salty, oily, tarry, iodine. Very Smoky. Fruity; vinous, dark fruits. Viscous. Warming alcohol. Sweet roast malty. Dry bitter roast finish. Lingering smoky aftertaste. More intense flavours than the 12 year old. Very tasty. Enjoyed this a lot. Very Nice Old Ale! (2009)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrh2254 (85) - burton-on-trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2017
From a beerhawk mystery case. Pours deep black. Low carbonation. A lovely milk stout , so very nice for a change. Very smooth and velvety. Superb whisky undertones. Leaves you thinking that you have had a new CEO malt whisky. Brilliant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (3662) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Refrigerated 11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Black with small dark brown highlights and small beige head. Aroma is nice scotch, medium body, low carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is dark chocolate, scotch, and some tobacco.


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