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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
1600th rating. A all black body and a beige head that had some retention and mild lace. Aroma was a good mix of roasted and caramel malts. Nice hints of oak peat with a mild alcohol note. Flavor had a nice roasted malt flavor upfront there was mild sweetness but mostly roasted malts. A nice flavor from the alcohol was in the background and it seemed a little more pungent then 8%. Some mild vanilla in the back along with a good peat note in the after taste. Body seemed thing but had a little more viscosity to it. A nice warming finish to it from the alcohol. Good beer.


4.3
kaserov (800) - Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2017
Color negro con capa de espuma marrón de tres dedos de grosor (no mucha retención, aunque siempre queda un velo de espuma por encima de la negrura). Carbonatación suave aunque algo presente en boca. Textura oleosa. Complejo aroma a chocolate, malta ahumada, vainilla, pasas. Nada de alcohol en aroma, tan sutil como la Ola Dubh 12. En boca es una delicia. Perfecta mezcla de chocolate, pasas, vainilla y whisky. Notas de malta ahumada que recuerdan mucho a whiskies de Islay. Mucha turba, madera presente. Nada de alcohol, realmente. Postgusto ahumado. Me parece una cerveza tan sutil dentro de su complejidad y bestialidad que no puedo hacer más que aplaudir.

4.1
kerenmk (4802) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 26, 2017
Bottle shared at a tasting at zvsn’s place. Bought in Westy’s(?), PA, May 2016. Black with a quickly dissolving tan head. Slightly alcoholic aroma with some vanilla, wood, slightly floral and some notes of iodine and seaweed. Tastes of iodine and sea, slightly salty and woodsy. Full body, slightly fizzy, long, deep woodsy aftertaste with some raisins.

4.4
loscovar (393) - Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUL 19, 2017
Bottle from Saveur Bière.com. Really nice beer, perfect after dinner in your couch, instead of wiskey

4.1
stevoj (5271) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle from Jeremy, 2007 batch. Oily black pour, wispy head. Smoky peaty aroma and taste. Slick and slippery. Nice slow sipper. 26 years in the making. Worth the wait.

3.6
BuckeyeBoy (7905) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle 2007 vintage. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is peat smoke malts roast malts ash. Taste is more of the past smoke malts plenty of ash and roast.

3.6
flemmingwillum (1218) - Nysted, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2017
Rating #1199. Mørkebrun basse med lille skum. Aroma af ristet malt og røg . Smagen er en blanding af imperial stout og chokoladefyldt brown ale, som har fået en spand røgmalt. Medium tykkelse. Fin øl.

3.6
Carlisle (766) - 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 (193) - 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 (2390) - 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.


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