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

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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 first with genuine provenance. This version is aged in Highland Park 40 Year whisky casks.

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3.9
McNeillR (2329) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Dark stern brown, decent ringed head. Fairly swift balsamic nose as it warmed but steamy choc and whisky later but slims out in the initial taste. Rich, nuttier and a more vibrant oakier punch. Not quite as vibrant as the others but smoother pulse on the mouthfeel. Little bit of almost silent tart towards the finish.

Bottle, Flu Jab Tasting

4
BenH (3434) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and whisky. Taste of whisky, smoke and chocolate.

3.8
Stuu666 (14843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is smoky, chocolate, light oxidisation, taste is sweet chocolate, dry, peaty.

4
allmyvinyl (11021) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Oh mama! Pours jet black with thin tan head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar, light coffee. Taste is light sour, coffee, dark chocolate. Finishes boozy, nice.

2.6
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
330ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Near black in colour, very small brown head, no lacing. Aroma is heavy on the alcohol, bourbon, some sweetness, malty. Flavour is surprisingly thin, highly alcoholic, a little harsh, lots of oak, dark chocolate. Hot mouthfeel, light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long and quite warm, a bit thin. Just can’t get over the amount of alcohol in this. A waste of money really.

3.7
Johnsense (1755) - - OCT 12, 2014
pitch black pour, small head. whisky and char aroma. flavour is still big on the whiskey 4 years later. peat, dark toffee, char, light smoke. medium body.

4.5
slowrunner77 (12844) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
another winner in this series. best of the bunch. i’m between a 4.4 and a 4.5, but will go low til i have it again...and i will have it again. smokey peet almost undetectable at first, but as it warms, whiskey booziness takes over from the super chocolate, malty, robust goodness, and manages to do so without the slightest hint of heat or alcohol. well done! 7/11 - 2nd times a charm...still the best in the line."

4.4
digopossobon (394) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2014
Garrafa numerada 27328. Safra de agosto de 2010. Aroma intenso. Perceptível a distância. Adocicado. Pão. Malte. Álcool. Madeira. Caramelo. Frutas vermelhas. O Beltramelli falou em iodo... É possível sim... Fato é que, esta é, indubitavelmente, uma cerveja rica em aromas. Creme castanho, bolhas pequenas. Persistente até o fim como uma fina camada. Coloração castanha escura. Opaca. Complexa nos sabores. Final café, presunto defumado e um calor alcoólico. Início madeira, lúpulo, álcool bem inserido, quase licorosa. Retrogosto persistente, muito ao estilo de um whisky.

4.4
weark (888) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle from Erzbierschof - Black color with a small creamy tan head, good lasting, small lacing - Aroma of whisky, vanilla, oak, malty, hints of soy sauce - Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, whisky, dark cherry, licorice and spicy - Full body, smooth, light carbonation, roasted malt okay whisky spicy finish - all the interest of this beer come from the barrel, well balanced, delicious, this one is little bit dryer than other in the series

3.8
bytemesis (9233) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle with thanks to Homer! Pours opaque black with a tiny brown head that dissipates semi quickly with some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, ash, peat, scotch. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, smooth scotch present but not overpowering, chocolate. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.


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