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

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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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
TheBeerGod (6208) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Bottle. Labeled 48667 from JAN 2009. Dark, opaque mahogany pour. Spotty tan bubbles make up the head. Aroma is peat, vanilla, treacle, dark fruit, sweet malt, chocolate and toasted coconut. Taste is more peat, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, oak, light iodine, salt, coconut, tobacco and lighter dark fruit. Body is light-medium with very light carbonation. Very slick feel on the palate. Ends with more vanilla, treacle, oak, coconut, peat, tobacco, fruit notes, chocolate and sweet malt. Very tasty!

4.2
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 26, 2009
12 oz. brown bottle. Lead seal & black foil around top of bottle. Poured out black as the inside of a coal mine at midnight under a new moon. Aromas are straight Scotch barrels, strong aroma of raisins. Flavors are alcohol soaked raisins, peat, smoked meats, tobacco. Thin body & mouthfeel on this beer. Finished with a strong flavor of Scotch Whisky. Decent beer overall. Too bad it’s so expensive.

4.1
jkwalking05 (4731) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Deep brown, nearly black in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of vanilla, toasted coconut, and light smoke. Taste is of roasted malt, smoke, wood, peat and vanilla.

3.8
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2009
330ml Bottle: Aroma of wood, oak, whiskey, peat, light roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. Poured black in color with a tiny brown head that diminished but lasted around the edges. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of oak, smoke, peat, light vanilla, light tar, light whiskey, light roasted malt, light licorice, and a slight alcohol. Medium to full body. Oily, then slightly chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Oak, peat, slight tar, slight whiskey, and slight vanilla finish is a tad sticky. 8%ABV is pretty well hidden. My favorite Old Dubh so far.

4
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of peat, scotch, and caramel. Flavor of scotch, roasted malt, earth, caramel, and raisins.

3.2
cgarvieuk (24166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Bottle at fins ... deep black ... big coconut and spirit nose ... big iodine and roast mlats ... light smoke. 3.2 Bottle at home ... nov 2014 ... dark black ,.. thin tan lacing ... dark sweet malts .. soft meaty malts .. soft roast ... soft chocolatr roast ... dark sweet malts .. but big oxidised fruits .. big blackcurrant .. soft whisky3.9

4
mar (5408) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. black with a khaki head. nose is sweet malts, wood and coconut. nice and thick on the palate with a smooth flavor of oak, scotch, vanilla and coconut. very nice brew

4
bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle. Blackish beer with a slight tan head. Rich whiskey aroma with peat/smoked malts and light toffee. Whiskey and peat/smoked flavor with caramel and light oak. Medium-plus bodied. peat/smoke lingers with whiskey, toffee, oak, and light chocolate.

3.7
Fin (10470) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle that Craig brought along to Fin and Craigs pre Cropredy Festival mini tasting at Merton, Oxon 12-08-09 Pours black with no head actually on second glance there is a beige bubbling around the rim. Soft whisky aroma with hints of vanilla and a creamy waft. I get dark sugars first, this is soft in the mouth but the ale flavours ride through first and are just complimented by the nice softened whisky attributes. Its dark bitter, a touch sticky, good stuff, vanilla and smooth creaminess only enhance what is a decent drop. A7 A4 F7 P4 Ov15 3.7

4
drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Had from cask in a mini English pint glass at J. Clyde in Birmingham, AL. The aroma is all whiskey and oak - straight up alcohol with vanilla and wood. The flavor is not as promising with hints of alcohol and touches of dark fruits, whiskey, cream, vanilla, smoke, and salt. The mouthfeel on cask was low carbonation but not too creamy - quite nice, actually.


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