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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%
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
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Cask: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby tints. A thin brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, vanilla, oak, scotch, slight toast, and some alcohol. Flavor is malty, caramel, oak, vanilla, scotch, some plum, toast, and a warming alcohol finish. Ar 7 ap 4 f 7 p 4 o 17

4.2
leaparsons (10554) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle. Black with a firm beige foam. Aromas are soft, warming alcohol and whisky grain with pepper and dark chocolate. Leather with smoky peat. Mellow berries and marzipan with vanilla. Flavours are initially light chocolate malts with peat, soon replaced by peppery alcohol, whisky and oak. Sweet marzipan and cream follow with soft spices. Very mellow and smooth on the palate. Smoky and warming on the finish. Great.

4.5
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a very nice looking dark brown/black with creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, toasted coconut, chocolate and smoke. Flavor, WoW, wood, malt, dark roast, chocolate and smoke, blended very well, very flavorful, signs of whisky as well. Mouth feel is very smooth, heavy body, low carbonation, almost silky. Overall, very good beer!!!

4.2
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. YUM. Nose is toasted coconut, smoke, seaweed. Creamy texture with good weight. Long finish. Delicious.

4.5
Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Very dark brown opaque pour. Huge warm smell. Whisky notes with sweetness and soft chocolate. Also has some coconut on the nose. Warm feeling. Slightly smoked and sweet malts. This is heavy and encompassing. Wow.

4
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Bottle # 54159 and bottled on Jan 2009. Poured a dark black color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of whisky, chocolate, some earthiness, roast, smoke, and wood. Tastes of whisky (more than the aromas), vanilla, smoke, wood, roast, and some dark fruits. Light alcohol in the finish.

4.1
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
Pours black with a big creamy caramel coloured head. Aroma is smokey, whiskey, and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the flavour is chocolate, smoked, roasted and again whiskey. Nicely balanced and very drinkabel.

4.2
thewolf (12600) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Some Whisky-shop in Edinburgh.
Pours almost all-black with a great, creamy, cappucino head. Nice, elegant aroma. Whiskey, light smoke, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Medium carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really good. Lots of whiskey character, light smokiness. Fat chocolate, light roasted. Really wonderful wood character in the finish. Impressively balanced. Wonderful.

4.3
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 26, 2009
330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Jet black, tiny head only when poured from a height, but at least the ring stayed for a while then. Softly whiskyish woody aroma. Beautifully soft palate, very gently carbonated. Massively mellow - so well balanced, the dry woodiness is just perfect. Alcohol completely in check.

3.7
oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2009
Bottled@Tuulensuu. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, roasted malts, mild peat and smoke and also some alcohol Funny thing, this one burns a lot more in the flavour than the 18, even though I had them side by side. Usually whiskies melloww out by the tiime... 40 might be a lot fuller, the 18 is much more in balance.


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