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

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RATINGS: 316   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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3.8
jaghana (6108) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 4, 2013
Rating #3000 bottle 33cl #06074 from Allen many thanks ! A dark beer with good copper head for such an old beer. Nose is on prune, caramel and vinous notes, slightly oxidized which is normal. Aroma is on wood and vanilla, like a smooth low alcohol whiskey ! Caramel, astringency and smoked touch, metallic notes, old prune skin notes, very easy drinkable, finish is on smoked notes and roasted malt, light acrid finish.

3.8
cubs (10639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle @ home, via trade with Homer321. Fucken a bro. Thanks! Pours a jet black appearance with a dark brown head. Spicy, a bit sweet chocolate, moderately peaty smoky, smooth aroma. Quite peaty, very herbal campfire smoky, burnt malty, big chocolate, slight piney flavor. Tons of peat, tons of chocolate. Pretty fun beer to drink albeit pretty strong.

4
Meilby (11517) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dreid fruits, ash and wood and vanilla, Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long wood, chocolate, roasted finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4
Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle, courtesy of Meilby. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, some smoked notes, ash and roasted grains. Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted notes, vanilla, wood, some whisky and peat. Medium body, average carbonation.

4.3
FROTHINGSLOSH (7879) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Rating number 4000 +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small foamy dark brown head that left decent lacing. the aroma was strong coconut, vanilla, cocoa, vague dark fruits and a touch of anise. The flavor was richly malty with notes of smoke, hickory, toasted malts, wood, chocolate syrup and anise. Medium length rich malty and woody finish with lingering chocolate and anise. Full bodied and smooth. A bit boozy. Very nice.

3.8
Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - APR 17, 2013
Bottled 33cl. Slightly salty. Medium to full bodied. Heather and pineapple throughout. Practically no carbonation. A huge amount of character. Classy, unique but far from being great to my tastes.

4.1
jmgreenuk (9533) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle at the John=Jim Den Haag tasting, Den Haag. Poured a dark mahogany pour with a thin broken tan head. The aroma is rich and alcoholic. The flavour follows the aroma, with loads of peat, liqourice, dark chocolate,lots of alcohol and oak. A truly awesome beer !

4.3
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 330 ml - Night of the Titans 2013) Inky black pour with a very thin tan head and mild carbonation. Aroma is rich and earthy, full of dark fruits, various woods and whiskey notes. Flavor is a wonderful combination of dark fruits, earthy hints, burnt and toasted wood and a sweet and vanilla whiskey combination. Wonderful chocolate and whiskey aftertaste.

4.5
Mortlach (2350) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 13, 2012
12/12/2012 330ml bottle. Nera, liquorosa, quasi impenetrabile, riflessi color caffè, schiuma color beige, leggera e poco persistente. Aroma straordinariamente intenso di vaniglia, cioccolato, malti tostati, whisky torbato. In bocca è meno esplosiva, dolciastra, cioccolato, leggero torbato, non invadente, ha un corpo medio, molto scorrevole al palato, la carbonazione è quasi assente. Un vero capolavoro al confronto di altre birre sullo stesso stile decisamente più grezze.

3.5
ALLOVATE (3030) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2012
Tasted @ Grain Cru - Roll Out the Barrels, Belgian Beer Café.
Produced up an oily yet thinly looking, tawny brown, headless bar a tan ring on the meniscus and almost still. Aside a hint of Bovril and molasses there is bountiful oak and whisky notes on the nose with licks of molasses, stonefruit and charred wood. Dominated by the heated, spiced whisky and oak of the barrel aging it is reasonably mellowing in the mouth even for its modest alcohol content. Body is light, oily and a little awkward being its only downfall. Plenty of vanilla and vinous tannins present with a fatty, lipid note similar to the 12YO. Peat and smoke, ash and a strange meaty note of Biltong linger amongst the oak long between sips. Very much a fire-side, slow-sipper that’s rather pleasant to drink. (33cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)


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