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%
Ola Dubh (or Black Oil) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestouns 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (8545) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2012
Dark brown almost black. Has an off-white head, medium duration. Exellent aroma, sweet malt, woody vanilla, woody acid, faint roasted, faint laqurice, smoke? Flavor starts sweet, then some acid, more vanilla, moderate bitter finish. Almost harmonic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (949) - SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Nose is complex, creamy and really inspires some decadent salivating. There is that beautiful furry velevety complexity on the tongue but the taste sort of gets lost in the tactile sensations. Very nice, a slow soother but not a game changer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (5731) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariels place. Pours black with a beige head, aroma is sticky with some whiskey, chocolate, brandy, plum, wood, sweetness, rounded, flavor is smoked with some chocolate, honey, coffee, cigar, whiskey, wood and light acidity, full bodied, amazing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kerenmk (4643) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariels place. Thanks zvikar. Pours black, opaque with a brownish head. Wood, slightly smoked, a little acetic + soy aroma. Tastes sweet and tends to be a little dry with some vanilla. Full body, sleek, hardly any carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariels place. Thanks zvikar. Very dark brown to black with a beige to light brown head. Aroma of whiskey, smoked wood, chocolate, some roastiness and a fruity hint. Sweetish flavor with some roastiness, chocolate notes, light fruity notes, smoke, wood and s dry finish, slightly burnt. Medium to full-bodied. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
In short: A smooth and gracious chocolate cake in a bottle with only mild whisky barrel notes
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed approximately 1 year after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: The soft nose shows nice notes of wood, cocoa beans, very light notes of whisky. Taste of chocolate cake icing, burnt almonds, dry oak, light notes of whisky, No alcohol presence whatsoever. A little too sweet for me but objectively speaking this is a wonderful treat. Everything about this beer is smooth and elegant. Surprisingly less whisky/bourbon and more delicate that its 30 Year Old sister, this 40 Year Old mature ale is a BILD (Beer Id Like to Drink). This is a really classy and very drinkable big stout, the type of beer I want to drink on a semi-regular basis, but at around $15 for a 330ml, ouch!, looks like Ill have to keep laughing at my boss jokes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (13594) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle from Kokkens Vinhus, Glostrup. Black with a tan head. Aroma and flavour of whisky, wood, caramel, malt and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1183) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
The old engine oil character is all there but starts to fall down a little at 40. For me woody dryness took away from the balance of the 30 (my favorite of the series). Still very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Albe (56) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2012
Black dense body and brown mostly diminishing head. The aroma is very complex, dominated by cask wood, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some whisky notes. Pleasing creamy, moderately sweet body. Flat carbonation and long flavour duration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (5001) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle from the Whisky Shop, Metrocentre, Gateshead. Drank on my 40th birthday! An inky black oily beer which pours without a head. It has slight chocolate flavours followed by very strong vanilla, oak and leather notes with fairly strong smoke in the finish.

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