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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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4.1
callmemickey (4543) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Deep black body, moderate light tan head, soapy lacing. Nose is whisky, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted malts. Flavor is similar, but the whisky takes on a nice peaty/smoky character that ads additional depth and complexity. Full bodied, gentle carbonation, lingering lightly bitter finish.

4.1
Scopey (14731) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle (#25173, August 2010). Thanks Nick! It pours very dark brown, near black with a thin light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, light smoke, earth, light whisky and charred wood. The taste is roasted malt, toast, chocolate, mellow whisky, oak, earth, ash, vanilla, warming alcohol, some smoke, liquorice and light iodine with a long dry, roasty finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Very well balanced. Complex and flavoursome, yet smooth and mellow. Does not disappoint.

4.1
Zita (6325) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2012
light vanilla,hell chocolate, tar,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, a lot of diffrent tast and nice whisky finish.

4
Hansen (8595) - 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.

3.9
zimbo (961) - 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.

4.3
zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s 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

4.3
kerenmk (4753) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s 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.

3.8
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s 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.

4.1
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 I’d 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 I’ll have to keep laughing at my boss jokes.

4.2
Borup (14502) - 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.


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