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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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3.9
Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small, rough beige head. Massive whisky aroma - amazing. Solid body, roasted malts, lots of sweet and oaky accents. Low in carbonation. Warming alcohol finish. 161209

4
Leighton (22019) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 Bottle. Pours deep black with a sturdy beige head. Plenty of alcohol in the aroma, some whiskey, some roasted malts. Big flavor, some chocolate, peat, vanilla, smoke. Medium bodied with modest carbonation, a bit oily. Lingering smokiness. A rather complex brew that will certainly appeal to those who like the flavor of whiskey.

4
Rasmus40 (21687) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011
Clear dark brown with an beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, a little vanilla, wood and moderate whisky. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with a little alcohol. Full bodied. This was tasted head to head with the 30 year old. Surprisingly the 30 year old was a little better. It was smoother and softer. Still a great beer though. 191211

3.9
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle from New Beer Distributors, New York; bottled Jan 2009, 1 year old
parallel tasting with Ola Dubh 30 years old

Black color; beige creamy head. In this version the whisky aroma is more prominent, followed by roasted malt, cream and alcohol; good but less interesting than in the other version.
It has a lean body, not as structured as I would expect; good chocolate flavor, with late caramel and low but present sugars; less liquorice than the other version, cleaner whisky touch.
The final is balanced, roasted malt and chocolate, a bit drier and more alcoholic than the 30 years old. After some time in the glass, it still keeps sharp and it slowly becomes more interesting than the 30 years.

3.8
saxo (19236) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, wood, chocolate, caramel and notes of licorice.

3.9
mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle, pours dark brown / black with a tiny tan head. Aroma is extremely woody, with dry whiskey, burnt malt, and a slight licorice note. Flavour is very dry and woody, with notes of whiskey, dry burnt wood, some licorice, and charred malt. Finishes dry, woody and a bit boozy. Excellent, though I actually prefer the 12, 16 and 18.

3.7
Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
Very dark brown. No head. This looks oily and maybe flat. Big aroma - the peat-tinged saltiness of Highland Park shows through along with rich dark fruits (plum, pear, grape), burnt treacle and other such sugary nuances. Sweet, soft fruity character with hints of slightly peaty whisky towards the middle. The finish continues with sweetness. There is a certain whiskeyish vibrancy to the body - it crosses the palate something like a dram as it does an oily ale.

3.4
chrisv10 (18208) - DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Black with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, sweet, little peat and bitter.

4
TBone (17987) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2009
Bottled, Beer Hunters (#41366, Jan 2009). Opaque black/brown color, small brown head. Very similar aroma than in Ola Dubh 30: licorice, oak and vanilla - slightly more vanilla than in Ola Dubh 30. Medium to full bodied - more robust than Dubh 30. Soft palate, whicky, licorice, oak-wood, sweetish vanilla. Balanced and highly drinkable barrel aged beer.

3.7
yngwie (17168) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle, at Cardinal. It’s a very dark brwon beer, a small tan head sits of top. Whisky, peat and alcohol on the nose, something metallic too. Unusual to find that in the aroma. Peaty, whisky-like flavor with a good dash of alcohol warmth. Full-bodied, and peaty, burnt finsh. Some whisky too of course. Expected more from this, but it’s a fine beer indeed. Nothing extraordinary though. 091106


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