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

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RATINGS: 317   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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3.7
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours solid black with a small white head. Aroma of wood, sherry, roasted coffee, burnt wood and vanilla. Flavour of roasted coffee, some chocolate, toasted nuts, smoked wood, vanilla and lightly sweetened. Medium-bodied, not as rich as the aroma denotes, lightly carbonated. Pleasant.

3.7
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2011
Courtesy of Armando629, gracie! Poured black, with a beige, burgundy edged head that quickly reduced to a lacing one. Strong aroma of chocolate, brandy, rum, caramel. Sweet taste in a medium body and fairly low carbonation. Nice, long lasting aroma of whiskey in the aftertaste. Pleasant.

4.1
murphym45 (779) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Cask @ Rattle N Hum. Opaque black with no real head. Aroma is very malty with sweet caramel, a bit of vanilla, nice whiskey aroma, molasses, chocolate, lots of oak. Extremely smooth, no real alcohol bite even though the whiskey aroma is very prominent, dry and tannic. Bit of a smoky, coffee note that comes out as it warms up more. Full bodied and thick. More oak/wood on the finish. Very strong, complex, and flavorful. Quite a treat.

4
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 It’s good, very good, but 20 bucks for a single bottle good?? Not even close, 8 bucks maybe. Pours a cola brown with a short lived head. The aroma is where this beer really shines, it’s probably really the only thing that separates it from the others, it’s so complex I can’t do it justice, you really just gotta smell this stuff, there’s the expected notes of whiskey, but it seems as if it’s more of a islay style single malt rather than a highland, very peaty and smokey, notes of oak, and earth, caramel, toffee malts, anise, and an almost menthol note, not sure what to peg that as, really fantastic nose. The flavour is good, but at the same time is what lets me down, it’s good, not amazing, not oh sweet baby jesus thank you for this amazing gift to my palate, for 20 bucks, this stuff shouldn’t just smell amazing, it should taste amazing too, and it doesn’t, it just tastes good, very good, not amazing. So again with the islay single malt flavours on the palate, i don’t get where there coming from, but there’s the peat and smoke, all up front, with some notes of chocolate, and anise, caramel, toffee, oak, dry mouth feel, not super complex, not nearly as complex as the nose, but it’ll do. I really enjoyed this beer, but sure as hell won’t buy it again for 20 bucks,

3.6
Barrelbelly (751) - BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2011
Plastic/leathery aroma, some chocolate. Taste is coffee/leather like taste. Some soury bitterness in the aftertaste.

4.6
shorlin (736) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
Had this one in-cellar since the summer, trying it as a Happy Birthday to me treat on a cold December night. Pours a solid black, almost Coke-like colour. Head is dark, minimal. Aroma is hardwood smoke, chocolate, almost coffee. Palate is not too thick, initially flavourful with some tingle on the tongue, finished with a rewardingly long aftertaste. Closed my eyes and could sense the whisky working its way through. Taste is the perfect blend of bitter, propelling the roast and toast of the malt to the fore. Overall, a superior beer. Thanks to my wife for the present, well worth the wait till my birthday!

4
lassem (660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2011
The roll Royce of this Ola Dubh series. This bottle is number 38707. Actually I had saved this for sharing with my dad one day, but tonight I felt the itch and pulled it out of the beer-fridge. Bought in Ølbutikken in Copenhagen. The name "black oil" dosn´t come from nowhere - this think is all black with a nice inch high medium brown head, The nose is pretty dominated of the whisky and the wooden notes. There are also coffee, some smoke and roasted malts and a sweetness that reminds me a little of marzipan. The mouthfeel is medium andsmooth withe a mild oily texture and a finish that are sweet and round. Again the taste is packed with impressions from the whisky casks - you sense them taste them and gets much the same feeling in the the throat and inner nose as when sipping whisky. There are some coffee and caramel notes to, and a reather markedly alcohol feeling. Actually one would think that it was heavier alcohol wise than it is. Interesting and nice beer with a whisky carecter that maybe are a bit too much...but i happens to like whisky...


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