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%
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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shorlin (721) - St. Johns, 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassem (652) - 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 lbutikken in Copenhagen. The name "black oil" dosnt 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2010
330ml Bottle #39,001: Pours almost pitch black, started with a small tan head that quickly turned into almost nothing at all. Such a complex, awesome aroma with prunes, dark chocolate, whisky, anise, blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, and raisins. Crazy. So thick and oily in the mouth, it just coats the tongue and glides down like silk. Super boozy, oaky, chocolate goodness with the prunes, molasses, brown sugar, and anise from the aroma. Really, really boozy. Like, way over the 8% on the label. Love the smoothness here, great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2010 330mL bottle from LCBO. Sampled along with the 12. Pours black with small tan head. Nose is amazing scotch notes with rich toffee and smoke. The nose is likely very similiar to the HP 40, which sadly I have yet to try. Body is syrupy with tons of dark malts, toffee and a lot more scotch character than the 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle at barVolo, #471, 2009. Pours a viscous black with a quickly dissipating offwhite head. Smells sweet, with cherry, vanilla, peat and beauty. Tastes of cherry, vanilla, peat, brown sugar and indescribable goodness. Full bodied. Oily texture. Very dry with some rough texture initially with strong peat, but is followed by a wet and sweet wave, finishing again dry but with a lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2011
Sampled at Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011. September 3, 2011
Very complex aromas with a lot of whisky notes. Its very vinous with aromas of wood and dried fruit. The taste feels a bit flat here as well but the vinous feeling I get is really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Shared at Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice. Pours dark brown, almost black with thin tan head. Aroma is booze, whiskey, oak, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste is molasses, chocolate, whiskey, oak. Medium mouthfeel, finishes hot alcohol. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle pours black small head smells tastes of whiskey caramel vinillia charcoal liquorice. Pretty good med body semi sweet between the whiskey has a darker fruit taste mixed in not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2009
bottle thanks to bullzeye. Black pour with thinnish head. Aroma of bourbon, smokiness, vanilla, toastiness. Somebody said almond joy and that is accurate. Flavor is leather and bourbon. Medium/smooth mouthfeel. Nice bourbony beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
digopossobon (390) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2014
Garrafa numerada 27328. Safra de agosto de 2010. Aroma intenso. Perceptvel a distncia. Adocicado. Po. Malte. lcool. Madeira. Caramelo. Frutas vermelhas. O Beltramelli falou em iodo... possvel sim... Fato que, esta , indubitavelmente, uma cerveja rica em aromas. Creme castanho, bolhas pequenas. Persistente at o fim como uma fina camada. Colorao castanha escura. Opaca. Complexa nos sabores. Final caf, presunto defumado e um calor alcolico. Incio madeira, lpulo, lcool bem inserido, quase licorosa. Retrogosto persistente, muito ao estilo de um whisky.

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