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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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Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2010
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, April 2010. Pours pitch black with a small white head and lacings. Nose is peat, roast, caramel. Smooth and roasted flavor with hints of oak, coffee and liquorice. Niceness

4.3
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 26, 2009
330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Jet black, tiny head only when poured from a height, but at least the ring stayed for a while then. Softly whiskyish woody aroma. Beautifully soft palate, very gently carbonated. Massively mellow - so well balanced, the dry woodiness is just perfect. Alcohol completely in check.

3.9
MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle, 8.0%. Distinct roasted aroma, old smoke and vanilla. Black colour. Big unstable brown head. The flavour is equally distinct, powerful roasted note, some smoke, hint of vanilla. There is some alcohol in the finish, rather rough, a little burning, but also warming.

3.9
Benzai (15619) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 33cl bottle (#10960) shared with Dutchdrebus. Pitch black color with a small light brown head. Smell malts, whisky, some wood and roastyness. Taste malts, lightly roastyness, lightly whisky and wood, slightly alcohol in the finish. A bit thin texture, medium body, medium carbo. Not as good as expected. Re-rate without a full comment. Loved it this time. Original rating: 7-3-7-3-13.

4.2
bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Pours black with a decent creamy tan head. Really nice aroma of dark malt and scotch whiskey. Peaty is the word. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Warm. Dark toasted malt - but very smooth. Very subtle heat and peat flavors. Gets very smoky/peaty in the finish. Good.

4.1
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black - offwhite head. Raisins, whiskey, milkey, roasted, sweetness, vanilla, oakey, wooden, chocolate, cocoa, candy, oily, dark chocolate, light fatness. Nice.

4.1
gunnfryd (14895) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
Bottle at Cardinal, stavanger. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is whiskey, hop, alckohol, malt. Flavour is whiskey, smoked, roasted, malt, hop, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate. Full body. Nice beer.

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
Scopey (14766) - 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.

3.9
djd07 (14562) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to TexasJeep who shared it at the May Houston RB Tasting. Pours a dark brown with small tan head with spotty lacing. The aroma is oak whiskey and smoke. Thin mouthfeel with molasses and smoke with a nice oaky finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering, a very good old ale from Harviestoun.


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