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

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RATINGS: 315   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 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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15378) - Snderborg, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (14896) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14678) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14497) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14380) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13908) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle #54922 from Party Town. Poured black color with a minimal brown creamy head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Heavy aroma of caramel, woody and toasted malt. Medium to full body with smooth texture and flat carbonation . Same as the other two, medium to heavy dark woody bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy smoked sweet whiskey finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met with a complex smooth brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13599) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2009
(cask) Black body with minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet, Scotch, chocolate, caramel, molasses/maple. Taste is sweet, Scotch, molasses, chocolate, caramel, prune/raisin, light alcohol burn. Smooth medium-full body, low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13563) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. MOderate biter flavor. Strong vanilla and chocolate notes. Average moderate bitter nice finish. Creamy palate. Almost no whisky notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (13330) - 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.


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