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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13074) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, whisky and alcohol. Dry and complex roasted flavour with a touch of ink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (12930) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle from Kokkens Vinhus, Glostrup. Black with a tan head. Aroma and flavour of whisky, wood, caramel, malt and chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12893) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of peat, scotch, and caramel. Flavor of scotch, roasted malt, earth, caramel, and raisins.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (12803) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle. Black and opague. Cream, ash and peated malt in the aroma. Initial chocolate overpowered by licorice, peat and whisky. Full bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Ash and pipe tobacco. Some warming alcohol. Lovely!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (12550) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (12533) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariels 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12273) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2011
from Bier-Bienne - dark black beer with no head retention; notes of whisky and wood, pralines and licorice; low carbonation and quite full-bodied; gently sticky and pretty sweet; a late moderate bitterness; long and deep aftertaste of black chocolate, dry and with notes of cacao and whisky - a somptuous dessert beer

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12270) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Some Whisky-shop in Edinburgh.
Pours almost all-black with a great, creamy, cappucino head. Nice, elegant aroma. Whiskey, light smoke, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Medium carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really good. Lots of whiskey character, light smokiness. Fat chocolate, light roasted. Really wonderful wood character in the finish. Impressively balanced. Wonderful.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (12030) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle shared with Deanso. Clear almost black pour with small tan head. Strong whiskey in the aroma with vanilla and caramel. Same aspects in the flavour with a nice woodiness. Really smooth and suprisingly not overpowered by the whiskey. Fantastic beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11981) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
dark brown, small light brown head. aroma of coffee, roasted stuff. nice. flavor is nicely sweet malty, licorice, many notes.


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