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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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4.2
Borup (14512) - 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.

4.1
Tmoney99 (14492) - 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.

3.8
HenrikSoegaard (14176) - 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.

3.7
argo0 (14127) - 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.

3.9
Christian (13670) - 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.

4.4
kermis (13480) - 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.

3.8
Stuu666 (13425) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is smoky, chocolate, light oxidisation, taste is sweet chocolate, dry, peaty.

4.2
bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, 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!

4
bu11zeye (13029) - 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.

3.7
Rune (12795) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2012
330ml bottle, no. 38858, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen almost two years ago. Pretty to look at with its black foil around the neck, tan-coloured head and jet black body. Sweet malty nose, woody and with whisky undertones. Malt and vanilla oak flavour with smooth whisky notes beneath. Warming alcohol. Works fine for me (shared with Finn, Tromsø 12.01.2012).


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