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

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RATINGS: 317   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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4.6
Psytron (2500) - Turku, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2011
Smell of coffee and licorice, also some berries. Oily, almost pitch black, no head. Soft carbonation. Taste of wood, overripe berries, then coffee a bit later. Also alcohol and whisky to be noted. Bitter, lightly sweet. Beer doesn’t get too much better than this.

4.6
shorlin (736) - St. John’s, 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!

4.6
magdalar (535) - 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.

4.5
Cavie (4805) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Very dark brown opaque pour. Huge warm smell. Whisky notes with sweetness and soft chocolate. Also has some coconut on the nose. Warm feeling. Slightly smoked and sweet malts. This is heavy and encompassing. Wow.

4.5
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a very nice looking dark brown/black with creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, toasted coconut, chocolate and smoke. Flavor, WoW, wood, malt, dark roast, chocolate and smoke, blended very well, very flavorful, signs of whisky as well. Mouth feel is very smooth, heavy body, low carbonation, almost silky. Overall, very good beer!!!

4.5
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Bottle. Thanks Andrew! pours a black color. Best of the Ola Dubs yet! Aroma is smoky, peaty, scotch, chocolate, vanilla and some asphalt. Flavor is peaty and has a lovely combo of scotch, tar and chocolate. Hell yeah I love these beers!

4.5
blacklabel40 (1) - Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2010 does not count
My girlfriend surprised me with this one. Poured on my Ayinger Celebrator Bock glass. Jet black, not as viscous as I expected it to be. Moderate tan head. No light seems to get through it. The whisky barrels do such a good job on this beer. The smell is of sweet malty whisky in my opinion. Not overpowering, its actually a great combination. Im thinking of wooden dark chocolate. The more I smell, the more I like it. Hmmm Makes me want to get a steak burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. Cooked over oak. When I have it in my mouth I feel the whisky aroma flow from my mouth to my nose, just like when you hold Scotch in your mouth. But in your tongue you feel the sweetness of the malts which are reminiscent of dark chocolate cake that has been flavored with drops of vanilla. The wood makes it feel very dry. Im in love with it. Im so glad I had this.

4.5
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Poured from 330cl bottle numbered #51803 a very dark inky black with a minimal brown head. Aroma strong of whisky and chocolate notes. Also notes of taosted malts and wood...amazing aroma! Flavor is close to a chocolate stout but the strong whisky flavor makes this beer different from any other I have tried. Toasted malt and wood are noticed in the finish.

4.5
Atheist_Peace (1042) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2011
330ml bottle into a snifter. Pours jet black with a fairly billowy mocha head that sticks around. A much nicer blend of whisky and beer notes than the 30 year-old rendition. Chocolate and peat smoke dominate the nose. Much the same on the palate with added fruit notes and a very silky smooth texture and long slightly bitter finish. So much nicer than the 30 year old.

4.5
Kavu (5125) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2011
Pours pitch black with a low head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and liquorice. Flavor is along the same lines. Very full. Great.


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