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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%
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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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4.5
D_i (37) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2011
Really dark, almost black foam. Caramelly, chocolate, coffee and a nice touch of whisky. One of my favorite imperial porters.

4.5
Albe (56) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2012
Black dense body and brown mostly diminishing head. The aroma is very complex, dominated by cask wood, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some whisky notes. Pleasing creamy, moderately sweet body. Flat carbonation and long flavour duration.

4.5
Mortlach (2510) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 13, 2012
12/12/2012 330ml bottle. Nera, liquorosa, quasi impenetrabile, riflessi color caffè, schiuma color beige, leggera e poco persistente. Aroma straordinariamente intenso di vaniglia, cioccolato, malti tostati, whisky torbato. In bocca è meno esplosiva, dolciastra, cioccolato, leggero torbato, non invadente, ha un corpo medio, molto scorrevole al palato, la carbonazione è quasi assente. Un vero capolavoro al confronto di altre birre sullo stesso stile decisamente più grezze.

4.5
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
another winner in this series. best of the bunch. i’m between a 4.4 and a 4.5, but will go low til i have it again...and i will have it again. smokey peet almost undetectable at first, but as it warms, whiskey booziness takes over from the super chocolate, malty, robust goodness, and manages to do so without the slightest hint of heat or alcohol. well done! 7/11 - 2nd times a charm...still the best in the line."

4.4
Sigmund (7913) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2009
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Bottle No. 40857, January 2009. ABV is 8.0%. Pitch black colour, big tan head. Intense and lovely aroma of fine malt whisky, notes of oak and peat, hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. Strong flavour of dark malts and fine whisky, peaty and oaky notes, also notes of coffee, hints of liquorice and tar. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Pretty brilliant stuff.

4.4
jimhilt (2626) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a three finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong whiskey nose. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet burnt coffee and whiskey. Nice old ale but so is Harviestoun’s 12 year that is $9 cheaper. Ages well, bottled 1/2009. Beyond expensive at $18.00 for ONE 330ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

4.4
Nickls (2607) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - cask) Near jet black appearance, with brown highlights and hues around the edges. Poured with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated. Looks very dense. Emphatic (in a good way) whiskey aromas with definitive vanilla and oak aromas as well. Really great aroma Whiskey dominates at first, but the vanilla comes into play wonderfully as you continue. Some earthiness and almost savory characteristics as well. A little viscous and oily, but not as heavy as the other aspects of the brew might suggest. Very muted carbonation (on cask), but suited the brew very well. Very drinkable in that the overall complexity of the brew was very enjoyable

4.4
oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Black pour with a brownish beige head. The aroma is earthy peat, manure, and massive wood. A slight lactic sugar and chocolate note round out the malt subtleties. The flavor is loaded with molasses, peat, smoke, moss, lactic sugar, and chocolate. The palate is thick rich, filthy, and velvety with an ultra dry woody finish. The best Ola Dubh for sure.

4.4
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pour is black as tar with a beauteous light tan head. Aroma is incredibly peaty with phenomenal whiskey, wood, lactic notes, and candied sugars. The nose is more pure, not as unbalanced and hectic as the other beers in the Ola Dubh series. Flavor is just full of peaty scotch, moss, caramel, cream, lactose, and smoke. Palate is rich with a nice semi-dry peaty finish. God I love this series, and the 40 is no exception. Great stuff.

4.4
GRM (4175) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Brown bottle, 330 ml, bottle 38678, bottled on January 2009, best before April 2012, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on Stéphane’s birth day; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of coffee head, good lacing; nose: roasted malt, woody, whisky, chocolate, spices, alcohol, ink, light vanilla; mouth: roasted malt, woody, whisky, chocolate, spices, alcohol, ink, light vanilla, finale in whisky with presence of malt-chocolate, full body, lightly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, bouteille 38678, embouteillée en janvier 2009, meilleure avant avril 2012, achetée à la LCBO, savourée la fête à Stéphane 2010; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse café, bonne dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, boisé, whisky, chocolat, épices, alcool, encre, léger vanille; bouche : malt torréfié, boisé, whisky, chocolat, épices, alcool, encre, léger vanille, finale en whisky avec présence de malt-chocolat, corsé, peu carbonatée, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : très bon


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