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


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RATINGS: 953   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”

KapitiCritique's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Nose is very much molasses, very strong, like I am actually smelling molasses, there are some roasted grains evident as well, reminiscent of Highland Park 12-Year Old Single Malt, it gets smokier as it approaches room temperature; pours black tar with a hint of green, totally opaque, thick but no head to speak of and the lacing is translucent but very thick. May have been chilled too long; Taste is very big, very strong slightly sweet, and tart, sour finish, sprightly carbonation but it is fading fast; Palate is heavy, good carbonation, textrue is thick, oily, sticky and creamy - go figure; OVERALL; Overpriced. And, at this price I’d rather have the Highland Park. But, it is very good. Next time I will try this room temperature. I hear the head is impressive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (1196) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2016
It pours black with a brown head. It has aromas of whiskey, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit. It has flavors of roast, whiskey, coffee, vanilla, some dark fruit, and a touch of chocolate. It has a heavy body with a bitter finish. Overall, this has a complex combination of malts with whiskey flavoring that is not overpowering like so many others and a warm alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Florya (1800) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2016
How: bottle Appearance: almost black, tiny tanned head. Aroma: intense walnut/ hazelnut aroma, cherries, prunes, wood, burnt caramel, raisins, madeira, scotch, some chocholate and spice. Palate: full to medium body, soft carbonation, Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dervock (1000) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle - pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is ovaltine malt, coffee and a bit of soy sauce. Taste is dry with a cereal malt finish, hints of the cask too. Smooth oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (844) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle. Rich smokey toffee aroma. Porter like dark appearance with a small brownish head. Flavours of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and toffee with some whiskey notes. Slick and sticky texture. Rich malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (510) - POLAND - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle. Teku. Pitch black with very tiny, light brown head, poor head retention and lacing. Mostly rich roasted malts aroma - mainly milk chocolate, coffee also mild wooden notes and moderate vanilla aromas. Whiskey notes are not so striking. Caramel notes somewhere in the background. Taste is rather semi-sweet very characteristic for an imperial porter. This semi-sweetness last very short in the middle it disappears somewhere and taste is rather dull, not very characteristic. Medium to full body, thick to oily texture, average carbonation, finish is semi-dry, ashy and mild. In overall nice, drinkable beer, but the palate and taste are pretty disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (1269) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2016
330ml bottle shared with brother, thanks for the share. Aroma: Smokey, roasted malt, coffee, a bit of band aid but really far so doesn’t matter much. Whiskey is much present in here. Some rye in there too. App: dark burgundy, small mocha head, little lacing. Taste and palate: light to medium body, great palate, light sweetness, smokey and subtle bitter finish. overall: I like the taste much more the nose. The whiskey is really present and I like it quite a lot in the mouthfeel. Can’t wait to drink the 18 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (816) - FINLAND - AUG 7, 2016
Musta olut pienehköllä, pitsiä jättävällä beigellä vaahdolla. Tuoksu hyvin paahteisen maltainen, hieman savuinen, viskimäinen ja puinen, suklainen ja kevyesti kahvinen sekä jopa hieman vaniljainen. Erittäin hieno ja tyylikäs tuoksu kutsuu maistamaan. Maussa viskimäisyys nostaa ehkä enemmän otettaan ja pyrkii isompaan rooliin. Lisäksi vahvaa paahteisuutta, kevyesti savuisuutta, puumaisuutta. Loppupuoleltaan kevyesti kuivattavan katkera. Melko täyteläinen suutuntuma, mutta todella pehmeä kokonaisuus, alkoholi pysyy täysin piilossa. Erinomainen nautiskeluolut toimii parhaiten lämmettyään riittävästi.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
M_Sack (623) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle. Oily black, with no head. Aromas of chocolate, deep nutty roast, alcohol, Christmas pudding fruit, whiskey and oak. Luscious mouthfeel, full of dark dark chocolate, heavy malt, alcohol and plenty of smokey, whiskey and wood. Lovely winter sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humlelala (1310) - DENMARK - JUL 30, 2016
(33 cl bottle bought for 10 USD @ Mikkeller Bottle Shop; BBD: October 2018; L0510; Bottle #14333; Bottled in April 2015) Poured at fridge temperature into a Maisel & Friends footed tulip glass reveals a pitch black body with two fingers of creamy, tan head that fades somewhat within the first minute yet leaving a foamcap and lace. Aroma has roasted malt and some oxydised sherry notes and a hint of smoke. Oily texture, soft carbonation, medium to full body and a lingering finish. Flavour has sweetness but also lots of aroma complexity. The whisky imprint on this one is quite distinct and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (1519) - Hannover, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2016
Aroma: sherry barrels and oporto, figs, dried fruits. Appearance: deep amber color and creamy head. Taste: low herbal bitterness, roasted dark malts, barrels, oporto, figs, bitter chocolate, quite dry. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, barrel finish. Overall: Really good stuff, complex barrel aged old ale, nice dried fruits and barrel notes.

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