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


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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.”

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KapitiCritique (375) - Xincheng, Henan Province, - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (473) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thin, fully diminishing, light brown head. Roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and whiskey. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate, liquorice, dried fruit, coffee and a hint of oak with a dry, bitter, whiskey finish. Medium to full body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1794) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Very dark brown with a small beige head. Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation. Medium bitterness with some sweet tones. Dark chocolate, hops, coffee, caramel, raisin, vanilla, some peat and herbs. Great brew from Harviestoun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gonzin (86) - ARGENTINA - SEP 24, 2015
Adquirida en botella de 330 ml en Whole Foods, LES, New York. Tono casi negro con escasa espuma marrón. Aroma complejo donde destacan chocolate y vainilla. Sabor a Malta tostada, café y chocolate. Exquisita. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franckg (577) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2015 Embouteillée en fevrier 2012, bue après 43 mois. Arômes de café, caramel, grains torréfiés. Le whisky est assez subtil, mis à part des effluves épicées. En bouche, saveurs de grains torréfiés, caramel, anis. Goût de whisky assez subtil comme annoncé au nez. Finale amère et épicée. Texture légère et corps moyen. Effervescence un peu trop intense. Pas mauvais mais je m’attendais à mieux. Trop mince et whisky pas assez présent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xXbaptisteXx (152) - - SEP 14, 2015
De couleur brune la mousse et marron légèrement foncé et tu peux tenace. Au nez on va sentir des notes légèrement acidulée tourbé chocolaté caféiné... c’est assez spécial En bouche elle va couler toute seule pas beaucoup d’agressivité et une montée en amertume toute douce qui vient progressivement avec de légères saveurs de café et un peu terreuse pas très longue en bouche non plus. Je suis un peu déçu car je m’attendais vraiment à en produit qui sortait de l’ordinaire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (496) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle, black, walnut colored head. Aroma is vanilla, dried plums, cookies, chocolate, black currants. Taste is oak, toasted barley, fig, cookies, black currant, coffee, black pepper, burnt sugar. Palate is a bit thin, carbonation subdued. Finish is roasty and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (257) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 31, 2015
Black with a smallish head, no retention nor lacings. Roasted malts, bitter burnt coffee, bitter milk chocolate. Little sweet with a dry and gently sour finish. I hardly feel any whisky. Very soft carbonation, oily to syrupy, full bodied. OK but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alex_leit (788) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 30, 2015
33 cl bottle #17026 (sept. 2014). Opaque, almost black color with tan foam. Aroma: vanilla, oak, smoked malt, whisky, bacon, caramel malt, biscuit. Taste: sweetish malt and caramel, smoked, cold coffee, chocolate, mild bitterness blends whisky, oak, hops. Like!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
procraste (242) - FRANCE - AUG 25, 2015
Nez un peu trouble et moins chocolaté que la version 16 ans; clairement, ça sent le viandox ou le corned beef: ce qui n’est pas un problème en soit ... Tourbe et chocolat donc ... Plus de fraîcheur que la 16 ans. De la cardamone. Mieux donc mais toujours pas si exceptionnel. Pas très équilibrée qui plus est; et à nouveau, en se réchauffant dans le verre, se déprécie plus que ne s’améliore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmbeer (1335) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2015
10 oz. serve at Saucer- near perfect black in color, thin tan head atop the surface. Aroma of plums and scotch- alright. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt tastes like it was burnt along with the sugar but at least it plays well off of each other, scotch in the middle and end. It worked too!

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