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


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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   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 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.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2014
Flaske, 33 cl. Fremtræder flad og fedladen, sort-brun med et minimalt beige skum. I næsen: Tørrede mørke frugter, lakrids, whiskey-noter, træ. Blød, rund, lidt alkohol. Ikke så kompleks som forventet, fremstår faktisk lidt en-dimensionel med fokus på de ristede, lakridsede noter. Harmløs, men OK..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2014
330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, toast, brown sugar, roast, raisin, fig, brown bread, molasses, vanilla, oak, tobacco, leather, peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and whisky cask notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, raisin, fig, dark bread, molasses, vanilla, oak, peat smoke, tobacco, leather, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, roast, toast, dark bread, raisin, fig, tobacco, leather, vanilla, oak, peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a white. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and whisky cask flavors; with a nice balance of the oak character with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent old ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and whisky cask flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (208) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A pitch black beer with brown hues on the top. Small head with a poor persistence. Few bubbles. Fruity aroma (prune), smoke, wood, ashes and whisky (oh yes). Medium bitter dominated by a sugary powerful sweetness. Full body, furry texture, soft carbonation, beautiful woody bittersweet finish. Overall, great discovery : gorgeous aroma, good palate. Whisky aroma is really surprising !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fitwitchik (239) - USA - MAY 26, 2014
Poured from a Feb 2010 bottle into a snifter darkest of brown some very light head. Aroma of prunes raisins some booze. Flavor is confirmation of the aroma but with smoky chocolate. More carbonated than previous Ola Dubh brews consumed. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (96) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Poured from a Feb 2010 bottle. Aroma is brown sugar booze and dark fruits. Appearance is black as old engine oil with a small tan head. Taste is brown sugar dark fruits smoke and some booze. Palate is good overall excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnurda (1105) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottled sample from Bushwakkers in a Regina. Black in colour. Minimal head. Very boozy tasting. Quite liked this ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Czekalina (4) - - MAY 19, 2014 does not count
(07.05.2014 - butelka) Nieprzejrzyście czarne, piana skąpa, redukuje się do prawie zera. Zapach intensywny, praliny likier czekoladowy, wiśnie, świerze drewno. W samaku lekka kwaśność od słodów, przyjemnie rozgrzewający alkohol, czeokolada i praliny, czuć beczke. Goryczka intensywna, przyjemna. Wysycenie minimalne. Aksamitne w fakturze

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FreakG (10) - SPAIN - MAY 16, 2014
Smooth (butterscotch), very malty with a pleasant mouthfeel + vainilla + caramel. Sweetness prevalence over alcohol. Smoky, I would say even more...Tobacco! GREAT BEER!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (584) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
Aroma is sweet deep malts, caramel and sweeksweet cask woods. Taste is a rich maltiness with notes of caramel, fig and some pleasant smokiness. The Highland Park cask contributions are very pleasant. A very good fusion of beer amd scotch characters. Appearance is black with a thin beige head that retains fairly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Corrinado711 (78) - - MAY 10, 2014
Poor is the deep black with very thin tan head . Aroma of sweet whiskey, grass, molases and roasted malts. Tastes of a very sweet light yet thick stout with roasted malts there is however a background of light whiskey that complement it nicely. Mouth feel is nice thick and full with low carbonation . Probably one of the better aged stout with whiskey whereas the whiskey is not as over powering as it usually is

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