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


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RATINGS: 863   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1655) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2015
Best of the Ola Dubh series I have had. Bit more sweetness and chocolate, still nice smokey peat but not as dry and boring as some of the higher numbered year ones. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (7362) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 3, 2015
Bottle @ Home. Pours bblack with a fading light brown head, lacings. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, nuts, whisky, little spicy, light smoke, peat, sweet dark dried fruit. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, oak, whisky, light smoke, dark fruit. little alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation, light warming alcohol. 030415

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1027) - , CYPRUS - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle. Aged 3 years. Black colour, sweet whisky choxolatw aroma and flavour. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1457) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2015 Almost black beer. Very strange aroma, almost like some fish. Or this flu. Also smoke, oak, burnt sth, chocolate. Oily texture, smooth. Soft taste with burnt malts, chocolate, sweet whisky, dark fruits. A bit on sweet side but nice balance. Strange aroma but great taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GnarlyGnome (756) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Mmmm... the nose hits you with a nice whiskey aroma, and the flavor is nice and woody and smokey. This is a delicious beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicolas_M (81) - BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2015
As a non-fan of whisky, the first approach is difficult with this beer. Happily, the aroma is the only part that has something in common with whisky. The main taste is the one from the malt roasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2434) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Poured from a bottle, thanks Mike. This is a great stout. There is a strong smokey roasted malt presence. Woody and cocoa as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShivanDragon (2070) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2015
na een voetbalwedstrijd en wat gangbare Amsteltjes in de 3e helft dan nu tijd voor wat beters. Fles #6907. Schenkt zwart met schuimige en fijne bruine kraag. Aroma van volle mouten, donkere chocolade, gebrande en geroosterde mouten, vanille, koffie, whisky. Smaken zijn redelijk zoet, matig bitter, koffie, sterk, matig donkere fruiten, pruim/rozijn, sterke mouten, héérlijke whiskysmaken. volle body, romig in de mond, lange prettige en zoete afdronk met goede whisky. Uitstekend in balans, prima smaken !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (128) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black, gloopy, initially a non-lasting coffee brown head, some lacing around the glass. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, burnt caramel. Taste is smokey, tobacco, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate. Oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riktw (23) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Chocolate, coffee, wood, smoke, dark forest fruits, bit of vanilla. Finish is long, again chocolate and coffee but with more smoke and peatyness. Oily mouthfeel. Very nice beer! Bottle no: 25770

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