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


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RATINGS: 920   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.”

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
koleminer20 (1492) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2015
On draft at HopCat in Ann Arbor. In prep for Rare Day tomorrow. For an old ale, this thing looks terrible. It pours a thicker black, no head or lace. The aroma is a boozy and sharp with a strong roast and decent caramel malt. It's nothing like an old ale. The flavor is not good. There is a boozy lead in. It's sweet, boozy, and then strongly metallic. It's more old boozy oxidized Porter than old ale. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy with very little carbonation and a lingeringly malty, metallic finish. Not good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3985) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2015
(Harviestoun Ola Dubh (12 Year Old)) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8% Pitch black colour on the body, a very thin film of foam covering the surface and some brown bubbles around the glass. Faint roasted malts on the aroma, liquorice, nice whiskey notes. Taste has more whiskey, coal, old wood, hints of chocolate. Medium body, soft carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (2416) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2015
Svart med fingerhøyt lys brunt skum. Lukter trevirke, noe vanilje og whiskey. Middels fylde. Smaker sjokolade, lett søtlighet og bitterhet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (1081) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 3, 2015
At the Belgrade-Serbia tasting on 31/10/2015. Bottle courtesy of markoijelena. Thank you. Pours black color, the foam is a little bit more persistent than the regular version. Nose: the same smoky elegant notes, less meat, less cheese, more vanilla. Nice. Mouth: loads of vanilla, creamy body, balanced malty beer on the sweet side but with a light herbal finish. Very tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1267) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2015
From a 330ml bottle on 20/10/2015 (bottle no.10873, Sept 2014, an anniversary present from my gorgeous wife). Pours close to black with the barest of heads. Has a quite distinct aroma of golden syrup, treacle and molasses, with a touch of soy. The flavours are quite subtle for a big beer, but very pleasant none the less. There’s lots of sweet caramel and fudge, more soy, a hint of dark fruit, a lick of scotch whisky, and a modest bitterness. The texture is almost milky with soft carbonation. A very subtle, very nicely balanced sweet sipper. And I really like the mouse on the label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
indrekr (250) - ESTONIA - OCT 17, 2015
Aroma: bread, dry fruit, coffee, roasted. Appearance: tan head, clear, black liquid. Taste: heavy sweetness, light bitterness. Palate: medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonisation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarmok (770) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 17, 2015
Black liquid with tan head. Aroma of bread, nuts, dried fruits. Taste: sunflower, smoked chees, heavy sweet, light bitter, light sour. Palate: medium body, sticky oily feel, soft carbonisation, long roasty finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jamscoopa (2) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015 does not count
It’s smooth and rich with a deep taste. I found it delicious from the initial taste all the way through to the aftertaste. One of my favourite beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abijen (2243) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Donker rood bruin bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt zoet, rood fruit, koffie. Smaakt zacht, vanille, bitter, overrijp fruit, geroosterd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hansvf (487) - - OCT 9, 2015
Bruinig zwart. Eerste vd vier. Dun karamel schuim. Ruikt maar whisky. Highland park 12y. Ook koffie in geur en smaak. Beetje chocola.

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