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


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RATINGS: 948   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvgeniyKurilov (154) - - APR 8, 2016
Dark with minamal head. Reach aroma of chocolate and nuts, vanilla and peat. Flavour the same with oak notes. Really nice with HP wisky (not as mix, but ome after another). Long roasty malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eduardovl (1353) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2016
330ml bottle served in snifter glass. Purchased at Drinks of the World - Geveva.
A: Pours a dark brown to black color forming a medium beige head with medium to low retention and some few spotty lacings left in the glass.
S: Strong notes of sweet caramel, roasted malts, whisky and wood, mainly. A bit boozy. Hints of vanilla and licorice. Light notes of leather and earth.
T: Sweet upfront taste. Strong notes of caramel and roasted malts. Notes of whisky, oak, vanilla and licorice. In overall, the taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Light notes of grassy hops.
M: Heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet caramel, whisky and oak in the aftertaste.
O: Excellent drinkability. Less whiskey than the 16 version. More caramel and roasted malts. Classic British Old Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFF (136) - - MAR 18, 2016
Strangely satisfying. I expected more flavors out of this, but it’s the smoothness that gives this beer all its merit. Light toasted aromas. Weak head and adequate carbonation. Very dark. Quite complex in mouth. High alcohol content not perceptible, so very well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nofearhatmatt (48) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Wow - an amazing beer. Smokiness comes through first. You can definitely taste the whiskey. Pours very black. A good sweetness in the flavour as well. Goes so well with steak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allanmb (169) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2016
Pours very dark brown with good beige head. Nose is initially metallic and woody settling down to chocolate and heavily roasted barley, slight phenols coming through. Taste is better than the aroma, smooth and rich on the body with initial hit of malt and chocolate tastes developing into slight coffee, raisins and oak. The finish is not as long as I thought it would be but there is a touch of peat phenols amongst cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark fruit, smoke, oak, and some whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (89) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 Bottle 330ml (2014) - cellared for 2 years. Served at room temperature. Pours jet black. Head is small, tanned, dense and lasts very well. Aroma is rich and complex with notes of roasted barley, dates, figs, dark cherry chocolate, burnt toffee, treacle, tobacco, peated whisky and smokey oak. Flavour is a light earthy bitterness with notes of roasted barley, raisins, dried currants, dried cherries, toffee, dark chocolate, aniseed, peated whisky, some spice and a strong smokey/charred, woody finish. Full bodied with light carbonation, oily texture and a very long, complex oaky finish. Incredible Old Ale!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1890) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle @Bir&Fud Bottega (Rome). Pours oily black with a medium head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate notes with light mocha and a touch of peated whisky. Flavour is medium sweet with a good bitter end, smoky aftertaste. High body, medium carbonation. Close to world class!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (913) - Skui, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2016 Mørk i utseendet, med lavt lyst brunt skum. Mild aroma av bål, lær og kaffe. Smaken er tobakk, røyk, kaffe, whiskey, lakris og mildt av vanilje. Herlig fløyelsmyk konsistens.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sccp1910 (162) - BRAZIL - FEB 7, 2016
Aroma intenso do malte torrado e com notas leves de whisky. O sabor também deixa uma leve percepção do whisky. Cor preta e espuma marrom. Paladar singular, ótima sensação!

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