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


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RATINGS: 791   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (976) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown/black with thin beige head. Aroma: Wood, peat, whisky note, treacle, malty. Taste: Low bitter and sourness, low/medium sweetness. Palate: Fairly thick smooth texture, medium body, low/average carbonation, fairly dry, abrupt malty, treacly, savoury, smokiness in the finish. Comments: Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poech73 (176) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
Plus une Scotch Ale. Une belle robe noire opaque presque sans col développant de fortes senteurs de whisky, de vanille, de malts rôtis complexes, un pointe de boisé. Quasi sans amertume. En bouche, la gorgée assez aqueuse offre des saveurs de caramel boisé, fort liquoreux, fort doux sur le lacté, l’avoine, le cacao (grain sur la langue). En finale, je reste avec les arômes de whisky tourbé et boisé surets. Bravo: l’assemblage de malts rend cette bière super bien équilibrée. Un délice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3664) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2014
bottle, this is interesting, it is dangerously approachable, the drinkability increases after every sip, Sweet and roastyness mixed with that trademark highland park scotch flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6343) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
330 ml bottle from STLWill - thanks again, Will! September 2007 vintage, bottle 19501. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small beige head. Notes of very rich chocolate and fudge, vanilla, soy, peat, oak, leather, and earth. Peaty finish, which lingers. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a rich, smoky, semi-sweet mouthfeel. Sweeter on the nose. I liked this more than anticipated, and get the idea I’d like other versions and newer vintages better. Definitely coming back to this series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimsal27 (232) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
@ twisted kilt NYC. Pours dark black. Aroma was a bit weak but had some malt and whiskey. Taste was the same but I was expecting bolder flavors. Been waiting some time to try this and was a bit disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koshack (52) - POLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Piana szybko opada, kolor ciemnobrązowy, nieprzejrzysty. W aromacie ciemne słody i wyraźny smak beczki - dębowe nuty. Lekka kwaskowość od ciemnych słodów. Zostawia w posmaku lekko słone odczucie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, whisky, taste has more of the same, sweet, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvilCat (80) - FRANCE - JUN 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014 Bouteille. La Cervoise 91 . Robe opaque noir pétrole , absence de mousse. Ça sent bon la liqueur , la cerise noire, le pruneau et le malt grillé. Attaque légère puis on est vite rattrapé par une amertume persistante, des notes éparses de cerises confites , de pruneaux et une explosion de café et de malt torréfié . Belle longueur en bouche , le vieillissement en fut de whisky infuse agréablement à cette bière ses notes délicates de fruits noirs et finalement on n’y retrouve peu de chêne et de tourbe. Bière plate , corps aqueux très fluide. Une élégante stout, légère et bien typée. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanLaursen (3063) - 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 (2542) - 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.

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