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


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RATINGS: 869   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (521) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Very black color which is short on foam. The smell is caramel like with sugary notes. The taste is oily and insanely sugary and caramelly. The whisky part comes a bit short. The barrel can be recognized but even with the highland park whisky for comparison I cannot differentiate it from other barrels. Very sweet, not very special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SinH4 (919) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Black color with nearly no beige head. Woody, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel. Rich taste, not intense on the caramel and vanilla, but quite complex mixture between the malts and the whisky. Smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Nice, but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
liinis (1688) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Very thick mouthfeel which is very pleasant. Quite high alcohol which is not noticeable at all. Very rich and enjoyable. Whisky cask brings great flavour

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cimbasso (328) - - FEB 1, 2015
Sampled in a 33cl bottle purchased in Edinburgh - thanks Rachel and Rory! Pours a viscous black/very dark brown with a tan head. Roasted aromas. The taste is initially of roasted malts, with coffee and smokey flavours there as well. As the warmth of the alcohol spreads through the mouth a glow of whisky emerges, just as if there had been a good shot of Highland Park slipped into the beer. It does not have the strong vanilla flavours of the American Bourbon barrel-aged beers, but it does possess a really complex mix of beer and whisky flavours, with a pleasing bitterness at the end to match the initial caramel (mildly vanilla) sweetness. This is a really special beer and is highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Black with thin, fine, medium-light brown head that fades to an oily slick at a moderate rate. Attractive swirls on a pitch surface framed in a 5mm-wide froth ring. Aroma is dark wood (hickory) slightly smoked, bark, some fir, touch of fungus and moss. light toffee. Chewy. Body is medium-medium-heavy, oily, slightly syrupy, medium-light, medium-fine carbonation with touch of burn. Slightly soapy texture. Flavor is huge dark woods: hickory/oak, leather, hints of brine, licorice and touch of smoked bark, forest in snow. Overall- delicious. The scotch-barrel aging blends in such that one isn’t always aware of it (as in heavy bourbon-barrel aging.) Dark earthy forest wood notes are the highlight. Very complex and a tad bit deceiving. Exceeding expectations, although at a first sip, I was not yet impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1491) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2015
330mL bottle from Beer Cartel. #49182 Feb 2012 Deep near opaque mahogany brew. Holds a small dense tan head. Big rich nose, oh so complex; roast nuts, cocoa, red apple, raisin, apricot, toasted oak, treacle, licorice, coconut. Low carbonation, rich body, sticky, chewy, viscous. Whisky influence more apparent on body; smoky, earthy peat, charred wood, cashew & walnuts, apricot & dried stonefruits, licorice, cocoa, molasses, raisins and clove spice. Plenty of bitterness to balance on finish, long finish with lingering smoky, earthy spice. Wow! Love these beers - great showcase of an amazing dark beer with immense whisky undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2155) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle from Alko. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, smoke, coffee, dark fruits and a bit of peat. Bitter finish with roasted malts, smoke, scotch, coffee and nuts. Excellent dark ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kalervo (847) - FINLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Pyöräkadulla 1/2015. Bottled 7/2014. Highland Park is a fine whisky and this is a fine ale. Smoky, malty and balanced. You really can feel the hint of whisky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cenzu (34) - - JAN 16, 2015
Dark deep brown, almost black colour. Strong taste, hints of whiskey like alcohol. Suprisingly light body.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (996) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle. Black Body with short Lasting small tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with some caramell hints of chocolate and faint hints of smoke. Taste is sweet roasted malts with chocolate, caramel and some smoked cocoa. Aftertaste is balanced by roasted malts bitterness and some sweetness and some alcohol. Very nice one.

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