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

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RATINGS: 820   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.”


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sach918 (9) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009 does not count
Initial impression of tar; sweet scents of dark sugary plum. Very pleasant dark, woody aroma. I must concur with other raters-strong overtones of smoky tar resonate throughout the session. Overall, something I would drink again. though definitely on a cold, dark winters night.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2009
A bottle tasted at Angleterre. Coffee and tar in the nose. Brown head. Dark reddish black colour. Soft taste. Some vanilla in the nose. Also some oak and chocolate. After a sip of water- some hints of whiskey...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3264) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
Wow, very interesting aroma. Lots of soy sauce, and teriyaki beer jerky, with a touch of bitter chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is smokey, i can taste te whisky, there is some notes of peat, and wood. MOre teriyaki in the finish. Quite interesting. I"M really curious to see how the 16 turns out.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Dark brown. Light whisky and light chocolate in the nose. Very whiskyish (speyside?) aroma. Thin and unrefined on the palate, though. I like it, but that’s because I like the whisky. It really suffers from a lack of complexity relative to the 16.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours a pitch black with a lasting chocolate head. Aroma of wooden pizza paddle and present alcohol. Oh now! The taste is very heaven: smokey and chocolaty, sweet teryaki - wow! Warm finish. Soy? Good carbonation and coating, creamy body. Such a savory beer. Love! Thanks to TheCheeseMan for the trade!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle from the ever imrpoving (and that’s saying something) Utobeer and shared with Sim at home.
Blacker than oil with a good tan head that settles quickly to a generous collar that’s going nowhere. It’s a good looking beer. Fantastic aroma. The Highland Park is clearly evident and the Old Engine oil is equally apparent. They meld really well and the end result is wonderfully rich and verging on decadent. Sumptuous chocolate, full of dark dried fruit, slight caramel, good earthy notes, brown sugar, clear brandy and maybe a hint of marzipan. Complex and hugely sniffable. Well worth a nine. The flavour is not quite as elaborate as the nose and just never quite feels properly integrated. The whisky still feels a little raw and the end result is that of the standard Engine Oil (which I must say, is still a good beer) with a bit of the Highland Park added rather than it being imparted following maturation. I would certainly like it if there was a little more of the barrel showing. That said it’s certainly an enjoyable experience. The palate is excellent and the glowing warmth on the way down is a delight. To sum up, a damn good beer but if the flavour matched the quality of the aroma it would be stunning.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
At Funky Buddha. Black, viscous, scant tan lacing. Chocolate cake and peat aromas. Lots of peat with dark malt at the end of the flavors. Nice low carbonation. Great beer but I prefer the 16.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
pours black, a few tan bubbles aroma is mostly kalamata olives, with some serious malt, alcohol, and a bit of nicely rotten fruit taste is mostly smoked kalamata olives, finish is long and bitter olive-y very thin dry finish smoke! bursting with scotch! after a few seconds it seems you’ve just had some pretty woody whisky of some sort

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2009
0,33l bottle. Black color, nice head. Gentle roasted malts, vanilla and tar in the aroma. Flavor is incredibly smooth, and all sorts of nuances are notable; caramel, coffee, smoke, and a hint of whisky as well. Nice warming alcohol in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5675) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle 4367. Pours pitch black with abig offwhite creamy head.. Aroma is full of malt, some tar as well. Taste includes liquorize and malt, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Ncei


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