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


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RATINGS: 904   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
I really dig Highland Park whisky and I always have a bottle of Highland Park 12yr in my cupboard, So I am very excited about this brew! Pours a deep rich murky black body and a wispy tan head. The aroma notes of roasted malts, coffee, coco and largely suggests the peat smoke and whisky barrel. I enjoy the way that the Whisky barrel interacts with the characters of the old ale in the flavor. Seems like less oxidation on the beer, but I’m sure it’s just the whisky overpowering the roasty oxidized malts. The palate is sticky and oily, a bit gritty. Finishes dry yet molasses sweet. A fine brew indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2009
(Bottle 33cl nr.09829) A black colored beer, with a thick foamy dark beige, almost brown head. The aroma of roasted malts, and chocolate. Notes of dark fruits. The taste of chcolate, with roasted malts, dark fruits and notes of wood. Nice bitter. The aftertaste is dry bitter with a little sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Pours pitch black in color with thin brown head. Aroma sweet, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste chocolate, Scotch, coffee and bitter sweet with bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3671) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009
Black of color with a weak brown head. An aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. A flavor of coffee, chocolate, cappucino and oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Cask at Mahars. Poured a very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is very roasted and burnt. Flavor is great, sweet and tangy, roasted and hopped, really good cask beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
A deep brown pour covered by a classy, dense beige head which settles and lasts. A malt focused aroma where gentle dark fruits float around forefront smokey hints reminiscent of peat and vanilla. The malts are rich and supple, venturing into considerable sweetness (caramel, molasses), but somehow balanced by a fair touch of roast. Full-bodied, slightly airy and just coating mouth presence is interesting. Remaining sweet and malty in the finish, though developing more than obvious alcohol flavours along the way. Focused and thick, digestive offering which easily meets expectations.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3642) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
First off how can you give a beer with no head a 4/5? Nearly everyone did that. If anyone who did would care to rationalize please beer mail me Black,no head.Alcoholic malt molasses nose.Huge smokey rauchbier taste,whiskey overtones. Medium alcohol heat. Big body Lacks complexity and carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Pours a dark brown body with a thin ring of tan head. Awesome flavors of smoke and bacon. Little dry on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7604) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
2007 Bottle thanks to Cletus. First, the presentation of the bottle is impressive without being pretentious, lots of nice info. Pours a jet black color with a medium bubbly brown head. The aroma is great; light whiskey, sweet notes of vanilla and wood. The flavor is full and somehow easygoing; lots of sweet whiskey, light caramel and wood, a smoky flavor throughout- not the harsh, but lovable smoke of a Rauchbier, but a earthy almost dusty peak smoke. I love this style so much, and this is a great example of a Old Ale. The palate is very lowly carbonated which fits perfectly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown-black with no head. The aroma is a roasty, sweet smell of the whiskey and malts. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts with some alcohol on the palate. Medium-full body with a slick, oily texture.

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