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

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RATINGS: 796   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.”


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. # 6022/Sept 2007. Pours Dark brown and appears black in glass with brown edges. No head. Aroma is molasses, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, whiskey, burnt malt. Flavor is rich and complex. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, light whiskey notes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Finish bitter and a tad dry. Unique beer and cannot wait to try more old ales including the 16 and 30 Ola Dubhs.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle (#05389/Sept 2007) and served in a snifter. This beer poured almost black with some faint ruby highlights. A thin, lasting head of large tan bubbles resulted from an aggressive pour. Slippery lace coated the glass, then quickly fell back into the drink. The aroma included molasses, plums, oak, smooth whisky notes, baker’s chocolate, and some charred malt. The flavor consisted of dried plums, oak, cherry pits, heavily roasted malt, and some very mellow whisky. The roastiness wasn’t bitter or abbrassive at all. The mouthfeel was lush and velvety smooth. Full-bodied with mild carbontion. This beer was all about balance. The roasted malt and the whisky blended together seemlessly, never getting in the way of one another. A pleasure to sip!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle shared by Suttree at the Pre-Brewers’ Jam Warm-up. Pours black with a thin tan head that left light lace. Aromas of scotch backed with fruits and caramel malts. The flavor has dark fruits and chocolate. Medium to full body and smooth. Very Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Suttree’s 2008 Pre-Brewer’s Jam Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Thick pitch black pour with a thin tan head with nice lacing and ruby glints at the edges. Burning smoky scotch aromas still leave some dark pit fruit and chocolate aromas of the Old Engine Oil underneath. Flavor is more peaty earthy flavors until the finish where roasty bitter malts shine through.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Black, no head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, mixed with Scotch notes. Flvor is also rather fruity, with hints of blackberry mixing nicely with peaty, esrthy notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
Black with a small off-white head. Roasted malt aroma with licorice and a hint of peat smoke. Sweet with a very complex flavour of roasted malts and peat character. Most peaty of the Ola Dubh series.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2008
12 oz bottle, pours black with a ruby tinge around the edges. Head is thin, frothy, and tan and dissipates fully, leaving no lacing. Wonderful aroma of smoke, wood, bitter chocolate, whiskey, and dark fruits. Aroma is better than taste, however. Taste of smokey wood, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate. Thin and oily mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5425) - Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a thin tan film for a head. The aroma has dark fruits, whisky, wood, roast, and moderate sweetness. The flavor has roasted malt, whisky, charred wood, a light hint of the dark fruits from the nose. I get a growing peatiness with each drink and I’m not sure that I like it. There is no carbonation to this at all. Medium to full bodied and a bit oily going down.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of dried fruits, chocolate, liquorice and whisky. Roasted flavour of dried fruits and chocolate with notes of coffee. Roasted and warming alcoholc finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2008
Taster from a bottle at EBF 08. Naked, black body with display of laceworks on the glass. Peaty aroma of vanilla oak and spices. Sharp, initial whisky-like taste followed by liquorice and smoked malts. The whisky touch was more noticeable in this one compared with the variants aged in 16 and 30 year old casks (12.09.2008).


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