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

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RATINGS: 824   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2008
Bottle 11.2fl.oz. Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, peat - smoke, whisky. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Very nice. 100908

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Black pour with nice ring but small head. Aroma is definitely whisky in nature, with bitter chocolate flavor up front, finishing with molasses and malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Black. Long tan creamy head. Aroma: Smokey chocolate malt. Flavor: Smokey chocolate malt, scotch. Bitter-sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Rich aroma with orangish and chocolaty accents, some mild dried fruits, caramelized sugar, liquorice, and woodiness. Dark brown with minimal head. Rich woody flavor of good long duration. Not a lot of complexity. Some brown sugar, chocolate, smoke. Single pleasant note stays on the tongue a long time. Carbonation is mild. Palate is smooth, not too heavy, but thick enough. Drying slightly on the finish. A decent winter warmer before bed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5350) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Bottle. Number 06568 from Sept. 2007. Opaque dark brown pour with mahogany edges. No head to really speak of on this. Soy sauce, raisins, burnt barbecue sauce, caramel, molasses, and wet wood in the aroma. Taste is vanilla, molasses, wood, raisins, light soy sauce and some smoke. Body is light and creamy. Very soft, almost faint carbonation. Finishes with more soy sauce, caramel, burnt barbecue sauce, molasses, dark chocolate, and oak. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle #05283 September 2007: Pours near black with a bubbly khaki head. The aroma is meaty with raisin, BBQ sauce, dark chocolate and only mild oak. Slick body with a fairly lighter feel than expected. Some roasted character in the flavor with a raisin/chocolate sweetness but it’s mild. The malt character is smooth and integrates well with the oak. The oak peeks through later on. Smooth and well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of yespr/Ungstrup. Dark brown with a tint of red and a rough, off-white head. Very burned malt aroam with some whisky accents. Full-bodied, a little low in carbonation. Plenty of burned malt and smoked whisky accents. Burned malty bitterness. 100908

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle in NYC. Very dark beer, small head that disappears fast. Strong whisky aroma. Smooth beer, lots of vanilla from the oak underlines the sweetness. Warming alcohol edge. Very decent, but it is interesting that everyone is jumpin on the barrel aging trend now.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2211) - 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!


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