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 ĎBlack Oilí) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestounís 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: ďThe most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.Ē

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1269) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2009
330 ml bottle. Deep brown color, thin filmy head. Strong aroma with coffee, wood, dust and smoke. Bitter flavor follows after the aroma and finishes up dry. Medium-full body, low carbonation. Reminiscent of Old Engine Oil. Pretty good right now, so itíll be nice to see how it matures.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6761) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
lots of burnt molasses .. . dark syrup smell .. . some good foam qualities .. . what the hell is a lincoln log? seriuosly?? .. . sweet and tasty brew, fudge and molasses flavours.. hey Louse, diarrhea! .. . a nice mellow beer.. dark as the night... the reason cave men painted on walls...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8391) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
Slightly viscous pouring near-black brown, and a yellow-cream head living only for seconds. Faintly sweetish brandy (rather than whisky) nose; many roasted notes but all of them sweet. Liquorice warming up, as well as dark berries and strong sweet coffee. Sweetish, and dry-roasted notes, with faint/alcohol and fusels, black grains. Bit tarry, Lapsan Souchong concentrate. Every new sip short impression of fresh mint. Reasonably viscous, chewy, discreet but unavoidable alcoholwarming and pretty well-carbonated. Quite complex beer, but still not as much as comparable brews. Iím especially bemused by the high level of restsweetness. Many thanks to JezzaP!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Pour was total black, with an okay tan head. Aroma was of vanilla and some chocolate. Flavor was roated chocolate and vanilla, alcohol was a little to hot. Good beer, Alcohol should be little less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5201) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2009
(Bottle #05261, bottling date Nov 2008) Black. Small, fizzy and tan coloured head. Chocolate and whisky in quite burning aroma. Full bodied and bit oily palate with medium carbonation. Malts, whisky, roastedness, bit of chocolate, bitterness and burntness in taste. Whisky and roastedness in aftertaste. I was expecting this to be better. Probably would improve with aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle. Very dark brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is truly magnificent- the peaty Highland park shines through in all its glory. Peaty, malty flavours with subtle dark fruit and chocolate. sirupy and full-bodied, like an old engine oil. Scotland is making use of its great whisky heritage to produce some of the finest beers around. This is one of them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikkopen (929) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2009
330 ml bottle. Deep dark brown, with a thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, whisky and chocolate. Tar-like roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and notes of whisky in the flavour. Warm, a little smoky finish. Full to medium-bodied, smoothly carbonated. Very delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
2007 Bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and dark dried fruits. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is sweet with whiskey tones and a nice smooth finish. Palate is very smooth and medium full bodied with a flat mouth feel. Very good brew that blends very well with the Highland Park whiskey. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
In short: An unclassifiable moderately roasted black beer with a nice flavour spectrum. Not very tasty and lack of carbonation
How: Bottle 11.2oz. Drank about 1 year after the beer release. Side by side comparison of the Old Dubh 12, 16 and 30
The look: Almost black body with almost no head
In long: Light but interesting nose of peat, dirty wood, earth and date. The whisky sure is not much apparent from on the nose. Carbonation in my bottle was abnormally soft, donít know if itís normal, but the 16 and 30 year old that I bought the very same day from the very same store had a soft carbonation but this 12 is cask-like soft. Unlighted charcoal, burnt fresh wet wood, black liquorice, a whole lot of peat including freshly cut green grass. Without a doubt the least interesting of the three. Iím just not a Old Dubh pedophile.

   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.

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