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

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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.”


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2008
bottle thanks to bhops. black pour with an espresso head. roasted malts and vanilla on the nose. roasted malts and sweet vanilla overtone throughout the whole beer from start to finish. not bad but the 16 was way better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Pours black with no head. Aroma of molassas, sweet malts and hint of vanilla. Flavor is all molassas with some smoke, roasted malts and scotch. Medium mouthfeel. Good beer but I prefer the 16 and the 30.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Perfectly black body with a light tan head clinging to the sides of the snifter. The aroma is much milder than the 16 year old. It has notes of oak and only some light peat. There is also some dusty caramel and old leather. The taste has light notes of leather and toffee up front. In the finish, you get some fresh grass clippings and some tobacco. There is also a hint of salty seaweed, and it is interesting. A nicely crafted brew that I enjoyed more than the 16 year old.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours a dark black liquid with a small o-ring of foam. The nose is a dark malt with a background of bourbon or wood barrels. The flavor has a strong tasting of coffee and woody whiskey barrels, it also has bitter hop bite to it with a hearty dosage of warm alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. Enjoyable Old Ale. Contains some sweet roasted malts in the aroma. Taste is sweet malt, chocolate, a few hops sneak in there as well. You can also taste the results of the cask aging, with a slight whiskey flavor as well. ABV is noticeably present, but not too much. A pretty good British beer that will make me go try Old Engine Oil as well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Bottle and first from these guys. Impressive for a random beer from Belmont’s. Lots of dark malt on the nose with some bitter hops but I can’t really identify what kind. Very sweet with a long bitterness at the end. Smooth palate which lays on the tongue for a while. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2008
First of the series, retrieved at State Line Liquor, and most promising. Aroma is of an imperial stout with some whiskey. Black body. Creamy mouthfeel with whiskey,chocolate, ah a drinkable pleasure rather than bourbon. A bit woody. Most satisfying.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2388) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Totally black, no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet whiskey nose. Flavor is sweet oak and whiskey with hints of sweet smokiness. Nice old ale. $8.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma bottled Sep 2007.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4350) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2008
A very dry beer with no hop presence. Lots of sweet malt in the aroma. Flavor is dry with more grain and very good smoke with peat. Dry flavor and dry on the palate with an earthy character. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 26, 2008
This delicious brew from Indianapolis, IN was marked bottle #12948 from Sept of 2007. It poured a fully diminished head that later miraculously foamed up to small then quickly disappeared. Never saw a brew do that before. The head was made up of fine to medium sized bubbles which left behind an opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a n oily lacing. The aroima was of mild whiskey and strong burnt malts. The mouth feel was strongly tingly and stout like from start to finish. The flavor contained notes of mild malts strong dark malts and mild whiskey.


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