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


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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle from the ever imrpoving (and thatís saying something) Utobeer and shared with Sim at home.
Blacker than oil with a good tan head that settles quickly to a generous collar thatís going nowhere. Itís a good looking beer. Fantastic aroma. The Highland Park is clearly evident and the Old Engine oil is equally apparent. They meld really well and the end result is wonderfully rich and verging on decadent. Sumptuous chocolate, full of dark dried fruit, slight caramel, good earthy notes, brown sugar, clear brandy and maybe a hint of marzipan. Complex and hugely sniffable. Well worth a nine. The flavour is not quite as elaborate as the nose and just never quite feels properly integrated. The whisky still feels a little raw and the end result is that of the standard Engine Oil (which I must say, is still a good beer) with a bit of the Highland Park added rather than it being imparted following maturation. I would certainly like it if there was a little more of the barrel showing. That said itís certainly an enjoyable experience. The palate is excellent and the glowing warmth on the way down is a delight. To sum up, a damn good beer but if the flavour matched the quality of the aroma it would be stunning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
At Funky Buddha. Black, viscous, scant tan lacing. Chocolate cake and peat aromas. Lots of peat with dark malt at the end of the flavors. Nice low carbonation. Great beer but I prefer the 16.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
pours black, a few tan bubbles aroma is mostly kalamata olives, with some serious malt, alcohol, and a bit of nicely rotten fruit taste is mostly smoked kalamata olives, finish is long and bitter olive-y very thin dry finish smoke! bursting with scotch! after a few seconds it seems youíve just had some pretty woody whisky of some sort

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2009
0,33l bottle. Black color, nice head. Gentle roasted malts, vanilla and tar in the aroma. Flavor is incredibly smooth, and all sorts of nuances are notable; caramel, coffee, smoke, and a hint of whisky as well. Nice warming alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (6408) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle 4367. Pours pitch black with abig offwhite creamy head.. Aroma is full of malt, some tar as well. Taste includes liquorize and malt, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Ncei

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10869) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2009
330ml bottle (Kuikka, Helsinki)
Jet black, almost no head. Rich roasty aroma. Pleasant carbonation, but quite soft palate. Very rich burntness but without any astringency at all. No hint of 8% at all. Soft hint of chocolate. Hops only come in later, with just a bit of a tingle. Aroma is sweeter than the taste. Dry woodiness, but no blasts of whisky, unlike some of the less refined B.A.ís. Must rerate ...
... kaggen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2009
12 Oz. I Donít konw what an old ale is.... but Ilike it. Dark, impenetrable black color with a brownish espresso like cream head. Sweet aroma of molasses, tar, wood, leaf tobacco. Wonderful thick mouthfeel, peaty like taste, nice sweet maltiness balancing it out. Good, good, beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2009
(Bottled) Almost black with a smallish, firm and lacy, beige head. Aroma of smoke, tar, wood, licorice, sweetish malt. Whisky barrel hits you right in the start of the flavor, followed by a short, malty and licoricey Old Engine Oil feeling - and then again some drying oak barrel and charcoal. Medium, slicky and low-carbonated - maybe slightly thin - palate. Well, a good beer matured in oak isnít necessarily better than the original - and this is also the case here. Different, but not better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle #02299 9/2007 - Poured a very dark black-brown in color with only the thinest of a tan head that faded very quickly. Low carbonation. Aroma is of darkly roasted malts, oak, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is smoky with the heaviness of very dark malt (black patent), woodiness and bitter chocolate. Lingering bitterness and woody flavors. Warming alcohol at the end. Decent...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Cask at the Brick Store. Pours almost completely black with a large bubbly mocha head that recedes quickly to nothing and leaves no lacing. The aroma has lots of dark roasted malts with a well balanced bourbon and chocolate on top. The oak and vanilla finish things off in the aroma. The taste is am amped-up version of the aroma with a huge bourbon kick up front which gives way to the backbone or dark roasted malts. More chocolate sweetness than in the aroma along with vanilla before the bourbon and oak come back with a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with low carbonation and goes down easy. This is a great beer that gets even better on cask. Super smooth, well balanced and very tasty.

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