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


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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (5334) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2009
Bottled. Tnx Bullit. Aroma has roast, chocolate, whisky. Dark brown coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is sweet and more bitter towards the finish. It has chocolate, whisky, vanilla, rost. Medium bodied and quite smooth. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12189) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a small, fizzy light brown head, somewhat lasting with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, roasted grain, chocolate), average hop (flowers, perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of light alcohol, prune, wood, tar, and vanilla. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark colour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, fruits. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, whiskey and dark fruits. Oily texture, medium bodied. Nice stuff, although not overtly complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2009
bottle, pours black with a thin to medium tan head. Sour prune and black cherry aroma with some cocoa and port wine. Roasted malt and dark bitter malt body lots of whiskey heat and flavor with some vanilla and oakyness. Nice, but I would love to see if the 16 or 30 are smoother.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2009
2007 bottle poured a dark brown bordering black with a ring of creamy dark tan head. aroma has molasses, bourbon soaked oak, raisin, vanilla, alcohol, and some campfire smoke. big, sweet, and boozy. mouth feel is a medium with a thick oily texture. flavor has a whack of smoke upfront, roasted malt, whiskey soaked barrel, light bitterness, and some earthy dark fruit. the flavor levels off in the sweetness department but the booze is there across the board.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
Bottled. A black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of whiskey, wood, prunes, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and whiskey, as well as lighter notes of sood and alcohol, leading to a dry finish where notes of straw and wood lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2009
bottle number 25701/sep 07, smells and looks great, deep black color and soapy white head, smell was whisky, and burnt...not sure what the deal with the flavors were...lots of burnt wood...tastes like they pureed a burnt matchstick in whiskey and not much else...i have 3 more of this lineup to drink and hope it improves as i work my way up in numbers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (8061) - ITALY - SEP 25, 2009
scura buona schiuma media persitenza note tosatate liquoroso leggero affumicato in bocca corpo medio tostature caffe secco ma un po di dolce affumicato leggero alcol un po frutttato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2009
11.2oz bottle 07693 September 2007. Pours clear but very dark slightly red dark brown with a small somewhat creamy tan fizzy froth. Aroma is fruity, roasty and woody, light chocolate, hint of acidity, the whiskey has subsided quite a bit since my latest sampling a year ago. Flavor is chocolatey whiskey, really balanced out now, balanced subdued sweetness and bitterness, lightly grassy, light yeast fruitiness, whisky and cream. Long charred wood and peated scotch aftertaste. Medium/full bodied, dry feeling and smooth creamy chalky, very soft fizzy carbonation. It’s more balanced now but I suppose I’m thinking I like it more whisky forward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottled Sept. 2007. Deep dark brown, almost black, dark ruby at the edges, thick bubbly tan head that disappates a little. The whisky is obvious on the nose, as well as ripe sweet cherries, dark roast, chocolate. Surprisingly mellow flavor. Somewhat watery mouthfeel. Crisp at the beginning, damp malt, muted chocolate and mild roast. The alcohol is evident as it passes across the tongue, and the whiskey is noticeable in the warm finish. Oakey taste when you look for it. Disappointingly mellow and empty. Peaty bitterness is left on the tongue for a while. Maybe it needed to age more...or less.

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