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


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RATINGS: 939   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
A deep brown pour covered by a classy, dense beige head which settles and lasts. A malt focused aroma where gentle dark fruits float around forefront smokey hints reminiscent of peat and vanilla. The malts are rich and supple, venturing into considerable sweetness (caramel, molasses), but somehow balanced by a fair touch of roast. Full-bodied, slightly airy and just coating mouth presence is interesting. Remaining sweet and malty in the finish, though developing more than obvious alcohol flavours along the way. Focused and thick, digestive offering which easily meets expectations.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3768) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
First off how can you give a beer with no head a 4/5? Nearly everyone did that. If anyone who did would care to rationalize please beer mail me Black,no head.Alcoholic malt molasses nose.Huge smokey rauchbier taste,whiskey overtones. Medium alcohol heat. Big body Lacks complexity and carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Pours a dark brown body with a thin ring of tan head. Awesome flavors of smoke and bacon. Little dry on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8108) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
2007 Bottle thanks to Cletus. First, the presentation of the bottle is impressive without being pretentious, lots of nice info. Pours a jet black color with a medium bubbly brown head. The aroma is great; light whiskey, sweet notes of vanilla and wood. The flavor is full and somehow easygoing; lots of sweet whiskey, light caramel and wood, a smoky flavor throughout- not the harsh, but lovable smoke of a Rauchbier, but a earthy almost dusty peak smoke. I love this style so much, and this is a great example of a Old Ale. The palate is very lowly carbonated which fits perfectly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown-black with no head. The aroma is a roasty, sweet smell of the whiskey and malts. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts with some alcohol on the palate. Medium-full body with a slick, oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009

Bottle No. & Date: 01848 / Sept 2007

2/26/2008: Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 has a sweet malt whisky aroma with lots of caramelixed malts and is slightly roasty. It pours a clear, dark chesnut color and has a medium-full body. This beer is strong and smooth and has a nice roasted malt flavor blended with fine whisky, chocolate, and hints of smoke and vanilla.

Bottle (8% alc./vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #276 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2009
33 cl bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger - shared with Roger on my birthday. (Bottle no 04023, nov. 2008). Dark brown, almost black color, moderate lasting brown head. Aroma is whisky all the way! Flavor is whisky with hints of roasted malt and dried fruit. Sweet, but has a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Deep black in colour with a thin lingering beige head, light lacing. The aroma is of smoke, chocolate, roasted malts, cream with a moderate sweetness. The flavour is smoky, some light chocolate sweetness, smooth with a bit of alcohol. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, smoky and warming.

This started off rather slowly and seemed a bit thin at first, but it did start to pick up. Rather one dimentional though.

330ml bottle from Sahara Mart in Bloomington, Indiana.
Opened on December 19, 2008.
Bottle #12924, Bottled September 2007.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2009
dark dark borwn pour, no head. peaty roasty malty vinous notes. mouth is thick, smokey, chocolate malt bomb. a bit of coffee and chalk in the finish. great sipper

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Black pour with absolutely no head. Aroma is beautiful; vinous notes, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, peat, smoke are all heavily prevalent. Upon delving into the flavor, heavy concepts of smoke, peat, chocolate, booze, and heavy malt abound. Palate could be a bit fuller, but greatly drinkable considering the density and complexity of the flavors. Really really nice.

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