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

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RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.”


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4049) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Very unlike the bourbon aged beers I’ve come to like. Strong taste of scotch whiskey greets you as you smell the beer. The taste lingers throughout the stout. Not like anything I’ve had before. Still trying to work out some of the flavors.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (3774) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2008
33cl, bottle no 11322, Sept 07. Opaque black with the creamiest, lasting inch of non-nitro head you’ll ever see. Smoky-sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, and hickory-smoked pork. Flavor is a superb blend of the same with some dark fruit, vanilla, charred oak barre, caramel and whiskey. Heavy body is smoooooth and lightly oily, with just enough warming and drying on the finish. Brilliant sipper that could be a gulper. I didn’t give this one a 5.0 because Nirvana is the only place for that, but oh my Buddha....

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
bottle number 3630, brewed sept 07. heavy aroma of whisky and chocolate/coffee. fairly syrupy, a little sweet, but balanced out well by the bite of whisky. flavor changes about three times as the glass warms closer to room temp. yum...

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
(bottle no.1986,brew date sept. 2007)black body with a small tan head.aroma is heavy alcohol,chocolate,smoke,and roasted malts.flavor is heavy smoke,burnt wood,chocolate,with a malty finish.its different if anything.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2008
PIB 2008. Pours dark brown, almost black, with just a trace of a tan head that is gone before you know it. Big roasty flavor, take over by a warming scotch flavor. Earthiness brings out the smoked flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4879) - 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 (428) - 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 (5104) - 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 (2156) - 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.


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