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

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RATINGS: 749   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4144) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2008
The aroma is very wooden and a little smoky with hints of malt and whiskey. The appearance almost black with virtually no head, just some bubbles. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. This is a disappointment.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2008
Near black with a hint of brown on the edges. Smallish, thick head of small tan bubbles. Glass coating vail of lace. Dark roasted malts with a background of whisky oak, iodine and smokey peat. Iím struggling with the aroma, in that I am enjoying it more as a whisky scent than a brew scent. Dark chocolate flavors in the front with a touch of pale malt sweetness. A little light fruit and vanilla. Mild whisky, Iím reminded of a single malt that has has a bit too much water added to cut it. FInish has some more dark chocolate and and some roasted malt. Dry linger that makes me search for something more. A very nice brew, but not as complex and earthshaking as the price may indicate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle from Brandon. Thanks. I have seen this in the stores, but never bought any- now that I know it is aged in a Scotch barrel, I will probably seek out the rest. Very dark color, black almost, with a little bit of a tan head on it. Smell is smoky peat, fruity, chocolate, some alcohol, but mostly dominated by peat. Taste is smooth and very much like drinking a scotch. The Highland Park really shows in this beer, and since I drink nothing but scotch, it is a very good thing to see a beer aged in a Scotch cask. More brewers need to catch on and do this. I could only imagine how much better this would be if it was actually aged in a good Scotch cask. Very good stuff, a no brainer for me. Thanks Brandon.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2008
The most whisky flavored of them all....but less balanced then them as well....a bit harsh flavored.....but still I would not turn it down....what can I say I love the flavor of scotch

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
No Paradox thats for sure. Whisky nose and even more on the flavor. I like it but it just misses the mark on what Iííve come to expect and like out of this new breed of ba brews from across the way. Slightly watered down in appearence and on the palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10343) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
333 ml bottle (08467/Sept 2007) from Monument in Concord, CA. Interesting aroma of lightly smoky malt. Dark brown/black color with transient tan head. Full bodied with mild carbonation. It has smoke, wood, toasted malt, and I believe some hop. Itís consistent from start to finish. So itís not totally dry, but neither is it sweet. It is woody and astringent in the end. Mouthsmacking. Exceptional change of pace. It gets more emphatic with each sip.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - APR 9, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours black, as in the name. In some ways this is like other whiskey-barrel aged beers (Goose Island Bourbon Stout, etc), but the use of Scotch -- Highland Park especially -- adds more depth, I think. Instead of being entirely about sweet wood, the beer, though fairly sweet, stays a little bit drier and has some smoke and peat to it. Other than that, notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla, nuts, toast. Iíve only had this one, though it would be interesting to see how much the beer changes with the use of different Highland Park barrels.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
11.2 oz bottle, no. 03244/Sept 2007. Black with ruby edges and a small brown head that faded to a ring quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel, almonds, milk chocolate, light roast and hints of dry wood and vanilla in the background. Also there is some light stale cold coffee. More whiskey as it warms. Flavor has more dry wood than Iíd want it to up front with some dry char, but some milk chocolate and caramel sweeten it a bit--almost like a Whopper(r). Bitterness is around a 2 or so in the semi-dry finish. Alcohol present and warming, but not overbearing at all. Medium smooth body with low carbonation. Pretty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
Courtesy The CheeseMan. Black pour, sparse thin white head. Aroma has sweet caramel, hefty peat, sweet smoke, some booze, but not overwhelming. Nice roasty taste, alcohol apparent, very tannic finish. Aggressive scotch and oak characters, but stops short of being harsh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
Slight smokiness in the aroma with oak as well and prunes, dark fruit, and maltiness. Nice smell. Smoke flavors. Thicker body. Roastiness and dryness.


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