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


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RATINGS: 851   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.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle at EBF. Pitch black bith no head. Mild, smooth, low carbonation, roast, coffee, chocolate, vinous, wood & full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20449) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2008
<i>Bottled at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. </i> Very dark brown, no head. Arma of vanilla and sherry. Salty and dense with coffee and caramel. Intense and compact with salty peaty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11313) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2008
Bottle @ EBF, 2008, Carlsberg.
Pours utterly black with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma is vinious, lightly peity smoke, some tar and well roasted malts. Low carbonated, but a great creamy feel. Flavour is vinious, almonds, coriander, vanilla, roasted malts. Long, lingering, vinious finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21546) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2008
Bottled@EBF2008. Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, sweet malts, chocolate and roasted notes. Flavour is sweet alcohol, caramel malts, roasted malts, some chocolate and vanilla. More "raw" than the 30 I tried "on the side" of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a fully diminished tan head. Dense roasted and chocolate malty aroma. Smooth and roasted malt flavour with a distinct tarish dryness and smooth chocolate note. Acidic bitterness into the finish with a lasting chocolate roasted base flavour going into the far finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2008
Dark brown with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, whiskey, smoke and oak. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel, chcocolate, whiskey, wood and coffee notes. Ends sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13990) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2008
Bottle. Weak smoked aroma, hint of whisky. Almost black colour. Good whisky flavour, not alcoholic, but the flavour is like that. Roasted, liquorice flavour. A little salt and a good whisky aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle shared by tom at the carolina crew tasting. Thanks! Pours dark brown with a sudsy tan lace. Nose is noticeable scotch, brown sugar, roasted malts, pretty nice smelling actually. Flavor is a bit thinner than expected from the nose: oak, scotch, rich caramel malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Carolina Crew tasting! Bottle courtesy of Tom! Thanks! Dark brown pour with minimal beige head. Sweet malts combined with oak and whiskey on the nose. Nice roasty flavors with notable hints of whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Thanks to the ALE club for this one. Pour was deep deep brown with a slight head. Aroma was of sweet and delicious scotch, malt, oak, roast, and some vanilla. Very smooth on the palate. Some more roasted and oak characters came out after the sweet malt and scotch. Damn fine brew. Would love to try the 16 and 30.

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