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


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RATINGS: 859   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6622) - Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a thin tan film for a head. The aroma has dark fruits, whisky, wood, roast, and moderate sweetness. The flavor has roasted malt, whisky, charred wood, a light hint of the dark fruits from the nose. I get a growing peatiness with each drink and I’m not sure that I like it. There is no carbonation to this at all. Medium to full bodied and a bit oily going down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22603) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of dried fruits, chocolate, liquorice and whisky. Roasted flavour of dried fruits and chocolate with notes of coffee. Roasted and warming alcoholc finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8929) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2008
Taster from a bottle at EBF 08. Naked, black body with display of laceworks on the glass. Peaty aroma of vanilla oak and spices. Sharp, initial whisky-like taste followed by liquorice and smoked malts. The whisky touch was more noticeable in this one compared with the variants aged in 16 and 30 year old casks (12.09.2008).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (1985) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 pours dark black with ruby tones at the edges. Very thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate roast malt, some molasses, vanilla and dark cherry tones. a whiff of alc. Flavour is lighter than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel is a touch oily feeling. Very smooth initially, tangy sweetness, some smokey peaty tones towards the finish. Woody hop. Definitely a Whiskey profile as it warms more and more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Shared with Mike and maniac during Cluster Brew Part Deux. Black, slight head died hard. Aroma and the flavor were a match: coffee, chocolate, subtle cherry, booze, and a decided smoky note. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 No 26779, Sept 07: Brooding black hole with some dark brown edges, it pours thick with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a heavy syrupy body with thick sugar like effers. The nose is strong roasted malts, smoke, scotch, ocean sea salt, earth, peaty moss and espresso... it is evident from afar. The kind of flavors that dominate are soy sauce like with salt, smoke, whiskey, peat and bitter coffee... alchohol is muted and integrated very well, but present and it is easy to drink despite its sinister look and packaging... palate is heavy, but not syrupy thick and the finish is bittersweet saltiness. Definately more integrated and mellow than the EO Reserve. My 100th rating, next up the 16yr, then the 30yr.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2670) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
[bottle at EBF 2008] Red liquorice aroma loaded with marzipan. Opaque black with a nice tan ring. Delicous almond/marzipan flavour with some salty hops and an elevated sweetness that is well offset by hops bitterness. Smooth, low carbonation, warming, slight dark malt bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Pours black (black) with no head. Nose is oak, molasses, whisky. Flavor of roasted malts, oak casks, caramel and motor oil, tobacco (fairly strong here). Almost like a beer made from whisky though that doesn’t makes sense. Very oily. Long lingering oily smoky fantastic finish. Om nom nom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14423) - 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 (20606) - 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.

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