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


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RATINGS: 808   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1448) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Black pour with a thin tan head. Young whiskey aroma. Flavor is more whiskey, chocolate, peat, smoke, and caramel. Finishes pretty chewy, slightly boozy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (736) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Pours a pretty deep black with not much head but a little lacing. Aroma is nice, whiskey mostly with some roastiness coming through. Flavor is roasted and chocolate malt flavor with some alcohol. Body is actually a little lacking. Overall a decent beer, but definitely not worth the $7 price for 12 oz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a dark almost black color. Aromas immediately reveal peat, in addition to some wood and some coffee. Flavors are of peat as well but not overpowering. Additionally some wood and bitter coffee. Very oily and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Thin dark brown head of varying sized bubbles. Settles nicely but I think that any carbonation that was in there has been expelled in the pour. Sweet malts, dark chocolate cherry cordial, a hint of smoke and earthy notes and some roasted cashews. Color is a very dark brown. Thick and chewey on the palate. Lots of roasted grains, peat and a bit more smoke. Light scotch overtones and alcohol presence. Kind of lifeless though. Some roasty biterness late swallow. Finshes strong, roasty and alcoholic. A decent old ale but this seems like that aged it in the barrel for 12 years. I expected a bit more from this brew. Still very good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3713) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2008
This is so good. I’ve had many barrel aged beers but none of them have brought out the qualities that this one does. The nose has the alcohol with a great vanilla edge. It pours black with a yellow edge and some nice spectrums of color. The flavor has a wonderful woody note and a slight bitterness. Vanilla, chocolate, hazlenut...and scotch...so much scotch. So interesting, so enjoyable, really excellent beer. Happy 35th Birthday Eric!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9717) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 courtesy of Laurent Mousson - dark black colour with a little dark beige head; roasted aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa, rich and robust; a touch of vanilla and highland whisky; oily and full-bodied, very bitter; long bitter chocolatey, roasted aftertaste - what a beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
September 2007 bottle number 03151. Pours with a brown creamy head covering a black body. Pours like motor oil. Some spider lacing. Aroma of vanilla, wood, coffee and whiskey. Strong oak in the taste aswell as porter style dry coffee. Some vanilla in the back aswell. Not nearly as complex as I was expecting. Creamy mouthfeel with light bubbles. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste. A bit too much wood in the taste, felt like I might get splinters from drinking this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Thanks to brewblackhole. Dark color. Smell of whiskey, chocolate, hops and fruit. Taste of oak, whiskey, hops, malt, coco, smoke and hints of caramel. Very dry in the after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
The pour is opaque black with just a little bit of brown head. Impressive nose. Mostly chocolate and whiskey, but very inviting. The flavor is big, but not at all overwhelming. Chocolate, whiskey, light smoke, dark fruits. Even a bit of charred oak as the beer warms a bit more. Very velvety palate, with a bit of prickly carbonation. Dry, warming finish. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 25, 2008
The most impresive palate ive felt in a beer. Tastes of oatmeal, wiskey, wood and roasted malts, honey and sweet chocolate with a dry finish of lingering hops (or sour grapes?) and a bit of smokeiness too. Very niicely done.

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