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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5167) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle. Very dark brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is truly magnificent- the peaty Highland park shines through in all its glory. Peaty, malty flavours with subtle dark fruit and chocolate. sirupy and full-bodied, like an old engine oil. Scotland is making use of its great whisky heritage to produce some of the finest beers around. This is one of them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikkopen (1007) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2009
330 ml bottle. Deep dark brown, with a thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, whisky and chocolate. Tar-like roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and notes of whisky in the flavour. Warm, a little smoky finish. Full to medium-bodied, smoothly carbonated. Very delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
2007 Bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and dark dried fruits. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is sweet with whiskey tones and a nice smooth finish. Palate is very smooth and medium full bodied with a flat mouth feel. Very good brew that blends very well with the Highland Park whiskey. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
In short: An unclassifiable moderately roasted black beer with a nice flavour spectrum. Not very tasty and lack of carbonation
How: Bottle 11.2oz. Drank about 1 year after the beer release. Side by side comparison of the Old Dubh 12, 16 and 30
The look: Almost black body with almost no head
In long: Light but interesting nose of peat, dirty wood, earth and date. The whisky sure is not much apparent from on the nose. Carbonation in my bottle was abnormally soft, donít know if itís normal, but the 16 and 30 year old that I bought the very same day from the very same store had a soft carbonation but this 12 is cask-like soft. Unlighted charcoal, burnt fresh wet wood, black liquorice, a whole lot of peat including freshly cut green grass. Without a doubt the least interesting of the three. Iím just not a Old Dubh pedophile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sach918 (9) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009 does not count
Initial impression of tar; sweet scents of dark sugary plum. Very pleasant dark, woody aroma. I must concur with other raters-strong overtones of smoky tar resonate throughout the session. Overall, something I would drink again. though definitely on a cold, dark winters night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2009
A bottle tasted at Angleterre. Coffee and tar in the nose. Brown head. Dark reddish black colour. Soft taste. Some vanilla in the nose. Also some oak and chocolate. After a sip of water- some hints of whiskey...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3873) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
Wow, very interesting aroma. Lots of soy sauce, and teriyaki beer jerky, with a touch of bitter chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is smokey, i can taste te whisky, there is some notes of peat, and wood. MOre teriyaki in the finish. Quite interesting. I"M really curious to see how the 16 turns out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Dark brown. Light whisky and light chocolate in the nose. Very whiskyish (speyside?) aroma. Thin and unrefined on the palate, though. I like it, but thatís because I like the whisky. It really suffers from a lack of complexity relative to the 16.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours a pitch black with a lasting chocolate head. Aroma of wooden pizza paddle and present alcohol. Oh now! The taste is very heaven: smokey and chocolaty, sweet teryaki - wow! Warm finish. Soy? Good carbonation and coating, creamy body. Such a savory beer. Love! Thanks to TheCheeseMan for the trade!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle from the ever imrpoving (and thatís saying something) Utobeer and shared with Sim at home.
Blacker than oil with a good tan head that settles quickly to a generous collar thatís going nowhere. Itís a good looking beer. Fantastic aroma. The Highland Park is clearly evident and the Old Engine oil is equally apparent. They meld really well and the end result is wonderfully rich and verging on decadent. Sumptuous chocolate, full of dark dried fruit, slight caramel, good earthy notes, brown sugar, clear brandy and maybe a hint of marzipan. Complex and hugely sniffable. Well worth a nine. The flavour is not quite as elaborate as the nose and just never quite feels properly integrated. The whisky still feels a little raw and the end result is that of the standard Engine Oil (which I must say, is still a good beer) with a bit of the Highland Park added rather than it being imparted following maturation. I would certainly like it if there was a little more of the barrel showing. That said itís certainly an enjoyable experience. The palate is excellent and the glowing warmth on the way down is a delight. To sum up, a damn good beer but if the flavour matched the quality of the aroma it would be stunning.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 69 70 71  72  73 74 75 » 94

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50