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


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RATINGS: 952   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2009
33 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg. Shared with a friend on April 24, 2009
Bottle no 08004 - Bottles Nov 2008 - BB Jan 2012
Black color, brown head. Smooth, sweet, vinous, chocolate, raissin, alcohol scent. Smooth yet almost thi, chocolate, grainy, alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Big warming alcohol. Dry oak and also licorice aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 24, 2009
(330 ml bottle (Sept. ’07) from Belfast Co-op) Pours black (or nearly) with just a wisp of a dark brown head. Aroma of aged liquor (actually the sweetness of it makes it seem more like brandy than Scotch to me), wood, roast, dark fruit, molasses - nice. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth maybe slightly oily, very lightly fizzy. Very light spots of lacing inside snifter. Flavor of dark molasses, roast, chocolate, aged liquor, wood, perhaps light plum. Warming ABV presence but only slightly hot. Has a very nice old, aged feel to it. Is a bit grassy on the back end which detracted for me, otherwise I was impressed and enjoyed this much more than regular Old Engine Oil.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ErikTheViking (76) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2009
7 April 2009 on Cardinal. The Old Engine Oil is a superb beer, so I was very disappointed by this. Aroma from "torvrøyk". This does not smell like beer, and it does not taste like beer. It may have been beer, but it is not any longer. Expensive too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6809) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2009
330ml Bottle - Black in colour, with a tan head. Malty and roasted aroma with hints of raisins and plain chocolate. Rich and slightly hoppy taste with roasted malt and plain chocolate being detected. Tasty and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle (330ml). Shared by jerc and mabel with me and garthicus. Oily reddish black pour with a smallish frothy tan head. Mild aroma - sweet roast coffee bean, dry, medium alcohol, with an underlying light Islay scotch pungency. Lovely taste, mostly peat/iodine Islay scotch balanced against a sweet caramel malt, slightly herbal. Sticky body, mild carbonation, long peaty finish. A lovely drinker, not over the top at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2009
Very dark with the faintest of ruby highlites. Intense molasses, sweet malts, brown sugar, chocolate, light whisky, and wood. Full bodied, but not overly so. Sweet malts, molasses, chocolate, toffee, woody, a touch of peat, and very little alcohol. Finishes sweet and long with mild bitterness. I really enjoyed this one. Much better than an over the top imperial stout, IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours out blackwith foam on top. First taste is malty with roasty woody flavors. Slight warming from the whisky notes. Not quite a imp stout. Very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2009
Bottle at home.Black and thick. Deep malts, sticks to me and the glass. The whisky aging is really nice and adds various flavors to the thick, chewy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2009
Pours near black with a mostly receding wispy brown head. Aroma of molasses, candy, toffee, brown sugar, vinous malt, and spice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation. A very elegant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
2009-04-02. Pitch black with a modest chocolate brown head. Aroma is boozy at first, fairly mild dark malt, light roasty malt. (7+) Flavour has a boozy introduction with whisky up front but it leads nicely into a rich malt profile. Roasty malt is very lightly smokey/peat touched. Mild alcohol and bitterness linger pleasantly in the aftertaste. It is not overly complex at times, but it is pleasantly rich. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. (4+) Rather good, surprisingly drinkable. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant, Buffalo

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