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


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RATINGS: 903   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1110) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2008
quite nice with the dry wood finish and smokiness coming in late. dark, thick but not overly syrupy. decent fruitiness balancing the malt, which is pleasantly not over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 4, 2008
THOUGHTS: This was a little too smokey for my taste at first, but then things started to balance out. It went down easy. Can’t wait to try the other two varieties. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with slight red highlights and a small, sudsy, tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted and strong coffee malt, lost of smoke, soy sauce, dark fruit and a little alcohol in the form of whiskey. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and acidic, light to moderately bitter and smokey with an average to long duration. There was caramel and roasted malt, dark fruit, a little coffee and smoke. The medium to full body was oily with soft carbonation and a smokey, moderate astringent and light to moderate alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours amber black with small tan head. The aroma is peat smoke, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, wood, ash. The flavor is sweetish at first, dominated by chocolate and whisky. It then dries out as some drier wood, ash, and smoke tones come to the fore. A fine blackberry fruitiness stays in the background for balance. The finish has a slight alcohol burn to it, as well as a deep ashiness, leaving an aftertaste much like having had a sip of whisky. This is some pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Appearaance: on einch, frothy, light brown head. Black. Aroma: burnt, peat, charcoal, licorice, cola, and cask wood. Heavy bitter finish and very dry finish. Nothing like I’ve ever had before. Can really taste the charcoal from the cask. Couldn’t drink more than one of these. Would go great with a Maduro wrapped cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Poured dark w/ moderate light tannish head. Aroma is smoky peaty scotch type w/chocolate and malts. Taste is got a bit too much whiskey hangover but some nice choc and a nice tangy note too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
desdemoor (14) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2008
Review bottle from brewery, 33cl, bottle 01317, botteld September 2007. Black, creamy brown head, woody whisky cask aroma with hint of olive and dark malt notes, thick chocolate malt palate, soft and luscious with woody background and lightly vinous notes, toffee and woody dryness, whiskyish swallow, warming finish with more chocolate, chewy malt, hops, tangy notes and a final charred wood flourish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Black/ruby pour with nearly no head arising, just the faint circulating of some miniscule bubbles throughout. Solid malt aroma, molasses. Nice suble hints of the whisky barrels blend really well with the big maltiness. Some raisin, vanilla, maple syrup likeness also. Very smooth and drinkable. I worry that the brews with the higher aged barrels will take on too much character from the barrel, I guess I’ll have to see. This one, is excellent however. If it was cheaper I’d invest in a case of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours a very dark brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is of sweet malts, and bourbon. Flavor is much the same, really sweet, covers up the alcohol very well but the whiskey is still there but blends in well.

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