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


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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 26, 2008
This delicious brew from Indianapolis, IN was marked bottle #12948 from Sept of 2007. It poured a fully diminished head that later miraculously foamed up to small then quickly disappeared. Never saw a brew do that before. The head was made up of fine to medium sized bubbles which left behind an opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a n oily lacing. The aroima was of mild whiskey and strong burnt malts. The mouth feel was strongly tingly and stout like from start to finish. The flavor contained notes of mild malts strong dark malts and mild whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2008
11.2oz bottle, Bottle No. & Date: 06623/Sept 2007. Pour dark brown in color with no head at all. Aroma whiskey, vanilla and chocolate. Taste dark chocolate, coffee and whiskey with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2942) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Bottle 12227, 2007. Pour was pitch black, decent tannish colored head. Aroma is strong vanilla and tapioca notes w/ some chocolate underneath. The flavor is tapioca-vanilla, chocolate, light roast, enjoyable. Alcohol a little sharp, but the whiskey flavors do not over-run the beer. Neat stuff, short of great, though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2008
What an aroma! should get a 12! Flavor doesn’t start with ehaviness but it grows into an intense finish. Sweet and intense, yet it doesn’t seem to strong. Best aroma of the bunch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Great old ale. LIked this better than the 16 because this was a little mellower and subtle. Aroma of chocolate with just a hint of whiskey and smoke. Pour was a nice black with no head or bubbles. Looked dangerous. Taste was very mellow and complex. Peat, wood and chocolate dominate. The whiskey is most noticable on the tip of the tongue at first sip then in the back of the throat in the aftertaste. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11111) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle from Solan, thanks! Pitch black and opague. Peataroma with dark chocolate, cream and coffee. Malty sweet flavor with peat, cream and dark chocolate. Peat dominating in the aftertaste. A marvel of balance, this beer. Malt, oak, peat and alcohol in almost perfect harmony.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3013) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
From a bottle poured black with a small brown head. Aroma from the barrels of whiskey, flavor of toasted malt/coffee. Followed by a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1526) - @ $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 (755) - 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.

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