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


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RATINGS: 916   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 pours dark black with ruby tones at the edges. Very thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate roast malt, some molasses, vanilla and dark cherry tones. a whiff of alc. Flavour is lighter than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel is a touch oily feeling. Very smooth initially, tangy sweetness, some smokey peaty tones towards the finish. Woody hop. Definitely a Whiskey profile as it warms more and more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3622) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Shared with Mike and maniac during Cluster Brew Part Deux. Black, slight head died hard. Aroma and the flavor were a match: coffee, chocolate, subtle cherry, booze, and a decided smoky note. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 No 26779, Sept 07: Brooding black hole with some dark brown edges, it pours thick with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a heavy syrupy body with thick sugar like effers. The nose is strong roasted malts, smoke, scotch, ocean sea salt, earth, peaty moss and espresso... it is evident from afar. The kind of flavors that dominate are soy sauce like with salt, smoke, whiskey, peat and bitter coffee... alchohol is muted and integrated very well, but present and it is easy to drink despite its sinister look and packaging... palate is heavy, but not syrupy thick and the finish is bittersweet saltiness. Definately more integrated and mellow than the EO Reserve. My 100th rating, next up the 16yr, then the 30yr.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2825) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
[bottle at EBF 2008] Red liquorice aroma loaded with marzipan. Opaque black with a nice tan ring. Delicous almond/marzipan flavour with some salty hops and an elevated sweetness that is well offset by hops bitterness. Smooth, low carbonation, warming, slight dark malt bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (685) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Pours black (black) with no head. Nose is oak, molasses, whisky. Flavor of roasted malts, oak casks, caramel and motor oil, tobacco (fairly strong here). Almost like a beer made from whisky though that doesn’t makes sense. Very oily. Long lingering oily smoky fantastic finish. Om nom nom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15066) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle at EBF. Pitch black bith no head. Mild, smooth, low carbonation, roast, coffee, chocolate, vinous, wood & full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (22238) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2008
<i>Bottled at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. </i> Very dark brown, no head. Arma of vanilla and sherry. Salty and dense with coffee and caramel. Intense and compact with salty peaty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11726) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2008
Bottle @ EBF, 2008, Carlsberg.
Pours utterly black with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma is vinious, lightly peity smoke, some tar and well roasted malts. Low carbonated, but a great creamy feel. Flavour is vinious, almonds, coriander, vanilla, roasted malts. Long, lingering, vinious finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23912) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2008
Bottled@EBF2008. Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, sweet malts, chocolate and roasted notes. Flavour is sweet alcohol, caramel malts, roasted malts, some chocolate and vanilla. More "raw" than the 30 I tried "on the side" of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a fully diminished tan head. Dense roasted and chocolate malty aroma. Smooth and roasted malt flavour with a distinct tarish dryness and smooth chocolate note. Acidic bitterness into the finish with a lasting chocolate roasted base flavour going into the far finish.

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