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


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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2008
This is so good. I’ve had many barrel aged beers but none of them have brought out the qualities that this one does. The nose has the alcohol with a great vanilla edge. It pours black with a yellow edge and some nice spectrums of color. The flavor has a wonderful woody note and a slight bitterness. Vanilla, chocolate, hazlenut...and scotch...so much scotch. So interesting, so enjoyable, really excellent beer. Happy 35th Birthday Eric!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (10215) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 courtesy of Laurent Mousson - dark black colour with a little dark beige head; roasted aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa, rich and robust; a touch of vanilla and highland whisky; oily and full-bodied, very bitter; long bitter chocolatey, roasted aftertaste - what a beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
September 2007 bottle number 03151. Pours with a brown creamy head covering a black body. Pours like motor oil. Some spider lacing. Aroma of vanilla, wood, coffee and whiskey. Strong oak in the taste aswell as porter style dry coffee. Some vanilla in the back aswell. Not nearly as complex as I was expecting. Creamy mouthfeel with light bubbles. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste. A bit too much wood in the taste, felt like I might get splinters from drinking this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Thanks to brewblackhole. Dark color. Smell of whiskey, chocolate, hops and fruit. Taste of oak, whiskey, hops, malt, coco, smoke and hints of caramel. Very dry in the after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
The pour is opaque black with just a little bit of brown head. Impressive nose. Mostly chocolate and whiskey, but very inviting. The flavor is big, but not at all overwhelming. Chocolate, whiskey, light smoke, dark fruits. Even a bit of charred oak as the beer warms a bit more. Very velvety palate, with a bit of prickly carbonation. Dry, warming finish. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 25, 2008
The most impresive palate ive felt in a beer. Tastes of oatmeal, wiskey, wood and roasted malts, honey and sweet chocolate with a dry finish of lingering hops (or sour grapes?) and a bit of smokeiness too. Very niicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Pours super dark black with no head. Super dark. Oatmeal nose. Strong alcohol taste. The alcohol is probably the most predominate feature. Sweet taste with some sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle No. 12948 Dated Sept. 2007. Small light brown head that mostly diminished, no lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue with a red tint. The aroma was roasty, chocolate, malt, alcohol, and hints of smoke. The flavor was semi-sweet, roasty, chocolate, malt, wood, scotch, vinuous, and finishes dry. Slightly tingly, oily mouthfeel and medium-full bodied. A very, very delicious, interesting and well crafted beer that left me wanting more and more and more. Definitely worthy of a try and one I will seek out again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle Number 19546 (Thanks Argo0!) Vertical of 12 - 16 - 30 years. Aroma on this beer is nice with notes of molasses, peat, some mild coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and dried fruit. Flavor is quite good with dried dark fruit, mild yeast, molasses alcohol and vanilla. Finish is sweet with mild sourness and stickyness. Flavor lingers a bit long for my taste. Overall, a nice drink but not one I would buy regularly. See 16 and 20 years for comparisons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11962) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2008
(33cl bottle, #19546, Sept07, vertical with the 16 & 30) Black body with small, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, vanilla, plum/raisin, some smoke, molasses. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, smoke/roast, light lactic sourness, plum. Light alcohol burn. Medium-full body, some stickiness. Scotch is complementary rather than overpowering.

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