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


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RATINGS: 939   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2008
330. Bottle 19708. Pours jet black with a dense, thick, very short-lived burnt tan head that falls quickly away to sloppy suds in a ring. Huge boozy whisky nose gets you at more than arms length. Settles down to a roasty, spruce-y, old-ale-y nose. Lovely roast, charcoal, roast beef, chocolate, and black bread notes on the mid-palate. Long dryish roasty finish. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Served from bottle. Very dark brown with no head. Aroma is malty, chocolate notes, raisins, and more. Flavor was smokey, a hint of whisky, more roasted malts, and a mildly bitter finish. Low carbonation. Medium bodied. Weird brew. Would drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a beige head that leaves thick film on the glass. Aroma is thin, dark chocolate cherry with light plastic wrap and vanilla extract. Flavor is light smoke, wood chip, and it leaves with a thin whisky finish. A nice film of flavor is left on the tonge after every sip. Body is a bit too thin. Flavors, while noticeable, seem unsure of how to come together. In my opinion, this could stand to mature more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Brewed in Scotland.... Pours black in color with zero head. Aroma of dark malts, dark fruit, and some whiskey notes. Taste is of smoked wood, vanilla, hops, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth with some mild alcohol burn and bitterness in the finish. Overall, pretty interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (847) - EL SALVADOR - DEC 7, 2008
Una buena old ale, hay que probar las otras. Black. Long tan creamy head. Aroma: Smokey chocolate malt. Flavor: Smokey chocolate malt, scotch. Bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2008
Bottle 11.2fl.oz. Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, peat - smoke, whisky. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Very nice. 100908

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Black pour with nice ring but small head. Aroma is definitely whisky in nature, with bitter chocolate flavor up front, finishing with molasses and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Black. Long tan creamy head. Aroma: Smokey chocolate malt. Flavor: Smokey chocolate malt, scotch. Bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Rich aroma with orangish and chocolaty accents, some mild dried fruits, caramelized sugar, liquorice, and woodiness. Dark brown with minimal head. Rich woody flavor of good long duration. Not a lot of complexity. Some brown sugar, chocolate, smoke. Single pleasant note stays on the tongue a long time. Carbonation is mild. Palate is smooth, not too heavy, but thick enough. Drying slightly on the finish. A decent winter warmer before bed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5921) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Bottle. Number 06568 from Sept. 2007. Opaque dark brown pour with mahogany edges. No head to really speak of on this. Soy sauce, raisins, burnt barbecue sauce, caramel, molasses, and wet wood in the aroma. Taste is vanilla, molasses, wood, raisins, light soy sauce and some smoke. Body is light and creamy. Very soft, almost faint carbonation. Finishes with more soy sauce, caramel, burnt barbecue sauce, molasses, dark chocolate, and oak. Nice!

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