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


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RATINGS: 944   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.”

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (4644) - Ayr, - FEB 10, 2013
330ml bottle courtesy of JohnRMurdoch - very dark brown near black, no head, fruity, whisky, alcohol aroma, sweet roasted malt flavour, hint of vanilla, bit smoky, rather nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (1375) - Mainz, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2016
Aroma: sherry barrels and oporto, figs, dried fruits. Appearance: deep amber color and creamy head. Taste: low herbal bitterness, roasted dark malts, barrels, oporto, figs, bitter chocolate, quite dry. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, barrel finish. Overall: Really good stuff, complex barrel aged old ale, nice dried fruits and barrel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1530) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle no 24190, Feb 2014. L0503. BB March 2017. Pours darkish brown with a steady, medium in size, beige head that leaves some scattered lace. The aroma is pleasant, alas a bit subdued (till the end), giving off notes of chocolate powdery and roasty malts and (cheapish) whisky; tastes likewise with sweet chocolaty notes most dominant, and the slightly salty whisky playing second fiddle. In the finish the whisky is not too convincing, feels a bit like those chocolate sweets with a drop of whisky inside.. Soft on the palate, with thin and modest carbonation. Overall... doesn’t seem as multilayered and enjoyable, say, compared to the 16 YO I had nearly two years ago (and probably rated a bit too optimistically at 4.2), or other BA brews that I’ve had in the meantime. It is very good though, but I hope the 18 YO will be a lot better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6542) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2016
I really liked the others in this series but this one was rather disappointing. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy beige head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweetish and malty with notes of caramel, molasses, whiskey and a touch of chocolate. The flavor was bitter and malty with wood and whiskey notes. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Baramba (816) - ITALY - JUL 6, 2016
Bottle. Black with beige head. Aroma of whisky, dried fruits, roasted. Sweet malt flavour, chocolate, alcohol warming at the the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from LeeAVFC cheers mate; dark opaque brown pour thin light tan head, aroma has chocolate, light roast and a hint of spirit, taste has sweet chocolate, dirty roast, some barrel, dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charlotte (5164) - rødovre, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2016
Bottle.Black colour with no head.Aroma of vanilla and wood.Taste is mild of whisky and coffee,smooth oily mouthfeels and soft carbonation,full body and soft finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Booga (60) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Black oily pour with zero head. Very low carbonation. Nice smell of whiskey barrel but not real volatile. Dark roast taste. Nice. More porter style than what I typically think of as old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (3838) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2016
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of peats, light coffee and chocolate, hints of toffee and caramel. Taste is sweet, mild caramel, light booze, German sausage. Body is medium full and smooth with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rollsrace (81) - - MAY 7, 2016
Got it for $8.31 for one 12 Oz bottle. It was worth the price. Wow. It’s an imperial stout with a scotchy finish. very good blend of the chocolate and coffee too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (849) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2016
UPDATED: APR 30, 2016 I’ve just drunk a bottle of this and I’m still not sure what to make of it inky back minimal head like an English strong ale with stout like qualites. peat tar leather caramel a strange array of flavours interesting beer the whisky influence is prominent

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