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


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RATINGS: 833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.”

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
I really dig Highland Park whisky and I always have a bottle of Highland Park 12yr in my cupboard, So I am very excited about this brew! Pours a deep rich murky black body and a wispy tan head. The aroma notes of roasted malts, coffee, coco and largely suggests the peat smoke and whisky barrel. I enjoy the way that the Whisky barrel interacts with the characters of the old ale in the flavor. Seems like less oxidation on the beer, but I’m sure it’s just the whisky overpowering the roasty oxidized malts. The palate is sticky and oily, a bit gritty. Finishes dry yet molasses sweet. A fine brew indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1900) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle from Alko. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, smoke, coffee, dark fruits and a bit of peat. Bitter finish with roasted malts, smoke, scotch, coffee and nuts. Excellent dark ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kalervo (766) - FINLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Pyöräkadulla 1/2015. Bottled 7/2014. Highland Park is a fine whisky and this is a fine ale. Smoky, malty and balanced. You really can feel the hint of whisky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cenzu (34) - - JAN 16, 2015
Dark deep brown, almost black colour. Strong taste, hints of whiskey like alcohol. Suprisingly light body.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (638) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle. Black Body with short Lasting small tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with some caramell hints of chocolate and faint hints of smoke. Taste is sweet roasted malts with chocolate, caramel and some smoked cocoa. Aftertaste is balanced by roasted malts bitterness and some sweetness and some alcohol. Very nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
undercurrent25 (1518) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Pours a black colour. Taste and aroma is whisky like. Smokey and peaty. Smooth and rich on the palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (606) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2015
12oz bottle to snifter. Dark pour. Minimal carbonation. Thin body. Some sweetness and earthy scotch and smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2444) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle. Black oily pour. Aroma of brown malt, milk chocolate, whiskey and ash. Taste of fruity whiskey, some peat, coffee, vanilla and a little smoke. Bitter boozy finish. Slick mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaroonOrange (137) - - JAN 1, 2015
On tap. Dark and thick. Aroma of sweet molasses and peat smoke. Dark malt is the predominant taste with notes of coffee and raisins. Thick coating palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9100) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle: As black as expected with a small and slowly collapsing tanned head; robust nose of roasted malt, seaweed and dried berries; robust dryish bitter flavour, not without a well detectable sweetness, nearly full bodied; lingering bitter chocolatey finish, toasted malt detectable as expected. Very good, but not really great...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1439) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Draft at crunchy's. Deep brown with a beige head. Dark chocolate and prunes. Tart and dark.

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