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


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RATINGS: 805   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.”

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (791) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle 59029 (2011) pours nearly opaque black with thin oily tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, nuts, caramel, vanilla, whisky. Moderately bitter and sweet. Body is mostly smooth with a bit of acidic crispness. Aromas blend well, possibly because of the aging. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unde (405) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Almost black, dark brown colour, head goes to the sides but stays on quite long time. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass too. Aroma has wood, coffee, red berries, there’s some whiskey too and after warming up, the chocolate pops up. Taste is sweet with chocolate, coffee and red berries. Full oily texture and low carbonation. Pretty good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerheart65 (1016) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
That’s nicely black and oily, ring of lacing. Sweet licorice, coffee, dark malty bread, syrup, raisins. Oily, soft, dark roasted, sweet and bitter, long roasted finish, medium body. Nice one, well-done in all aspects!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erasmus_ro (1459) - Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 Bottle. Pours dark brown, pretty much black with a rather small, but long lasting, mocha-colored head. Aroma is chocolate, some strong dark fruit, liquorice. Taste is roasted, some liquorice, some oak, dark fruitiness. Turns rather unpleasant wooden on the finish. Fairly full, smooth, low carbonation, oily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2014
24/X/14 - 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: IX/2016 (2014-1245) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small aery beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. aroma: very cheesy, dried figs, caramel, whisky notes, bit sweet, cocoa powder, dark chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium body. taste: bit sourish (carbon?), slightly peated, smoky, very roasted, bitter, cocoa powder. Aftertaste: little peated, hoppy, caramel, mocha, coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (18) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
I tought it a was a scotch ale at first sight. Everything on the bottle invites you to anticipate an enjoyable scotch ale from it’s home land. Once poured, the head disapears completly leaving a soft lace on the glass. The aroma is quite interresting on this:mostly alcool and chocolate. Not much of the wood that you expect from a 12 years old barreeled. The mouthfeel is liquid but woody. Not my cup of tea but I had it with a magnificent stew wich matched perfectly this old ale kind of beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (3647) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, sweet berries, peat. Full body, flavour as the aroma, smooth and smokey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8081) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit sehr wenig beigem Schaum. Geruch kräftig röstmalzig, Kaffee, leicht holzig. Geschmack torfig, Karamell, Schokolade, reife Früchte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sk75 (20) - Ballyshannon, IRELAND - OCT 4, 2014
It pour a dark brown with an light brown fine head that doesnt stay long. The aroma for me is fresh cut grass with caramel and chocolate notes. The taste is sweet with a alcoholic kick.The mouthfeel full and creamy with fizzy carbonation. Overall a deliciously smooth beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6025) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"more licorice and dark fruit than smoke. another good beer, but just under it’s older compatriots in my humble opinion. one day...a vertical tasting of them all!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeyo1 (259) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle @ home. BBF 2015-05. Dark brown and dark reddish color and a small beige head.Nose has a delicate roast character with lots of milk chocolate and vinous raisins & plums, vanilla and oak and some peat. Taste has lots of red fruits, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, vinous raisins, dark bread, some warming alcohol. Finnish has peat, earth, nuts and some oak and whiskey. Balanced bitterness.

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