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


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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1449) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Indistinguishable to me from the 12. Another terrific example of a well-crafted whiskey barrel-aged beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (658) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Pours black with a shortlived and lively light brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, butterscotch, slight figs and some malty aromas. Taste is caramel, malty sweetness and slight vanilla. Medium-full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1833) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from Great Grog’s, tasted together with 18yo. Pours very dark brown. Nose is roasted and burnt malts, chocolate, tobacco, leather, wood and whiskey, sweet notes as well. Taste is dark malts, light notes of whiskey, gentle vanilla and wood, chocolate. Whisky is quite gentle in general. Tastes thinner and less appealing than 18yo but smells better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle number 08060, Sept '07: Oily black body, with a short lived light tan head. The aroma is woody, but it's not all the barrel. This beer is oxidized, probably past it's prime. Faint roasted malt, and moderate dark fruit. Light caramel and hints of whiskey; papery... Taste is lightly bitter up front from dark malts, which is accentuated by age. Some toasty, roasty, and chocolate. There is a slight tartness about it. Light dark fruit which is sort of fig like. Body seems light, carbonation is lighter medium; alcohol is not noticeable. Slightly dry mouthfeel from alcohol and dark malts. Overall, not bad, but I should have had this years ago, before it past it's prime!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3312) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
Bottled. Pours black with a little, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, spicy notes and a little smoke. Sweet flavor, that ends up more dry with a hint of bitterness. Soft carbonation, full bodied and oily texture. A very nice ale indeed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️&#

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzi (77) - POLAND - APR 4, 2015
piana: beżowa, średniooczkowa, lecz natychmiast opada do zera. barwa: czarna i nieprzejrzysta wysycenie: niskie aromat: wędzonka, alkohol, lekka śliwka i wanilia oraz paloność smak: wędzonka, rozgrzewający alkohol, później długo utrzymująca się paloność i kawa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1673) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Pitch black with a small beige head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Medium sweetness with some bitter tones. Dark chocolate, whisky, coffee, caramel, raisin, vanilla and herbs. Another tasty brew from Harviestoun.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainTilven (52) - Nancy, FRANCE - MAR 20, 2015
Black colour with mahogany reflections; dark beige foam that fades away rapidly. Obvious smells of coffee and prune. Coffee all along, dark chocolate, wood, roasted and even burnt. Oily, rich; very nice bitterness. Gorgeous complementary match with gorgonzola on a chestnut and dried fruit bread; and in matching shades with a dark chocolate cake, of course.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3584) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle, shared by a kind soul, in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically black, and basically still... there are some whisperings of a head that are quickly hushed.

The aroma is roasty and peaty with some sweet maple wood and chocolate.

The flavor is sweet and lightly smoky with some dark chocolate, some light peaty earthiness, and a good dosing of vanilla.

Pretty enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (978) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
33cl bottle @ home from Edinburgh. Body is nearly black, head is small off-white, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Nose is light roasty, flavor is licorice, raisin, herbs, spices, light smoke, wood. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter, dried fruits, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer.

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