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


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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brentv (234) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle pour black with almost no head and no lacing. Smoky whisky aroma. Taste is smoky charred oak with chocolate and whisky, and it sweetens a bit as the brew warms. Medium mouthfeel but almost flat. Bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2014
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 7/2011. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, peat smoke, wood, tobacco, leather, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and deep complexity of dark/roasted malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, peat smoke, wood, tobacco, leather, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light clove, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, peat smoke, wood, toast, tobacco, dark bread, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice flavors with deep complexity and great balance of dark/roasted malt and scotch barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged old ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and scotch barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Biganon (4) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2014 does not count
Pours ink black to reddish with little to no head, a bit cloudy on the top. Aroma is strong and pleasing but not that uncommon in similar beers. Tastes of roasted coffee, powerful, lasting feeling on the palate, smokey, the complex taste evolves in mouth for quite a long time to leave a bittersweet afternote. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Makes me think of the petrol that would propell God’s motorized chariot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wisdomsolo (311) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Interesting. Has an unusual toasty aroma with notes that I can't quite place. Maybe licorice? Flavor is similar. Has a dry finish with a lil more unusualness that I can taste in my nose.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (2964) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle No: 10504, Bottling Date: Feb 2012. Znakomite czarne piwo, jak oleisty olej nieprzezroczyste z niewielka brazowa piana. Przypominalo w zapachu porto, a dalej trufle gozka czekolada. W smaku lekka nutea wedzona i drewniany posmak whisky, trufle i kakao, rodzynki i chyba jeszcze troche tortu czekoladowego. Po przelknieciu troche pozostaje posmaku alkoholowego w gardle oraz cieplo pochodzace z whisky. Palonosc portera na przyzwoitym poziomie. Ladna buteleczka zdobiona i numerowana, gdyby jeszcze ta pianka sie trzymala dluzej to bylby ideal. Goraco polecam skosztowanie innych rocznikow, oczywiscie chodzi mi o beczki po Higland Park Single Malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1414) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Christmas day Ola Dubh tasting number 2. Bottle number 02177, bottled in October 2012. Black beer with residual head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and a little coffee. Taste is chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, wood and more whisky notes than the 12 year old. The tastes seem more rounded. Medium bodied and oily very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
From review verbatim on 11/9/10 Bottled: 1/8/2008 A: Pours dark, deep brown with pecan foam head atop this ale. Nice. S: Praline, oak, hazelnut, cocoa, mocha, vanilla, roasty. Can’t say enough! T: Wow. Roasty, coffee with lightly oceanic tones. I feel weird, but I can really taste the peat in this! M: Velvet tickles my tongue as it rolls over the mouth convincing me that beer can be superb! Lower carbonation - possibly because I’m constantly agitating to get the most out of the nose. D: Wow. Amazing beer! So, so good. Want more. Serving type: bottle 03-07-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (333) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
The aroma is malt, caramel, chocolate, a little coffee. licorice and raisin also a bourbon smell. Pours black with a frothy head fully diminishing, excellent lacing. The taste is bitter and a touch sour. the body is medium the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. A very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (1742) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is sweet brownie, some dark fruit and a trace of earthy barrel character. The palate follows with lots of balance between brownie batter and vanilla kissed whisky. Undertones of dates and leather. Long round finish. Smooth silky body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (924) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Bouteille de 33 cl. Arômes types de scotch (tourbe, iode, minéraux). On retrouve également une belle dose de chocolat. Robe noire et légèrement translucide, peu de mousse et effervescence faible. En bouche, la contribution du fût de scotch est à l’avant-plan, avec des notes de tourbe, d’iode et de fumée. On retrouve également une belle base maltée et chocolatée, riche sans être sucrée. Finale relativement mince et l’alcool est tout à fait absent. Intéressant pour les amateurs de scotch.

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