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


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RATINGS: 615   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1450) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2013
It’s pitch black in color, but thin in appearance, with a weak head. The nose is more smoky than reminiscent of whiskey, with that dirty engine oil-like roast malt and peat aroma forming the basis of the nose. I think the Ola Dubh 12 year old smells a little more luscious. In the mouth it’s very meaty, like a barbecued sirloin doused with a healthy amount of black pepper. It is pretty thin in the mouth, with ghostly hints of sticky whisky sweetness and alcohol, but all packed in a relatively low alcohol beer. It’s a little weak in potency, and with smoke character really wants me to bathe in more of it, but it’s a little too timid and it’s pretty frustrating. I love its character, but I want more of it. It’s definitely more mellow than the 12 year old version, but still very respectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
Black colour, firm tan head. Aroma of caramel, malts, chocolate, tomato and vanilla. Light sweet flavour, caramel, whisky and chocolate milk. Bit thin, especially after the 30 and 40. Finish cacao, light coffee, whisky, caramel, alcohol and honey.
(from 33cL bottle @ post-ZZT VIIIb drink, Oirschot 2013. Thanks a million for sharing, joes!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tomy63 (172) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 19, 2013
couleur noire, très peu de mousse et de bulles. Le nez est sur le chocolat, la vanille, le bois et les fruits secs. Le vieillissement en fût de whisky se sent un peu plus en bouche, avec un très léger fumé, et à nouveau du chocolat, de la vanille et du caramel. Finale assez longue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UkrainPubCrawler (57) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Enticing aroma. This was my first experience with this brewery that I had at Bier Station in Kansas City, MO. Absolutely delicious and I love the whiskey notes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Osprey87 (1154) - London via, WALES - NOV 3, 2013
Bottled Feb 2012 #04189. Opaque black with thick foamy tan head. Smell is very simiar to the 12 year old version I had yesterday. Chocolate, yeast and peat. Earthy yet sweet. Body is medium, foamy, and cabonation is medium. Taste - up front there is more whisky than the 12, sharper and less refined, finish is slightly more astringent. Still has the chocolate, vanilla and caramel notes. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (669) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2013
beige head that disappears with some structured lacing. coffee colour. aroma of whisky, sweet, boozy, roasted malts. taste like aroma. rather thin mouthfeel, soft carbonation. thanks for sharing belgBG

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3559) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Location: 11.2 oz bottle from Central Market, 10/29/13, Special 16 Reserve

Aroma: The nose is dark malts, roast, coffee, plenty of whiskey, and a some rich malts
Appearance: It pours a pitch black (I would say oil-like, but I hate cliches) color, with mild lace
Flavor: The taste, like the nose, is rich and malty, with plenty of alcohol/whiskey flavors as well
Palate: The body is fairly full, with a rich feel, soft-to-flat carbonation, and some decent heat
Overall Impression: Wow, has it really been over 3 1/2 years since I last rated one of the various Ola Dubh beers? That makes no sense. Anyway, this beer is pretty damn good. I gotta rate more of the varietals of this one. This beer is both clearly underrated and clearly Scottish. Links golf, single malts, and whiskey aged beer, those are the thing I know and love about Scotland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2013
330ml bottle from The Wine Emporium. Black as a moonless night with an even layer of brown foam. Dark biter flavour that hits the back of the throat. Goes down well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (660) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pours black with no head or lacing. Sweet, fresh scotch and chocolate aroma. Oily mouthfeel. Well balanced taste with strong notes of scotch, chocolate. Finish is pleasant an sticky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (1431) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2013
A pitch black beer with a brown and weak head. The nose is powerfull and tastefull, roastiness, coffee, sweetness, strawberries and hint of smoke. Taste of slightly smoky and turf barrel, roastiness, hint of berries, the end is quite dry and long. Almost full bodied, low carbonation, smooth and enjoyable. The very tastefull and strong beer with a balanced, added value from whiskey barrel.

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