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


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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xXbaptisteXx (218) - - SEP 16, 2015
De couleur noire la mousse est de couleur marron clair il se dissipe assez vite Honey on va sentir des arômes de Porto de fruits secs comme l’amande et des arômes un peu aigre-doux... En bouche elle va se sentir très douce au début puis une toute petite amertume va arriver au fur et à mesure avec toujours six ces fameuses notes de Porto puis le café arrive ensuite mais tout ça reste très doux... Elle me manque quand même un peu de corps. C’est limite si la version 12 on n’a pas plus de goût...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1435) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
Medium foam with nougat color. Good aromas with fruity touch of especially plum and berries. The taste is dominated by caramel malt abundant, well with black currant, plum and prune / raisin and a little hard roasted malt which holds together the flavor notes. Hop bitterness is almost hidden behind the warming alcohol, and I had probably expected me much more than it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6199) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours opaque black, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is peaty, smoky, roasty, cocoa, molasses. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, less peaty than most in the series actually. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
procraste (464) - FRANCE - AUG 23, 2015
Nez chocolaté assez ample puis bizarrement à la première gorgée, c’est pas très épais. très aqueux même. C’est agréable tout de même, pas dérangeant ... ça ne bouscule pas, un peu trop sage sans doute ... Mon palais hésite. Il y a sans doute mieux ailleurs, chez De Molen par exemple.En tout cas, ça ne vaut certainement pas le prix que j’ai payer pour acquérir cette bouteille. A noter que ça devient assez insipide en se réchauffant dans le verre, tant au goût qu’au nez ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (659) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 12, 2015
Totalmente negra, e não adianta colocar contra a luz que não muda nada ... Espuma marrom, de média formação e pouca retenção. Logo ao servir o aroma predominante é defumado, amadeirado, licorosa, leve chocolate e torrefação, complexa. No paladar o defumado é o carro chefe, obviamente remete a whisky, madeira, dulçor médio, álcool bastante perceptível. A textura é oleosa, carbonatação inexistente. Aftertaste novamente amadeirado, uma toffe alcoólica, torrado e defumado, com varias nuances, complexidade equivalente de uma Quadrupel. Gostei e tomaria novamente, apesar de não esperar tanto o defumado, da maneira que ela entrega. Até o momento, melhor do que a 12.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (699) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Pours dark brown with almost no head at all. The aroma features a rich, refined collaboration between oak and whiskey and rich roasty maltiness. Also plenty of licorice and a touch of plum. Taste is light to medium sweet and roasty; later very subtly bitter. Roasty maltiness is accompanied by surprisingly much dark plummy fruitiness and also woody elements as expected. Lingering whiskey in the long aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. The palate is medium to full bodied, smooth and nearly completely flat. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (3554) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2015
Clear dark ruby, small light brown lacing foam ring. Light chocolate aroma, strong bitter coffee taste, chocolate tones. Lasting aftertaste. (Velp 201506)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWorta (1296) - LUXEMBOURG - JUN 20, 2015
Really dark brown-black with a fine tan head. Aromas of sugar-beet/treacle, vanilla fudge, milk chocolate and wet woody caramel develop on the nose. Just enough carbonation to lift the palate, velvety texture and a full elegant body. Sweet treacle, vanilla fudge notes with a well balanced roast malt woody bitterness. Lasting light roast malt finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (357) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 7, 2015
ASPETTO: marrone mogano scuro, schiuma marroncina, poco abbondante, abbastanza fine e non molto persistente. AROMA: si percepisce soprattutto del marzapane, liquoroso, caramello e tostato. Aroma intenso e avvolgente. GUSTO: si ripresentano i sentori percepiti al naso, con aggiunta di un buon maltato e della liquirizia. Corpo strutturato, carbonizzazione bassa. CONCLUSIONE: grandissima birra, da meditazione. Molto saporita, dal gusto pieno e avvolgente. I suoi 16 anni di invecchiamento si sentono tutti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1594) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours jet black with a shallow, lacy, sticky, medium brown head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, peat, whisky, and umami notes. On the tongue, it’s lighter than I expected; tobacco and peat notes in the forefront, followed by coffee and woodsmoke. Quite complex; iodine, sea and salinity, chocolate, it’s an amazing melange of two different flavor palates that work well together -- better than I thought they might. Warm on the back of the palate, with a long fiery finish. Amazing beer, holding its ABV well.

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