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

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RATINGS: 638   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.”


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4661) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy of goryshkewych: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with distinctive barley notes from scotch. Taste is a mix between some really nice creamy barley notes from the barrel and some light roasted notes from the original beer. Body is quite full with a nice creamy texture, no apparent alcohol and good carbonation. Very good overall and easily drinkable which makes this one the best in this series.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6419) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
This black ale poured with a thin brown head and a strong chocolate malt aroma. The flavor is roasted malt and cherry cordial with a bitter coffee finish. The single malt flavor is detectable, but not overwhelming.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9424) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 courtesy of Laurent Mousson - dark black colour with a little dark beige head; roasted aroma of pralines, notes of cherries and a touch of mint; viscous, full-bodied; robust bitterness; very bitter chocolatey finish with notes of cookies and a warming alcohol kick

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Bottle #15042 Sept. 2007. Pours dark brown/black with brown head. Smokey aroma. Flvaors of burnt malts, smoke, whisky and wood. Alcohol comes through just enough to add to the overall flavor. Full body with minimal carbonation. Well done, definately worth trynig.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
(12oz. bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke, meat juices, peat, caramel, and vanilla. Flavor of smoke, roasted malt, scotch, vanilla, and dark chocolate with a moderately bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours opaque black with a lasting brown head. It clings well to the glass. Nice lace. The aroma seems pretty light. I do get some fudge, or maybe German chocolate cake. There’s some oak, and peat smoke. The flavor starts out relatively light, but explodes in you mouth after the swallow. Very long finish. Outstanding!! Medium body with enough carbonation to keep the beer from being still. The finish has some heat, but the way it expands is very nice. Overall this is a pretty damn good beer that we all should enjoy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4066) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle No. 04130 and dated Sept 2007. Small tan head that mostly endured, very little lacing, opaque, no carbonation observed, and a black hue. The aroma was malt, dark fruits, rich, alcohol, some roasty notes, and chocolate syrup. The flavor was roasty, vinuous, rich, dark fruits, whiskey, mildly smokey, wood, and malty. The mouthfeel was oh so smooth along with a warming sensation. Medium-full bodied. A sipping beer for sure as this is one you don’t want to gulp down. Enjoy it for what it is which is a damn good beer!! Hats off to the brewers for this one as this is definitely worthy of a try!! Will definitely seek this one out again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhops (428) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2008 DFW tasting. Thanks to bullzeye. Pours dark black, minimal head. Aroma is all smoke and molassas. Flavor reflects aroma, with some peat flavor. Good smoky ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours a jet black color that’s opaque even when held to the light. Has a very slight carbonation and makes very little head. Leaves no lacing. Predominant aroma is like that of chocolate malts. In fact, the smell is clearly reminiscent of that of freshly deep roasted barley. Floral and raisin notes are apparent in the nose as well. Taste is woody, raisiny and hoppy. Finish is woody and hoppy. It is apparent that this is the same beer as Old Engine Oil that has spent 16 years in a wooden barrel. The taste of wood is the component of this beer’s taste that’s not present in the Old Engine Oil. Whodda thunk that aging an ale in a whiskey barrel would have this result. It’s quite good!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
OSLO and Guerde’s Memorial Weekend Tasting, 5/23/08. Black color with very little head. Aroma of caramel malt, oak and light peat. Definitely a peaty flavor to it. A little sea salt. Dry malt and roasted barley. A little astringent. The base beer seems different in this one as opposed to the 12.


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