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


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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Ola Dubh (or ĎBlack Oilí) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestounís 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: ďThe most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.Ē

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
In short: An unclassifiable moderately roasted black beer with a semi-complex flavour spectrum
How: Bottle 11.2oz. Drank about 1 year after the beer release. Side by side comparison of the Old Dubh 12, 16 and 30
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Nose has the similar elements of its little 12 year old sisters with peat, dirty wood, earth and date except everything is x 2. Also a little smoky note that isnít there in the little sister. Soft carbonation. Taste of charcoal, burnt fresh wet wood, bakerís chocolate, a whole lot of peat and also a lot of freshly cut green grass, some black liquorice and tobacco leaves. Different but very cohesive. Coming back from a pub-crawl I thought it would be an interesting experience to open the 12, 16 and 30 all at the same while watching a movie. But drinking these three strong beers after an evening of pub crawling let me tell you that I was finding my movie really funny and was laughing hysterically. The problem is I was watching Saving Private Ryan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle at Old Bank. Near black, small mocha head. Smooth vanilla ice-cream aroma, mellow liquorice, hint of salmiak and whiskey. Nice liquorice, whiskey and grainy malts in the flavor, burned finish with mentholey notes. Medium bodid and lush palate. More refined than the 12-year old, not as attacking whiskey nor rye pudding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (10000) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2009
330 ml bottle. Finland. Dark almost black colour with thin beige head. Thick. Flavour is quite complex with berries, cyrup, coffee and some alcohol in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4061) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
looks like a stout itís so black. Like the 12, there is an aroma of soy sauce, and teriyaki beer jerky, but itís not as prominent. There is much more oak, and smoke, and some charred wood in the aroma. The aroma in this one is much more complex. The flavor is also more complex. Lots of woody notes, some char, and smoke, and a touch of the beer jerky. The alcohol seems to be more upfront also, iím getting some alcohol burn that i didnt get in the 12. I think i prefer this one, but not by much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Smoky earthy woody aroma. Taste is roast, chocolate, oak, whiskey, smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4567) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Deep brown in color with a small tan head. Aroma is of oak, whiskey, chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Taste is of oak, molasses, vanilla and whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Pours dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is smoke or maybe peeted malt, oak, whiskey very pleasing. Flavor is smoke, oak, coffee, malt. Medium body with a great warming whisky finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottled. Poured deep brown, but rather clear with a tan head that stuck around for a short while. The aroma picked up sweet whiskey over bakerís chocolate in a very nice presentation.. charred smoke and oaky notes highlighted.. warm and inviting. I didnít like the malt bill as much in the flavor department with less-defined chocolate and other black malts down there.. whiskey was present from the initial tangy impression on the tip of the tongue through long after the finish.. touch rough, but it kept me interested.. kiss of vanilla sweetness joined the whiskey and semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with some tacky feel on the back.. OK flow, but not as smooth as the 30.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (900) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a very dark, caramel color, with little, if any, head. Very complex variety of flavors--some smoke, some sweet vanilla and molasses, a bit coffee and chocolate. Overall, just a bit too sweet to my taste, but certainly worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle #02075 from September 2007. Sampled on 09/20/2008. Dark black body with a medium frothy light brown head. Sweet scotch aroma, some light smoke and caramel. Sweet scotch flavor, some peat, caramel, and light smoke. Medium full body with low carbonation and a smooth finish.

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