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

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RATINGS: 641   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.”


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 (4400) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1182) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
DFW tasting 2008. Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing! Pours black with little to no head. Aroma is meat, molasses, and smokiness. The taste is chocolate, coffee adn roastiness. I really liked this one! Interesing good! Cheers

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2008
DFW tasting 2008. bottle #6819/sept2007 thanks to bullzeye. black pour with no head at all. lots of bourbon and wood on the nose. nice scotch aftertaste and a really nice mouthfeel. i’d love to have another bottle of this stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1574) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Murky chocolate brown with a mahogany glow. Meaty aroma with hints of hazelnuts, oak, and whiskey. Winks of tropical fruit tend to simmer in this thick red meat and coffee ground maltiness. Thin flavor of beef, smoke, chocolate soda, bitter wood, and soil. Dirty malt profile lacking the silky touch anticipated from the barrel. Bit of alcohol and zesty bright fruit touch. Light sentiment in a restrained mouthfeel. Soft whiskey and smoky wood finish; plenty of rustic malt and dank earthiness. Straddling the gap between subtle and forgettable, comfortably. Thanks Ben!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Dark brown with a thin lid of tan bubbles. Darker malts and dark chocolate syrup backed by whisky. Whisky has some notes of dark cherries, oak and hint of iodine. Nice light pale malt sweet start which develops to a rich toasted malt, oak and mild peat middle. Light alcohol in the finish. Some black malt bitterness seems to kick in and out. Fairly light in feel, but there is enough depth in flavor to carry things through. Long woody linger. A balanced and thoughtful brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Pours black, not very thick looking, with a thin, creamy, light brown head. Smells woody, peaty, and malty with a hint of alcohol. Tastes very woody and earthy with some alcohol, and lots of toasty malt flavor as well. Just a hint of sweetness toward the finish. Medium body at most, too thin, subdued carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
pours out a dark brown almost black color with nearly no head. aroma was malty and very sweet with notes of wood and scotch. flavor was very nice with a nice wood undertone in the finish. an interesting beer to say the least and rather good even though i dont care ofr scotch

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle Number 04291 (Thanks Argo0!) Vertical of 12 – 16 – 30 years. Aroma for this one is similar to the 12 with notes of molasses, peat (though less than with the 12) coffee (stronger than the 12), chocolate (less than the 12) and dried fruit (far less than the 12), alcohol (more so than the 12), with one that was not really present in the 12 (mild dishsoap) no, I didn’t just wash my hands! The flavor is stronger in some ways from the 12 and milder in others. The vanilla flavor is more intense and the dried fruitiness has mellowed. The molasses is strong as is the coffee though the chocolate is less than the 12. The finish is easier to handle than the 12 as it is less sticky and sweet though I am not implying that it is neither. I like this one better than the 12.


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