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


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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
desdemoor (14) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2008
Review bottle from brewery, number 01146, 33cl. Black, thick fine deep fawn head, dark malt, wood and black cherry fruit aroma with an obvious but light whisky note, not as pronounced as 12-year-old expression. Smooth viscous chocolate and wood palate with obvious whisky cask cut through by lightly vinous and sharpish notes, tangy slightly minty finsh with some alcoholic warmth, sherry, chocolate and raisin notes, late charred tones and a touch of hops in a very long finish, excellently balanced between malt and a fruity tang. Overall my favourite of the three 2007 Ola Dubh releases.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1487) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle# 10884 (2007) Courtesy of the sloth. Pours black and gloopy. Nose is pungent and remeniscent of a wet cellar in some old mansion: Caramel malts, wet wood and a touch of whiskey spilled on the floor...and some blackberries? Body is rich, smooth and surprisingly only Medium +. Mouthfeel is on the short side. Head is revived easily by the cat merely headbutting the small table for attention. Lingering whiskey bite at finish where the normal hop finish is expected. Some droopy lacing. Wonder how this will taste with a few years of dust on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2008
What a difference 4 years makes. Poured like motor oil from the bottle with a faint head of tan foam. Similar aroma to the 12 year, but significantly more smooth and flavorful than it’s predecessor. Not a very ambitious brew by any means, but certainly something to appreciate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5357) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
Chris_o’s GBBF Shindig 08. Rich & heady. Very smooth and malty with a nip of bitterness. Tastes like Old Engine Oil. Aroma has some awareness of whiskey, but essentially this reminds me of Old Engine Oil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 10, 2008
12 oz bottle - Opaque black color with small medium tan head. Aroma is full of molasses, dark caramel, ash, raisens, subtle smoke. Flavor is full of roasted caramel, bitter malts, dates, oak, faint roastyness. Finish is fairly bitter for the style. Overall it’s good, but doesn’t quite live up to the hype or the price. I don’t get much scotch out of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at Chris O’s Pre GBBF Tasting.
Thick blackness with a thin beige head. Thick, oily and viscous. Slight Highland Park showing but not in a particularly good way, far too much soy. Slight coffee and chocolate. Clear wood and roasted malt. Doesn’t really sit right in the mouth for what it is also. Good stuff but not worth all the hype if you ask me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21751) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Bottled. Very black colour, small brown head. Aroma is whisky oak cask and mild notes of vanilla, caramel malts and some slight berryish notes. Flavour is quite much the same in n excellent balance, and the notes of oak are even more evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8078) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Had this at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, 02-08-08 cheers for a wonderful day Chris Pours back with thin beige head I get some raspberry notes on the nose strangely? Smooth with just a gentle bitterness on the edges, not as thick or as rich as expected but very nice all the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2449) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Oak nose. Flavor is some burnt coffee but mostly sweet oak. Pricey at $8.99 for a 330ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (14584) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle at Chris_o pre GBBF Shindig 08. Thanks to Craig for this. Very deep brown/ruby colour. Thin latte colour head. Some choc and iodine on aroma, bit of TCP. It’s oily and the TCP isn’t great. The oily impy stout underneath is ok, but the whisky bit spoils it for me.

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