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


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RATINGS: 712   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of Skyview. Dark brown with a reddish hue and a rough, light brown head. Burned, smoked peaty whisky touch in the aroma. Full-bodied with burned malts and distinct peaty malt accents. Some malt bitterness in the finish. 100908

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2008
33cl bottle. Pours opaque black with a thin, persistent tan head. The aroma is very smoky with peat, molasses, and dark fruit. The flavor starts slightly sweet with chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, some peat, and some Scotch whiskey notes. This beer is complex: smoke, thick oakiness, raisins, and chocolate. Decadence is an understatement. The finish is somewhat dry from alcohol but thick and sweet with smoke, peat, and an interesting fruity and earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick, ropey, and creamy with soft carbonation and a drying sensation all over the mouth from alcohol. Overall: wow! Decadent, interesting, and uber-complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Black with aroma of coffee and fine tobacco. Well balanced flavor of burnt wood, sweet malt, dark, dark fruit and a bit of slight whisky and bitter aftertaste. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
Black with a small off-white head. Roasted malt aroma with licorice and some peat smoke. Smooth and complex flavour with peat and roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2008
No 15498, Sept 07. Strongly smokey, salty, peaty and roasty... very dry on the finish... leaves you smacking your lips and thirsty... smooth, but just a scotch flavor bomb, not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours black with orange edges and a pretty tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate, whisky, caramel, raisin, and some tar hints. The flavor is fine tobacco, chocolate, raisin, wood, and a more subtle whisky presence than I was expecting. There is a bit of ashy bitterness, with a slight roasty-sour bite in the finish. Lingering aftertaste of dark molasses and whisky. A very light alcohol warmth builds up. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24500) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of coffee. Roasted flavour of dried fruits and overriped fruits with notes of coffee. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 4, 2008
33cl bottle, #03750, Sept 2007. At $10/bottle, this better kick ass... Near black with a thin brown head. Huge nose, sweet brown sugar and molasses, distinct whiskey notes. Very peaty flavor, whiskey and molasses, a tad hot, but not in a bad way. Rich chocolate malt, woody and roasty. Awesome satiny body. This is a lovely, rich, sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2008
bottle 9/07. pours a dark black sticking with it’s name. little tan head - which leaves nothing behind. nice aroma filled with molasses, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. very thin body and kind of one dimensional, although that one dimension is quite enjoyable. some sweetness, a bit of vanilla and the whisky comes through on the finish. I was hoping for a bit more body out of this one.... but overall a very enjoyable ale. Not worth the price tag though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle 33cl. @ chris_o’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008.
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, mild coffee, peat, barrol oak, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration, and a dry dussty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. Very nice ;o)) (020808)

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