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

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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.”


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 26, 2008
This bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN poured a very small sized head of foam with a frothy top and dark brown colored quickly diminishing bubbles. The body was opaque with a black color and no visible carbonation. The aroma was of very nice dark malts and dark roasted chocolaty malts. The mouth feel was mildly tingly from start to finish with a smooth rich flavor and a soft hop backing. The flavor contained notes of nice chocolate dark malts and a smooth whiskey backing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2008
11.2 oz. bottle served in a brandy snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of peat smoke in the aroma. Also some fruity aromas. Medium bodied, a little thin for me. The whiskey flavor is more in the beginning. There’s also plenty of chocolate and roasted malt. A little sweetness in the middle, but a very dry malt finish with cocoa. I was a little disappointed in this. I expected more scotch character, and the body seemed a little thin. There’s nothing wrong with it, but at $7 a bottle, I want a happy ending!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4769) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Aroma not as intense as the 12. Immediately thicker than the 12, this is the thickest of the bunch. Sweet and strong, it has a solid consistency from start to finish. Excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2968) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2008
A little less flavorful than the 12 in my opinion. Aroma was more scotch than anything else. Pour was the same deep black with no bubbles or head. Taste was more one dimensional. There are hints of chocolate and peat, but the whiskey is more dominant throughout. No aftertaste to speak of. All in all it’s a good old ale, though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pepsican (1496) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Seems to be the weakest of the three. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is more whiskey and oak. Flavor is more strong oak, chocolate, booze, molasses. Has a bit of funky sourness. Finishes boozy, kind of a mess.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4734) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head quickly recedes to hug rim. Smoked peat aromas. Viscous and peaty with a lasting scotch finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Poured a dark brown black with a thin brown mocha head. Good aroma of coffee and malt. Medium body with a bit of carbonation. Fair mouthfeel and not as smooth and rich as would have hoped. Flavors of some booze, oak, malt, molasses. Not bad tough could be much better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4860) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2008
What an awesome beer. Very often I don’t like whisky flavors in my beer, but rather than cheap bourbon, this has good scotch, and it makes a world of difference. The aroma has lots of peat and whisky. Some smoke, lots of malt, a little sugar. The peat is prominent, and blends very well with the rich malt flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Bottle from Daniel. I was very anxious to try this one because having had the 12, I knew this beer was good already, and by putting it in older scotch barrels, how could one go wrong? Exactly. This beer looks and smells and even tastes almost identical to the 12. The difference is in the barrel, which really shines. The 16 year old scotch barrel really adds a new level of scotch sharpness and peat that isnt present in the 12. Very good stuff, and a really really cool concept. I will get the 30 soon so I can try that one. I was very pleased with this. Thanks Daniel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a one finger tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing. Aroma of whisky, vanilla, roasted malt and oak. Taste is whisky, vanilla, coffee, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and warm but smooth alcohol. A very good beer but I like th 30 better.


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