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 ‘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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25647) - 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 (43244) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (10927) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2008
Tiny, tan head over a deep rosewood body. Peaty aroma of vanilla with roasted malts. Roasted, sweet malty flavoured with hints of blended whisky and liquorice acidity. Smooth and gentle finish (Taster at European Beer Festival, 12.09.2008).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2008
pure decadence wonderfull aromas of scotch barrell and roasted malts thick as oil and dark as what comes out of your pan at 10,000 miles dark fruits and creaminess dominate wmonderfull characters that are well balance i cant wait to try the 30 year

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Sampled immediately following the 12 with Mike and maniac during Cluster Brew Part Deux. Like the first, black, slight head died immediately. Aroma and flavor matched: Coffee, chocolate, some cherry, some booze. But the smoke was far more subdued, instead replaced by a winey note. Less cherry too. Quite nice. Now to track down that 30...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22999) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Very dark brown, no head. Molassess, chocolate and peat up front. Sweet and full bodied with chewy malt and oily whisky. Salty, tarry and intense with long warming peaty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle at EBF. Pitch black with a off white creamy head. Smooth, strong, liquorice & coffee. Round & vinous. Chocolate & vanilla notes. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2008
THOUGHTS: Not too much different than the 12 Year Old. Hid the alcohol a little better and was more balanced. The coffee that was in the 12 is now chocolate and smoke is more tame. But there is still a little coffee. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with very slight amber highlights and a small, sudsy, tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate toasted, chocolate and strong coffee malts; cola, salt, dark fruit, whiskey and light smoke. The initial flavor was lightly sweet; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter with an average to long duration. There was smoke, caramel, a little dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The medium to full body was oily and slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a moderate astringent, light alcoholic and slight smokey finish.

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