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

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RATINGS: 686   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.”


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4755) - 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 (2951) - 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 (1488) - @ $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 (4709) - 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 (4843) - 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 (2120) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5031) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy of goryshkewych: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with distinctive barley notes from scotch. Taste is a mix between some really nice creamy barley notes from the barrel and some light roasted notes from the original beer. Body is quite full with a nice creamy texture, no apparent alcohol and good carbonation. Very good overall and easily drinkable which makes this one the best in this series.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7211) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
This black ale poured with a thin brown head and a strong chocolate malt aroma. The flavor is roasted malt and cherry cordial with a bitter coffee finish. The single malt flavor is detectable, but not overwhelming.


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