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


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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2008
This one compared to the 30 is a bit more brash.....it seems more balanced and less washed out flavored....and also the whisky flavor is more prevalent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2008
My boyfriend gave me this beer, tee-hee. It appears to be named after our president Dubha. I’d re-elect it. Fuck U Osama.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Black pour, very little head. Sweet roasty aroma, a lot less alcohol present on the nose than the 12. Nicely balanced on the taste with the roast and oak the main players. Not really a lot of peat character here, but a more subtle brew than the 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Name: Ola Dubh 16
Date: 03/28/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta

Appearance: black, short lived creamy tan head, bits of drippy lace,
Aroma: aroma of of dark chocolate candies filled with whiskey, touch of vanilla builds the sweetness, hint of roasted balances it back out,
Body: ceamy body,
Flavor: creamy dark chocolate flavor, touch of whiskey and vanilla for sweetness, roasted for balance, the chocolate and whiskey continues to grow and take over until it almost becomes a whiskey candy but held back by the drying character of the roasted malt, light bitter finish drifts out of the roasted and dark chocolate, touch of alcohol,
Overall: a bit richer than the 12 with more of the whiskey sweetness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Black body. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and faint bourbon. Slightly lactic sour, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Tasted along with the 12, the 16 shows itself to be a much more refined and almost elegantly subtle cousin. The aroma is more subdued, with the roast and vanilla notes shining through. The flavor is equally as balanced, with the wonderful Old Ale being allowed to shine a bit brighter here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
330cL bottle, courtesy of wickedpete. Thanks, Pete! Pours a dark, murky chocolate color; light brown color with very patchy lacing. Olives, leather, and dark chocolate and coffee in the aroma; vaguely clearer expression of dark chocolate and moss than the 12 year old. Relaxed carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this actually feels a little watery on the edges, like scotch on the rocks with the ice melted; some dark baker’s chocolate and nougat, but also a bit ashy and dry and chalky. About the same as the 12 year old, if a little less messy. Lengthy finish, showing nougat and dark bitter chocolate and ash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2008
Courtesy of wickedpete. Dark brown body with a small tan head. The nose is dark fruits, light molasses, some chocolate and light roast. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with milk chocolate, raisins, molasses and vanilla. Medium body is a bit thin with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8468) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2008
Bottle shared by wickedpete. Nose of peppered fish and olive, much like the 12 year. Silky whiskey, roast and chocolate, more chocolate and roast than the 12, for sure, but still some of the oily celery/vegetable notes. Has more of a smoke and roast character, but still with the oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Intriguing. Pours a dense black with minimal head (never an issue for me). An intense aroma of chocolate and whiskey. The flavor is smokey (but maybe more of an ashen smokey, in fact like a high end Scotch) and slightly boozy. It’s not as complex as I anticipated, but this is one of the few beers I’ve had recently that made me think I need to try 2 or 3 more before I can really appreciate it. There’s a pleasantly bitter (but not really hoppy aftertaste). The key question: is it worth the $9 I paid for an 11.2-ounce bottle. I think, after I’ve had a couple more, I’ll say "yes." Then comes the next question: am I intrigued enough to try the 30 for $15 a bottle? Not sure yet. Stay tuned.

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