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


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RATINGS: 689   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.”

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2008
16 pours blackish with a modest head that slowly recedes leaving behind some fancy lacework. The head is not as spattered as the 12. The aroma has changed drastically here from the 12 giving off a more metallic peat smell w/ some sautéed mushrooms. Medium nectar weight with the same creamy soft effers. Moderate smoke and iodine flavors weave through a bittersweet palate. The worschester sauce is gone on this 16 and so is my family marinade recipe. Roasted coffee bean and a stronger chocolate factor annie up here more so than the 12. Some dry whiskey is featured more here than the 12. The finish is roasted and bittered to balance the sweet chocolate tobacco leaf.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2008
tried the 12,16 and 30 side by side (thanks Tim & Suzanne!)

I think this was my least favorite of the 12, 16 and 30. Aroma was smoky and more alcohol infused than the 12. Carbonation bubbles were large and lively - looked very much like a coke poured in a glass. The mouthfeel also suffered because of this carbonation. This one may have been a bit under attenuated and would have benefited from some more aging. Mouthfeel was also dry. Flavor was less sweet than the 12, the smokiness was a bit more reserved, but it still retained some of the woody char flavors. Whiskey notes were more pronounced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3049) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2008
its a little less harsh than the 12 year version but overall its the same type of beer. still very drinkable but with its flaws.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2008
The aroma is like the 12 but slightly sweeter and less smoky. The appearance is almost black with a thin bubble head. The flavor is like the 12 also with wood and a little sweet. The palate is more carbonated than the 12. overall it’s about the same.

   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.

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