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

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RATINGS: 641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ola Dubh (or ĎBlack Oilí) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestounís 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: ďThe most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.Ē


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Shockingly, not as good as its younger cousin, the 12 year old version. Same black pour with a ring of tan bubbles. Harsher aroma with more peat and alcohol. Taste was similar, with a good blend of malt, chocolate, and oak. There was more whiskey taste which gave it a salty bite. I enjoyed the scotch flavors with this beer, but liked it more in the more subtle 12 year old version. An excellent beer, nontheless

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Taste is rubbish whisky, hasnt worked, rawly alcoholic and one dimentional.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 Bottle at home with Tom and Royce deep black no head ... very light mellow smokeyness ... little roughter iodine really start to kick in ... again definitly whiskey... Blind with the other 2.(2.9)
tk2, deep black,meaty roast malt,smooth roast malts, little alcohol. less whiskey noticed this time (3.5) bottle at 9A ... deep black ... dark roast ... soft malts ... dark chocolate ... light mellow whisky ... dark malt ... soft roast ... soft toffee ... big chocolate ... cofffee ... dark orast .... rich and sweet .. ice ... light whisky 3.8 Cadk 16...deep dark black... Thin tan head... Soft dark roast... Sweet roast... Dark fruits... Mellow roast... Big whisky... 4.0

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle at cgarvieukís sunday sojourn blind tasting. Quite salty whisky nose, some alcohol evident and some stock cube. Mouth is salty and stock, some chocolatey mocha tones, but still overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Gift from Blair at Hamiltonís...Thanks man! Like the 12 year...it pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a medium thick, light brown head with a good amount of lacing left behind. Itís a little less sweet than the 12, but the smokey, woody notes are about the same. Vanilla shows through and chocolate shows nicely. Full bodied and smooth with a touch of dryness.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Cute bottle, 11.2 oz. Pours dark brown color, nice head. Yes, this is worth the 10 for aroma, it has all the wonderful qualities of a good scotch without burning off your nosehairs when you smell it. Peaty, smoky... underneath some dark fruits (raisins, etc.) and milk chocolate. The scotch definitely comes through in the flavor too... salty, smoky almost a meaty character. Really good, complex, interesting. This is good, I canít wait to try the others.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2008
I decided to get the middle of the three bottles. 11.2oz. Pours dark brown/black with a nice foamy compact tan head. I can smell whisky when I pour it. Good sign. Aroma is complex and rounded with everything working together. Smooth, creamy chocolate, malted milk balls, and a whisky component that is not as intense when my nose is in the glass compared to when it was being poured. Odd. The whisky is well-integrated in the aroma - not overpowering or standing out, just a nice phenolic note buried within and a bit of alcohol at the end of a sniff. Taste is rich, roasty, creamy, a tiny bit watery with a somewhat dry and smoky finish. The whisky is evident but only when I search for it. Seems to be one of the lighter-infused beers compared to some of its peers. Iíve had the regular version of this beer but donít remember it well enough to compare. As it is this is a pretty good and interesting experiment. I might have to suck it up and spend the bucks on the 30 year old version.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Forgot the bottle number...7xxx. Like the previous rater clearly states....there ainít much difference between this one and the 12 yr version. If nothing else it seemed less boozey....still a distinct woody whiskey character just not as forceful. Upon pouring the tan head was fuller and stayed around for a bit longer also. Definitely smooth.....and like the 12 yr it has a nice alcohol warmth from start to finish. Very tasty indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2008
I really couldnít tell much of a difference between this one and the 12, but I didnít drink them side by side. Note to self: see other rating for notes.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
bottle. black pour, minimal head, lightly carbonated. flavors of chocolate, sherry?, and a few other things I canít place. Very smooth. Tasty


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