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


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RATINGS: 662   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.”

Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
You look at this beer and try to discern a colour... the best you can get is that it is as black as sin and maybe shows some mahogany around the dimple and the rim of the glass. The head upped and went after a very short time leaving a herbal-greenish tinge on a latte skim of bubble. The nose is just molasses all over. I’m surprised this s connected with whisky and not dark rum. Black strap molasses, pumpernickel, rye, dark chocolate, treacle, plums and thick plastic dominate the aromas. While it is obviously enormous, it is a treat for the nose. Thick and oily in the mouth, those aroma signatures abound in the mouth with plentiful molasses. There is a nod toward bitterness but the start is its thick, oily texture. It is chewy and reminds me of an acquaintance who having been to Ireland (and was not known as a Guinness drinker) said you could stand a spoon up in the pints. This is probably as close as that gets. A bit of bonfire smoke starts to come out in the flavour, which is gratifying and resonates with the house character of Highland Park whisky - also a favourite. This is love: beer and whisky in poetic harmony. Sweet toward the finish without being sickly and cloying. Plenty of lingering warmth in the top of the chest and a platoon of Orcadian distillery workers and Caledonian brewers to thank. The warmth in my chest is probably made up just as much of love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jultsu (216) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottled JUL 2011. Pikimustaa moottoriöljyä, ei vaahtoa. Luumuinen, aromikas, intensiivinen, yrttinen. Jälkimaku kuitenkin aika laimeahkon liukas, ei poltetta. Ei parhaimmistoa mutta helppo nautittava useampikin putkeen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1570) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - DEC 16, 2014
33cl bottle from pistáchio, Sintra, Portugal. Color is dark. Head is thin. Body is smooth. Taste is light sour, light sweet. Aroma is coffee, roasted, chocolate, whisky, wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
330ml bottle @ the Tenth Shrewsbury Bottle Share, courtesy of Simon. Pours nice and dark. Peated / chocolate cake aroma. Hugely complex taste, enveloping and captivating with a swirl of whisky hints drawing you in with a nutty warmth. Very impressed with this. Thanks Si!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (4149) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
330ml bottle: 03442 April 2013. Broached between 5 on 8th Dec 2014, cheers Simon for bringing this to the Shrewsbury Bottle Share meeting. Dark and inviting look, but who wants to stare at a beer like this? The aroma draws you in, a huge peat bog of a smell, with a whisky hint in amongst the roasted malty esters of chocolate, liquorice and dark fruits. Taste starts fairly sweet and then a mini-sourness arrives to calm down the sweetness, a wine like depth to the flavouring gives a warm feeling in the mouth and stomach: just a great beer really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AnokaBrewer (33) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Dark in color. Slight smoky nose to it. Porter like in body and taste. Very well balanced with hops and malt. Slight smoky finish that doesn’t linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (206) - Gdańsk, POLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Piana drobna, brązowa, szybko opada. Kolor mocnej kawy, ciemnobrązowy, nieprzejrzyste. W aromacie gorzka czekolada, lekka słodycz, wyraźne nuty dębowe. Trochę garbnikowe. Przypomina zapach gorzkawych orzechów, trochę jak wytrawna nalewka orzechowa. Trochę wędzone. Lekko przypomina whisky. W smaku wyczuwalne garbniki, lekko winne, beczka bardzo wyraźna. Nie jest gorzkie, nawet pojawia się lekka słodycz. Lekko ściągające, taninowe. W smaku lekko wędzone, nuty whisky. Bardzo pijalne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1328) - SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Dark brown, flat head. Smooth brassy balsamic. Lightly soy, mostly meaty here. Creamy, light nutty. Smooth and tinselly rich. Canter of sweetness towards the end.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is liquorice, chocolate, sugary, taste is flat, light chocolate, sweet, light whisky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1347) - Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Bottled Feb.2012. Opened Nov.2014. Pours black with a chunky light brown head. Aroma is rich, malty, sweet. Sherry. Soy sauce. Molasses. Chocolate. Raisin. Light smokey. Flavor not quite as engaging as aroma. Much less sweetness. More of the peat, whiskey and oak show up, with accompanying chocolate. medium body. Not sticky or cloying. Pretty smooth. Nice smokiness. Some oaky dryness. Nice complex whiskey character. A nice treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (597) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Bottled Feb. 2012. Opened Nov. 2014. Dark chocolate, caramel, rich malty aroma. bittersweet. A tiny bit of soy sauce aroma. Taste has a strong sweetness/maltiness matched very well with a bitterness/dryness. Some alcohol. very nice

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