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


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RATINGS: 703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.”

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (2064) - 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 16/20
Abijen (2104) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Donker rood bruin bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt zoet, alcohol, geroosterd, spek, siroop. Smaakt wat zoeter dan de 12, siroop, vanille, dunnig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2122) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Mooie zwarte kleur met een kleine kraag. Ruikt zoetig, vanille, crèmebrulee. Smaakt zoetig, vanille, beetje koffie. Beetje dun. Minder dan de 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hansvf (402) - - OCT 9, 2015
De tweede in het rijtje. Uiterlijk hetzelfde. Ruikt wat scherper naar alcohol. Ook qua smaak. 12y was beter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1163) - DENMARK - OCT 4, 2015
(33 cl bottle from Sip; Bottle #121; Bottled on October 2012; BBD: December 2015) Poured into an Ølfabrikken snifter at 10 degrees celsius reveals a pitch black body with one finger tan head that fades leaving film and a bit of lace. Aroma has notes of ryebread, salt and whiskey. Oily texture, soft carbonation, full body and a warming finish. Flavour is dark, sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xXbaptisteXx (155) - - SEP 16, 2015
De couleur noire la mousse est de couleur marron clair il se dissipe assez vite Honey on va sentir des arômes de Porto de fruits secs comme l’amande et des arômes un peu aigre-doux... En bouche elle va se sentir très douce au début puis une toute petite amertume va arriver au fur et à mesure avec toujours six ces fameuses notes de Porto puis le café arrive ensuite mais tout ça reste très doux... Elle me manque quand même un peu de corps. C’est limite si la version 12 on n’a pas plus de goût...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1321) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
Medium foam with nougat color. Good aromas with fruity touch of especially plum and berries. The taste is dominated by caramel malt abundant, well with black currant, plum and prune / raisin and a little hard roasted malt which holds together the flavor notes. Hop bitterness is almost hidden behind the warming alcohol, and I had probably expected me much more than it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4962) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours opaque black, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is peaty, smoky, roasty, cocoa, molasses. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, less peaty than most in the series actually. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
procraste (243) - FRANCE - AUG 23, 2015
Nez chocolaté assez ample puis bizarrement à la première gorgée, c’est pas très épais. très aqueux même. C’est agréable tout de même, pas dérangeant ... ça ne bouscule pas, un peu trop sage sans doute ... Mon palais hésite. Il y a sans doute mieux ailleurs, chez De Molen par exemple.En tout cas, ça ne vaut certainement pas le prix que j’ai payer pour acquérir cette bouteille. A noter que ça devient assez insipide en se réchauffant dans le verre, tant au goût qu’au nez ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (440) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 12, 2015
Totalmente negra, e não adianta colocar contra a luz que não muda nada ... Espuma marrom, de média formação e pouca retenção. Logo ao servir o aroma predominante é defumado, amadeirado, licorosa, leve chocolate e torrefação, complexa. No paladar o defumado é o carro chefe, obviamente remete a whisky, madeira, dulçor médio, álcool bastante perceptível. A textura é oleosa, carbonatação inexistente. Aftertaste novamente amadeirado, uma toffe alcoólica, torrado e defumado, com varias nuances, complexidade equivalente de uma Quadrupel. Gostei e tomaria novamente, apesar de não esperar tanto o defumado, da maneira que ela entrega. Até o momento, melhor do que a 12.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (610) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Pours dark brown with almost no head at all. The aroma features a rich, refined collaboration between oak and whiskey and rich roasty maltiness. Also plenty of licorice and a touch of plum. Taste is light to medium sweet and roasty; later very subtly bitter. Roasty maltiness is accompanied by surprisingly much dark plummy fruitiness and also woody elements as expected. Lingering whiskey in the long aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. The palate is medium to full bodied, smooth and nearly completely flat. Excellent.

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