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


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RATINGS: 640   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.”

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (1650) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hank37 (59) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2014
Aromas of whiskey and oak alongside stonefruit. Taste is Strong on whiskey with some heavy molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (388) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2014
Dark brown almost black beer with beige minimum foam collar that instantly disappears. Aroma of fruit, coffee and chocolate. Taste of wood, peat, dark fruit and à bit salty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle at an Ola Dubh vertical. Pours a very dark brown color. The scotch here is really starting to come through, as well as some chocolate. Taste really has the peatiness come through with the wood, and ends up being super smooth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle:   More chocolate than the 12, less tobacco and prune.   Leather, some peaty notes.   Malty, more scotch like, smoother than 12.   Nice stuff.   Thanks Matt!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RubberSoul78 (2) - - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
Densa e corposa con poca schiuma, colore scuro, profumo di torba e legno, sapore ricco di malto, whisky, caffè, caramello (poco) e note di cioccolato. Lascia in bocca un retrogusto persistente con qualche nota amarognola. Bevuta in bottiglia in un piccolo beershop (amarillo 32) a Foggia (Italy)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sharkydodson (204) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - AUG 3, 2014
caramel and fruity aroma with notes of wine... the taste of caramel, dried fruits and milk chocolate with shades of coffee, licorice, smoke and port... sweet and warming ending... nice one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StilleStorm (716) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2014
DWG; Pours black with a short lived tan head. Intense nose of roasted malt, caramel, smoke, dark, dried, ripe fruits, alchol, sweets, yeast, more barrel oak than the 12 reserve version, coffee, chocolate, smoke and licorice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, umami and light bitter, chocolate and coffe lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Satyroneto (103) - - JUN 29, 2014
Garrafa #08701 Cor negra com espuma marrom semelhante a espuma de cafe espresso de baixa/media formacao e baixa persistencia, quase sem lacing; Aroma de madeira, cinzas, cafe, chocolate amargo, baunilha, alcool e um toque de frutas vermelhas; Sabor com inicio de torrado com certo dulcor de frutas vermelhas com final que evolui para amargor e sabor amadeirado que lembra uisque; retrogosto ao mesmo tempo adocicado, amargo e amadeirado dando uma lembranca de uisque; corpo leve e baixa carbonatacao; A complexidade da cerveja evolui muito com o aumento da temperatura.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiammanghilla (554) - Genova, ITALY - JUN 28, 2014
Bottiglia 33 cl @ fob. Nera con schiuma non troppo persistente. Corpo inaspettatamente leggero. Molto affumicato da whisky. Legnosa. Piuttosto beverina, forse un po' poco carattere al di la di quello che da la botte ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
12oz bottle - I’ve always enjoyed my times with Engine Oil, and while I did enjoy this beer I thought it was lacking in a few things to give a better score. Aroma had some light acridness, wet dog, tobacco, wet dirt and very light whisky notes. Flavor was centered squarely on a worty, whiskyish flavor with notes of iodine, light boiled veggies, toffee and caramel also present. I did enjoy the fullness of the body of this beer, but it lacked any head formation and looked like a stout w/o carbonation. Coated my glass nicely.

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