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


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RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1544) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2013
The bottle no. 10906, date June 13. A pitch black beer with a weak and big bubbled head. The nose of roastiness and nicely sweet, turf and barrel, some sweet berries. Taste of roastiness and hint of coffee, whiskey barrel and turf, salt liquirice, some berries. The whiskey is more dominating in the end. Only medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth to drink but the body should be more strenght. The whiskey barrel is clearly flavoured but balanced. Maybe the whiskey is too dominating for my taste, tastefull anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1091) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2013
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tiny tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavour are liquorice, roasted malt, whiskey, chocolate, smoke, and vanilla – with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1835) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2013
Pours black with low tan head. Wonderful aroma of whisky barrel, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate and coffee. Lots of dried fruit there as well. Taste is sweetish, vanilla, cocoa, dates and figs, with light port in the finish. Body is a tad too light but nicely creamy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
___pyry (4) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
The barrel tastes trough after a few sips and there are some quite original undertones, but at this price I was hoping for a more powerful taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5079) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
330ml Bottle - Black in colour. Coffe, vinous fruits, malt and liquorice in the aroma. Liquorice, coffee and plain chocolate all feature in the rich yet fairly smooth taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle, Systembolaget. Almost black with no head. Sweet with cocoa, ash, dark chocolate, whisky, some alcohol. Not as much whisky as expected in this one. Actually this was unexpectedly "soft".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2739) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
Clear black colour, red hue, tan head. Aroma of soy sauce, tomato paste, roasted malts, sweet alcohol and honey. Sweet malty flavour, chocolate, chocolate milk and whisky. Finish chocolate, cacao, whisky and caramel. Nice!
(from 33cL bottle @ ZZT VIIIb, Oirschot 2013. Thanks a million for sharing, joes!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (7219) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ ZZT 8. Opaque pitch black color, small off - white head. Smell and taste malts, slightly hops, some alcohol, coffee, dark malts and bitter. Nice..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (397) - - NOV 3, 2013
From 12oz bottle. Poured dark black with little head. Dark yet mild flavor - coffee and chocolate in a very nice mix. Comparing this to a bottle of 21yo Old Dubh - not surprisingly, flavor is similar but milder for the 30yo. Very good, but not as good as the 21yo on tap I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle with Tim comparing two other okay dubh's. Not as nice aroma as 1991. 49 degrees. This is much thinner than 1991. Maybe that makes it smoother or hides the alcohol better. It is 2% less than 1991 but it feels like you could drink it like water. Think I might like it better due to that but it has an astringent aftertaste b ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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