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


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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 first with genuine provenance. This version is aged in Highland Park 40 Year whisky casks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2009
(Bottle #42262 at Kaisla, Helsinki, on 2009-07-03) Deep dark brown and clear. Small tan coloured head. Raisin, roastedness, coffee and liquorice in aroma. Full bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Roastedness, whisky, ash, alcohol, salt water, bitterness, coffee and chocolate in taste. Ash and whisky in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (385) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Pours with a black hue that sits below a tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is of scotch, dark fruits, wood, fire, and smoke. Flavor is of coffee, and lots of scotch once again. Syrupy texture with a dry finish once swallowed - light bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Cask at Max’s. Pours a hazy deep amber with a fizzy almost cola like cobwebby head. Aroma is tons of earth, leather, some old whiskey smoked peatiness- oxidaiton, salt, soy, sherry notes, Flavor is light toffee, some caramel, tobacco leaf harsh earthiness with rope and leather, dried leaves, toast, caramel oxidation sweetness with some soy and more peaty scotch notes. Meh- I think I liked the other barrels better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2009
On tap at Max’s rare beer night part 2. Man, $3 for 5 oz. what a deal. Very similar to the 30 but still awesome. Sweet, barrel, bourbon and whiskey notes, vanilla. So nice and smooth. Mellow roast and very flavorful and sweet and drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Expensive little 12 oz at $20.50. Bottle number 56319. Pours with a tan head over a very dark brown near black body. Aroma is awesome with tons of Scotch, peat, soaked wooden notes, brown sugar, smoke and beef jerky. Taste is minerally with chocolate, peat, smoke, dryness, burnt caramel, and low residual sugars. Creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. Technically excellent, but I don’t think I will be buying it again. Wish it had more residual sugars.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12955) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2009
Bottled, Beer Hunters (#41366, Jan 2009). Opaque black/brown color, small brown head. Very similar aroma than in Ola Dubh 30: licorice, oak and vanilla - slightly more vanilla than in Ola Dubh 30. Medium to full bodied - more robust than Dubh 30. Soft palate, whicky, licorice, oak-wood, sweetish vanilla. Balanced and highly drinkable barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Cask - Max’s. Dark brown, fizzy light tan head. Complex oaked scotch and earthed vanilla aromas warm to swirls of roasty smoked chocolate and hints of licorice. Deep flavors of peat smoke and booze are well structured over an earthy caramel backbone. Rounds well with just a hint of toasty molasses and smoked peppery heat in the finish. Light to medium bodied with cask-like carbonation (obviously). A gem this one is…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Cask at Max’s in Baltimore: Pours an oily nearly opaque with a small, creamy beige head. Aroma of rich, earthy smoky peat and some toasty dark caramel malts. Starts with good fullness and lightly creamy texture along with some toasty caramel sweetness and smooth, well-balanced smoky peat before a slightly drier, smoky sweet finish. A very nicely aged Scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Shared at Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice. Pours dark brown, almost black with thin tan head. Aroma is booze, whiskey, oak, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste is molasses, chocolate, whiskey, oak. Medium mouthfeel, finishes hot alcohol. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutch23mp (282) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
OMG pours dark with a creamy head muddy in texture.on draft at a beer show in Chicago pours like motor oil almost more of a stout very smooth the only time the ABV came through was near the finish. Taste of smoke, licorice, raisin, vanilla. strong aroma of roasted malts toffee, molasses, caramel. World class stuff at least on draft. I only had a small sample of this brew. I re-rated this as I had it confused with the 12 year which I have tried since.

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