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


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RATINGS: 302   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - 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 (12547) - 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 (277) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Name: Old Dubh 40
Date: March 07, 2009
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: big roasted and scotch aroma, touch of sweetness offset by an earthyness
Flavor: big scotch flavor, lots of complementary roasted malt, plenty of alcohol adds a spicy peppery character that melds well with the scotch, enough sweetness from the alcohol and dark caramel to keep it balanced, finishes hot and roasty with the scotch and roast in perfect harmony
Overall: pick of the litter, has the big scotch character and enough sweetness to keep it balanced and balanced
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2009
On cask at the Brick Store. Arrives ink black in the glass with only a few bubbles around the top, all of which recede quickly to nothing and leave no lacing. The aroma is big on this one and dominated by the scotch barrels. There are some sweet malts in the background. The taste is a little different as the sweet chocolate malts come out more as well as some dark fruits. The scotch is present but not as dominate as the nose and the taste, overall, is like a scotch-soaked chocolate dessert. The mouthfeel is very slick and smooth with almost no carbonation and plenty of barrel presence. I really enjoyed this one, especially the taste which was very well balanced given the barrel aging. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2558) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2009
On cask at the Brickstore. Very smooth drink. The aroma is where you really notice the oak aging with some wood and a bit of whiskey in there. The flavor is whiskey alcohol up front and a bit of espresso coffee malt flavor and coffee bitterness. Next up is a touch of vanilla and the finish is earthy and peat. All of that leads to a pretty diverse but incredibly subtle drink. You better pay attention when you drink this one or else you are going to miss some of its character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Cask at Rattle -N- Hum. Pitch black beer. Aroma is lightly sweet and a bit toasty. Fairly prominent molasses and black licorice notes with just a kiss of salty brine and oak. Fairly chewy flavour with a little bit of caramel and soft smokiness. Rich lingering dark malt sweetness and a hint of char and cocoa. It’s fairly hot and peppery, but it is pretty enjoyable.

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