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


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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ola Dubh (or ĎBlack Oilí) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestounís 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
In short: A smooth and gracious chocolate cake in a bottle with only mild whisky barrel notes
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed approximately 1 year after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: The soft nose shows nice notes of wood, cocoa beans, very light notes of whisky. Taste of chocolate cake icing, burnt almonds, dry oak, light notes of whisky, No alcohol presence whatsoever. A little too sweet for me but objectively speaking this is a wonderful treat. Everything about this beer is smooth and elegant. Surprisingly less whisky/bourbon and more delicate that its 30 Year Old sister, this 40 Year Old mature ale is a BILD (Beer Iíd Like to Drink). This is a really classy and very drinkable big stout, the type of beer I want to drink on a semi-regular basis, but at around $15 for a 330ml, ouch!, looks like Iíll have to keep laughing at my boss jokes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (6434) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle from Kokkens Vinhus, Glostrup. Black with a tan head. Aroma and flavour of whisky, wood, caramel, malt and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1056) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
The old engine oil character is all there but starts to fall down a little at 40. For me woody dryness took away from the balance of the 30 (my favorite of the series). Still very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Albe (56) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2012
Black dense body and brown mostly diminishing head. The aroma is very complex, dominated by cask wood, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some whisky notes. Pleasing creamy, moderately sweet body. Flat carbonation and long flavour duration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2620) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle from the Whisky Shop, Metrocentre, Gateshead. Drank on my 40th birthday! An inky black oily beer which pours without a head. It has slight chocolate flavours followed by very strong vanilla, oak and leather notes with fairly strong smoke in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
330ml bottle dated Jan 2009. Deep brown pour with some tan head. Nose is crazy complex with smoke/peat, caramel malt, and some dark fruit. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5644) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2012
(330ml bottle dated January 2009 thanks to dixonian) rich espresso brown with a creamy dark ran head. Nose of smoky whiskey, light peat, caramel, cream and marshmallow. Endlessly complex. Taste of light smoke, sweet but thin fudgey chocolate, light alcohol, mildly Sweet, less Complex than the nose but still nice. Light alcohol linger, chocolaty and rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kingkevz (1) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2012 does not count
fantastic taste. bold, whiskey on the nose and palate. delicious. the aroma is quite strong, very little head, disappears quickly. get some raisin and smoke..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
18th December 2009
Opaque black beer. Unsweet chocolate and a little whisky on the nose. Softish palate, semi dry. Fresh minerally malt with unsweet chocolate. Rich whisky is loud and clear! Feels like a stout with whisky added rather than barrel aged! Soft, creamy - well joined up. Delicious. Head and shoulders above the other Ola Dubhís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #55737, bottled January 2009. I looked up how much the 30 year whiskey costs and the cheapest was just north of $300. The 40 year is just a fraction more at over $1,200 per bottle. And to think I thought this bottle of beer was expensive at $16.99. 3.0 A: Black color. Just about a finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is subpar and one lone, patch of lacing is left. 4.0 S: The 30 year Ola Dubh I had recently was from 07. Iím glad this one is from 09. The whiskey is more powerful. The base beer itself offers little aside from a roastiness and a bit of chocolate. The whiskey is where itís at. The 40 year is decidedly more earthy and "wild" than the 30 year. Mountain stream, ash, peat, mineral. Thereís also light amounts of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Really well integrated, but I think I liked the nose on the 30 a bit better. Still, this Highland Park stuff seems legit. 3.5 T: The base is again MIA save for some roastiness. The whiskey tastes like it smells, but could use a bit of power. Fresh running forest stream, ash, peat, mineral again. Coffee and chocolate gain some strength while the vanilla and oak stay in the shadows. Easily the most earthy whiskey Iíve experienced (most of which have been through beer). While this is tasty, both the base beer and the whiskey need some more strength for this to break past a 3.5. 2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is a touch lower than what Iíd like. Missing all creaminess for the most part. 3.0 D: Normally Iíd give this a 3.5 out of general good will, but I canít since this is so goddamn expensive. Itís not a bad beer, but it has plenty of flaws and the mouthfeel sucks. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-06-2012 22:24:37

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