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


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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 16/20
thirdeye11 (6071) - 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 (22309) - , 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 Dubh’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - 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. I’m 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 it’s at. The 40 year is decidedly more earthy and "wild" than the 30 year. Mountain stream, ash, peat, mineral. There’s 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 I’ve 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 I’d like. Missing all creaminess for the most part. 3.0 D: Normally I’d give this a 3.5 out of general good will, but I can’t since this is so goddamn expensive. It’s 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9367) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2012
33 cl bottle. Bottle no. 40801. Bottled on 01/2009. BBE 24.06.2011.
Rated on 20110624.
Pours pitch black color with small, rapidly dissipating head. Aroma of slightly disturbing peat and harsh whiskey. Flavor of ash dry chocolate, peat and some harsh salmiac notes. Bitter and dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (4105) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Nose of hard roasted malt, whiskey and smoked notes. Flavor of roasted malts, ripe fruit and whisky along with with spicy notes. Soft carbonation. Full bodied. Oily texture. Ends up more dry and with notes of wwhisky and alcohol. A world class beer smoother than the 30 years old version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14267) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 33cl bottle (#10960) shared with Dutchdrebus. Pitch black color with a small light brown head. Smell malts, whisky, some wood and roastyness. Taste malts, lightly roastyness, lightly whisky and wood, slightly alcohol in the finish. A bit thin texture, medium body, medium carbo. Not as good as expected. Re-rate without a full comment. Loved it this time. Original rating: 7-3-7-3-13.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
Pitch black, opague colour with a small light brown head. Smells sweet, flowers, wood, whisky, some chocolate. Tastes chocolate, whisky, a lot of liquorice and wood. A bit thin for its abv, watery, okay carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle pours black small head smells tastes of whiskey caramel vinillia charcoal liquorice. Pretty good med body semi sweet between the whiskey has a darker fruit taste mixed in not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5005) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
*(cuvée 2010): Couleur rubis sombre, presque noir avec une belle tête crémeuse. Très délicat bouquet de vanille et de bois humide, sans plus. En bouche c’est onctueux, on sent bien la présence du blé et de l’avoine. Une agréable sensation de terre mouillé et de bois mort couvert de mousse s’imbrique avec la vanille douce. Rien de spectaculaire, tout en élégance.

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