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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4220) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. Labeled 41308, bottled Jan 2009. Black beer with a quickly disappearing brown head and quite a fizzy body. The aroma is lightly smokey, and the flavour is yeasty, lightly warmingly malty, and yeasty with a hint of whisky. Overall quite an average strong beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (994) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pour is black with a small brown head. Aroma is very pungent with notes of tar, smoke, oak, booze, and spice. Flavor is a bit sweeter with notes of dark toffee, berries, licorice, spice, and burnt wood. It is dryer and boozier than the other years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abio (1550) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2011
Pitch black, small head. Roasted, liquorish, spiced. Alcohol. A bit unpleasant, expected more. Burned taste, liquor gets trough a bit hard, think the chosen wooden barrels are less my thing. Not bad, but expected something else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (13911) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle at fins ... deep black ... big coconut and spirit nose ... big iodine and roast mlats ... light smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Thanks to BigSound for sharing this one. Cheers, Henri! Pours a medium stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is peat, band aid, nail polish remover, booze, and unsweet chcocolate. Flavor is similar- peaty whiskey with wood, roasted malts, peat, smoke, band aid, and booze. Medium in body and ok, but peaty as all hell.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3169) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Strong aroma of whiskey. Looks like cola with a good head. Sweet roasted malt flavour. Very smooth. Comes in a nice presentation box. More expensive & not as good as the 18 year old version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4001) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2012
Flaske 0,33l - nummerert 38858 -spandert av og delt med Rune på seanse hjemme hos ham 12 Jan 12. Svart. Høyt lysebrunt skum. Klar whisky-aroma. Smaken tørr & røykfylt. Litt krydret. Avslutningen har et visst øl-preg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - 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

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