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 ‘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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle 330 ml Bottle # 01178
Appearance :
dark brown yet with some light. Dark beige creamy, beaded crown.Nose: Frontal vanilla cask, woody with hints of dark cardboard. Lighter in character than expected. 7-
Flavor/Palate : pit smoke in front , meaty with oak suggestion followed by dry alcohol burn. Quiet meaty , full heavy character. Rare brew for sure but I prefer Ola Dubh 12 over this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
A rich dark color with faint brown head. A nice whiskey nose. A malty body, smooth with a solid bourbon hint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (22213) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2010
Bottle at home. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Fruity aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and whisky with notes of alcohol. Fruity and light roasted flavour of caramel, whisky and alcohol. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish of whisky. The whisky is too dominating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
Aroma is roast coffee and rich malt, jet black, tiny cappuccino head. Rich malt, coffee, scotch notes. Medium bodied, very well balanced, alcohol is subdued very smooth drinking. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle shared by to TURDFERGUSON. Pours black with a very small beige head. Looks almost still. Nose is subtle chocolate malts, and mild peat/Scotch. Maybe after all the epic beers that preceded it, this one underwhelmed. Scotch notes just reminded me of J & B as opposed to something sexier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2931) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
dark and syrupy. oaky notes a bit more at the front again, it didn’t look fizzy but it was in the mouth, though perhaps not as much as the 30yo. oak is the dominant flavour. surprising that the raisiny/oatmeal flavours in the 30yo are almost totally gone in this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2012
Tasted @ Grain Cru - Roll Out the Barrels, Belgian Beer Café.
Produced up an oily yet thinly looking, tawny brown, headless bar a tan ring on the meniscus and almost still. Aside a hint of Bovril and molasses there is bountiful oak and whisky notes on the nose with licks of molasses, stonefruit and charred wood. Dominated by the heated, spiced whisky and oak of the barrel aging it is reasonably mellowing in the mouth even for its modest alcohol content. Body is light, oily and a little awkward being its only downfall. Plenty of vanilla and vinous tannins present with a fatty, lipid note similar to the 12YO. Peat and smoke, ash and a strange meaty note of Biltong linger amongst the oak long between sips. Very much a fire-side, slow-sipper that’s rather pleasant to drink. (33cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4363) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11906) - DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Black with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, sweet, little peat and bitter.

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