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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Black pour with a brownish beige head. The aroma is earthy peat, manure, and massive wood. A slight lactic sugar and chocolate note round out the malt subtleties. The flavor is loaded with molasses, peat, smoke, moss, lactic sugar, and chocolate. The palate is thick rich, filthy, and velvety with an ultra dry woody finish. The best Ola Dubh for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pour is black as tar with a beauteous light tan head. Aroma is incredibly peaty with phenomenal whiskey, wood, lactic notes, and candied sugars. The nose is more pure, not as unbalanced and hectic as the other beers in the Ola Dubh series. Flavor is just full of peaty scotch, moss, caramel, cream, lactose, and smoke. Palate is rich with a nice semi-dry peaty finish. God I love this series, and the 40 is no exception. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3738) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Brown bottle, 330 ml, bottle 38678, bottled on January 2009, best before April 2012, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on Stéphane’s birth day; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of coffee head, good lacing; nose: roasted malt, woody, whisky, chocolate, spices, alcohol, ink, light vanilla; mouth: roasted malt, woody, whisky, chocolate, spices, alcohol, ink, light vanilla, finale in whisky with presence of malt-chocolate, full body, lightly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, bouteille 38678, embouteillée en janvier 2009, meilleure avant avril 2012, achetée à la LCBO, savourée la fête à Stéphane 2010; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse café, bonne dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, boisé, whisky, chocolat, épices, alcool, encre, léger vanille; bouche : malt torréfié, boisé, whisky, chocolat, épices, alcool, encre, léger vanille, finale en whisky avec présence de malt-chocolat, corsé, peu carbonatée, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : très bon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Pours a thick flat black. Aroma is Marmite and whisky-drenched wood. Interesting, not welcome at first but becomes clearer and more understandable as it goes. Palate is nice, thick but easy and with good carbonation so is lively on the tongue. The flavors bear a heavy stamp of the Highland Park. The direct but pleasant whisky flavors practically dominate the beer. In the background there is an echo of black licorice, seaweed,smoke, star anise, Chinese preserved plum, and salty soy sauce. The lingering aftertaste represents the rich whisky malt and its vanilla-tinged spicy wood. The chocolate malts assert themselves late, still yielding to the Highland Park. It is relatively harmonious, although at first I missed the character of the beer. It is practically dominated by the whisky, and the saltiness. Yet my rating goes up and up, starting from a 4.2 and ending at a 4.4. This is a challenging and fabulous beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
simcoe_citra (20) - Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2010
Stunning. Chocolate brownie with vanilla in a liquid beery form. Deep black with a tan head. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate. So smooth and silky in the mouth. Get some, its wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle, purchased in a health food store in Kalispell Montana of all places. Mine is #51125, 2009. Dark chestnut brown pour with a slowly forming dense brown head. Aroma is equal parts peaty whiskey, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and dusty wood. The palate shows less chocolate than the nose suggests, and balances things perfectly between port- like foggy fruits, vanilla toffee, dusty old wood and cobwebs, and the signature scotchy and peaty flavours. The key here is the harmony. There is such balance between the components that everything is lifted as a consequence. This really is special stuff. Crazy good, and crazy complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle 49536 dated Jan 2009. Aroma has big notes of smooth whiskey, oak, caramel, chocolate, dark dried fruits, smoke, tobacco, espresso, molasses, buttery bread, and leather. Just incredible and just keeps getting better as it warms. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass with a small light tan head that mostly diminished and settles into a ring around the edges. Flavor is very sweet and smokey with not much bitterness. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. A very good brew with excellent whiskey integration. The body is a little thin but not bad. Absolutely loved it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
pitch black oil coloured. lets no light through. pours a thin tanned head with thick creamy texture, focused on the sides of the glass. Aromascape is vast with cream, whisky, oak, tobacco, deep malt, mustiness, dust, earth, wood, tar, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate. the liquid is thick and settles amazingly into the mouth. its exceptional how balanced and easy to drink this is even when everything is so thick and full. the smooth palate makes it very easy to enjoy but doesn’t compromise taste or how rich the beer is. a high five to harviestoun.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (11023) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle shared with Deanso. Clear almost black pour with small tan head. Strong whiskey in the aroma with vanilla and caramel. Same aspects in the flavour with a nice woodiness. Really smooth and suprisingly not overpowered by the whiskey. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottled. Poured black, for all intents and purposes, with a dense cap of dark beige head.. looked absolutely beautiful in the glass. The aroma was soft overall, allowing subtle nuances to come through at their leisure.. burnt darker chocolates, crusty bread, licorice, and ash all played well together, with spicier overtones of smoky whiskey, vanilla, and oak.. balance was near perfect. The flavor opened with tangy barrel and smoky peat, with licorice, molasses, and a touch of dark chocolate rolling onto the middle.. subtle smoke, vanilla, and black pepper accented.. the whisky presence was more pronounced as it warmed, and it was totally smooth.. everything worked well between the base beer and the barrel. Medium-plus bodied and dry on the palate, with low carbonation.. a touch chalky at times, and the flow wasn’t perfect.. minor complaints, though, as this beer was awesome!

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