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

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RATINGS: 994   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”

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4.2
abemorsten (3609) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle at Cardinal’s Porter Symposium. Clear deep amber with a tanned film. Faint whisky aroma with vanilla present. Rich roasted flavours along with alcohol, sweetness, acidity and with a whisky hint again. Medium to full body. Gentle carbonation. Excellent!

4
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 2008 Bottle. Poured a charred brown (about as close to black as you can get) with some motor oil brown around the edges - no head, just a few bubbles around the edges. Aroma was big & mellow: rye, whiskey, wood, mild roasted malts, smoke, licorice/chocolate. Taste: huge rye and sweet roasted malts, nice mellow notes of smoke, wood, whiskey, licorice/chocolate. The Rye in the aroma and taste really leans towards black olives to me. Thinnish body. Finish: smoke, roasted malts, wood and a slight alcohol warming. Overall: very, very good - perfect brew for a cool fall night.

3.8
Skvader (149) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2010
Smokey aroma with hints of blueberries and dried meat, such as pastrami. Chalky and dry taste with hints of chocolate

3.3
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black beer with a weak offwhite/beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, licorice, wood and vanilla. The flavor is malt, roasted, licorice and vanilla. The palate is smooth with sweetness. Overall a good beer.

3.9
jebbe (22) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
aroma of blueberries, tar, coffee and light smokiness. taste is chalky, salty and smoked (almost smoked sausages). smooth mouthfeel. very nice.

3.8
gam (3924) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2010
Thick dark pour medium carbonation aroma liccorice chocolate rich molasses vanilla that oat influence flavour medium ibu aoat and wheat smooth tasting rich chocolate molasses vanilla very smooth rewarding taste finish smooth alround malt flavour medium to mild bitter a lasting goodness mildly dry

3.8
piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
Bottled sample via Savvy1982, Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of whisksy, stewed fruit, caramel, chocolate, and ash. A nice blend of roasted malt, smokey scotch, and caramel notes in the mouth. Substantial body, but not at the expense of drinkability. Could have been a bit smokier overall for my taste, but this is some nice stuff.

4.2
lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2010
330 ml bottle. Rated @ 19.4.2009.
Pours a dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma of peat, roasted malts and of course whisky. Pleasant aroma, something different. Flavour of roasted malts, smoke, whisky and oak. Full bodied with oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice Old Ale.

4.1
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle. Thick black pour with a short tan head that quickly shrinks to a ring. Aroma has roasty and lactic characteristics as well as notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, licorice and vanilla. Whisky notes are more noticeable in the flavour with hints of peat, oak, seaweed and smoke mixed with roast malt, licorice and bitter chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with low carbonation and a lingering roasty, bitter finish. Very good. One of the best barrel aged beers I have tried; it integrates well without dominating, and really adds to the complexity of the whole.

3.9
hawthorne00 (3940) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2010
Black, tan head that fades to a coat then lasts. Lovely aroma of peat, vanilla, roasted malt, oats, heather, chocolate, almonds, fruity whisky. Silky oatmeal texture. Smells more together than it tastes. Tastes strongly of Highland Park (haven’t had it since the 80s, but I last drank it around the time I started going out with my wife, so I remember it well enough). This mixes well but is not integrated with and almost overwhelms a beer that has light roast, chocolate and vanilla. Delicious, but I wish the whisky had melded with a beer a bit more - maybe a bit of a age would help. As it is it’s a lovely mixture rather than a harmonious beer.


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