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

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RATINGS: 995   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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4.1
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 (4111) - 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.

3.7
sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2010
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, smoke, chocolate and liquorish.

4.1
stouby (4779) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle at Bondekonen Ølmesse 2010. Dark red-brown with an off-white head. Aroma heavy malty (hard roasted, burnt, notes of whisky, smoke and wood). Flavor heavy sweet, moderate spicy and bitter. Full body, low carbonated. Very fine.

4
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle [330ml]. Bottle No. 45278, July 2009. This has been in my fridge for a while and I was certain I’d rated it, I’m glad I decided to check, turns out I hadn’t. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with an average size slowly-diminishing frothy tan head. Aroma: Oh boy, that smells nice! Sweet with roasted dark malt, wood, some scotch and vanilla notes, some chocolate, dark fruit and more -- complex aroma with lots there. Flavour follows the aroma, very nice and complex, with light roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some scotch, vanilla and dark fruit as well as alcohol and some peat -- it’s surprisingly easy to drink. Medium to full bodied. A fantastic beer, I’ve loved all the Ola Dubhs I’ve had so far.

4
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2010
Whisky and some vanilla on the nose as well as burnt toast. The palate hits hard and complex with liqorice swirling through dark chocolate, roast, creamy cocoa butter, and some vaporous alcohol. Oddly, the whisky notes so present in the nose are harder to detect on the palate. The finish is long and faintly sweet, and it’s here that you get some of the spicy and gently fruity notes of the Highland Park 12. Just a touch of applewood as it finally fades away. Delicious.

4.1
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
This is complex! Smells like dark warm malts and a barrel, sweet sugars from the malts come off in the warm water... you could have a sit in the aroma and reminisce. Some licorice in the nose too. Tastes very dark and sweet, Fades out so nicely, smooth, the % is there but you can hardly even tell.

4.3
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours medium black, mildly transparent at the edges. Nose is ash, caramel, milk chocolate, ash, tobacco, man this smells both thick and awesome! Flavours deliver! Sweet pipe tobacco, soya sauce, cocoa, coffee, dear God this kicks ass! Freaking stunned with this one. Not what I was expecting at all, especially compared to the 30yr. Delicious.

4.4
DuffMan (10664) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2010
Bottle. Deep, hearty, near-black with a brown, lumbering, get-there-on-my-own-time head. Rich aroma of dark chocolate, black rye bread, char, whiskey, fig paste, molasses, and soft vanilla. Palate is velvet! Sweet and chocolatey, with equal weight given to flavours of fig paste, vanilla, light scotch, light wood, light ash, and a trailing spiciness and earthiness. Crazy good.

4.2
paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
A: snifter. pours an abyss-like black. nice dark tan head. decent retention rate and mild lacing. S: some sourness in the nose. tons of roasted malts, coffee, toffee, and some cocoa. some fruit hints, berries mostly. T: a lot of dark berries, some peat flavors. dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some toffee. some whiskey qualities. M: medium to heavy bodied. low carbonation level. very mellow. D: very smooth ans enjoyable. solid wood aged beer. well worth getting the first of this series. it was aged a year in the cellar as well.


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