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


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RATINGS: 977   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   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 Harviestouns 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle, Carringtons, Manchester. Poured a murky dense brown colour with a lingering thin tan head. Aroma pretty much as anticipated, whisky dominant with wood, roasted malt and chocolate notes. Started out sweetish with a solid roasted malt spine. The Whisky is pretty prevalent in the flavour, but there is enough there to prevent it from becoming saturating. Quite a nice warm almost comforting feel to this. Not much in the finish really. Im not the biggest whisky aficionado, but I have certainly enjoyed Highland Park in the past, so I found this enjoyable on the whole and look forward to trying the older versions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (6745) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle, Gteborg, Scotisch tasting 2010-02-06 AP: black beer brownish head AR/F:malt and whiskey, sweet vanilla fudge, a bit hollow vs the older ones, woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Thanks Beth101 for the bottle. Wish you were here to share it with me. Nice fruity aroma, quite a rich fell to it. Slight roasted malt hints. great deep black apperance with an off white head. Nice smooth texture. Fruity, malt and liquorice flavours. Nice texture. Very easy to drink for its strength. As it warms, chocolate and coffee start to come through. Very nice tasty ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Sept. 2007 vintage Pours a pitch black with a thin head. Aroma is sweet, with dark fruit, brown sugar, whiskey, and some wood notes. The flavor is stronger on the whiskey and wood, and weaker on the sweetness, with some hoppy bitterness still after 2+ years. The aroma and flavor together make for nice complexity when sipping. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected from the color and style, but not unpleasant. Overall, an impressive idea and a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (3087) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2010
Flaske: Mrkebrun nsten uigennemsigtig l med et flot tt lysebrunt skumhoved. Tovvrk og en smule rg i duften sammen med en god gang chokolade. Smagen er igen utrolig velafbalanceret imellem en sd base af chokolade og en god del rg og tovvrk. Superlkker l, og en af de bedste whisky fadlagret l jeg har smagt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Bottle at home, 25th Jan 2010. Pours a velvety extremely dark brown with a small tan head. Releases a lovely woody, toffeeish whisky aroma when swirled. In the mouth you get dark chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of liquorice and just the right amount of whisky undertone. Its very balanced and very drinkable for a 8% beer. Very moreish aftertaste, I found myself wishing it came in bigger bottles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (2202) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2010
An excellent dark fruit and roast malt nose leads inexorably into an almost purely whisky flavour. It is thick and smooth but terribly dry. Almost too dry and almost too whisky-y. You know what I mean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6891) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2010
Botlled from Systembolaget Black with a medium, creamy beige head. Dark and roasted. Pretty sweet. Light oak-notes with a vinous touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2011 2010-11-19, 8-5-8-4-16=41
It pours a black color with glorious creamy brownish head. The aroma of the dark ale is complemented by tones of glueish alcohol, the whisky. It has a good body structure, yet the mouthfeel is not sticky; flavor of roasted malts, dark caramel, dark chocolate. The final shows at first elegant single malt whisky notes, then the roasted malts; quite dry. Probably one of the beers where the whisky has the best presence. Elegant and powerful.

2009-04-23, bottle at Bishops Arms, Malm, 7-4-8-3-15=37
Black color; big head. Mild cask and smoke aroma, caramel. Medium body strength, quite smooth mouthfeel, with a good combination of caramel, chocolate malt and light smoke, a touch of whisky. In the end there is some more chocolate malt. Balanced, but sometimes a bit empty, mainly the final (weak), without vibes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markdredge (50) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
Near-opaque black. Chocolatey, roasty, nutty, smoky. Lots of dried fruit in there, a wood-savoury edge from the barrel, swirls of smoke. Very nice. I tried this alongside the whisky too to compare the two - that was a fun experiment!

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