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


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RATINGS: 984   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 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 (3100) - 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 (2219) - 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 (6960) - 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 (20221) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. Black with small beige head. Dark roasted coffee and dark premium chocolate. Vanilla. Sweet liquorice. Dry after taste. Medium body. Overall a nice beer, maybe a bit too expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2010
Pours a blacky with a fading brown head. Nose is chocolate and toffe, faint sour notes, vanilla and some smoke and alcohol. The taste is packed with bitter licorice english style with brown sugar, roasted malty notes. Medium carbonation but a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet finish with some alcohol and wood. Nice one. Like it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2010
330 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB JULY 2012.

App.: Deep brown-black with a fair mocha head. Aroma: A good dose of meaty/savouriness cat food? - , some nice inky malts and phenolic smoke notes, deep black coffee and black chocolate, a touch of minty herbals and some leafy hops, slightly nutty. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate-low effervescence. Flav.: Much less of the meaty notes, more deep toffee, milk and dark chocolate, some licorice, black strap molasses, some peaty smoke, some wood, a bit of alcohol, fairly deep, dark and delicious; somewhat sweet with a malty-scotch finish than lingers, some bitterness.

Pretty nice stuff. Not sure if Ill pay the premium for the 40 though...

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