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


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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2009
Thnx Bullit. Brown, dark colored brew. Aroma is roasted malts, a bit whisky, alcoholic. Flavor is very smooth and balanced with some nice whisky flavors. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
deflagro (106) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle. An almost black liquid with a small, beige head. Aroma is very rich and rather sweet, with notes of wood, slightly burnt peat, some roasted malts and vegetables. Taste is a bit smoky with a nice sweetness, roasted malts and a bit of smoked meat. Mouthfeel is thick and nice. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2009
Bottled. Pours out in a opaque dark brown colour with a small tan-coloured head. Rich aroma of fudge, nuts, oak, prunes, cocoa and roasted malts. Medium to full-bodied with rich balanced notes of oak, dark chocolate, nuts, raisin, dades, mild vanilla and roasted almonds. Smooth and bit chewy mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Long balanced finish of tobacco, dark malts, oak, toasted nuts, leather and bittersweet chocolate. Tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (6692) - rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 Pitch black liquid with a light brown foam. Smell of chocolate, coffee and whisy. Smooth mouthfeel with a taste of coffee, chocolate, wood, nuts and whisky. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9703) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2009
Aroma of oak, soy, seaweed, caramel, coffee, bitter chocolate, pine, wood. Flavors of seaweed, pine, soy sauce, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and huge oak. Very thick, rich, palate. Marvelously satisfying. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (2986) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle from Utobeer market stall. Pours a dark ruby-brown with a light brown head. Nice yeasty smell with aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, licorice. Peaty taste. Flavours of malts, smoke, bitter chocolate, figs, cinammon, burnt treacle. Has peaty, smokey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2882) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours pitch black with a small tan head that fades. Smells chocolatey and sweet; a bit of a wine nose. Tastes chocolatey and roasty with a light whiskey touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9627) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2009
bottle# 18119, September 07 brew. Pours dark brown, black with no head, few mocha bubbles and thin golden lacing. Aroma of light roasted malts, some smoke, whiskey is moderate. Flavor, some char smoke, malty roast. Thin chocolate mouthfeel, wood barrel with light bitter finish. Whiskey and wood character were a little more pronounced in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (1184) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2009
BLACK - black oil is right. No head to speak of but a few bubbles can be stirred up with a little shake. Big rich raisiny nose, plums, toffee, roasty and sweet with a hint of whiskey and vanilla. Dry roasty flavor, a hint of earthiness to this. Slight burn from alcohol but blends well. Sharp on the tongue. Palate actually thin for style. Aroma is the real treat but the beer is full of flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8137) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2009
(Bottle) Dark brown colour, almost black with brief, pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with smoke, vanilla, oak wood, chocolate, liquorice and dark rye bread. Malty, roasted taste with distinct notes of oak wood and vanilla, followed by dark rye bread, liquorice, chocolate, sherry and a touch of smoke. Bittersweet finish. Slightly more than medium body, smooth mouthfeel with some sweetness. Excellent oak wood character. Very nice beer.

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