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


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RATINGS: 962   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
garthicus (2915) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 6, 2009
Shared by jerc and mabel with HogTownHarry and I. Thanks! Appearance: Pitch black, like motor oil/soy sauce with a tiny brown head. Aroma: Whiskey-cream, spices, leather and slight alcohol. Flavour: Smoky, peat, alcohol, hops, lots of wood (pine, but I know theres no pine!) very enjoyable. (Bottle 11946)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Pours a very dark espresso brown with dark tan head. Aroma is very bourbon vanilla with bready notes. Flavor is alcohol, oak, vanilla and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23793) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a rosated malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty licorice flavor with some hints of oak. Has a roasted malty licorice and oaky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a tan thin lacing. Woody and dry as hell, hints of smoke and light chocolate malt. Very subtle, dry, and somewhat boozy. Hints of whiskey and dark fruit. Good brew but not worth the price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (17058) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is close to black. Aroma and taste are whisky, malt and licorice. Some raisin too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a huge light brown mostly lasting head. Complex aroma and taste of chocolate, malts, fruits, sugar, coffee and whisky. Lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13391) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 29, 2009
Bottle. Creamy excellent mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Perfumed. Heavy bitter flavor. Roasted and smokey. Long finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutch23mp (314) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 OMG pours dark with very smal creamy unlike the 16 year muddy in texture.12 oz bottle pours like motor oil almost more of a stout very smooth the only time the ABV came through was near the finish. YHints of vanilla. strong aroma of roasted malts toffee, molasses, caramel. Wonderful treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Thin blackish look with a good beige head. Very clean, sweet and pleasant aroma of chocolate, smoke, ashes and plenty of vious fruit notes. Body is extremely slick, almost too smooth with flavours similar to the mouthfeel. Once you get past the whiskey kick theres a pleasant, smooth fruity base making it fairly entertaining, not for too long though.. The aftertaste is oaky, dry and very lasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle No. 05915. Dated September 2007. This is a semi-viscous pour displaying no head and a body of black color with brown-tinges. The aroma is strong with dark fruits, toffee, and caramel. Flavors are similar to the nose with an aftertaste of smoked cocao and a subtle whiskey bitterness. Flavors are full-bodied but the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for the style. This is a good beer, but could possibly use more body.

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