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


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RATINGS: 1005   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 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zaf (308) - - FEB 24, 2013
aroma: toast, chocolate, coffee, woody, smoke, peat (torba) apparenza: black, sparkling, minimal head, white foam, gusto: lightly bitter, medium sweetness, palato: full body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish, birra imbottigliata a febbraio 2011,bevuta a febbraio 2013..bottiglia spettacolare,firmata,con etichetta,tracciabilità della botte,insomma uno spettacolo..idea veramente meravigliosa quella di invecchiare questa birra in botti di whisky..sarà il mio amore per l’affinamento in botte e soprattutto per il whisky scozzese,ma questa birra è per me un capolavoro..aroma affumicato e torbato,lievissimi sentori di luppolo e di malto..birra scura come la notte,schiuma che si dissolve rapidamente..in bocca è moderatamente frizzante,oleosa (come la birra che mettono ad invecchiare,la old engine oil)..il gusto è complesso e sicuramente prevalgono sapori forti,caffè,malto tostato e affumicato e la torba,meravigliosa che ricorda il whisky ma che ovviamente non è così prepotente come nel whisky..finale lungo e piacevole,riscaldante..bevuta al santo bevitore

CRock (287) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2018
Thin tan head sits atop a dark brown beer. Boozy of course, smokey with a bready caramel aroma. Smooth and light for a dark, 8% beer aged in whiskey barrels. It's not boozy on the palate though.

Listigovers (1383) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2018
Pours black with a thin tan head. Smells smoky, somewhat meaty, roast, whisky. Tastes great if you like scotch, a bit peaty, some soy sauce, a bit of dark fruits, not too sweet, thick malt backbone, a thick beer, long aftertaste. Any Scotch lover should try!

ERB92 (813) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2017
Aroma of dark chocolate, smoked meats, roasted malts, licorice, soy sauce, and nuts. Dark brown with a tan head. Medium, + sweet and medium bitter. Full body with a average to soft carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable Old Ale. Plesantly balanced.

PapaCanard (187) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 25, 2017
Bière très noire au puissant goût boisé. Puissante en bouche, elle cache un goût de tourbe délicat et une pointe d'amertume.

dandeman (1104) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2017
Bouteille de 330 ml de LCBO. Un profond caramel au beurre domine des notes de barriques et boisé, agrémenté de feuilles mortes et de terre. Le whiskey est plutôt discret. Des notes de chocolat au lait se laissent également découvrir. Une mousse de couleur moka et bien crémeuse recouvre un liquide noir et opaque. L'entrée de bouche se fait d'abord en nuances de caramel mais se laisse rapidement envahir par son aspect terreux de vieilles branches et de terre humide. Son boisé est subtil mais présent. Le whiskey est encore une fois discret malgré la présence de chaleur d'alcool. Les malts sont profonds et tout en nuances. légère présence de fruits noirs et raisins secs. Bière assez particulière mais étonnamment complexe.

cattaneopapa (445) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2017
330ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an opaque black colour with a small head that reduces into a ring that lingers. Woody aroma. Smokey, woody taste with a slightly sour undertone. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink but not my fav style.

PotjeBier (3838) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2017
Draught at In De Wildeman, sample size, as Ola Dubh 12 years Special Reserve (10.5%). Pitch black color. Very dense light brown head with good retention. Aroma's of roast, roasted malts, umami, fruity. Retronasal it's light sweet, whisky, peat, fruit, roast, chocolate. Flavor is light moderate sweet, fruity. Medium bodied. Very soft mouthfeel. Long finish. Good stuff!

paulcliff (70) - - DEC 14, 2017
Caramel/syrupy aroma? Pours dark (almost black) with virtually no head. A smooth, flavourful beer that grows more complex with each sip. I struggle to put words to the flavour but the finish is wonderful and mouthfeel full and creamy but not heavy/thick. Just try it...you won’t regret it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

geolgau (544) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - DEC 11, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2017 Nice aroma, full of wood and whiskey, roasted malts, dates, prune jam. Pretty complex. Taste is light and easy, balanced and similar to a chocolate liquor. Cocoa, dark fruit jam, slight booze. Medium body, finish is liquorish. Balanced ale, you have a lot of things going on here. Very, very good.

wekker84 (2560) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2017
Bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white-off head aroma malts caramel dried fruits spicy and some hops flavor malts caramel oak spicy dark fruits spicy and some hops

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