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


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RATINGS: 988   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Raistlin (449) - London, Ontario, - JAN 26, 2013
This beer has motor black oil colour. Its head is tasty, but very small and dissapears quickly. Roasted aroma with coffee, whisky, and smoke. The flavour mirrors the aroma but with more roasted malt, and it actually feels lighter than expected from the aroma. Slick mouthfeel, and a light to medium bitterness. A very nice and rich ale, but light at the same time. Balanced and with a lasting flavour, and proper amout of sweetness at the end.

Erzengel (9355) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2017
Fantastic dark beginning. Easy to drink with a nice woody whisky in the back. The beer itself is not too deep and quite thin from what I've expected. Hints of grain, hints of malt. It could be much more concentrated to be deeper and richer. Quite sessionable for the 8%, the whisky is in the back. Round and refreshing with a lack of density.

TEJA (3203) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2017
Small brown head. Chocolate and caramell aroma. Dark chocolate taste with a rather small bitterness. A small but balanced sweetness and a medium body.

Schnabelhund (108) - TAIWAN - SEP 29, 2017
Ola Dubh pours a black body with a red hue that barely shines through. The cream-coffee colored head begins to dissipate fast, but stays after the initial decay. The earthy nose includes notes of blackcurrant, prunes, tobacco, rye, and woody mushroom. This brew is savory from attack to finish, suggests Worcester sauce, and is very roasty with notes of dried porcino, dark chocolate, and definitely a caramellic-creamy note with a faint hint of vanilla. The medium-bitter finish declines slowly but steadily and is not as brash as expected. The body is almost as full as it gets. The medium carbonation doesn’t stand in the flavors’ way and pleases the palate as an equal alongside the flavors. A highly complex beer, not recommended for casual consumption.

ozzatoadisback (200) - ITALY - SEP 22, 2017
Pours almost black with reddish hints if seen through light. Scarce mocha head still leaves a bit of lacing. Complex and quite intense aroma shows some general caramel-ish sweetness, chocolate, a hint of roasted malts, notes of coffee and liquorice, light oak. Taste is pretty sweet with only a slight hint of bitterness in a balanced enough finish. Caramel (or maybe burnt caramel), chocolate, slight coffee, some peatiness and a warming alcohol note. Medium to dense bodied with low carbonation resulting in a nice soft feel. Overall this is a nicely complex and quite intense beer that feels warming and 'comfortable'. Very nice.

Nasmar (15) - - SEP 5, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2017 Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is sweet with notes of coffee. Taste is light malty, sweet, chocolate, coffee, with whiskey notes. Very sweet and light finish. very smooth and wellness balanced.

Adamsville (376) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2017
Apparence : Pas tout à fait noire, légers reflets rouge et orange, sans col ni carbonatation apparente.
Nez : Caramel, légère fumée, nez moyennement sucré.
Goût : Malt caramélisé, notes fumées, moyennement sucrée, finale avec une faible amertume grillée du malt.
Sensation : Corps moyen, durée moyenne, effervescence faible.
Bref : Plus caramélisée que la Ola Dubh 16, moins amère, une peu plus sucrée, légèrement moins fumée; cette version me paraît plus accessible que sa grande sœur. Par contre, elle souffre du même défaut, son manque de corps.

lello4ever (1168) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2017
Nera con sottile schiuma beige evanescente, aroma notevole di malto tostato, dark fruits e un barricato subito presente con le sue note di whisky. Al palato viscosa, da degustare con calma. Bella sensazione legnosa e liquorosa, whisky, liquirizia, malto e caramello e dark fruits. Bassa carbonazione. Alcol per niente invasivo.

onceblind (10327) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Black pour with a very thin tan cap. Rich inky dark semisweet aroma with dark roast and gentle dark chocolate tones with little kisses of vanilla. Big complex flavor that’s loaded with dark semisweet chocolate, woody tones, a little luscious cereal grain flavors that’s like bran flakes, and a light little bit of vanilla and gentle whiskey. Really nice and complex, dark and sweet and woody.

melush (4486) - SPAIN - JUL 25, 2017
33cl Bottle @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain Black colour with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, oak, whiskey. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet, molasses, raisins, licorice, oak, whiskey. Full body, soft carbonation.

Bootlegger007 (245) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2017
Aroma of earthy peat malt and caramel, pours black with a thin tan head, medium body and soft carbonation, I found this ale well refined and very enjoyable, smooth and warming.

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