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


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RATINGS: 772   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
espenra (1006) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2009
33cl bottle at Olympen. It poured a pitch black colour with a small to non-existant brown head that settled down fast in the glass. The aroma is sour with heavy notes of whisky, malts and alcohol. The flavour is bitter, smokey and a bit metallic. Notes of coal, malts and liquorice. It has a short aftertaste. And intersting beer, but not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12328) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours deep nutty chestnut brown. A nice, creamy, beige head on top. Aroma has smoke, quite a heavy peity edge, chocolate and wood. Nice creamy and dry mouthfeel. Flavour is vinious, there are notes of grapes, chocolate, lots of peity character, roasted malts, oak. Dry and very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4051) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Sampled at the Alexi TN distributors tasting; thanks Jim Bird! Tasted alongside the 12 and 30 year. All poured a very dark brown with a very small dark tan head. Roasty, and a bit hammier than the 12 year. Also a little sweet on the nose and creamy smooth. Pretty tasty stuff, just too expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle from La Bodega in Riverside... Bottle 13180/ Sept 2007...Pours Black with a creamy light brown head...Smell is smoke, beef jerky and some salty caramel..Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee and some smoke with that dark chocolate bitterness.. Very smooth with low carbonation... I was kinda hoping for a sweeter beer but it is still good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle. Black colour with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorice and smoke. The flavour is roasted malt, smoke and chocolate with notes of tar and oak. Finish is slightly bitter and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Aroma of oak, cherries, vanilla. Pours black with a thin brown head. Flavors of baking cocoa, smoke, oak, vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate. Delicious! Dry finish and aftertaste of baking cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - rnes, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with reddish brown highlights, big light brown head. Aroma is smoke, peat, mushrooms, dust, fruits, raisins and ripe plums, some alcohol, roasted malts. Flavour is big, coffee, smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, peat, ashes, whisky. A faint note of meat that I dont enjoy too much. This is a big and complex one. I wouldnt mind if it was a bit sweeter. Thick and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2009
11.2oz bottle (Bottle No. 01417, Sept 2007) served in a snifter. Slick, oily black pour with a thin head of creamy tan foam that settled and lingered for the duration of the glass. Slippery lacing. The aroma had chocolate, burnt sugar, oak, fine whisky, and dark fruit. The flavor was a little hotter than I remember the 12 Year Old being. Warming alcohol with some lingering peat are the focus. Chocolate, dried dark fruits, and some vanilla are also there. Mild cardboard. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied but seemed to be thinning a bit. Very lightly carbonated. Slightly oily on the tongue. Tasty, but I wish I would have cracked this open sooner. Showing some signs that it is on the decline.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle. Haket. Gothenburg. Dark brown/black colour with a beige head. More sweet and less salty then the 12 yo, oak, chocolate, light smoke/peat, a bit of bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Rosted dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle from Bierkoning. Luscious brown body with thick tan head. Heavenly nose of chocolate and whiskey. Nice taste of malts, chocolate and strong flavour of licorice. Smoked ham towards the end. Dry and smoky finish. Delectable.

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