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


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RATINGS: 768   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 6, 2009
Shared by jerc and mabel with HogTownHarry and I. Appearance: Oily black, small brown head. Aroma: Oaky, malt, hops, chocolate, whiskey, plums, raisins and peat. Flavour: Spiced whiskey, malt, chocolate, plums, quite creamy and quite enjoyable! Bottle 12496

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours pitch black in color with thin brown head. Aroma sweet, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste chocolate, Scotch, coffee and bitter sweet with bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (24652) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty oaky chocoalte aroma. Slightly sweetish roasted malty oaky licorice and chocolate flavor. Hasa roasted malty licorice and a dry oaky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Pours an easy to see through black with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, dark chocolate, honey, toffee, raspberry, light coffee, and just a bit of sweetish smoke. Tastes right on with dark chocolate, toffee, honey, wood, acidic coffee, vanilla, herb/spice or something; definitely a lot of whiskey notes, but no heat. Finishes with a gentle toast, coffee bean, earth, char-like smoke, and wood. Dry on the throat. Medium bodied, almost heavy, average carbonation, slick coating mouthfeel. This is great. Whiskey notes with NO heat, not too heavy, big flavors and subtle flavors together as one, theres just nothing to dislike here. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle. My favorite of the 3 released. Pours a black body with a thin lacing. Coffee, hints of peat and whiskey notes. Subdued with a light chocolate and coffee accents, with a hint of fruit to finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Blackish with a big tight beige head. Very laid back aroma with plenty of vanilla, caramell and fudge and some roasted notes in the background. Flavour is similar with smooth whiskey notes. Body is slick, a bit too slick and kind overall not really filling the mouth enough here. Nice fairly long, sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9861) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2009
33 cl bottle at Haket, Gteborg. Shared with a friend on April 24, 2009
Bottle no 04254 - Bottled Jan 2009 - BB Jan 2012
Black color, brown head. sweet, smoke, licorice scent. Salty, sweet, malty, licorice, whisky, dry wood taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel. Oak and whisky aftertaste, also alcohol. Warming alcohol feeling. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
blackish pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is minimal - a bit of roasty wood and thats about it. Flavor is roasty, woody, a tad bitter, and very one-dimensional. Not much here at all, very boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16576) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 17, 2009
Bottled #60162 Jan 2009. Pitch black color, nice small espresso head. Strong whisky aroma, smokey malts, alcohol oak and licorice. Medium-bodied. Quite crisp carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Whisky, roasted malts, oak, smoke and a bit of salted licorice. Whisky is more dominant than in 12 yo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle (330ml). Shared by jerc and mabel with me and garthicus. Oily black pour with an average creamy frothy dark tan head. Rich, dry iodine/peat aroma with light toffee roast maltiness. The taste is quite similar to the 12 year-old - iodine/peat balanced against sweet malt, but in this 16 the scotch is more intense and acidic; detracts a little bit from the enjoyment. Slick, slightly light body, acidic with a bitter/boozy linger - very nice, just a little less balanced than the 12-year-old.

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