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


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RATINGS: 762   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2009
(Bottled) Very dark brown with a medium, beige and firm, slighty lacy head. Aroma of peaty, roasted maltiness, some oak and potato-like starchiness, dried fruit (especially when warm), and licorice hints. Strongly roasty, even charcoal-like at first, but licorice, slight smokiness, oak and peaty malt come and quickly smooth out the initial roughness. Red-wineous, tannic finish with a long, dry, bitter and peaty whisky aftertaste. Medium, slicky body with slightly foamy carbonation. Very intense in flavor - and despite the burnedness, the package remains pleasant and balanced. I wasnt too thrilled after sampling the 12 yo, but now I cant wait to get a sip of the 30...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Thanks for sharing Yaniv! Dark brown with a thin tan head. Sweeter barrel infused nose. Light bandaid perhaps? I thought this would be peatless, but guess not. Molasses and some very winey lightly woody notes. Lower carbonation and perhaps a bit thinner for the style. Sweet balanced flavor. Some roast, a little astringent. Light oak Light bandaid. Lingering roast. This is a very nice little sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle. Almost black with a creamy light brown head. Roasted chocolate aroma that ends up very peaty with good hints of vanilla. Tasting peaty vanilla, some mild chocolate, medicinal character. Noticeable alcohol. Soft, full-bodied. Highland Park is still very present- wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Peaty peaty peaty with strong chocolate notes underneath. Definite smoke presence in the middle there. Some molasses and caramel as it warms and as I finish vanilla lingers. A treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a deep black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is some boozy scotch, vanilla, oak, and roasted malts. Flavor matches well, with a really nice rich mouthfeel. Plenty of vanilla from the oak and bourbon, a touch of coconut, and a roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle. Nose is tootsie rolls, caramel and chocolate. Brown, clear where the color lets up, with a hazy brown head. Flavor opens sweet with a chewy texture, caramel and chocolate dominate. Smoke and oak are in the background. Dries out in the finish making for a highly drinkable and well-balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
In short: An unclassifiable moderately roasted black beer with a semi-complex flavour spectrum
How: Bottle 11.2oz. Drank about 1 year after the beer release. Side by side comparison of the Old Dubh 12, 16 and 30
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Nose has the similar elements of its little 12 year old sisters with peat, dirty wood, earth and date except everything is x 2. Also a little smoky note that isnt there in the little sister. Soft carbonation. Taste of charcoal, burnt fresh wet wood, bakers chocolate, a whole lot of peat and also a lot of freshly cut green grass, some black liquorice and tobacco leaves. Different but very cohesive. Coming back from a pub-crawl I thought it would be an interesting experience to open the 12, 16 and 30 all at the same while watching a movie. But drinking these three strong beers after an evening of pub crawling let me tell you that I was finding my movie really funny and was laughing hysterically. The problem is I was watching Saving Private Ryan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle at Old Bank. Near black, small mocha head. Smooth vanilla ice-cream aroma, mellow liquorice, hint of salmiak and whiskey. Nice liquorice, whiskey and grainy malts in the flavor, burned finish with mentholey notes. Medium bodid and lush palate. More refined than the 12-year old, not as attacking whiskey nor rye pudding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2009
330 ml bottle. Finland. Dark almost black colour with thin beige head. Thick. Flavour is quite complex with berries, cyrup, coffee and some alcohol in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4308) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
looks like a stout its so black. Like the 12, there is an aroma of soy sauce, and teriyaki beer jerky, but its not as prominent. There is much more oak, and smoke, and some charred wood in the aroma. The aroma in this one is much more complex. The flavor is also more complex. Lots of woody notes, some char, and smoke, and a touch of the beer jerky. The alcohol seems to be more upfront also, im getting some alcohol burn that i didnt get in the 12. I think i prefer this one, but not by much.

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