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98
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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 789   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
HogTownHarry (6925) - 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.

3.9
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bottle. Pitch black darkness. Slight alcohol and dark fruits reign supreme in the aroma Slightly smokey and just a little bit of roastiness, very smooth and very good.

3.7
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
2009-04-02. Pitch black body with a pleasant smooth creamy brown head that fades (3+). Aroma is mild in the same way as the 12 year version, but seems "smoother" somehow, even though the whisky touches that are interwoven seem slightly stronger, modest roast malt. Flavour has more prominent whisky than the 12, touch dry overall with a sweet malty core. Light bitterness throughout lingers into the aftertaste, spurred on by the alcohol. (7+) Smooth medium bodied palate is a bit under carbonated but it mostly works for the beer. Not bad by any means but the increase whisky and alcohol representation made it less drinkable for me than the 12. I might not have noticed as much if I had not had them back to back. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant, Buffalo

4.1
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2009
Nice deep black color with small head. Nose is filled with roasted malts, smoke, and liquorice, as wel as more gentle nuances such as vanilla. Flavor is equally roasted, with hints of smoky whisky. A big and round mouthfeel makes the beer work on many levels. Very nice.

3.8
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2009
11.2oz bottle, # 06409 bottled Sept 2007. Sampled side-by-side with the 12 and 30. Pours very deep brown, nearly opaque, with a very thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt, vanilla, and peat. Flavor is a nice mixture between peat and vanilla. I thought this was a bit better than the 16.

4.3
Sigmund (7534) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2009
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Bottle No. 61520. ABV is 8.0%. Pitch black colour, big to moderate and creamy tan head. The whisky oak cask with peaty smoke and notes of tar comes through in the aroma, followed by notes of roastiness (roast malts, coffee) and chocolate. The aroma is more mellow and subdued than the 12 y.o., but still nice. The flavour has also here loads of rich malty sweetness, immediately followed by distinct notes of peaty smoke - it is again quite amazing what impact the whisky cask has. Dark chocolate in the middle. The finish has a firm bitterness from the hops and burnt malts, while the peaty smoke lasts through the long aftertaste. A truly impressive beer, but if you don’t like scotch whisky at all, this might not be the beer for you. Not easy drinking (somewhat smoother than the 12 y.o., though), but a great sipping beer, and a real treat for any lover of peatiness.

4.1
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
appearance of dark charcoal with a medium head ring .. . chocolate and molasses with a light smokey chocolate air .. . like a heavenly beery chocolate milkshake, without the ice cream .. . strange yet refined booziness with a side of deliciousness .. . a nice brew, and i don’t shower, so that’s what that is.... "the"

4.1
sayravai (4710) - 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 wasn’t too thrilled after sampling the 12 yo, but now I can’t wait to get a sip of the 30...

3.8
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.

4
thebeertourist (5189) - 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!


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