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


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RATINGS: 763   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2008
The pours is very dark near black color, with a very thin tan head. Nose is smokey wood, vinous, and alcohol. Taste resembles the nose and is smooth with a nice alcohol warming at the finish. This ale is very finicky to temperature, make sure not to try it to cold!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Thanks for sharing this bro! Pours a rich brown color with thin light tan head. Aroma is of peat, roasted malt, light vanilla and dark fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit notes, light charred wood and iodine. Full bodied and chewy, this one did not do it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Thanks, bro! Pours a very dark ruby color that almost looks oil-black, with a very thin white ring. Aroma is smoke, wood, roasted malts, tobacco, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is smooth, smoke, tobacco, and a mineral-like quality that my bro explains as Iodine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Dark black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke and dark fruits. Flavor of roasted malts, smoke, coffee and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours very thick, black with little head. The aroma is of malts and bourbon. The flavor is interesting: it has a very strong peat characteristic, and tastes smoked and almost salty, but with sweet coffee malts reminiscent of a porter. It gets much better as you drink it, but it is still rather tough to drink. Very interesting, but I do not think that I would be inclined to get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Black in color with a small light brown head. The aroma is of woody with notes of scotch, chocolate, dark fruits and a hint of soy sauce. The flavor is of good whiskey, oak, dark fruits and coffee. The texture is watery. Overall Id say its a good ale; I like it, but I felt the texture is somewhat of a let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (2219) - Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. Nice. Black and thick. Just like Honkeybra likes em. Whisky-y nose, with some soy sauce possibly. Flavor is complex. Bitterness, some motor oil, some black stuff. Very nice mouthfeel. Just rolls over the tongue and happiness ensues.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (389) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours with a very dark black hue - almost looks like tar. The hue sits below a light brown head. Dark fruits are dominant in the aroma, as well as scotch and lots of yeast. Flavor is woody and smoky, with lots of figs and dates in the end flavor. Syrupy texture, with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle. Bottle number 07058 from the September 2007 brewing. Pours with a large, brown head that fades to a ring and a very dark brown body. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, tar, wood, chocolate, soy sauce, figs and dates. Taste is lots of wood, scotch, peat, coffee and dark fruit. Syrupy mouthfeel, light bubbles.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle... Pours a pitch black with a thin body and weak head. Aroma is plastic chocolate with thin smoke and 80s hairspray, probably Aqua Net. Flavor is peat smoke, roasted chocolate, and oak chip bbq wood. Average mouthfeel. Inconsistent and shallow.

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