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


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RATINGS: 773   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 15/20
robinvboyer (4425) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Smoky earthy woody aroma. Taste is roast, chocolate, oak, whiskey, smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4708) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Deep brown in color with a small tan head. Aroma is of oak, whiskey, chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Taste is of oak, molasses, vanilla and whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Pours dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is smoke or maybe peeted malt, oak, whiskey very pleasing. Flavor is smoke, oak, coffee, malt. Medium body with a great warming whisky finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottled. Poured deep brown, but rather clear with a tan head that stuck around for a short while. The aroma picked up sweet whiskey over bakers chocolate in a very nice presentation.. charred smoke and oaky notes highlighted.. warm and inviting. I didnt like the malt bill as much in the flavor department with less-defined chocolate and other black malts down there.. whiskey was present from the initial tangy impression on the tip of the tongue through long after the finish.. touch rough, but it kept me interested.. kiss of vanilla sweetness joined the whiskey and semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with some tacky feel on the back.. OK flow, but not as smooth as the 30.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (1075) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a very dark, caramel color, with little, if any, head. Very complex variety of flavors--some smoke, some sweet vanilla and molasses, a bit coffee and chocolate. Overall, just a bit too sweet to my taste, but certainly worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle #02075 from September 2007. Sampled on 09/20/2008. Dark black body with a medium frothy light brown head. Sweet scotch aroma, some light smoke and caramel. Sweet scotch flavor, some peat, caramel, and light smoke. Medium full body with low carbonation and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (6167) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle. Labeled 02014/Sept 2007. Black pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is very peaty with roasted malts, light vanilla, molasses, burnt wood and smoke. Taste is delicious! Smoke, burnt wood, light vanilla, peat, molasses, treacle and light scotch. Very tasty! Body is light-medium to medium with soft, almost faint carbonation feel on the tongue. Rather smooth overall. Light warmth as well. Ends with a bit less of the smokiness in it, more roasted malts, vanilla, wood and treacle. Can’t wait to try the 30!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle 08997, from sept 2007. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is expensive scotch: vanilla, smoke, peat. Flavor is subtly scotchy, with some chocolate and slight bitterness. Lots of smoke and oak. Really nice and warming, loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle 09899 September 2007 pours black with a creamy surface haze foam. The aroma is smoke, wood, malts, dark fruits, and peat. The flavor is smoke, vanilla, and dried plums. The palate is smooth and silky. Overall, good, but glad I got it on sale.

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