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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5602) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
Chris_o’s GBBF Shindig 08. Rich & heady. Very smooth and malty with a nip of bitterness. Tastes like Old Engine Oil. Aroma has some awareness of whiskey, but essentially this reminds me of Old Engine Oil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 10, 2008
12 oz bottle - Opaque black color with small medium tan head. Aroma is full of molasses, dark caramel, ash, raisens, subtle smoke. Flavor is full of roasted caramel, bitter malts, dates, oak, faint roastyness. Finish is fairly bitter for the style. Overall it’s good, but doesn’t quite live up to the hype or the price. I don’t get much scotch out of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at Chris Os Pre GBBF Tasting.
Thick blackness with a thin beige head. Thick, oily and viscous. Slight Highland Park showing but not in a particularly good way, far too much soy. Slight coffee and chocolate. Clear wood and roasted malt. Doesn’t really sit right in the mouth for what it is also. Good stuff but not worth all the hype if you ask me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25699) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Bottled. Very black colour, small brown head. Aroma is whisky oak cask and mild notes of vanilla, caramel malts and some slight berryish notes. Flavour is quite much the same in n excellent balance, and the notes of oak are even more evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9909) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Had this at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, 02-08-08 cheers for a wonderful day Chris Pours back with thin beige head I get some raspberry notes on the nose strangely? Smooth with just a gentle bitterness on the edges, not as thick or as rich as expected but very nice all the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2572) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Oak nose. Flavor is some burnt coffee but mostly sweet oak. Pricey at $8.99 for a 330ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (17572) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle at Chris_o pre GBBF Shindig 08. Thanks to Craig for this. Very deep brown/ruby colour. Thin latte colour head. Some choc and iodine on aroma, bit of TCP. It’s oily and the TCP isn’t great. The oily impy stout underneath is ok, but the whisky bit spoils it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle # 04450: Thick, viscous black pour...somewhat ashy in the nose with the whiskey/oak melding together wonderfully, notes of black malt, bitter dark chocolate, plums, raisins and black cherries. Medium bodied mouth feel, nicely carbonated. Mildly sweet dark malts come through initially followed by the whiskey/oak notes with some more of the ashy characteristics coming through on the finish. Dark chocolate flavors are apparent as well once it starts to warm a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10434) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
Black with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, wood vanilla and coffee, whiskey and coffe. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, whiskey, smoke and coffee. Warming alcohol in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Thin brown head of small and dense bubbles. Whiskey soaked tobacco, sweet malts, roasted grains and some raisins. Nice complex aroma. Color is a very dark brown. Smooth flavor. Little bit lifeless in the mouth though. Lots of roasted grains, smoked peat and some dark fruit again. Scotch is noticable late swallow and has a nice alcohol burn. Finishes peaty and malty. A decent brew. Kind of lifeless which factors into a bunch of things for me.

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