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


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RATINGS: 784   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 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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Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
You look at this beer and try to discern a colour... the best you can get is that it is as black as sin and maybe shows some mahogany around the dimple and the rim of the glass. The head upped and went after a very short time leaving a herbal-greenish tinge on a latte skim of bubble. The nose is just molasses all over. I’m surprised this s connected with whisky and not dark rum. Black strap molasses, pumpernickel, rye, dark chocolate, treacle, plums and thick plastic dominate the aromas. While it is obviously enormous, it is a treat for the nose. Thick and oily in the mouth, those aroma signatures abound in the mouth with plentiful molasses. There is a nod toward bitterness but the start is its thick, oily texture. It is chewy and reminds me of an acquaintance who having been to Ireland (and was not known as a Guinness drinker) said you could stand a spoon up in the pints. This is probably as close as that gets. A bit of bonfire smoke starts to come out in the flavour, which is gratifying and resonates with the house character of Highland Park whisky - also a favourite. This is love: beer and whisky in poetic harmony. Sweet toward the finish without being sickly and cloying. Plenty of lingering warmth in the top of the chest and a platoon of Orcadian distillery workers and Caledonian brewers to thank. The warmth in my chest is probably made up just as much of love.

19Michi38 (186) - Cracow, POLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Różnice między 12-stką subtelne. W zapachu bardziej wyraźna beczka. W zapachu bardziej kwaśne, goryczka troszkę wyższa, posmak bardziej palony.

wekker84 (2360) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
Bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma malts chocolate coffee oak spicy caramel and porto flavor malts chocolate dark fruits coffee dried fruits oak caramel spicy and some bitterness

Niller (1706) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2017
Bottle from Voldby. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma and taste is malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, whiskey notes, dark fruits. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Light bitter finish.

zvsn (2059) - ISRAEL - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks kerenmk. Deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of oak, peat, iodine, chocolate, port wine, whiskey. Sweet, roasted, chocolate, caramel, peat, wood, moderate bitterness. Full-bodied, oily. Really good.

rayaron (1785) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at zvsns place. Thanks keremk. Deep brownish-amber with beige head. The aroma has some peat, whiskey, ink, alcoholic and smoked. Bitterish flavor, alcoholic with notes of ink, peat, quite oily, wood, some smokiness, alcohol warmth in the finish. Full-bodied.

MrOrla (3054) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2017
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roast, Barrel, deep toffee, tar, loads whisky, smoke - peat?, notes of bandaid. Heavy sweet, loads of dry barrel, smoke, vinous, dried fruits, phenolic like smoke, bandaid.

OminouSC2 (647) - Mora, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2017
Black color, small brown head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, wood, whisky, chocolate, cream, vanilla and dates. Taste of caramel, dates, wood, whisky, malt, chocolate, syrup and dried figs. Sweet and balanced.

jooilakon (126) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2017 Bottle 330 ml from an Amazon order. Light brown/beige head and black body. Well rounded taste with roasted coffee, caramel and smoky whisky. Rich.

msbernac (2556) - Krakow, POLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle Aroma-caramel, whiskey Appearance-black, hazy, tan foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

sinfull (1632) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2017
Black color. Thin , brown head. Malt , milk chocolate and whiskey in aroma. Taste follows. Roasted bitterness at the end. Warming finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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