Harviestoun Ola Dubh (30 Year Old)

Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%

NB if your bottle is marked 30th anniversary edition (bottled June 2013) Your rating should go here:

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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Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 8, 2017
From Apr 2008

Okay, time to try ths expensive puppy:

This pours a pitch black with a good 2 finger of tannish foam. Nice.

The smell has notes of whiskey, Smoke, vanilla, and some fruit.

The taste is very fruity(plum and black cherries) up front followed by some caramel, smoke, vanilla(which is done very nicely), more fruit, some fig, some toffee, and a light but satisfying whiskey flavour. I even get a touch of chocolate when I swish the beer in my mouth.

Nice thickish body here and it's lightly carbonated so I don't get distracted from all the flavours going on here. The head retention is *very* good and the lacing is good as well.

The more I sip, the sweeter it seems to get but it doesn't cross the border and become cloying.

Wow. I just took my last sip typing this. A good indicator of how drinkable it is for me. I know the alcohol is there, for sure, but the tastiness and smoothness of this Old Ale makes it easy to not notice it. Well done.

I'm sure glad I opted to get a few bottles of the Ola Dubh series as each one brought something different to the table and were very enjoyable. The only thing stopping me from seeking them out again is that they're so darn expensive!

Tide (4509) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Black color, white head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, dark fruits, oak, a bit of whisky, chocolate, a bit of earthy notes and bread. Bitter finish with roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, wood, a bit of whisky and nuts. Excellent brew.

sudomorph (1193) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2016 June 2013 bottle. Pours nearly with a bubbly, tan head. Aroma has smooth notes of roast, deep, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, cola, smooth oak and whisky, hints of vanilla, and thought of smoke. Taste is balanced. Caramel, toffee, wood spice, soft vanilla cola, tannins, faint whisky, slight coffee, and oak spice. Medium-full body with a low carbonation. Slick but clean in the mouth. Overall super smooth. Dark flavours of caramelized, oak spice, cola, toffee, chocolate. Lots of flavours.

Johnsense (1775) - - MAY 1, 2016
09 bottle, dark pour, no head. Peat, scotch whisky, smokey aroma and taste. Molasses, fig. Medium body. Probably spent too much time cellaring.

allmyvinyl (11082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Paired with Lovibond’s Sour Grapes, which made for an odd combination! Pours jet black with a very thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate, tobacco and leather, alongside light woody-boozy notes. Quite a sweet taste impression at first, but the then roasted malt and whisky make themselves known. A good beer should take you on a journey, and this certainly does.

Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle..pour is dark black..Nose is roasty, spice, chocolate,, , ..Taste is roast, dirt, bold, chocolate, sweetness..

Satyroneto (399) - BRAZIL - NOV 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2017 N° 02792 - junho 13 Sem carbonatação, aroma linear de café e chocolate com percepção do álcool. Corpo leve com sabor seguindo o aroma sem retrogosto. Acredito que meu exemplar estava comprometido. Nova degustação: Nº 06012 - junho 13. Essa cerveja não foi feita pra mim.

Tognetta (953) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 12, 2015
Totalmente negra, ao servir me pareceu menos licorosa do que a 12,16 e 18, espuma rala de pouquíssima formação e persistência. Aroma intenso adocicado, uva passa, frutas vermelhas em conserva, chocolate, média torrefação e levemente defumada. Paladar trás mais de café, sem perder muito do dulçor, mas trasparece mais o malte, e leve amargor torrado. Corpo médio abaixo do esperado, sem carbonatação. Aftertaste lembra a charuto, e com o passar do tempo no copo, mais e mais tende ao sabor de whisky. O álcool apesar de presente, não atrapalha. Em geral achei que seria a melhor, mas prefiro a 18, tem menos de whisky e mais de cerveja.

TorbenJensen (1576) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
It’s a foam poor ale, which is black and has the most delicate vinous aromas of dried fruit on a port-like manner.
Old Ale, Port, Barley Wine and Single Malt Whisky has combined in this magnificent ale. Light smoked malt is transferred to dried figs and prunes as becoming slightly bitter chocolate notes which go on to discrete port sweetness. From here we head for round caramel notes with whisky’s little dry alcohol to follow.

abemorsten (3683) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2015
Flott innpakning med lissesnor rundt halsen og egen pappboks. Gir et eksklusivt inntrykk. Tykt mørkebrunt skum legger seg oppå en helt svart kropp. Fatlagret whisky er mest fremtredende i nesa, men røstet malt er ikke langt bak og det er også noen eiketoner. Full røstet maltkropp og også i munnen kommer whiskeytonene tydelig frem. Det hele er velbalansert og mykt med en passende alkovarme i halsen. En deilig nightcap!

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