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 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (11683) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Chocolate and coconut on nose. Taste is silky sweet chocolate, liquorice, coconut, smooth whisky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (18100) - PCastle, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier, kein Schaum. Geruch mild holzig, schokoladig, etwas Whiskey. Geschmack torfig, rstmalzig, schokoladig, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1372) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 330ml bottle served in a ordinary glass. Bottled in September 2007. A: Pours a completely black color forming a small and thin beige head. Medium retention and some few lacings formed and left in the glass S: Great nose. Strong notes of roasted malts, oak, dark chocolate and toffee. Some notes of whiskey T: Strong notes of oak, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Slightly sweet upfront followed by a perfect roasted bitter end M: Quite creamy body. Low carbonation. Roasted bittersweet aftertaste O: Masterpiece [ BA Review @ 12/15/2010 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1588) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle shared by John. Flat with roasted malt taste. There is a slight wood taste an some heat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1631) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Oaky, roasted malt aroma. Smooth, silky flavor with dark chocolate and coffee. Full body, medium carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (757) - HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2014
Azzal, hogy az ezzel kapcsolatos informcik tudatnak fnyben a whisky-szerű jellemvonsok visszaksznnek a srben, lnyegben semmit nem mondtam. Biztosan vannak, akik mind illatban, mind zben kzelebb llnak rzik ahhoz a tpushoz tpushoz, mint klnleges sritalhoz. Jmagam - nem lvn nagy whisky-fogyaszt - termszetesen ragaszkodnk inkbb a srspecialitsknt trtnő besorolshoz, az előzőek viszont kellő mrtkben illusztrljk azt, mennyire szksgtelen a sr lnyegi elemeit latolgatni. Illata nagymrtkben hasonlt az Ola Dubh 18-ra, a tbb fzisban felplő prklt magvas, getett pkstemnyes, hamus svnyt ss aszalt szilva nyomai szeglyezik, mgnem elrkeznk egy vanlis, acetonosan alkoholos, vrbeli whisky aromhoz. A kortyok plyja mr nem rhat le ennyire sszetetten, kezdetben kiss res, voltakppen sznsav nlkli, majd egy fokozatosan lesedő, prklt malts, dis-vanlis zvilg lp a sznre, hogy utzben az rett, tlgyfahords, nemesen alkoholos, nagyfokan whiskys hangulat radjon szt. Lebilincselő jelensg, amint a vrtnl taln kevsb, csupn kzepesen testes, klhoz hasonlatos sznű s tltszsg ital a kstols sorn meglepetsszerűen komplex, olajos s krmes zjegyeit is feltrja, sszessgben egy csavaros, sszetveszthetetlen s semmikppen nem felejthető karaktert alkotva.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tiny tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavour are liquorice, roasted malt, whiskey, chocolate, smoke, and vanilla with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (4358) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle at an Ola Dubh vertical. Pours a very dark brown color. Nose is a bit muted compared to the others in the series, though you still get the peatiness with some subtle scotch and roasting. Taste is very smooth, with chocolate, caramel, and slight wood elements to it. Nice. Favorite in the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
falco242 (386) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Really impressive...Oak and vanilla and coffee and scotch (just a hint). Really nice and remarkably smooth. Not a scotch guy by any measure but really like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle:   Richer than all the rest.   Not too much peat, some chocolate.   Smooth, very smooth.   Low iodine.   Nice.   Thanks Matt!

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