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


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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 first with genuine provenance. This version is aged in Highland Park 40 Year whisky casks.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1184) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
The old engine oil character is all there but starts to fall down a little at 40. For me woody dryness took away from the balance of the 30 (my favorite of the series). Still very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Albe (56) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2012
Black dense body and brown mostly diminishing head. The aroma is very complex, dominated by cask wood, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some whisky notes. Pleasing creamy, moderately sweet body. Flat carbonation and long flavour duration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (5058) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle from the Whisky Shop, Metrocentre, Gateshead. Drank on my 40th birthday! An inky black oily beer which pours without a head. It has slight chocolate flavours followed by very strong vanilla, oak and leather notes with fairly strong smoke in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
330ml bottle dated Jan 2009. Deep brown pour with some tan head. Nose is crazy complex with smoke/peat, caramel malt, and some dark fruit. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6158) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2012
(330ml bottle dated January 2009 thanks to dixonian) rich espresso brown with a creamy dark ran head. Nose of smoky whiskey, light peat, caramel, cream and marshmallow. Endlessly complex. Taste of light smoke, sweet but thin fudgey chocolate, light alcohol, mildly Sweet, less Complex than the nose but still nice. Light alcohol linger, chocolaty and rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kingkevz (1) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2012 does not count
fantastic taste. bold, whiskey on the nose and palate. delicious. the aroma is quite strong, very little head, disappears quickly. get some raisin and smoke..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
18th December 2009
Opaque black beer. Unsweet chocolate and a little whisky on the nose. Softish palate, semi dry. Fresh minerally malt with unsweet chocolate. Rich whisky is loud and clear! Feels like a stout with whisky added rather than barrel aged! Soft, creamy - well joined up. Delicious. Head and shoulders above the other Ola Dubhs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #55737, bottled January 2009. I looked up how much the 30 year whiskey costs and the cheapest was just north of $300. The 40 year is just a fraction more at over $1,200 per bottle. And to think I thought this bottle of beer was expensive at $16.99. 3.0 A: Black color. Just about a finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is subpar and one lone, patch of lacing is left. 4.0 S: The 30 year Ola Dubh I had recently was from 07. Im glad this one is from 09. The whiskey is more powerful. The base beer itself offers little aside from a roastiness and a bit of chocolate. The whiskey is where its at. The 40 year is decidedly more earthy and "wild" than the 30 year. Mountain stream, ash, peat, mineral. Theres also light amounts of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Really well integrated, but I think I liked the nose on the 30 a bit better. Still, this Highland Park stuff seems legit. 3.5 T: The base is again MIA save for some roastiness. The whiskey tastes like it smells, but could use a bit of power. Fresh running forest stream, ash, peat, mineral again. Coffee and chocolate gain some strength while the vanilla and oak stay in the shadows. Easily the most earthy whiskey Ive experienced (most of which have been through beer). While this is tasty, both the base beer and the whiskey need some more strength for this to break past a 3.5. 2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is a touch lower than what Id like. Missing all creaminess for the most part. 3.0 D: Normally Id give this a 3.5 out of general good will, but I cant since this is so goddamn expensive. Its not a bad beer, but it has plenty of flaws and the mouthfeel sucks. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-06-2012 22:24:37

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2012
33 cl bottle. Bottle no. 40801. Bottled on 01/2009. BBE 24.06.2011.
Rated on 20110624.
Pours pitch black color with small, rapidly dissipating head. Aroma of slightly disturbing peat and harsh whiskey. Flavor of ash dry chocolate, peat and some harsh salmiac notes. Bitter and dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (4582) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Nose of hard roasted malt, whiskey and smoked notes. Flavor of roasted malts, ripe fruit and whisky along with with spicy notes. Soft carbonation. Full bodied. Oily texture. Ends up more dry and with notes of wwhisky and alcohol. A world class beer smoother than the 30 years old version.

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