Monday, December 19, 2011

Harviestoun - Ola Dubh 12 2009

8% ABV

"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.”


This stout pours a midnight black with a one finger mocha head. The head disepates quickly to leave a perfectly still glass.


The aroma is big on the coffee, malt and dark fruit. There is also hints of licorice and yes, whisky.


The taste is very close to the aroma leading with coffee and dark fruit. There is a noticeable whisky and dark chocolate finish. This has a full body and a very nice mouthfeel.


My overall impression is excellent. This is an imperial stout with hints of Highland park, how could you go wrong? This is a full flavour stout with all the qualities that an imperial stout should have. I happen to be a scotch lover too so this was very easy to drink for me. I would rate this a 9 out of 10.


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