Harviestoun Ola Dubh 16 Year Old
Style: Old Ale
Format: 330ml Bottle
Ola Dubh (or 'Black Oil') is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park Distillery. 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% ABV 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.
Ola Dubh 16 pours out jet black, with a small mocha-coloured head. There's plenty to enjoy on the nose which is a classy blend of whisky, sweet roasted malts, earthy woodland and vanilla. The flavour is rich; loaded with sweet-roasted dark malts and coffee. And just at the finish there's nice, smoky peat hints with just a touch more bourbon than the 12.
Rated 99 out of 100 on Ratebeer.com
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
A rich, rewarding sipper, well worth the little bit extra money. I used buy this one by the case to give away as presents to lucky friends and family. Woody, dark coffee notes, with a pleasant bitterness rounded out by the barrel aging.