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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (18 Year Old)

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

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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ola Dubh (or "Black Oil") is so named because it is gloopy and viscous. This limited release has been matured in casks from Orkney’s award-winning Highland Park distillery to add complimentary whisky notes to what is already an amazing brew. It is chocolatey with a roasty, bittersweet aftertaste. Special Reserve 18, whisky notes: Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was named Best Spirit in the World by F. Paul Pacult; it offers toffee sweetness, almond nuttiness and a prolonged, smoky aftertaste.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours black, with a small airy mocha head. Aroma is mellow roasted malts with cocoa, coffee and wooden barrels, as well as smoke and leather. Medium to creamy body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is burned malts with cocoa and clear notes of whisky barrels, as well as notes of earth, tobacco, dark fruits and molasses.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1069) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 11, 2014
On tap at La fira de Sabadell. Black colour with tan head. Whisky, wood aroma. Whisky, wood taste, slightly roasted and sweet. Medium to full body. I expected some peatiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (1861) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Pours a black colour with a thin beige head, aroma has plenty of malt and whisky, taste is bitter with some alcohol, with a dry bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (235) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
bottle @ home. BBF 2015-05. Dark brown and dark reddish color and a no head, just a faint bunch of beige bubbles. Sweet and softly roasted aroma with distinct wood/oak character. Also Whiskey, some peat and warming alcohols, milk chocolate, vanilla, vinous plums & raisins. Sweet smooth and big mouth feel with low carbonation. Flavors of chocolate, sweet whiskey, oak, vanilla, red berries. Peat in finish, which is a bit cloying/glue-like. Earthy bitterness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
solvaris (106) - - OCT 4, 2014
im Whiskyfass gereift, aussergewöhnlich, rauchig ---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabuzzer (76) - - OCT 3, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours deep black with a small toffee coloured head. Sweet, fruity with a strong whisky aftertaste that got stronger the further down the glass I got

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (392) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2014
Dark-coloured with beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit. Taste of roasted malt and à bit smoky

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tsekouratos (285) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - OCT 3, 2014
On tap at Beer Temple, Amsterdam Netherlands. Black color, a little opaque, with light brown head. Aromas is barrel, dark fruits, olives. Taste is sweet, olives, oak, liquorice, dark fruits. Sweet aftertaste, light and pretty mild. Medium to full body with low carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"skips over the 30 in the hierarchy...rivals the 40 as the smoothest. lost of whiskey in this one, but not hot at all. some smoke, sweet dark fruit and roasted malts. Good enough i want to try the whiskey..."

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
CpyNPrnT (385) - Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2014 Aroma of toffee, chocolate, whiskey, taste is toffee, sweet, nutty, really nice balance of Scotch Whiskey, very smooth on the palate, slightly sticky, warming from the alcohol at the back of the palate. Very, very good if you like Scotch Whiskey and beer.


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