Hidden_Pooch (509) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky black with a barely there tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, whiskey, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, and coconut. Tastes of burnt coffee, roasted malts, whisky and wood. Has a watery body with low carbonation. Kind of oily and very warming.
BitchPls (744) - FINLAND - APR 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola black beer with a dark beige head. A little roastiness and red berries on the nose. Medium bitterness. Quite mild aroma at first but builds up towards the after taste. At first it has this medium, dry roastiness and then suddenly builds up to a lot sweeter and thicker flavor. At first it’s velvety smooth and later it becomes a little more harsh yet still keeping everything in balance. This is something quite unique and beautiful.
johnnymusky (869) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with dusty and brian....thought it would have been better...smokey malts...some berries but just ok flavor...needed more...(#811)
Odysseyalien (71) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On cask at the Ginger Man, Manhattan.
I’ve had virtually all of the Ola Dubh family in bottles over the years. This is my first having any of them on cask. Man, what an awesome surprise. Mouthfeel is creamy, surprising to me for "only" an 8 abv. Smell is dried fruit. But the taste...caramel, dried fruit...it really blew me away. Gosh, I want more of this on cask. Really an unexpected taste treat on cask. Bravo to the brewers. Bartender...
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - APR 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pours nearly black with a beige head; sweet aroma of caramel with some vanilla, wood, and malt; taste is sweet with caramel, malt, vanilla, and hints of wood; finish is dry with a touch of wood and whiskey; real nice beer
EvgeniyKurilov (154) - - APR 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with minamal head. Reach aroma of chocolate and nuts, vanilla and peat. Flavour the same with oak notes. Really nice with HP wisky (not as mix, but ome after another). Long roasty malty aftertaste.
eduardovl (1323) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle served in snifter glass. Purchased at Drinks of the World - Geveva.
A: Pours a dark brown to black color forming a medium beige head with medium to low retention and some few spotty lacings left in the glass.
S: Strong notes of sweet caramel, roasted malts, whisky and wood, mainly. A bit boozy. Hints of vanilla and licorice. Light notes of leather and earth.
T: Sweet upfront taste. Strong notes of caramel and roasted malts. Notes of whisky, oak, vanilla and licorice. In overall, the taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Light notes of grassy hops.
M: Heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet caramel, whisky and oak in the aftertaste.
O: Excellent drinkability. Less whiskey than the 16 version. More caramel and roasted malts. Classic British Old Ale.
JFF (112) - - MAR 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strangely satisfying. I expected more flavors out of this, but it’s the smoothness that gives this beer all its merit. Light toasted aromas. Weak head and adequate carbonation. Very dark. Quite complex in mouth. High alcohol content not perceptible, so very well balanced.
nofearhatmatt (48) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - an amazing beer. Smokiness comes through first. You can definitely taste the whiskey. Pours very black. A good sweetness in the flavour as well. Goes so well with steak.
allanmb (150) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with good beige head. Nose is initially metallic and woody settling down to chocolate and heavily roasted barley, slight phenols coming through. Taste is better than the aroma, smooth and rich on the body with initial hit of malt and chocolate tastes developing into slight coffee, raisins and oak. The finish is not as long as I thought it would be but there is a touch of peat phenols amongst cocoa.