ChtiBreizh (258) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a smallish head, no retention nor lacings. Roasted malts, bitter burnt coffee, bitter milk chocolate. Little sweet with a dry and gently sour finish. I hardly feel any whisky. Very soft carbonation, oily to syrupy, full bodied. OK but nothing special.
alex_leit (789) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle #17026 (sept. 2014). Opaque, almost black color with tan foam. Aroma: vanilla, oak, smoked malt, whisky, bacon, caramel malt, biscuit. Taste: sweetish malt and caramel, smoked, cold coffee, chocolate, mild bitterness blends whisky, oak, hops. Like!
procraste (243) - FRANCE - AUG 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nez un peu trouble et moins chocolaté que la version 16 ans; clairement, ça sent le viandox ou le corned beef: ce qui n’est pas un problème en soit ... Tourbe et chocolat donc ... Plus de fraîcheur que la 16 ans. De la cardamone. Mieux donc mais toujours pas si exceptionnel. Pas très équilibrée qui plus est; et à nouveau, en se réchauffant dans le verre, se déprécie plus que ne s’améliore.
mmmbeer (1336) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 oz. serve at Saucer- near perfect black in color, thin tan head atop the surface. Aroma of plums and scotch- alright. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt tastes like it was burnt along with the sugar but at least it plays well off of each other, scotch in the middle and end. It worked too!
Franksv6 (616) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unclear black beer with a small beige head. Taste is coffee, lots of wood, rauch, caramel, wiskey. Great beer nice
Tognetta (440) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Totalmente negra, aspecto licoroso, espuma marrom de baixa formação, pouca persistência. Aroma em ordem de intensidade: defumado, amadeirado, chocolate, alcoólico, café, whisky não tão notável. Paladar de médio amargor torrado, seguindo o aroma defumado, café mais intenso do que no aroma . Corpo licoroso, carbonatação baixa. Aftertaste duradouro, mantendo as impressões iniciais de defumado e torrado. É uma boa cerveja, mas esperava um pouco mais.
ciocanelu (250) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark color, almost black, with just a bit of dark head. Aroma is not too intense, just some caramel and dark fruit notes, especially figs. Taste is also more faint compared to the other versions. Definitely the weakest of the Ola Dubh bunch, but still a very good, complex beer. What I enjoy most from the series is the strong fig character and the very balanced, complex taste.
JefVerstraete (2224) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte. Dark brown beer, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Dark fruit, whisky. Sweet vanilla notes, light bitter finish. Very well balanced. Wonderfull beer.
PartyFowle (707) - - JUL 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An old ale aged in whiskey casks, you say? Color me intrigued. And color the beer itself a nearly impenetrably black, though a lift up to the lights does reveal the faintest streaks of brilliant crimson. A pretty aggressive pour begets a one-finger head with a nice, cocoa powder colored head. Sadly, however, the crown is quickly gone, leaving just a ring in its wake. Ah, scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. The aroma is a celebration of the spirit, balanced with notes of dark chocolate as well as some sweeter fruity esters: currants, plums. A slight alcohol burn is also there, but it’s muted and blended nicely. I’d say the scotch is even more subdued in the flavor than in the nose, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, in interacts very well with the a heavy dark fruit sweetness. Amazing coffee notes from the malt hit at the finish and linger in the back of the throat for a while after the swallow. The mouthfeel seems to be the only downside to this beer. You would expect a brew whose name translates to "black oil" to be a little more viscous. The liquid feels creamy, sure, but a little more body would be appreciated. However, I could (and intend to) sip this for the next hour.
Travlr (16924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black hole black. Aroma has burnt licorice, leather, burnt espresso, overripe plums. Taste is rich, dark fruit, roasty, oily mouthfeel. Booze. Incredibly complex sipper.