iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle, no. 03244/Sept 2007. Black with ruby edges and a small brown head that faded to a ring quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel, almonds, milk chocolate, light roast and hints of dry wood and vanilla in the background. Also there is some light stale cold coffee. More whiskey as it warms. Flavor has more dry wood than I’d want it to up front with some dry char, but some milk chocolate and caramel sweeten it a bit--almost like a Whopper(r). Bitterness is around a 2 or so in the semi-dry finish. Alcohol present and warming, but not overbearing at all. Medium smooth body with low carbonation. Pretty tasty.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy The CheeseMan. Black pour, sparse thin white head. Aroma has sweet caramel, hefty peat, sweet smoke, some booze, but not overwhelming. Nice roasty taste, alcohol apparent, very tannic finish. Aggressive scotch and oak characters, but stops short of being harsh.
travita (3652) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight smokiness in the aroma with oak as well and prunes, dark fruit, and maltiness. Nice smell. Smoke flavors. Thicker body. Roastiness and dryness.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle #3242, Sept 2007) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a spare beige head. Aroma of peat, sausage, roastiness, scotch, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Flavor of black and roasted malts, smoked beef jerky, scotch, and some oak dryness in the finish.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Appearance: Pours a plain black body with a frothed, though quickly diminishing, off-white head.
Smell: Respectably old, aged malts with a vein of dark fruitiness and a faroff hint of whiskey.
Taste: Dark malts deliver flavors of dark caramel, chocolate, and a even a little coffee. Solid sweetness. A firm pinch of pipe tobacco. Very light earthy bitterness. Mild whiskey character lends a warming finish. There’s a creaky woodiness that begins to creep into the aftertaste and flavor with each sip, so drink fast!
Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s okay. In all honesty, it started losing me as time went on. Now to get my greedy hands on that 16 year old (the beer) to continue the Ola Dubh line.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Name: Ola Dubh 12
Date: March 28, 2008
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: rich roasted and dark chocolate aroma, lots of whisky adds sweetness, touch of oak
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, lots of oak combines with to roasted for a drying bitterness that grows into the primary character, touch of whisky sweetness, dark chocolate comes in to blend with the whiskey and enhanced by a touch of vanilla, lasting bitter finish grows out of the dark chocolate
Overall: the whiskey character is well balanced and integrated with the base beer
Name: Ola Dubh 12
Date: January 30, 2009
Source: brick store
Aroma: the sweetness of the whiskey and vanilla are at the forefront of the aroma
Flavor: bourbon flavor is really huge, lots of oak, hot vanilla
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Black body, no head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. flavor is bourbony, chocolate and vanilla.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
*didnt like would never buy*
aroma: hard smell to describe. thick chewy black stout.. a small hint of whiskey.. i think. it smells good, just dont have words for it.. not coffee.. not chocolate.. not dark fruits.. maybe leather.
flavor: WOW, strong powerful wash of leather and oak and dark malt.. not to bitter, not to sweet.. odd.. very odd. the more i drink the less i like it. this is odd and kinda abusive. taste more like the memory of a grandfather than a drink.
palate: thin.. to thin. to many bubbles.
overall: the acidic bitter finish is not good. the richness gives way to bitter pain. this is all wrong.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Pours a deep, mahogany brown. Insanely peaty-smoky aroma, a touch of acridity as well. Seems to be a touch of rum-like sweetness trying to come out. The flavor is dominated by the smoke, with the roasted component showing up on the finish.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330mL bottle, courtesy of wickedpete. Thanks, Pete! Pours a very dark, murky chocolate color; light brown head with fine-bubbled lacing. Reasonable amounts of peat, moss, and soft oaky scotch notes; the chocolate and nougat character of the original is relaxed here; a touch of milk and bitter chocolate coming through. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: light carbonation; lots of nougat and baker’s chocolate, with a soft amount of scotch and oak and warming alcohol coming; the scotch is well-integrated, but doesn’t add a lot to the base beer; just a touch of scotch. Medium finish, showing bitter chocolate and warming alcohol and nougat.