thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - FEB 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer to have on my birthday! Really, really enjoyed this one, and kind of wished (though it was probably for the best) that I sprung the 20 bucks for the 40 year old that was still at the LCBO. What I love about this is how well mixed and balanced the scotch tastes are with the old ale tastes. You still get the malt, mixed with some spices and fruits floating just beneath the surface, but the peat smoke and the scotch flavours come in to make this beer something special. Pours blacker than black, probably the darkest beer I have had (take that Russian Imperial Stouts!) but tastes so smooth. The palate is a bit thin, I agree, but overall its a minor quibble for a beer that is easily in my top 10 if not top 5 beers.
redders1974 (687) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2016 Iíve just drunk a bottle of this and Iím still not sure what to make of it inky back minimal head like an English strong ale with stout like qualites. peat tar leather caramel a strange array of flavours interesting beer the whisky influence is prominent
fiveacestx (904) - Texas, USA - APR 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark pour with an average tan head. Light coffee aroma, nuts and a woodsy whiskey taste. Also has some stout overtones to it. This a good beer!
Hidden_Pooch (485) - 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 (710) - 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 itís velvety smooth and later it becomes a little more harsh yet still keeping everything in balance. This is something quite unique and beautiful.
johnnymusky (819) - 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.
Iíve 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 (1219) - 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 (148) - - 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 (1277) - 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 (89) - - 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 itís 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.