eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. The pour was dark brown to black, thin off-colored head, that really didn’t lace much. The aroma was definite whiskey, peaty smoked notes, chocolate, some faint dark fruits. The flavor was cocoa, but only after firm whiskey notes, seemingly more prominent than the 12 version, the same holds for the peaty elements, very prominent, which I don’t remember from the 12. Mouthfeel was fairly moderate and drinkable, stopping short of sticky, just a bit too whiskey-ish. I actually like the 12 better, go figure.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black/brown pour with no head to speak of. Smells malty, charcoal, earthy, more alcohol than the 12. Tastes malty, little roast, maple, raisin some dark red fuits. Middle to finish is dominated by the oaky charcoal, which makes this version too smokey to me compared to the 12, which I liked better. Still not bad, but definetely not worth the price tag. After having the 12 I was worried about there being too much barrel prescence in the older ones and I feel I was correct. Other than to say you’ve tried it, save a few bucks and get the 12.
nearbeer (4061) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl, number 10053, bottled Sept 07. Small head that lasts leaving a soapy film of frosting on the glass. Aroma is hickory wood, oak, whiskey, caramel, chocolate, soy sauce, coffee, raisin, peat, vanilla, beef jerky. Flavors are similar, and then some. More mint and smoke on the finish. Medium-heavy body is dry and smooth with light carbonation. Although this one is fantastic, I like the others in the series better; they seemed to be a little sweeter.
dchmela (2785) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle cracks open with just a hint of carbonation and out pours some very thick and oily beer with just a hint a a dark tan head. Peat, fresh wood, and whiskey dominate the aroma. Taste is smooth and malty, but overly thick and cloying. Has a dry edge to it, some chocolate also. Finishes a little thick, but overall a very nice sipping drink and a unique beverage.
desdemoor (14) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review bottle from brewery, number 01146, 33cl. Black, thick fine deep fawn head, dark malt, wood and black cherry fruit aroma with an obvious but light whisky note, not as pronounced as 12-year-old expression. Smooth viscous chocolate and wood palate with obvious whisky cask cut through by lightly vinous and sharpish notes, tangy slightly minty finsh with some alcoholic warmth, sherry, chocolate and raisin notes, late charred tones and a touch of hops in a very long finish, excellently balanced between malt and a fruity tang. Overall my favourite of the three 2007 Ola Dubh releases.
coldbrewky (1492) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle# 10884 (2007) Courtesy of the sloth. Pours black and gloopy. Nose is pungent and remeniscent of a wet cellar in some old mansion: Caramel malts, wet wood and a touch of whiskey spilled on the floor...and some blackberries? Body is rich, smooth and surprisingly only Medium +. Mouthfeel is on the short side. Head is revived easily by the cat merely headbutting the small table for attention. Lingering whiskey bite at finish where the normal hop finish is expected. Some droopy lacing. Wonder how this will taste with a few years of dust on the bottle.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a difference 4 years makes. Poured like motor oil from the bottle with a faint head of tan foam. Similar aroma to the 12 year, but significantly more smooth and flavorful than it’s predecessor. Not a very ambitious brew by any means, but certainly something to appreciate.
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chris_o’s GBBF Shindig 08. Rich & heady. Very smooth and malty with a nip of bitterness. Tastes like Old Engine Oil. Aroma has some awareness of whiskey, but essentially this reminds me of Old Engine Oil.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - Opaque black color with small medium tan head. Aroma is full of molasses, dark caramel, ash, raisens, subtle smoke. Flavor is full of roasted caramel, bitter malts, dates, oak, faint roastyness. Finish is fairly bitter for the style. Overall it’s good, but doesn’t quite live up to the hype or the price. I don’t get much scotch out of it.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: bottle at Chris O’s Pre GBBF Tasting.
Thick blackness with a thin beige head. Thick, oily and viscous. Slight Highland Park showing but not in a particularly good way, far too much soy. Slight coffee and chocolate. Clear wood and roasted malt. Doesn’t really sit right in the mouth for what it is also. Good stuff but not worth all the hype if you ask me.