m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a very dark black hue - almost looks like tar. The hue sits below a light brown head.
Dark fruits are dominant in the aroma, as well as scotch and lots of yeast.
Flavor is woody and smoky, with lots of figs and dates in the end flavor.
Syrupy texture, with lively carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bottle number 07058 from the September 2007 brewing. Pours with a large, brown head that fades to a ring and a very dark brown body. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, tar, wood, chocolate, soy sauce, figs and dates. Taste is lots of wood, scotch, peat, coffee and dark fruit. Syrupy mouthfeel, light bubbles.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Pours a pitch black with a thin body and weak head. Aroma is plastic chocolate with thin smoke and 80s hairspray, probably Aqua Net. Flavor is peat smoke, roasted chocolate, and oak chip bbq wood. Average mouthfeel. Inconsistent and shallow.
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, couldnt read number, very black color with faint chocolate head, aroma of peat, oak and pecan wood and some spicy chocolate, flavor is wonderful mix of chocolate, roasted chestnuts, ground coffee, light whiskey and smokey finish
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Here is my description of the Ola Dubh 12, I find this does not differ much...
12 oz bottle, pours black with a ruby tinge around the edges. Head is thin, frothy, and tan and dissipates fully, leaving no lacing. Wonderful aroma of smoke, wood, bitter chocolate, whiskey, and dark fruits. Aroma is better than taste, however. Taste of smokey wood, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate. Thin and oily mouthfeel.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Black. Big tan head. Aroma: Smokey chocolate malt. Flavor: Smokey chocolate malt, scotch. Sweet finish. Smooth!
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with pilsnerpeter. Very dark brown/black beer with a thick, fine-laced tan head. Aroma is very oaky and cocoa-laden. Rich whiskyish/caramel nose, light sweetness and a bit of nice rich oakiness. The aroma is really lovely, soft and oaky. Very rich flavour of cocoa, caramel and a soft slightly smoky scotch flavour. The peaty/smoky character is really apparent retronasally. Despite all of the complexity, the beer is surprisingly drinkable. Chewy and light salty with a bit of soft briny roastiness. Not boozy at all, and just a generally delicious brew.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Toronado. Dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma is deeper in sweetness and fruity notes than that of the 12yo. Still plenty of bourbon barrel. Flavor retains a nice smokey to sweet balance with more raisin and toffee. Nice malt balance.
dogfish120love (1112) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown, appears black in glass. Head is a tannish brown
Smell: Heavy notes of chocolate, malt, burnt sugar and alcohol.
Flavor: Has a funky almost smoked flavor for a finnish, must be the barrel its aged in. Has a slightly woody/ scotch like after taste as well. Definitely different
Palate: Smooth yet funky
Not the biggest fan but not bad
Serving type: bottle
bierkoning (12176) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Lithy, thanks! Almost black and opague. Dark chocolate and peat in the aroma. Full bodied. Malty and peaty flavor with dark chocolate. This peat and oak hide the body of this beer. Good complexity.