kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330cL bottle, courtesy of wickedpete. Thanks, Pete! Pours a dark, murky chocolate color; light brown color with very patchy lacing. Olives, leather, and dark chocolate and coffee in the aroma; vaguely clearer expression of dark chocolate and moss than the 12 year old. Relaxed carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this actually feels a little watery on the edges, like scotch on the rocks with the ice melted; some dark bakerís chocolate and nougat, but also a bit ashy and dry and chalky. About the same as the 12 year old, if a little less messy. Lengthy finish, showing nougat and dark bitter chocolate and ash.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of wickedpete. Dark brown body with a small tan head. The nose is dark fruits, light molasses, some chocolate and light roast. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with milk chocolate, raisins, molasses and vanilla. Medium body is a bit thin with moderate carbonation.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by wickedpete. Nose of peppered fish and olive, much like the 12 year. Silky whiskey, roast and chocolate, more chocolate and roast than the 12, for sure, but still some of the oily celery/vegetable notes. Has more of a smoke and roast character, but still with the oily texture.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Intriguing. Pours a dense black with minimal head (never an issue for me). An intense aroma of chocolate and whiskey. The flavor is smokey (but maybe more of an ashen smokey, in fact like a high end Scotch) and slightly boozy. Itís not as complex as I anticipated, but this is one of the few beers Iíve had recently that made me think I need to try 2 or 3 more before I can really appreciate it. Thereís a pleasantly bitter (but not really hoppy aftertaste). The key question: is it worth the $9 I paid for an 11.2-ounce bottle. I think, after Iíve had a couple more, Iíll say "yes." Then comes the next question: am I intrigued enough to try the 30 for $15 a bottle? Not sure yet. Stay tuned.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 Bottle, thanks Beachbum25!!! Molasses is the first thing I smelled, followed by some spices(cinammon, etc) Scotch aroma is evident. Head is a tad better than the 12, but not much. Wood and smoke tones are readily available on the tongue. Hops are a tiny bit more noitceable than the 12. Very good.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
side by side with 12, 16, and 30.† 12 poured a black with mild flat head, mild strong scotch aroma, full flat smooth palate with scotch mocha finish, sticky aftertaste. 16 had a longer head, milder aroma, smoother balanced and whiskier milkier palate. 30 had same head as 16, smooth scotch aroma, lot smoother palate and more vanilla leading in to a well balanced mild finish, the best was 30,.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 #1500 - Black, thin khaki colored head. Intense leathery peat smoke and chocolate coffee layer on undercurrents of whiskey and vanilla wood. Flavor comes on strong and balanced with oaked whiskey and smoke flowing over mild chocolate, earthy vanilla, and dry roasted coffee-like tones. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. A special thanks to Rick at IM Wine (Fulton, MD) for this opportunity to taste all the Ola Dubhís side by side. All were very good, but the 16 wins my vote by a hair...
PorterPounder (5097) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brandon, Fl - Kingdom Liquors - 11.2 oz bottle - #5629 - for these tracking. Pours a dark as night black with a thin mocha colored head. Strong aroma of smoked meats and salting fish - settles into something resembling fruity pebbles. Flavor of smoked meat comes through as well with some strong coffee notes. Earthiness comes through as well - rich black potting soil comes to mind. Just a tad too much saltiness though for my liking. Thick and rich mouthfeel. Nice novelty.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour deep brown, almost black, very small head. Glorious aroma. A restrained, sophisticated sweetness of stone fruit and molassas leading; deep peaty, smoky whisky following. More and more of the smoke comes out in the aroma as I progress, to the point that itís really quite heavy once Iím half way through the beer.
The flavor and mouthfeel disappoint somewhat. The former because I was expecting a little richer dried dark fruit, and instead the beer is pretty ashy, dry, even pushing salty (not so bad in and of itself, but very much not what I was expecting and hoping for, given the aroma). Itís a bit harsh, a bit burnt, an unpleasant not-hops-but-something-else bitterness on the very long end. The latter because it comes off thin compared to what one expects from the aroma and appearance. Nonetheless, weíve got an enjoyable and well crafted beer. Certainly interesting, certainly different, but not only for the sake of being interesting and different. It actually works pretty well. Not that this price point -- but thatís another issue altogether and not one that Iíve taken into account in the ratings. Given that I didnít drink this one head-to-head with the 12-year and given that itís been a while since I had the latter, I canít really compare the two well beyond to note the similarities, suggest a slightly better integrated whisky-barrel character to the 16 (but this could be my imagination), and note that the 0.2 point difference between my ratings of the two is probably within the margin of error.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definite Scotch notes on the aroma. Pours black as your soul with almost no head. Lots of chocolate notes here but it is so chewy and complex. Really good beer with a lot going on in it. I want another one just to savor all the flavors going on.