Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ola Dubh (or "Black Oil") is so named because it is gloopy and viscous. This limited release has been matured in casks from Orkney’s award-winning Highland Park distillery to add complimentary whisky notes to what is already an amazing brew. It is chocolatey with a roasty, bittersweet aftertaste. Special Reserve 18, whisky notes: Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was named Best Spirit in the World by F. Paul Pacult; it offers toffee sweetness, almond nuttiness and a prolonged, smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6917) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, holzig, dunkle reife Früchte, Vanille, so ist auch der Geschmack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2941) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2014
330ml bottle from Drinkmonger. Pours jet black, no head. Aromas of single malt whisky, coffee, chocolate, tar, leather. Taste is sweet chocolate notes, light whisky,light coffee bitterness, sweet finish. Medium body, in fact, I reckon upping the abv a couple of notches would improve this, making it richer in the mouthfeel. Still, a damn fine beer .

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
giancarloh (48) - - MAY 2, 2014
Excellent it keeps up with what it says very good mix, I didn't believe in the whiskey in a beer bit WOW they made it happen the right way. Will recommend

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2187) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Whoa; another masterpiece in this line. Love it. Thick, sultry, and luscious. Body is a touch on the soft side, but I can’t help but think it fits perfectly here. The tinges of whisky and peat meld seamlessly with the palate and other dark flavors. In spite of its richness, could see having another. Finish is much easier and cleaner than I expected. Sumptuous beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
0.33 l bottle. Black colour with a light brown thick head. Vanilla, caramell, coffee, roasted. Liqurice and roasted malts. Hops and chocolate. Medium body, nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (606) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Aroma is nutty and smoky. The malt contributions aee deep and rich; some chocolate and caramel flavors come through. Very roasty and the palate is very chewy. The faint whiskey notes appear at the very end. The head is beige and very thin but retains reasonably. Very well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (983) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. Pours black with a fading tan head. Notes of chocolate, smoke, peat and a boozy finish. Initially seems a bit dominated by the whiskey flavours, but as it goes down i found it more enjoyable with the beer character coming through. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blade86 (545) - Wrocław, POLAND - APR 17, 2014
chocolate aroma, peat, some dark fruits; black with beige foam; medium malty bitterness, medium sweetness; full body, creamy little alcoholic feel, soft carbonation, long bitter finish; Overall: very solid beer, heavy, not very drinkable but greatly made

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (596) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 11.2015. Pours very dark brown with no head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, vanilla, and oak. Taste: vanilla, sweetness, malt, smoke, wood, and whisky notes. Finish is chocolate with smoke, sweet and bitter. Overall: whisky is more noticeable than with 12 and 16 year versions, very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (1093) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner. Dark black colour. Aroma is strong liquorice dark fruits and malts and wiskey. Taste is same great long wiskey finish strong alcohol warmth long lasting finish. Absolutely brilliant this, can still taste the great dark fruits of an old ale and all the ummphh of of a great wiskey 5 minutes after drinking!!!

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