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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2645) - NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2015
Bottle. Oily pour, small head. Aroma of cacao, smokey peat and salty licorice. Nice taste of peat, smoke, coffee, iodine and salt. Mouthfeel is smooth, body a bit thin. Good, but I expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5285) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle thanks to Paul. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, and oak. Thin mouth, peat, oak, roast, boozy finish, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1644) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Deep black colour with little to no head. Aroma is whiskey, liquorice, and toasted malt. Taste is a bitter sweet balance with a smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyr2 (31) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - MAR 23, 2015
Had this immediately aftet the Ola Dubh 12 and can say the previous on3 is better. Not to say this is a bad beer, but it has a sweet taste and after taste which are a bit of turn off, unless you likeit like that. Still not a bad beer at all. Clove

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (829) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 5, 2015
Black colour, two fingers beige head. Aroma of roasted nuts, whiskey, coffee, smokey note, not so much chocolate as the 16 yrs version. Taste is light sweet, sliiiightly tart, a bit bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (1836) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2015
33cl bottle at home, poured a dark Brown colour with a Nice creamy tanned head. Dark bitter chocolate, alcohol notice, caramel, raisins, smoke, roasted coffee, licorice, small peat hint, oak,dark red fruits, char, butterscotch, lot’s of flavours. Way better as the 16yo version, very Nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (372) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Pours an opaque black with a lively mocha brown head which soon disappears into a brown ring around the circumference. Aroma is slightly weak but there’s hints of sweet toffee and a whiff of peatiness similar to an Islay whisky. Taste is sweet toffee, slight double-cream, cocoa powder and a hint of roast coffee bitterness. Thick body with a succulent mouthfeel and a long cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ulysse (280) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2015
Strong whisky aroma with a hint off roasted malt. Creamy in the mouth. Addictive whisky taste. Smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (336) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Un nez très, très invitant. Ça sent les fruits foncés et la mélasse mais sans sucre excessif. En bouche c’est mince. Trop mince. Mais, en faisant abstraction de ce manque de corps, le reste se débrouille plutôt bien! L’alcool est caché de façon assez magnifique et les saveurs sont nombreuses et agréables.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (1242) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2015
Black with small beige head. Soy sauce, licorice, salmiak, peat, roasted malts, ground coffee. Salty with light sweetness and roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied with slick feel and light carbonation. Unusual stuff, but not bad at all.

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