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

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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vinivini (1014) - BELARUS - JAN 6, 2016
Almost black, ruby highlights, tall airy tan head. Average retention, notable lacing. Medium body, oily. Nose of oak barrel, whisky, smoke, roast. Medium body. Oily. The taste is dry, similar to the aroma, complex. Low bitterness. Alcohol totally away. A unique one

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wozap (610) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Bot. No 01270 Oct 2012 - Nov 2015 Czarne, gęste, piana brązowa, drobna, redukuje się do cienkiej warstwy, zdobi szkło. Aromat czekolada, kawa, słodowość, nuta torfowa. Konsystencja oleista, oblepia język, w smaku gorzka czekolada, suszone owoce, nuta palona i beczki, która wzmaga się z czasem, pod koniec degustacji język jest nim owładnięty. Niskie nasycenie.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Pitch brown pour with a fizzy head. No lacing. Flavour of molasses, vanilla, smoke, oil, roasted malts, and wood. Big boozey whiskey notes from the barrels.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanfl (527) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - DEC 19, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 Deep black body, one finger of brownish head. Aroma of chocolate, dried fruits, mainly plum, port like, wood, vanilla, light hint of smoke. Flavour of chocolate, dried fruits, port like, wood, smoke, vanilla notes. Long oaky finish, fairly bitter, whisky after taste. The barrel signature is more present than on the 12 years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4019) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Black pour with surprisingly decent one finger brown head. Indistinguishable in appearance from the others sampled at the same time. All had the same basic notes of licorice, tar, tabacco, and leather. This one was significantly peatier than the other ones. Very smokey earthy finish. Interesting, but not my cup of tea.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AtronSeige (1132) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 15, 2015
Aroma: Medium-light tobacco, dark chocolate, plums, dark cherries, molasses, smokiness smokiness. No hops. Appearance: Opaque, black with red hues. Small light-brown head with fair retention. Flavour: Medium smokey (peat?), Medium-light tobacco, salty, (later) vanilla, woody, , No hops. Light whiskey, molasses, prune. Very light chocolate. Very dry finish with a lingering whisky taste and feel. Mouthfeel: Light warming. Medium-light body. Medium-low, creamy. carbonation. Light astringency from tannins (to style) Overall: Extremely complex! Do not drink cold! Great experience! The one thing 330 ml bottle, poured. 33B Speciality Wood Aged Beer 17B Old Ale

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (700) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
Pitch black pour with a very nice head and visible carbonation. Heavy smell of peat, with some cocoa and dark chocolate. Peat and smoke in the taste, on top of a very sweet malty backbone - too sweet for my taste. Not much complexion aside from that. Drinkable beer, but the taste is a let down, but I have never liked peated beers too much.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (4020) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2015
Bottles drank in 2015 and 2010 from The Whisky Shop, Metrocentre, Gateshead. 2012 edition aged for 3 years; An inky black beer, pouring with a foamy tan head and an oily body. It has leather, oak and vanilla flavours with smooth chocolate and earthy notes on the finish. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (1906) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2015
Kraambezoek voor Roza tasting. Zoute drop, droge stout, lichte zweem van whisky, erg mooi in balans! Cacao en poederdroge afdronk. Backlog from 2015/02/09.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (3332) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2015
11.2 oz bottle pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, whiskey and fruit. Taste is chocolate, wood, whiskey and grain.


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