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


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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2011
0.33l bottle. This one pours a dark dark brown - near black oily body with a nice little bubbly and sidesticking light chocolate-head. Aroma is fantastic. Woody, peat, beautiful sweet smoky whisky, notes of dark caramel and some thin hints of alcohol and chocolate. Really nice! It has a average carbonation level, medium-bodied and a nice oily mouthfeeling. Tastes are dominated by licorice and chocolate with notes of light smoke, wood and perhaps some cold coffee as well. Ends mild bitter with more hints of nice smoke, thin alcohol and some light burned wood. It’s leaving a long lasting chocolate- and perhaps a bit watery aftertaste. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2011
Bottled 0.33L. Mild nose with some hints of vanilla and chocolate and syrop. Pale brownish head with large bubbles. Thin and fast disappearing. Dark black colour. Slightly sour and whiskey taste. Also malty and roastiness. Also some smokeyness and some hints of vanilla in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (6920) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle from vinmonopolet. Pours pitch black with a huge light tanned head. Aroma is peaty, wood, whisky and dark malts. Taste is moderate sweet, chocolate, smooth peaty, liquorice. Lingering caramel malty end. Not bad, but i prefer the 16 years old over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle from BrewFellas in Nicosia. Very dark brown. The aroma is very whiskeyish, with lots of oil, smokey notes, creosote, wood and some chocolate. Smokey, maybe a bit thin, a little smokey. Oily, slightly chocolatey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a near-black deep brown body with a fantastic, multi-layered head: mocha-hued in the bottom and creamy white on top. Very nice. In the nose, whisky aromas immediately appear, along with wood, dark malts and roasty caramel notes. Taste is velvety smooth notes of licorice, wood, whisky and hints of chocolate and burnt toast. Some roasted nuts in the finish, which is much smoother than the 16 year old version; this one has a lot more whisky and mellow tones in it. Warming alcohol in the aftertaste, along with long-lasting wooden notes. A great beer from the Ola Dubh series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2011
Aroma: Tar, fudge, dried apricot, coffe, vanilla. Taste: Salmiac, fudge, tar, cassis, fresh apple, vanilla, raisins, milk chocolate. Mouthfeel: Full body, a bit too fizzy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of unclemike. Not sure how this beer is sitting so low. Great looking beer right off the bat. Dark brown color, nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Wonderful sweet aroma with mild whiskey, caramel, and toffee and slight hints of cigar. Flavor is a smooth mixture chocolate, vanilla, malts, mild whiskey, and smooth cigar like flavor. Palate is up to par with the rest of the beer if just tad watery. An amazing beer, plenty of complexity yet smooth and mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2011 33 cl bottle, BBE 201Z (sic!), bottled JAN 2009. Rated on 24.6.2011
Tasting of all Ola Dubh versions from 12 to 40 and Old Engine Oil as a reference. This was better than 16 or 40, but worse than 12 or 30.
Aroma has whisky, which is more coarse than 12 or 16 but still kind of nice. Flavour has whisky too, but it has a bit loose connection with the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5407) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle from Alko Arkadia. Originally rated on 3.7.2010. Okay barrel aged beer, but not the greatest of the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
2009 bottling. Pours black, slight tan head fades to a ring. Aroma is mildly of whisky, prunes, and chocolate. Flavor is almond nougat, chocolate, more prunes, and a whisky, smokey finish. Not as full bodied as expected. Would have been great if it had been a bit fuller in the mouth. Instead, just good. Would like to try a "new" bottle of the 18 year.

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