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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 573   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1669) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2011
Pours totally black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roast malt, coffee and whisky with hints of nuts. Taste is also roast malt, whisky, coffee, chocolate with notes of alcohol leading to a dry, woody and smokey finish. Really amazing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
visionthing (4060) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours black with a tiny light brown head. Aroma of sweet, dry fruits, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Medium-bodied with a nice and smooth mouthfeel. Pretty sweet, but pleasant. Recognize the familiar taste of Highland Park 18YO in the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Tasted on 8/18/11 from a 330mL bottle purchased at Binny’s Lincoln Park, bottled in February, 2009. Pours oily black with a thin tan head that recedes rather quickly to nothing more than a collar of lace that sustains for a while. The nose is milk chocolate, along with charred oak, dark chocolate, and coffee, with some underlying peat smoke, molasses, and Scotch. The flavor is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, charred oak, underlying peat smoke, Scotch, and some charred malt. The body is medium with almost lively carbonation and a long milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, Scotch, and charred oak finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2011
A - Mellow roasted coffee and molasses with chocolate and medicinal notes A - Dark with little to no head T - Light whisky sweetness with light roasted bitter P - Full and soft O - Very nice and mellow, but missing something that the 12 year old had

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2011
2011-12-17. Black body with a modest tan head. Modest whisky barrel aroma, light malt below. 7+ Similar flavour, whisky alcohol dominates up front. It is a bit dryish, particularly in the finish. Mild malt and muted roast. Average bodied palate feels thin for the beer. Base beer gets overwhelmed by the whiskey a bit for my own tastes. Bottle about a year old from LCBO, Toronto

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2011
As black as can be. Not much of a hint of any colour in the dimple of the glass. Little mocha head subsiding and all but disappearing. Dark raisin-chocolate aromas hand in hand with totara sawdust, walnut casings. Glorious. There’s an almost meaty quality at first then obscenely chocolately. It’s thick and viscous. A real indulgent ale, to go hand in hand with a nice fat stogie or a well packed pipe.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenclansman (888) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - NOV 19, 2011
Dark color,small head. Aromas of alcohol,caramel,chocolate. Taste of oak, dark fruits,caramel,peat smokiness, alcohol, whiskey. It was sweeter than I was expecting. A very nice beer to share and enjoy in special occasions.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5123) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours black into a tulip. Mocha micro head with excellent retention recedes leaving trailing lacing. Roasted pit fruit, chocolate and peat aromas. Medium bodied with toffee, roasted nuts and a lasting sweet smoked peat finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle from bestillingsutvalget, Vinmonopolet. Very dark brown with a ruby shade. Firm choco head. Well roasted dark malts and a light peat on the nose. A whiff of dark dried fruits and wood. Taste is medium to heavily roasted dark malt. Pepper and tar tones, and hints of rum&raisin, wood and smoke. Medium strong, softly carbonated body. Complex finish. Elegant, tasty and well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (4663) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 5, 2011
bottle 12904 (07*11) at home 5/11/11 Grassy and grainy rye nose with a hint of maraschino cherry. Overwhelming whisky flavour, very warming but thinner bodied than the preceding expressions.


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