Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is toffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, slight smoke/peat, alcohol. Upfront roasted flavor, finishes with a scotch-like dryness. Very pleasant flavors of toffee, caramel, peat, smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavors keep on going in this once. Scotch flavors really shine in the finish. Very thought-provoking beer.
AshtonMcCobb (3584) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks better than the 12 year - slightly better head retention. Also, more elegant on the nose and palate. Treacle and chocolate aromas. Then chocolate, cream and the whisky flavours. The palate shows a big structure, a very creamy texture and a more elegant finish, though with some whisky alcohol burn.
Blairgus (3001) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 black, thin dark tan head. doesn’t look as syrupy as the 12 yo.
choc oakiness has picked up a fruit aroma
thin/med body and slightly fizzy. not as syrupy as the 12yo
less wood means you get more beer. choc stout tastes are showing above the oak.
dark w/ a thin head
smells outstanding! rich and oaky
not as thick as the 16yo but more so than the 12yo
tastes just like the 16yo
they’re both great beers but i think the 16yo is a bit thicker
ContemplateBeer (1661) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Sergio’s. Really sweet aroma of toffee, nougat, sweet chocolate and butterscotch. Appearance was black with light tan head. Flavor emphasized the sweet aromas, but with some slight whiskey sourness on the backside of all that sweetness. Palate was bubbly and terminated creamy. Certainly good, just a little overkill on the sweetness for me. If you love sweet beers, this may be up your alley.
jesperhammer (3325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11-FEB-2011, bottle @home, with Ulkløbben, from "Fish & Beer".
Served blind with Old Engine Oil and Ola Dubh 40.
Whiskey is really present on this one. But it’s like barrel aging a beer that is a littel too simple does not make it a better beer. Still a little thin and not really complex enough. Would gladly drink it again, but I will not go out seeking the others in the series.
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at The Nook. Pours opaque with an average, fizzy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, roasted), light hops (herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, wood, alcohol, and vanilla. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, coffee, roasted), light hops (earthy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, wood, alcohol, and vanilla. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.
nandoo (11) - wezembeek oppem, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Cave. Strong aroma of sweet malts & alcohol. Very dark brown colour like oily cola. Flavor very complex - sweet & spicy roasted malts & treacle toffee with pleasant ligering aftertaste and very smooth. A very different beer which is really good.
BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 is a robust old ale age in 18 year old whiskey casks. It pours a deep black color, and the Scotch whiskey aroma jumps right out at you in the nose. The Scotch whiskey is also very prevalent in the taste, and is complimented by dark chocolate, sweet malt, and a vanilla oakiness at the finish. I have friends, who’re fans of bourbon and whisky aged stouts, that would love this ale. I’d even bet that Scotch whiskey drinkers would appreciate it as well.
robinvboyer (3390) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like the other dubhs, there is a big aroma of oak, and vanilla, but there is a big dufference in the intensity of these flavors compared to the 30 and 40. The roastiness seems more upfront, more like a robust porter. A thick soy aftertaste, and lots of bitter coffee.
manuchampions (1241) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a solid black with thin ring of cream head. Aroma is barrel, vanilla, woody and sweet, some light notes of fruit. Flavour is extreme peat smoke, sweet malt. Some barrel notes and vanilla. Scarily drinkable, really fantastic stuff.