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

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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2010
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, April 2010. Pours pitch black with a small creamy off white bubbly head. Nose is mainly peat, vague roast and rubber mainly. Some chocolate. Smooth. Nice

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3256) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2010
Bottle at Dutch RB meeting, thanks for sharing Savad! Pours pitch black with a small off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, leather, caramel, coffee and single malt whisky. Very complex and attractive. Flavor is bitter roasted malts with chocolate and peat. Slightly watery texture. Really nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle from Feb 09. Poured very dark with a small offwhite head. Aroma of whiskey, roasted malt, dark fruit, peat. Taste is also quite roasty, with a bit of whiskey, dark fruit, earthy peat, and light smoke. Quite a bit of sweetness as well. Mouth is full and sweet. Overall, a nice whiskey flavored brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4424) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2010
Bottle. The aroma has coffee, whisky, some wood. Black coloured with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, bit salty, has roast, whisky, little fruit, coffee. Medium bodied, could use some more. Nice though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
Bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Black, dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is smoked, roasted, malt, oak, whiskey, chocolate, vanilla. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown with a small off-white head that don’t leave a lot of lacings. The aroma is of sweet whisky, oak, salty licorice and dark malts. The flavor is sweet and well balanced, but perhaps a little on the simple side. However, it is very well integrated. The coffee and chocolate flavors from the malts go really well with the subtle sweet fruity whisky aromas. Some cookie-like malts appear in the middle. The finish is mildly bitter and has a delicate warmth to it. Ends with notes of oak, whisky and salty licorice. Medium body and comparably lots of carbonation. Would’ve loved it if it had a bigger body. All in all, a good beer. I really like it when barrel aging results in such a balanced beer. But not complex or big enough to be rewarded with higher grades.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carlosbela (55) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 3, 2010
caramel, toast, chocolate, nuts, roasty, herbs, woody, black, brown foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
pitch dark, sooth offwhite head. aroma of peat smoked whiskey, roasted malts, alc adds to the aroma nicely, whiskey and stout aromas blended. brown sugar VERY nice. flavor is wood, whiskey, licorice, roasted malts. pretty brutal flavor, but very nice if you are into smoked whiskey beers. palate is too thin to handle the powerfull flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 2, 2010
Fløska. Very nice pitch balck colour with a small well steady light borwn colour. Sweet deep roasty vinious, dark fruity,nice whisky woody bit smoke aroma. Good pleasant mouthfeel. Flavour of whisky and roasted malt along with smoke and some chocolate, Whisky roasty malty dark vfruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6301) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
Bottle. Pitch black body with a medium creamy tan head. The aroma is light peaty, port, roasted malt, ripe fruit, whisky and lighter notes of chocolate. The flavour is peat, smoke, light chocolate, roasted malt and some caramel. Not as complex as 12 yo.


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