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


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RATINGS: 496   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle no 481, bottling date feb 2009. I never tried this when it was somewhat fresh, but I think this is past it’s prime as it’s feeling a lot thinner than I expected. What is there is good though. A deep dark brown beer enters the glass and creates a light brown head that settles to a foam ring after a while, leaving lots of small lacings. On the nose is plenty of soft, fudgey whisky, softly roasted malts and chocolate. It is a little thin in the mouthfeel, almost watery in the end, but the tastes are nice having everything from the aroma plus almonds and oats. If this had a bigger body to match it’s flavours, it would be a great beer. Maybe it once was?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirLimpsalot (2358) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2010
Smaken är like kul och like rökig som doften. I tillägg till ek och tjära, hittar jag hints av kaffe och choklad. Själva vätskan är en aning tunn, men det var en jätte kul öl att ha provat. Roligt med något annorlunda för en gångs skuld.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Bottled on Date: Feb. 2009. Poured opaque black/brown, with only a small batch of bubbles for a head. Aroma: rye, whiskey saturated wood, old roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, almost sweet.... fuck all, this smells gooood! Taste: old roasted malts, whiskey saturated wood, rye, vanilla, creamy, sweet, notes of bitter dark chocolate and raisin. Medium-ish body. Nice warm, mellow finish. Very balanced, great depth. Overall: Excellent. If this was $5.00 cheaper a bottle I would drink it every day. However, it is worth the extra few dollars.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11373) - DENMARK - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle. Black with small tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, vinous, coffee, chocolate and notes of whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2010
(Bottle) Very dark brown colour, almost black, with hints of ruby when seen through light. Creamy beige head. Roasted, malty nose with lots of chocolate and notes of vanilla, oak, dark rye bread, raisins and hints of oak wood, whisky and dark rhum. Malty, slightly roasted taste with chocolate, dried fruit, raisins, vanilla, coffee with cream, liquorice and hints of oak wood and malt whisky. Slighly vinous finish with a touch of warming alcohol and a gentle coffee bitterness. More than medium body, smooth and velvety moutfeel. Some sweetness. As with all the other Ola Dubh beers, the subtle wood ageing makes the beer sensationally well balanced and very tasty. Brilliant!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rand (1299) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle 33 cl from Vom Fass in Fribourg (CH). Quite black with small tan head. Complex nose of oak, licorice, earthy, dark fruits and tar. The palate is rich, fruity but roasted. Oily texture, there are chocolate, whisky, blackcurrant, toffy, tobacco with notes of vanilla and peat. Long and velvety finale, with raisin, old plum and salty key. Great !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown, lazy brown densely packed head. Aroma is quite boozy, sweet prunes, a little earthy. Flavours of stewed fruits, light scotch, peat, leather, light smoke, and dusty old wood. The dustiness really dominates the finish, to the point of conferring a muddy sensation. Dry, mildly bitter finish. Not as rich or as well-balanced as the 12 or the 30.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
Colour: Quite dark with dark thick lacing. Nose: port, grape juice, rubber, stale coffee. Taste: Immediate fusion of smoked rubber and oyster. Old dry wood, heaps of malt, and a touch of maraschino cherry make up the middle. Finish has distinct charcoal taste and mouth feel. Very unique, very distinct. Very good parts, very bad parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5100) - Utah, USA - SEP 26, 2010
330ml bottle picked up at Brewforia
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Dark malts and fruit, whiskey and chocolate
Taste: Thin mouthfeel. Dark malts, oak and metallic

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6323) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to Craig. Drank blind with the 40 yr. Pours a dark color with a medium beige head. A nice nose of sweet chocolates, old musty barrels. The flavor is somewhat thin; sweet chocolates, whiskey bite, light smoke. Earthy, somewhat hot.

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