Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
gunnar (6920) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ClubGonzo (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
laiti (7744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
tiong (5407) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Alko Arkadia. Originally rated on 3.7.2010. Okay barrel aged beer, but not the greatest of the series.
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.