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

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
Aroma is much more wet than the 12, heavy, it’s darker but not sweeter or thicker at all. Very dark, not much on C02, but it doesn’t need it really, its sort of got a spirit essence to the flavour. Also wood is definatley present. It’s thin and surpising next to the 12, which was much more complex. Good, but the 12 was better and cheaper. thouch entirely different.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Thanks again to Skyview! Black color with a small head. Light peat smoke aroma. Salty, smoky, roasty flavor. Full bodied. No grand difference from the others.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2010
T hanks Skyview! Dark black poor. Delicate chocolate aroma with lots of whiskey.the body is low carbonated. Nice balanced flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Sample courtesy of Blazer06. Pours deep darkness with mahogany edges and tiny off white head. The aroma is rich with prune slurry, molasses, chocolate, earthiness, a mild level of roasty malts and a bit of heat at the end of the draw. The taste has a thin body to start with and stirs up notes of chocolate, roasted malts, earthiness and molasses. These notes quickly give up ground to a thicket of peatiness and a mild level of smoke.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1545) - Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2010
11.2 oz. bottle- Pours black as black with a thin tan head that recedes almost immediately, lacework is nothing special. Aroma is black licorice, wood oak and molasses, the flavor is chocolate malt, licorice, followed by oakey notes, but not too strong. This beer is smooth, I was a little worried when I smelled the aroma, I’ve had these beers when they come out flat and lifeless, but this is excellent, carbonation is spot on, will buy the other year reserve series brews. I am actually suprised of the alcohol content, I thought a beer of this caliber would be higher.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4655) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle. Looks great although the foam is quickly sinking. Alcohol and prune aroma is not as nice as the 12; just a bit off like dark fruit going off in the bowl. Sweet dark flavour is not as smooth, more dark over ripe fruit trying to entice you in?! Tasty but thin and a dark fruit undercurrent that does not quite blend in.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6800) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2010
thanks blazer06 for the share. Jan ’09 bottle. dark brown, tan head. aroma, smoked malts, wood, touch of chocolate and booze. flavors, similar to aroma, smoked / chocolate malts, bordering the char/peat aspect and a mix of whiskey flavors. Carbonation was low but fitting for the style. Cask flavors, a touch of soy, dry palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Thanks blazer06 for this one. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is malt, tobacco, peat, cherry, roast, ash, and some whiskey. Flavor is similar with tobacco, ash, cherries, and peat in the background coming forward periodically. Not as ridiculously peaty as some of the other Ola Dubh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubbishystuff (1864) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Smokey Scotch whisky. Very warming. Manages to avoid being too cloying. Very Nice. Serving: Bottle

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2010
[bottle # 11073, Jan 2009] nose is full of roasted malt--coffee and burnt potatoes--along with licorice, vanilla, and oak. opaque brown with thin beige head. flavor is a mellow blend of sweet, sour, and bitter--with tons of smoke and wood. medium bodied, super dry and astringent, wood finish.


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