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


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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 Orkneyís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Nearly opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoked malts, wood, peat, chocolate, and some alcohol. Taste of peat smoke, roast, coffee, wood, smoked malts, and light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1321) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2010
11.2 ounce bottle, bottled in January 2009, bottle # 09207. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a 1/4 inch tan head that went away pretty quickly. There is a good bit of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like Scotch Whisky (peat, smoke), toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and some iodine and dark fruit. The brew tastes like peat and smoke (from the Highland Park barrel aging), roasted malt, toffee, and a bit of iodine. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating but it does seem a little bit thin to me. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good brew, but then I also like smoky Scotch Whisky so Iím a bit biased. It is a pricey brew, but I thought it was worth it to try once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
Aroma is inky, iodine, roast coffee, and rich malt, black, small cappuccino head, some nice lace. Flavour is smoky, woody malt, scotch notes, hints of fine liquorice. Medium bodied, very well balanced, roasted bitterness, alcohol is subtle and yet a supper. Terrific!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours motor oil black, shiny, with a slight, brown head. Dark malt aroma, roasty, some dark fruit, some cocoa, with great whiskey character. Flavor is deep: Sweet, with notes of maple, char, tobacco, chocolate, some oats. Thick, chewy mouthfeel, with light carbonation. Failry warming. Finishes roasty and dry, with some lingering stickiness. Outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 25, 2010
This bottled brew marked #10226 1/2009 from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized dark brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was dark malt and whiskey. The semi-flat smooth mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of vinous whiskey and dark malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle. Mmm mm mm mm mm! Pours an oily milky near black with a fizzy soda light tan head. Slick grassy and whisky aroma, lightly peaty, bold chocolate, just a hint vinous, delicate alcohol, beautiful roast with a hint of aged cherry, the most balanced of the barrel aged olaís Iíve come had. Flavor at first is a bit of cola, light grassiness and peat, very balanced, nice chocolate notes, faint roast, some roast bitterness towards the finish, alcohol is very nice, again, like the aroma, this is the most balance Iíve had from the ola dubhs. Medium bodied, fizzy lively carbonation, not oily but more milky. Very nice and glad I finally decided to buy a bottle. Iím digging this, more like a whisky chocolate phosphate! Light acidity that is very nice, easily the most balanced of the bunch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUN 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark brown beer with a beige/lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted, licorice, wood, whisky and coffee. The flavor is very close to the nose. The palate is dry and roasted. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emagana (38) - Fillmore, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Impressive bottle that makes the beer look like you need to buy. Pours a tar black but thin. Brown lingering head. Scents of licorice and dark chocolate. Smoke smokey notes but not overpowering. Starts off thin on the tongue. Maybe because Iím use to the imperial stouts. That have lots of residual sugars. Smokey taste right off the bat and a lingering licorice. After taste. Alcohol not very high but I do get bourbon notes as well. It seems like there is something missing but I canít put my finger on it. Overall I would suggest trying another for itís price tag is not worth the taste. My opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2010
Pours black with a small brown head; strong whiskeyish aroma: peaty, oaky and also very fruity, like of dark cherries, lots of roasty chocolate too; flavor is quite roasty, oaky and chocolaty with the finish of licorice, smoke and dark fruits; body is medium with low carbonation, smooth, if not quite oily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color when held to a light source and a one finger beige head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Silky chocolate aroma with a touch of smokey malt, vanilla, earthy oak, bourbon, toffee and lactic cream. There is a perfect amount of barrel presence in the nose providing earthy oak, subtle vanilla and coconut balancing out the roasted malt, burnt toast and coffee bean notes. Slightly chewy medium body with a very prominent whiskey barrel presence that overtakes the roasted dark malt presence. Underneath there is a very faint viscous chocolate malt character with hints of espresso bean, toffee, oatmeal and burnt toast. The complex balance suggested in the nose is missing here with an overwhelming bourbon presence. Very hot and sweet overpowering the subtle vanilla, caramel and toffee notes. This beer improves as it warms but overall the bourbon is too strong, overpowering the other flavors.

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