DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, whisky and wood notes. Sweetish roasty flavor with some chocolate, nuts, some smoke, wood and fruity notes. Medium-bodied.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In my fridge for at least 5 months. Like all the dubh’s it pours a dark mahogany brown with a short lived beige head. And just like the all the other dubh’s, the place this stuff really shines is in the aroma. This one is heavy on the anise and licorice, love it, then there’s the smoke and peat which always baffles me because I rarely find highlands smokey or peaty. . . but i like it, beef jerky, chocolate, malt, awesome. The flavour is really good, probably not worth what I payed for, but a unique and delicious experience non the less. Heavy on the beef jerky flavours, smoke and peat all the way through, light notes of chocolate and anise, finish’s with more smoke. Awesome stuff!
KyotoLefty (7558) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Wachi. Nice whiskey, malt, caramel aroma, with dried fruits—raisins. Smoky, malty flavor with rich chocolate, slight sweetned coffee. Smooth and rich.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 31586 July 2009. Opened April 29, 2011. Pours black, small head, not so thick looking. Gorgeous sexy aroma of charcoal, iodine, a cannabis roach, the resin from a pipe, tobacco, and Scottish peat. I’m tempted to say the aroma is like bong water, but that would sound bad and it’s a great aroma, it just reminds me of really really good bong water. Deep roast and long lingering iodine. The tobacco and cannabis resins are lovely on the tongue, and there is a lot of nice dryness in the finish, and aftertaste like i just smoked a joint and the lingering smoke is permeating. Then there is prune in the background. I love Ola Dubhs.
VertBaconStrips (2179) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oily black substance slid into my glass. The small yet thick and velvety soft brown crown stayed compact and leaves and constantly replenishes the amount of ropy lacing. WOW! Man, I love this! Silky smooth chocolate aroma, sensual toffee, subdued scotch, shit loads of nuts, light smoke - I’m drooling constantly! This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever encountered. Tons of nuts, almonds - awesome. The taste is not a letdown after the amazing aroma that felt me up. Creamy, smooth, very nutty, almonds, light zippy spice? shat is it? nice mild scotch, vanilla. Damn! The last 1/4 glass is VERY soothing now... lovely. Warm apple without any spice. Smooth light zippy bite of bitterness, Drying, light roasted malts. A truly heavenly experience.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep brown with garnet highlights and an easily-resuscitated tan head. The aroma was almost all whiskey.. with peaty and nutty notes leading.. warm feel, with miscellaneous roasted black malts beneath.. I dug the whiskey, but it very much masked the underlying brew. The flavor found sweeter whiskey sugars, aged oak, and vanilla throughout.. black patent, nutty, and lesser chocolate malts on the light-moderately roasted core.. tangy whiskey and oak plus some residual black sugars on the long, whiskey-y finish.. tasty, but again there was too much barrel influence. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. fairly slick, with low carbonation (I don’t know where "gloopy and viscous" comes from).. decent feel and flow.. overall this was a solid drinker, but it was far from exceptional.
Scopey (9033) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Rake. It pours pitch black with a thin tan head. The nose is liquorice, charcoal, caramel, cherry, fig and date. It tastes of caramel, rich-roast coffee, toffee, Scottish tablet, wood, liquorice root, vanilla, cola and brown sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden and the body is lighter than expected. It is pretty dangerous stuff as it’s so easy to drink.
Spab (2804) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from LCBO (side-by-side with 16 and 30). Pours a very dark, opaque brown with modest-sized tan head. Aroma is chocolate, brown sugar, light roast and fruit, and some whiskey/oak. Flavour starts with cocoa, light brown sugar and mild fruit; whiskey/oak from the cask comes through towards the end. Thinner than I might have anticipated, but decent body all the same. Didn’t find huge differences between the three - this one had a little fruitiness I didn’t pick up in the other two. Nice.
Jow (2707) - New York, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As a big time whiskey fella when I saw this bottle at whole foods figured I had to grab. Nose is chocolate and toffee with some peat. The pour is jet black with small beige head. Taste amazingly of whiskey and peat smoke, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Mouthfeel is great I don’t find it too thick at all. Great first beer from Scotland for me
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle (Bottle #: 0577. Bottled: 2/2009.): Complex aroma of malt, peat, wood, slight chocolate, slight whiskey, slight roasting, slight tar, almonds, and a hint of soy sauce. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout, especially around the edges. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light roasting, light tar, peat, light wood, slight whiskey, slight vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Medium to full body. Dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, light roast, slight smoke, light wood, slight tar finish is dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.