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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1124) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
330ml bottle purchased at The Whiskey Shop in Buchanan Galleries Glasgow, Scotland for 4.75 GBP Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1822) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - cask) Similar in appearance to the other vintages of Ola Dubh in that it is damn near black. But it does have the wonderful tinges of brown. Poured with a thinnish, darker tan head. As anticipated, the whiskey and malt aromas shine the most, but there are some earthy aromas as well and a bit of smoke. Like the smell, the whiskey grabs your attention first, but then gives way to smokey and salty flavors. Fairly thin, and not nearly as oily as other Ola Dubh vintages that Iíve tried. Little to no bubbliness (cask), but very pleasant. Not as drinkable as either the 40yr or 30yr IMO. The 18yr just didnít carry the nuances and complexities as well as the other two and therefore each sip was not as interesting as the last. Overall, even though I much prefer the other vintanges, this was still a stellar brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2010
Had this one @ Unofficial Dutch Ratebeer Meeting. Black colored brew. Roasted malts, chocolate in the aroma and flavor. Smooth, nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2010
Bottle and served in tulip: Deep mahogany with a small creamy head and spotty lace, some oily legs. The aroma has notes of rich brown toasted and bready malts, treacle, sea salt, peat, oak, sherry, hint of pure cacao nibs, fig and apricots. Initial taste is rich dark fruits, heavy scotch imbued malts and wood with a very earthy and old school oxidization. Lovely undertones of dark candi sugar, walnut and mineral water completes the experiance. The one thing about this brew that falls short is the mouth feel, far too thin for the flavor profile and far too oaky and tannic. The alcohol warming is noticeable but not intrusive. I liked this but would put it below the 12 and 16 aged barrels and on par with the 30, can not wait to try the last 40 yo soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dynamiteninja (1487) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2010
Bottle. £5 from Utobeer. Interesting aroma. Rich. Chocolate, lots of black cherries, banana, smoke, peat, Scotch whisky, woody including oak cask, engine oil, alcohol, malt, spiciness and treacle. Alcohol notes are very low for an 8% beer. Very dark brown, almost black. Tan head that quickly disappears. Medium bitterness, with notes of sweetness. Very thick, viscous and gloopy. Long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malt and meaty smoke. Full bodied smoke and roast flavour

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2010
Bottle@UDRBM. Nice simple Imperal Stout with a great whisky flavour all over. Not too complex, not easy going yet still highly drinkable.

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