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


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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (5529) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2014
24/X/14 - 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: XI/2016 (2014-1246) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige irregular head, unstable, non adhesive, dissipates quickly. Aroma: very sweet, caramel, dried fruits, bourbon, vanilla notes, mocha, coffee, earthy. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: alcohol, bit sweet, caramel, slightly peated, sourish touch, some alcohol. Aftertaste: mocha, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, bit sour, hoppy touch, metallic, bit dirty, something off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2018) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Beer Central, Sheffield. Clear, dark, ruby red. Thin halo of tan, for a head. Smoky, treacly, bonfire toffee. Milk chocolate. Light woodiness. Taste is cocoa sweet. Light dry. Light, smoky bitter. Palate is a bit thin, in comparison to the big aroma and flavour. Finishes treacle sweet, with a woody, dry close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndresTM (338) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2014
The pour is black with virtually no head. The aroma is molasses, toffee, some old furniture, dark fruits, roasted barley, and a bit of soil. The alcohol is initially undetectable but grows more evident by the time the beer reaches its ideal temperature. The taste is sweet with some roasted bitterness. Earthy hops show up toward the end. The palate is medium with very slight carbonation, but certainly not flat. Maybe not as special as the number 18 suggests, but still lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SVD (705) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle at home, Black beer wit no head, aroma whiksy, wood, smoke. Taste is whisky, wood, sweet, malts. Nice, maybe a bit too sweet... meh still good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1010) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle. Opaque black brown beer with a small beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice and coffee. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, smokey chocolate, licorice and coffee. Wow, this is really great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gregus (356) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 26, 2014
Beczka; barwa czarna, piany brak. Aromat s?odki, czekoladowy, lakieru wi?niowego, pralin alkoholowych, wanilii, drewna, suszonych owoców. W smaku s?odkie, czekoladowe, czu? drewno i whisky, suszone owoce. Alkohol ?wietnie ukryty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puren (125) - POLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Piana średnia, opada do zera; Aromat czekolady słodkiej z wiśniami, pralinowy; Smak jak aromat i lekko alkoholowy; Odczucie - oleiste, osiada na podniebieniu i języku. Wchodzi gładziutko. Pycha.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiammanghilla (701) - Genova, ITALY - OCT 23, 2014
Bottiglia 50 cl @ the old fishing shack pub. Nera con schiuma fine non troppo persistente. Torrefatta, legno e affumicato un po stantio. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1121) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours black, with a small airy mocha head. Aroma is mellow roasted malts with cocoa, coffee and wooden barrels, as well as smoke and leather. Medium to creamy body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is burned malts with cocoa and clear notes of whisky barrels, as well as notes of earth, tobacco, dark fruits and molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1219) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 11, 2014
On tap at La fira de Sabadell. Black colour with tan head. Whisky, wood aroma. Whisky, wood taste, slightly roasted and sweet. Medium to full body. I expected some peatiness.

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