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


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RATINGS: 553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (2089) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from Great Grog’s, tasted together with 16yo. Pours very dark brown with brown head. Nose is boozier than in 16yo, whisky, wood, roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, sweet chocolate, oak, sweet vanilla, whisky, smoke. Taste is fuller and richer than in 16yo but nose is not very tempting. I still recall 12yo was the best of the three, should have tasted it now as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a small head that stays to the end. Aroma is very rich and complex: chocolate, wood, vanilla and of course whiskey. Taste is dominated by bourbon and barrel notes, vanilla. Medium, soft carbonation, very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2980) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2015
Draft at TBBT. Half pour into goblet. Nose is lightly smokey with some dark chocolate. Medium sized brown head. Black in color. Nice lacing. Taste is moderately tart indicating there is some non sacch fermentation. Not horsey tho. Not much too much barrel component other than the smoke and a light vanilla. Overall tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1501) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2015
Pitch black-body with a tiny, short-lived, medium brown head that disappears almost completely, but the viscous-looking pour and the lovely colour saves the Appearance. Extraordinarily inviting, sweet, malty and very strong aroma of massive chocolate: dark chocolate, bitter chocolate and chocolate sauce. The beer doesn’t try to hide the fact that it has been aged in whisky barrels: I get lots of lovely notes of gentle whisky, without much peat. Also vanilla, and an overall vinous feel, even with some hints of port. Finally I pick up notes that remind me of lactic sugar, in a milk stout way? Strong flavour of chocolate, dark caramel, gentle whisky, dark dried fruits and a bit too much alcohol. In the back the sweet vanilla further increases the complexity of this brew. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. The mouthfeel is actually a bit of a letdown, it beer feels far thinner than it looks, and the texture is less oily than expected. In lack of a better word I’d call it a bit watery... The finish is light dry, and the carbonation is soft. A brilliant beer with an amazing aroma and wonderful flavour, but a bit too alcoholic for such a "low" ABV beer, and I would have wanted a fuller body and a thicker and more oily texture.
[33 cl bottle, bottle no 04472, enjoyed 3 years after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika (R.I.P.), Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (498) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2015
Bottle at home. Dark sweet malts with a bit of a nuttiness. Strong espresso. Rich, warming and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3200) - NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2015
Bottle. Oily pour, small head. Aroma of cacao, smokey peat and salty licorice. Nice taste of peat, smoke, coffee, iodine and salt. Mouthfeel is smooth, body a bit thin. Good, but I expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6612) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle thanks to Paul. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, and oak. Thin mouth, peat, oak, roast, boozy finish, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2440) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Deep black colour with little to no head. Aroma is whiskey, liquorice, and toasted malt. Taste is a bitter sweet balance with a smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyr2 (32) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - MAR 23, 2015
Had this immediately aftet the Ola Dubh 12 and can say the previous on3 is better. Not to say this is a bad beer, but it has a sweet taste and after taste which are a bit of turn off, unless you likeit like that. Still not a bad beer at all. Clove

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (969) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 5, 2015
Black colour, two fingers beige head. Aroma of roasted nuts, whiskey, coffee, smokey note, not so much chocolate as the 16 yrs version. Taste is light sweet, sliiiightly tart, a bit bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

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