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


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RATINGS: 488   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3761) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle at an Ola Dubh vertical. Pours a very dark brown color. Nose has some chocolate coming through, with a fair amount of smoke, peat and scotch to it. Taste is quite warm, actually, with some nice scotch elements. Feels very smooth, and has some slight caramel at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8748) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle @ home. Opaque pitch black color, full sized lightly creamy light brown head that lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing. Aroma of malts, dark malts, leather, lightly peat, lightly wood. Taste malts, wood, dark malts, maybe a slight sweetish touch even and a hint of chocolate. Texture is oily, body is average to medium, carbonation is soft. Different from what I expected, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (995) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2014
beige head disappears quickly without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is smokey, leather, boozy, bit vanilla and coco. taste is smokey, leather, boozy, whisky, bit sweet, candysugar, aftertaste bitter from roasted malts. medium body and carbonation. very nice balance and rather complex. bit thicker mouthfeel and more whisky notes than the 12. bottle 33 cl / bd dec-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2011) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2014
33 cl. bottle poured in to a Snifter. Dark brown colour with a reddish tinge. Thin, lightly tanned head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. Smoked aroma with roasted malts, whisky barrel, liquorice, light tobacco, bitter chocolate, subtle alcohol and slight peat. No doubt about the cask maturing. Taste is sweet and smoked. Excellent. Medium to full body with an oily texture and a flat carbonation. Long lasting, smoked finish with rich roasted malts, liquorice and whisky cask. Excellent - for the whisky lover.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle:   Lots of peat coming out on this one.   As these progress they get smoother and smoother.   A touch of iodine showing up.   Soft dark chocolate.   Nice, but liking the 16 better.   Thanks Matt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2034) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Rich black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla, & dark fruit; Flavor of roasted smoky malt, coffee, dark fruit, molasses, some chocolate, and whisky; Smooth finish; Very nicely balanced; The whisky is very evident in this one - nice sipper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (839) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Poured from a 2012 vintage 330 mL bottle courtesy of Gunnar. Aroma is moderately roasty with some light chocolate notes. Quite a bit of cask character with some medium light oak character and moderate peat notes. Some fruit notes of raisins and prunes. Aroma definitely highlights the cask whiskey character. Pours a motor oil black with a small, moderately thick, light mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it linger a bit. Almost no lacing with moderately long legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with a moderate roast and light chocolate character. Some medium light dark fruit notes of prune, plum and raisin with hints of berry and cherry. Again, quite a bit of cask character that adds a bit of sweetness. Moderate whiskey and peat smoke notes. Medium bitterness without any hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and rather silky with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an interesting stout that really allows you to understand the aroma and flavor of the spirits that the beer was aged in. The whiskey character is not overpowering, but definitely the highlight of the beer. The base beer is not as thick as I was expecting but its aroma and flavor contribute character while still allowing the whiskey notes to shine in an inoffensive way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (292) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - AUG 3, 2014
the aroma of caramel and wine with notes of brown sugar and dark fruits... the taste of caramel and chocolate with shades of coffee, licorice, port, almond and dried fruits and berries... dry, bitter and warming aftertaste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danlo (1293) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2014
330ml bottle. 09444 Oct 2012. Pours black with a tan head, aroma of roast malt, brown sugar, woody oak, leather, dark fruits. Taste is sweet chocolatey malt with toffee, dark fruits and notes of whisky, peaty, smoke. Fairly smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering light bitter finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle offered @ home, picked up in Fort Collins and then placed in my rotbox for multiple months. Pours a black appearance with a thin brown head. Plenty of swamp smoke, peat, burnt wood, caramel, and dark chocolate in the nose. The aroma is pretty dominated by the Scotch barrels. Medium body. Heavy barrel character in the mouth. Roasty, burnt, woody flavor. Lots of peat. Chocolate and char. Moderately high sweetness. Actually, little heat on the finish. Mostly peat in the aftertaste. Not having this side-by-side with the others, this one is a bit disappointment. Fine but not great.

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