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 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (1871) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2015
Black with small beige head. Soy sauce, licorice, salmiak, peat, roasted malts, ground coffee. Salty with light sweetness and roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied with slick feel and light carbonation. Unusual stuff, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (2480) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
fles van Sterk Avondverkoop te Amsterdam. #810, schenkt mooi zwart met schuimige bruine kraag Aroma van hout, whiskey, turf, gerookte mout. Smaken zijn matig zoet, matig tot redelijk bittertje, sterk, stevig gemout, whiskey maar ook wat dun, redelijke body, dun van textuur met lage co2. wat aan de fletse kant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LaViolette (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2015
Very strong whisky nose, beautiful brown body. A perfect mix between beer and whisky aromas, very well balanced indeed. Could be a bit on the stout side, but overally very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (369) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 26, 2015
A lot of whiskey in flavor and taste. Sweetness and strength, an interesting ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1315) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle at home, 25th January 15. Pours dark, a little head. Aroma is smoke, whiskey, some leather. The taste is peat, whiskey, some chocolate and ash, palate is medium, not as luxurious as I imagined, feels a little light. Good beer and an easy sipper

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bryanvdv (613) - - JAN 23, 2015
Fles gedeeld met rikstar. Mooi donker zonder schuim. Aroma is zoet. Smaak is zacht zoet. Mooi geheel zachte body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rikstar (1560) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
0,33l fles gedeeld met bryanvdv. Zwart met een bruine schuimkraag. Geur is zoet en ziltig met karamel en whisky. Smaak is drop, salmiak en koffie. Er goed bier, wel duur voor wat je krijgt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarfeD (1795) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Very dark brown with a very small beige head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Medium sweetness with a subtle bitter tones. Dark chocolate, raisin, coffee, caramel, peat, vanilla, spices and herbs. A great tasty brew! But not as good as the 21 year old version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmgreenuk (5955) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a dark mahogany with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is rich roast malt, peat, earthy, light alcohol. The flavour is strong to moderate bitter with a big dry roasty, peaty alcohol, coffee dark chocolate, light red berry fruit palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a light oily mouthfeel. The best Ola Dubh for me!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (2224) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte. Dark brown/black colour, small layer of dark beige foam. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts with subtle aftertaste of whisky. Some notes of vanilla and berries. Very well balanced. Not boozy or over the top. Very well done.

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