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


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RATINGS: 573   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (574) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with a small brown head that laces. Roasted malt aroma with liquorice, whiskey and smoke. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate, liquorice, vanilla, oak, whiskey, coffee and dried fruit with a slightly dry, bitter, smoky finish. Medium to full body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (2243) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Donker rood bruin bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt peated, geroosterd, alcohol. Smaakt licht peated, zacht, vanille, geroosterd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosbouw (2331) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt vol, vanille, peated, koffie. Smaakt vol, vanille, peated, beetje koffie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hansvf (487) - - OCT 9, 2015
Ruikt veel beter dan de 16y old. Wel weer dikker en voller dan die, maar nog minder dan de 12y. Beetje penetrante alcohol maar ook lekker peated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaartenRF10 (1817) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
Flesje van molen beershop. Zwart. Bruine kraag. Geproefd na de 12. 12 is lekkerder, want wat zoeter en daardoor voller qua smaak. Blijft een geweldig bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (359) - POLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle. Teku glass. Pitch black with minimal, light brown head. Poor lacing and head retention. Intense aroma of dark fruits - pulms and rasins, in the second raw vanilla aroma. Also medium woody, peated and smokey notes. The smell is really complex, rich and fresh. Taste is rather sweet with slightly bitter and salty notes. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, finish is semi-sweet with little alcohol warming. In overall rich and comples beer. Perfectly balanced and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taradil (44) - - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle Head: non-existent Color: very dark brown with rubin opacity Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee and peat. Taste: caramel, roasted malts, dark chocolate with amazing peat finish Great beer really amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (313) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Pours dark brown with a shortlived tan head. Aromas of sweet roasted malts and whisky. Tastes chocolate, dried fruit, bitter coffee, with quite a pronounced peat aftertaste. I’d almost think I’d been drinking whisky actually. My only complaint is that it’s a bit thin...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mecafilo (168) - Perugia, ITALY - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2015 Bottle @ Elfo’s Pub, Perugia, Italy. Pours with a pitch black colour, classic heqvy stout; no foam on top. Aroma is very rich, with distinct notes of whisky; fruit; roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite sweet, very little bitter; great! Heavy palate, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (532) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 23, 2015
Totalmente negra, espuma de boa formação e persistência, muito bonita. Aroma achocolatado, defumado, amadeirado, bala de café. No paladar transparece mais café do que chocolate, médio amargor e dulçor, altas doses de malte. Corpo licoroso, carbonatação quase inexistente. Aftertaste alcoólico, persistente, adocicado, malte torrado. Um pouco mais complexa do que a 16, mas difícil de distinguir entre as duas. Uma ótima cerveja.

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