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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (415) - Gdańsk, POLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Drobna brązowa piana, opadła szybko do zera. Przy tym alkoholu to częściowo zrozumiałe. Kolor ciemnobrązowy, nieprzejrzyste. W aromacie ciemne słody i zdecydowana beczka. Nuty dębowe, garbnikowe. Lekko kwaskowy, " drewniany" zapach. W drugiej nucie lekka wanilia. W smaku sporo garbników. Lekko orzechowe, przypomina nalewkę orzechową. Nuty dębowe, beczkowe. Pojawiają się nuty gorzkiej czekolady. Dość wytrawne, słodycz na ledwo wyczuwalnym poziomie. Bardzo dobre piwo ale 16-tka była lepsza, miała bardziej złożony smak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
47574xeCD (497) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black with tiny tan head. Immediate whisky and Blackberry notes, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, whisky. Lush stuff this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2440) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2014
11.2oz bottle shared by Pizz5116 after work. Pours dark brown/almost black in color with a small fast fading tan head. Aroma of rich caramel, marshmallow, scotch, butterscotch, and oak. Taste roasted malt, earth, toffee, caramel, dry wood, hints of scotch, and a mild nuttiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1594) - SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Dark brown, bit more murk and ringed head (fresher of the bunch we’re having). Bright cooking choc, nice warming whiskey. Bit more roast, bit more bitter, bit more bitter. Cleaner toffee, bloodied finish. Tiny ashen waft.

Bottle, Flu Jab Tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5595) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, light smoke, taste is dry, peaty, thin, chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3489) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
Black colour, small bubbly white head. Sweet aroma, whisky and caramel. Sweet flavour, malts, whisky. Finish whisky, wood and molasse.
(From 33cL bottle @ The Autumn Gathering Formerly Known as RBBAG (I) Mons, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, Erwin!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6780) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle - Dark chocolate notes, toasted malts and some barrel. Deep black with a decent light brown head. Lots of barrel, some smoke and peat, little anise and a chocolaty toasty malt finish. Nice and woody.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (3319) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Dark brown to brown to black. 1 finger dark brown head. Light nose with a little bit of whiskey. Taste well it’s pretty smoky. Dark chocolate is faint. Leathery oak forward taste with peat and oak. Creamy finish. Some Nutella and hazelnut

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vells (885) - Riga, LATVIA - NOV 17, 2014
Decent roasted malts, smoked, bit wood, licorice. Sadly few beers ago I had very intense smoked brew, so now this feels as that smokeds little brother. Decent brew, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melnis (238) - LATVIA - NOV 15, 2014
Smoked aroma, pretty simple. The same as blod sweat & tears only 5 times less intense. Some cask motes, bit sweet

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