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


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RATINGS: 590   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1692) - Tallinn, - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown body with a minimal head. Aroma has peat, soil and smoke. Thick and smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Smoky and woody taste with ashiness in the finish. Interesting stuff. The finish turns a bit too salty/ashy for my tastes. I’d prefer it to be slightly sweeter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (1195) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 26, 2016
Clear, dark brown to black colored, small beige to tan head, only a ring remains. Aroma is of malt, chocolate, smoke-peat, whisky oak barrel, some roasted notes. Taste is medium+ sweet malt, chocolate and roasted malt, moderate smoke, decent amount of whisky oak barrel, some vanilla, medium smoke and bit peat and roasty bitterness and aftertaste. Some alcohol with warmth. Medium+ bodied, soft to flat, bit creamy. (bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TygrKat (6) - - JUN 9, 2016 does not count
Poured from 330ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown-black. Smells like Guinness and whiskey. Taste is more balanced with a strong dark ale base and notes of whiskey, vanilla and chocolate. Very tasty, well balanced dark ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Parmenion777 (110) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2016
Pours a deep dark brown (almost black) colour with a negligible beige head. Nice roasted malt and whiskey aroma with some hints of chocolate and vanilla. Moderately sweet taste, rich roasted malt and chocolate, mellow whiskey notes but with some underlying bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (752) - POLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Piana beżowa, drobna, dość trwała. Barwa ciemno brązowa z rubinowymi refleksami. Aromat dość słodki, taninowy, waniliowy w tle trochę karmelu, czekolady, miodu spadziowego. W smaku podobnie, dość słodkie, jest karmel, likier waniliowy, mleczna czekolada, kawa espresso. Gładka, aksamitna tekstura, niskie wysycenie, niska do średniej goryczka palono ziołowa, lekko ściągająca. W posmakach wyraźny tytoń, whisky, dębina i sos sojowy - wszystko to łącznie pozostawia odczucie ściągania na języku, lekką cierpkość...
Bardzo pijalny Old Ale, błyskawicznie znika ze szkła. Faktycznie zasłużone Top 50 - jeden z najlepszych, jakie piłem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ildjarno (36) - Vaasa, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2016 330 ml bottle. Dark brown with a minimal beige head. More balanced version of Ola Dubh 16. Really nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kristall-König (2678) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2016
Geruch tief, aber sehr tief dunkelmalzig, Likör, Faß, Schokolade, Beeren. sanft-schokoladiger Antrunk. Mitte röstig, rauchig, Schokolade, Malz, Würze, Salz. Abgang bitterschokoladig, rauchig, würzig. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikkellund42 (735) - DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours opaque black with small offwhite head. Aroma is roasted malt, ground coffee and peated sweet whisky. Taste is very sweet, light bitter and light umami. Body is creamy to syrupy with such carbonation. Finish is long and mostly sweet with notes of malt, malt syrup, sweet whisky, honey, vanilla, white sugar and hints of juniper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (572) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle at Koht. Thank you Martjoobõlut. Caramel, vanilla in the aroma. Caramel and wiskey at first. Hints of smoke in the middle. Some bitterness and whiskey in the end. Very well balanced, rather medium no heavy bodied beer. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1304) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 30, 2016
330ml bottle served in snifter glass. Purchased at Drinks of the World - Geveva.
A: Pours a oil black color forming a medium dark beige head with medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass.
S: Great nose. Strong notes of sweet caramel, roasted malts, whisky and wood. Notes of Vanilla and licorice. Light notes of leather and earth.
T: Sweet upfront taste. Strong notes of roasted malts, whisky and oak. Notes of vanilla and licorice. In overall, the taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Light notes of grassy hops.
M: Heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet caramel, whisky and oak in the aftertaste.
O: Excellent drinkability. Classic British Old Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hallstein (419) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2016
0,33 bottle from vinmonopolet - Pours a dark black. Aroma has tons of woodsmoke, caramel and chocolate. Slight coffee. Flavor has quite a good amount of smokiness, vanilla icecream and chocolate. Chocolate truffles and cocoa. Incredibly complex.

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