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

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RATINGS: 431   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (495) - - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark opaque black with very little head. Aroma of nuts, smoke, and alcohol. Taste of booze and dark chocolate with slight hints of something roasted and peat.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blade86 (462) - Wrocław, POLAND - APR 17, 2014
chocolate aroma, peat, some dark fruits; black with beige foam; medium malty bitterness, medium sweetness; full body, creamy little alcoholic feel, soft carbonation, long bitter finish; Overall: very solid beer, heavy, not very drinkable but greatly made

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (363) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 11.2015. Pours very dark brown with no head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, vanilla, and oak. Taste: vanilla, sweetness, malt, smoke, wood, and whisky notes. Finish is chocolate with smoke, sweet and bitter. Overall: whisky is more noticeable than with 12 and 16 year versions, very nice brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (625) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner. Dark black colour. Aroma is strong liquorice dark fruits and malts and wiskey. Taste is same great long wiskey finish strong alcohol warmth long lasting finish. Absolutely brilliant this, can still taste the great dark fruits of an old ale and all the ummphh of of a great wiskey 5 minutes after drinking!!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomekk1978 (275) - POLAND - APR 4, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, praktycznie nie prześwitująca. Piana jasno beżowa, całkiem obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, otrzymująca się i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Wysycenie niskie. Aromat: jeszcze mniej whisky czy alkoholu w ogóle, delikatny. Jest lekka wanilia, ale również wyraźna czekolada i kawa. Smak: pełny, zbalansowany, umiarkowana zarówno słodycz, jak i goryczka. Lekka kwaskowość, czekolada gorzka i palone słody. Bardziej wytrawny - czekoladowy i alkoholowy koniec. [5/5]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
migajos (76) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 1, 2014
On tap at Chmielarnia, Warsaw, Poland. Nice thick slightly beige head. Vanilla, delicate dark chocolate, nutty aroma. I definitely felt some saltyness in aroma. Taste is really well ballanced. The saltyness coming form whisky barrel contrasts sweet chocolate, nutty flavours. Overall fantastic beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (2465) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Nutty, oak, smokey dark malt aromas. Flavors are nutty malt forward, scotch, oak, smokey and rich mat tones.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (234) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - MAR 16, 2014
Couleur noire, mousse brune. Super nez de malt, chocolat, café grillés...notes fumées et douces, note de reglisse. Corps assez huileux , peu de carbonation. Gout puissant et doux de chocolat, grillé, bois.... bien longue en bouche... super

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1314) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Had a bottle with Brisben Raith and Lanker. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma is malty roasty and dark fruits. I was a bit disappointed with the flavor. Fell a bit flat. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and full bodied. Somewhat sweet and finishes that way. Overall very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Majek (271) - Ząbki, POLAND - MAR 12, 2014
Totally black, medium beige head. Strong aroma of liquorice, cocoa, soy sauce, roasted malts, vanilla and smoked wood. Taste is very rich, complex and perfectly balanced, it’s quite sweet, moderate dry and slightly salty. Full body. Minimal carbonation. Incredibly tasty beer! One of the most complex and full of taste beer I’ve ever tried.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Black with virtually no head. Aroma is liquorice, raisins, dates, leather, chocolate, smoke. Smooth on the palate with a little smoke and a hint of booze on the finish, oily mouthfeel. Taste is soy sauce, dark fruits, liquorice, leather, smoke.


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