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


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RATINGS: 586   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MechanicalMind (22) - Crawley, West Sussex, - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours unctuous and decadent. Puffy tan head that dissipates to a thin layer. Aroma is rum raisin, clear alcohol whisky quality to the nose, nutty chocolate. Held to the light it’s a deep reddish brown. Rum raisin aroma follows through to the palate, roasty burnt sweet maltiness, with a whisky alcohol-laden warming finish. Quite sweet and indulgent overall, a pleasant sipper late at night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ildjarno (33) - 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 (730) - 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 (506) - 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 (1292) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Haavard (69) - NORWAY - MAR 20, 2016
Aroma: chocolate, carmel, toffee, coffee, smoke Taste: smoke, chocolate, carmel, oak, roasted nuts ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (54) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle 330ml (2014). Served at room temperature. Pours deep hazy brown (virtually black). Head is tanned, a good size and lasts very well. Aroma is very complex and smokey with notes of peated whiskey, tarred wood, burnt toffee, aniseed, coco, dates, raisins and tobacco. Flavour is smooth with a very light earthy bitterness; roasted barley, peated whiskey, charcoal, burnt toffee, liquorice, dried currants, prunes, leather and a long tarred woody finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, slightly syrupy texture and a long finish. Amazing stuff!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1436) - - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are largely smoke, some whiskey and coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jurgos (168) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana średnio obfita, beżowa dość gęsta. Aromat świetny, wanilia wyraźna, słodko, czekolada mleczna i lekka nuta whisky, ale gdzieś w oddali. Piwo gładkie, goryczka średnia. Lekko rozgrzewa, może po aromacie można spodziewać się więcej ciała, ale to nie ris w końcu. W smaku więcej czuć nut torfowych whisky. Trochę mi tu brakuje ciała to jedyny mankament tego piwa.

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