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

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RATINGS: 514   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doghair (272) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Pours dark brown with minor foam. The aroma is sort if malty sherry. The taste is string roasted malt with an unusual scotch/sherry flavor. Not something I've had before and nothing like bourbon barrel aging. Very good and unique. Minimal carbonation. Overall an enjoyable beer. Kind of pricey but worth it. More beer please...


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (760) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 5, 2015
Black colour, two fingers beige head. Aroma of roasted nuts, whiskey, coffee, smokey note, not so much chocolate as the 16 yrs version. Taste is light sweet, sliiiightly tart, a bit bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (1401) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2015
33cl bottle at home, poured a dark Brown colour with a Nice creamy tanned head. Dark bitter chocolate, alcohol notice, caramel, raisins, smoke, roasted coffee, licorice, small peat hint, oak,dark red fruits, char, butterscotch, lot’s of flavours. Way better as the 16yo version, very Nice beer!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (224) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Pours an opaque black with a lively mocha brown head which soon disappears into a brown ring around the circumference. Aroma is slightly weak but there’s hints of sweet toffee and a whiff of peatiness similar to an Islay whisky. Taste is sweet toffee, slight double-cream, cocoa powder and a hint of roast coffee bitterness. Thick body with a succulent mouthfeel and a long cocoa finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ulysse (242) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2015
Strong whisky aroma with a hint off roasted malt. Creamy in the mouth. Addictive whisky taste. Smoky aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (287) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Un nez très, très invitant. Ça sent les fruits foncés et la mélasse mais sans sucre excessif. En bouche c’est mince. Trop mince. Mais, en faisant abstraction de ce manque de corps, le reste se débrouille plutôt bien! L’alcool est caché de façon assez magnifique et les saveurs sont nombreuses et agréables.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2015
Black with small beige head. Soy sauce, licorice, salmiak, peat, roasted malts, ground coffee. Salty with light sweetness and roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied with slick feel and light carbonation. Unusual stuff, but not bad at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (1921) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
fles van Sterk Avondverkoop te Amsterdam. #810, schenkt mooi zwart met schuimige bruine kraag Aroma van hout, whiskey, turf, gerookte mout. Smaken zijn matig zoet, matig tot redelijk bittertje, sterk, stevig gemout, whiskey maar ook wat dun, redelijke body, dun van textuur met lage co2. wat aan de fletse kant.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LaViolette (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2015
Very strong whisky nose, beautiful brown body. A perfect mix between beer and whisky aromas, very well balanced indeed. Could be a bit on the stout side, but overally very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (295) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 26, 2015
A lot of whiskey in flavor and taste. Sweetness and strength, an interesting ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1054) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle at home, 25th January 15. Pours dark, a little head. Aroma is smoke, whiskey, some leather. The taste is peat, whiskey, some chocolate and ash, palate is medium, not as luxurious as I imagined, feels a little light. Good beer and an easy sipper


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