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

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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (312) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nutjes (76) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2016
33cl-fles bij Billie’s Bier Kafétaria te Antwerpen U: zwart bier met bruine schuimkraag G: whisky, beetje geturfd en pure chocolade. Had gehoopt op een meer uitgesproken geur. S: zoete aanzet met een klein beetje geturfde whisky. Tegenvallend, mist wat mout/koffiebitterheid voor mij. Smaken waarschijnlijk ook wat afgebroken door het teveel aan carbonatie.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (6174) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2016
330ml bottle. Quasi black colour with small to average, thick, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Dark malty aroma with a nuttily touch, hints of toffee, a woody touch, some vanilla, a smoky touch, cautious fruity overtones of red berries, plum, cherry, some leather. Taste is dry, nuttily and chocolately dark malty, hints of leather, wood, a touch of toffee, vanilla, mild smokiness, a touch of liquorice; lasting dry finish, slightly sticky palate. Rich and variegated, but not complicated.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cokemonkey11 (457) - - JUL 2, 2016
Brown bottle, 330ml. Pours black as coffee with a thin brown head subsiding average fast. Scent is surprisingly minimal of almost purely whiskey scents. Taste is medium dense whiskey cask. Resin. Oak maybe or other hard wood. Cedar? Rosemary. Coffee and toffee both. Caramel. Surprisingly also slightly sour. Mouth feel is medium Carmel. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from LeeAVFC cheers mate; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has sweet chocolate, dark fruits and some fudge, taste has roast malts, rich chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke, a hint of liquorice, ok.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ciocanelu (1067) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUL 1, 2016
Black color with brown head. Aroma has peated scotch and dried plums. Taste starts very balanced with peat, dark roasted malts, smoked ham, dried plums and figs. Not sweet but not too bitter either. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall it’s a really complex yet easy drinking ale.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pioter (113) - POLAND - JUN 30, 2016
Piękna brązowa, drobnopęcherzykowa piana. Piękny lacing. Kolor ciemnobrązowy. W aromacie wędzoność, suszona śliwka, słodowość, marcepan i whisky. Wszystko wyraziste i ładnie sie komponuje. Czuć pełnię w ustach Wysycenie średnie. W smaku goryczka słaba, śliwki, mocno wyczuwalne whisky, kawa i to wszystko okraszone nutami beczkowymi, czuć tą taninę. Alkohol świetnie ukryty ale rozgrzewa w ciele. Dzięki beczce otrzymało to piwo piękne ułożenie. Wszystkie smaki i aromaty świetnie sie komponują. Pyszne!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (1225) - 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)

4.1
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Parmenion777 (134) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (797) - 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.


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