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


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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Thanks Chuck! The beer pours to a pitch black body with a thin off white head. Aromas of chocolate and black licorice. Some peaty scotch. Flavor is chocolate and peaty scotch. There’s some light anise. Palate is medium-full bodied and has a clean texture. Quite smooth and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2000) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2014
Dark reddish brown with no head. Malty and woody tones. Malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of smoke. Medium to full body with a nice bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillWyce (700) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle #04453, dated 2/2012. Poured opaque inky black with a thin 1-finger dark tan head that was gone quickly. Aroma mixes the oak with a sweet note of caramel or toffee. Some nutty malt too. Full body. The brewery’s adjective of "viscous" is apt. A light alcohol note to the oily finish. Flavor has nutty and caramel notes up front that give way to charred oak. A touch of a fruity sweetness up front as well. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (260) - ITALY - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 33cl bottle. Pours black with some red glare at the bottom of the glass. Fine beige head. Smells of malts with smoked notes of peat and some whisky and red fruits aroma. Taste is sweet and roasted malts, some coffee notes along some nuts, light bitter finish. Coffee and whisky aftertaste. Full bodied, thick oily mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (164) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Olajos testű, sűrű főzet rendkívül komplex, édeskés, diós, füstös aromával, melyből minden további nélkül kiérezhetünk egy olyan tölgyfahordó biztosította karaktert is, melyben korábban 18 évig whiskyt érleltek. Íze legalább ennyire összetett, konyakmeggy édessége, dió és rum aromája burkolózik egy füstös köntösbe, mely hosszas utóízt biztosít. Igazi ritkaság, melyet ennek megfelelő odafigyeléssel éri meg leginkább fogyasztani.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (915) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2014
April 2013 Bottle. Pours black with quickly settling tan head, no lace. Aroma is whisky, oak, caramelized sugars, dark fruits, and smoke. Big whisky and sweet oak flavors up front, toffee, and nutty in the finish, with a smoky, oaky aftertaste. Soft carbonation medium body, and smooth texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (238) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Huh must have rated this on RB before I got banned. Anyway. This was supposed to be an aging project. This bottle: Bottle number 4459. Bottled on Feb 2009. That’s old... I couldn’t legally drink when this was bottled.... sweet. Big oak note. Chocolate. A little roastiness. Appearance is brown pour with little head. Viscus. Taste is very smooth. Huge oak note. Whiskey comes through a lot. (I have gotten into whiskey now after all these barrel aged beers... just one more thing to spend my money on.... thanks Obama). A little light really. Probably too old. I mean... 5 years... that’s a long time. Watery on the palate. But very smooth. Probably because it’s too old. Overall this beer is solid, but it’s better fresh than aged. The whiskey notes really take over in this aged version. Will have to give a fresh bottle a go again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (760) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2014
330ml bottle, pours jet black with litte head and a low carbonation. Aroma is nicely complex with roasted chocolate malt, hazelnut, dried berries, toffee, oak and hints of whisky. Palate is creamy. Very well balanced flavours with a dry bitterness finishing atop a peaty whisky aroma. Really well crafted.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (106) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Poured from a February 2012 bottle into a snifter. Aroma is dark fruits and brown sugar. Appearance is like old engine oil with a small tan head. Taste is dark fruits almonds brown sugar and some smoke. Palate is good. Overall an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_sully (106) - - MAY 23, 2014
Hints of vanilla, whiskey ( taste of a nice peaty scotch) , and toffee. Nice sipping beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Czekalina (4) - - MAY 19, 2014 does not count
(19.05-2014 - butelka) Nieprzejrzyscie czarne, piana skąpa szybko znika. Zapach intensywny, śliwki w czekoladzie, likier, delikatny zapach drewna, zapach racez słodki lekko chlebowy. W smaku cierpkie, lekko alkocholowe, czekolada i praliny. Goryczka przyjemna i dość wysoka. Wysycenie bardzo niskie. Odczucei w ustach bardzo gładkie.

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