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

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle 330ml.
Clear dark red brown color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, smoke - peat, light chocolate, light licorice, serial soot ash notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090823]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31480) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2009
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a creamytan to chocolate brown head. Aroma is vanilla and dark roasted malty. Smooth whiskey, wooden, light vanilla and smoked. Dry and roasted base flavoured.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29484) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2009
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma has powerful notes of whiskey, roasted malt, wood, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt, wood, whiskey, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and soy sauce, leading to a dry roasted finish. The alcohol burns lightly in the top of the throat. Thanks fonefan and Brugmansia for sharing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a light brown head. Aroma of whisky, wood, hard roasted malt and tar. Medium body, a little low in carbonation, hard roasted malt, wood and tar accents. No real bitterness. Delicious. 230809

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle at Green Lion, Malmö. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, liquorice and alcohol with notes of whisky. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits, whisky and alcohol. Sweet and alcoholic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20621) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2009
Bottled@Tuulensuu. Pitch black colour, not much head. Aroma is wooden, smoked, ashes, roasted and peaty ntes, Fresh and brutal. Flavour is quite much the same. liquorice and smoke. Quite harsh and brutal actually. 8% ABV kicks in the head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16932) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and peaty aroma with some hints of wood. Sweetish malty chocolate and licorice flavor with some woody hints and some hints of smoke. Has a roasted malty licorice finish with hints of wood in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
9th September 2009
Opaque brown - black beer. Softish palate, low carbonation. Light whisky chocolate and dark malt. Dark malt. Smooth well integrated blend. Finishes with mild aniseed alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, bottled February 2009
Black color; medium creamy head. Very nice aroma, creamy, light smoke, cappuccino, eggnog, alcohol, chocolate, wood. Medium body, lean mouthfeel, rich chocolate flavor, some caramel, light whisky touch, and just some warmth from the alcohol. The aroma is clearly more interesting (8 or 9) than the flavor (not rich enough, 7 or 8) and the final, which indeed is almost boring.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (14714) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle at home ... deep black ... thick loose creamy tan head ... roast malt ,whisky and iodine nose ... again a touch of iodine ... sweet roast ... little bitter... definite whisky ... too much whisky


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