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

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RATINGS: 613   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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3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbeast88 (41) - - APR 28, 2013
Dark pour,light head. Aroma and taste of chocolate,coffee,whisky and some weeds. medium sweet


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (2085) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle. Lots of oak and whiskey notes, some roastiness and malty sweetness. Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture and bit watery, slightly acidic and warming finish. Really tasty, great whiskey flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (5083) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle at tasting event. Pours thick, deep, dark brown. Aroma and flavor are roasted barley, whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Full body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1939) - Warszawa, POLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Rami Rami is drinking an Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 8% (bottle) by Harviestoun Brewery at Mordor Sporo kokosa, drewna, mniej stouta i ciala niz 16tka, posmaki kwaskowate, dosc wytrawny, bdb, ale dla mnie 16 wyraznie lepszy. butla z Feb 2016

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (833) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Dark porter appearance with small brown head. Black coffee and toffee flavours with some smoke and whiskey notes. Rich and creamy texture with a touch of warming alcohol feel. Long malt finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekboniek (513) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 20, 2016
Butelka. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana średniej wysokości, beżowa, kremowa. To co odróżnia od wersji -12 i 16 letnią jest zdecydowanie piana. Aromat przyjemny, po przelaniu mało intensywny ale po chwili można wyczuć nutę tytoniu, popiołu i subtelną nutę torfową. Smak w zupełności oddaje to co dzieje się w aromacie. Przoduje nuta popiołu. Bardzo mocna, intensywna. Na dalszym planie torf, delikatne ciemne owoce. Wysycenie niskie do średniego. Piwo jest pełne, gładkie, smaki niezalegające. Wyczuwalny delikatny szlachetny alkohol. W aftertaste pojawia się nuta kwaśna, mało przyjemna. Na całe szczęście bardzo szybko ulatuje. Bardzo przyjemne, do powolnej degustacji. Wartym uwagi jest fakt, jak wersja bazowa piwa zmienia się pod wpływem leżakowania w poszczególnych beczkach. Piwa bardzo różnią się od siebie wpływem beczki i posmakami, które oferują.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3425) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2016
330ml bottle No. 07614 kindly shared by LupuLust, merci and welcome to RB! - Bref: liquorice, mild peat and old leather lay an earthy umami blanket over this subtly aged ale full of raisin, plum, older dark berry, salty toffee and nuts flavours of a Scottish plumcake. - Mouthfeel is much lighter and smoother than anticipated, nearly sessionable, all but "viscous" compared to many an ImpStout, naturally carbonated. Whispy tobacco smoke enters late, lifting the aged fruit sweetness even more into a sepia picture of candied figs and whisky-like dry caramel/cane sugars. Well-aged, if a bit underwhelming considering its selling and marketing point. Still a few subtle and convincing notches above instant-IKEA-barreling Innis&Gunn.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lupuLust (27) - - SEP 15, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2016 Accidently taken from Manufactum Munich. Shared at Bierhandlung 14.09.2016 Light brown head and a body almost as black and muddy as real old engine oil but actually not that viscous. Smell is like toffe and nuts, bit like old leather with a hint of smoke from the whisky. Medium not too heavy oily/creamy mouthfeel with a soft carbonation and a long lasting sweet finish with a taste of smoke on the palate as it pours down your throat. Taste of nuts, sweet malt/toffe and the old wood. Too expensive to call this one "süffig" but despite of the warm weather it was well drinkable and a joy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bill Becker (807) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Bottled September 2014. Great looking pitch black brew with an ample amount of tannish foam. Big caramel malt smell bordering on notes of butterscotch. .in other words, oxidation. Some dark fruit. Tastes of caramel and oxidation. Butterscotch is there and will probably grow as time goes by. Some dark fruit hints. Whiskey seems to be playing second fiddle. Some, most English Old Ales/Barleywines with a heaping helping of oxidation, I dig. In this one, not so much. High end of medium bodied, low carbonation. It is not as bad as I may have portrayed it in what I said above. I will say that I have no desire to drink it again. I appreciate the smaller bottle presentation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1238) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
330ml bottle shared with brother, thanks for the share. Aroma: strong licorice, bourbon, raisin. App: dark brown, almost black, minimal mocha head, little lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, liquoreux, medium sweetness, soft to moderate carbonation, subtle dry acidity finish. Overall: like it. Not overly sweet which is good. Whisky is not too present as well. Well balanced. Body could be bigger but it’s not doubt because of the barrel aging. Would drink again maybe not at this price tough. A bit too expensive.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (1652) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2016
A weak aroma of malt, pours a dark brown color with no head. A great taste of chocolate, and a hint of sweet malt. Lighter body with a sweet chocolate finish.


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