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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - JAN 4, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Pours a dark but translucent brown with a small foamy brown head. Smells rich and fruity. From this bear i would expect more of that oaken caramel smell. Has a fruity raisen like taste with that very modest sour taste i have come to know from several Scottish beers. Just like the smell their isnt quit enough oak and caramel taste to meet my expectations. Overall a very good beer but not as good as the ratings suggest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (307) - POLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle. Teku glass. Pitch black with minimal, light brown head. Poor lacing and head retention. Intense aroma of dark fruits - pulms and rasins, in the second raw vanilla aroma. Also medium woody, peated and smokey notes. The smell is really complex, rich and fresh. Taste is rather sweet with slightly bitter and salty notes. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, finish is semi-sweet with little alcohol warming. In overall rich and comples beer. Perfectly balanced and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taradil (41) - - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle Head: non-existent Color: very dark brown with rubin opacity Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee and peat. Taste: caramel, roasted malts, dark chocolate with amazing peat finish Great beer really amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (208) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Pours dark brown with a shortlived tan head. Aromas of sweet roasted malts and whisky. Tastes chocolate, dried fruit, bitter coffee, with quite a pronounced peat aftertaste. I’d almost think I’d been drinking whisky actually. My only complaint is that it’s a bit thin...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mecafilo (151) - Perugia, ITALY - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2015 Bottle @ Elfo’s Pub, Perugia, Italy. Pours with a pitch black colour, classic heqvy stout; no foam on top. Aroma is very rich, with distinct notes of whisky; fruit; roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite sweet, very little bitter; great! Heavy palate, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (420) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 23, 2015
Totalmente negra, espuma de boa formação e persistência, muito bonita. Aroma achocolatado, defumado, amadeirado, bala de café. No paladar transparece mais café do que chocolate, médio amargor e dulçor, altas doses de malte. Corpo licoroso, carbonatação quase inexistente. Aftertaste alcoólico, persistente, adocicado, malte torrado. Um pouco mais complexa do que a 16, mas difícil de distinguir entre as duas. Uma ótima cerveja.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zupastan (112) - Kortrijk, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2015
33 cl bottle @ home. Dark brown to black beer with a small, beige, aery head, little adhesive. Almost no crabonation. Smell is peat, whisky, smoke, mocha. Taste is quite peated, iodine, chocolat, smoke, caramel, sweet, alcohol, medium body. Aftertaste is mocha, smoke, slightly peated, some bitterness and earthy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMagnet (685) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle, pours black with a beige head. Aroma: peat, wood, chocolate, ash. Taste: roast, chocolate, peat, ash, vanilla, blueberries, yoghurt. Medium sweet and balancing bitterness, creamy texture, getting a bit thin in the warming finish. Well balanced, lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (788) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle - pours black with a very dark brown fizzy head which quickly fades to a ring. Aroma of peaty whisky, a little antiseptic, some smoke and hints of cocoa. Taste of peat, smoke, cocoa and earthy malts with some vanilla and paprika. Medium body, medium carbonation. A tasty treat, but the body is a little thin which lets it down a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KoNrRiI (820) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
0.33 bottle. Insanely dark brown color, (recognizable from black due to light diffraction on the edges), and a medium, brownish head. Strong aroma of roast, dark malts, chocolate, wood, and a sting of whiskey. Taste is very malty, fantastically smoky, prominently chocolaty, and wonderfully balanced. Medium to full body, veritably thick texture, and flat carbonation. Finish is a tad fruitier but also more whiskey-induced. Overall a splendid beer, inherently smacking of high quality whiskey but at the same time at no point is it alcoholic or irritating; certainly worthy of a wholehearted recommendation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mario_giri (162) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 27, 2015
Man riecht den Scotch, das Eichefass, leichte Erikahonignoten, Vanille, ganz wenig Schoggi, Trockenpflaumen. Spritzig-cremig im Mund, ganz leicht säuerlich kommen die obigen Aromen wieder. Leicht bitter und trocken gegen schluss, bleibt auch etwas süsse. Sehr ausgewogen und süffig! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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