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


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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 is a robust old ale age in 18 year old whiskey casks. It pours a deep black color, and the Scotch whiskey aroma jumps right out at you in the nose. The Scotch whiskey is also very prevalent in the taste, and is complimented by dark chocolate, sweet malt, and a vanilla oakiness at the finish. I have friends, who’re fans of bourbon and whisky aged stouts, that would love this ale. I’d even bet that Scotch whiskey drinkers would appreciate it as well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
Will have to try the 12, 16, and 18 side by each to determine, as my memory isn’t good enough to properly distinguish. There are so many things about this beer that make me happy. Firstly, a traditional scots beer from a real scots brewery aged in a kickass distillery’s whisky casks. Secondly, the flavour is just so intricate and awesome. Bottle 341ml. 8%. Rich dark brown-black pour with a weak white head that bubbles away quickly, no lacing. Aroma is earthy - presence of toasted barley, chocolate, coffee grounds, mild peaty smokiness.Mouthfeel is clean, low carbonation, medium alcohol warmth. Taste is a depth of chocolately, nutty roast malts, tinge of peat smoke, and tremendous character from the wood of the whisky casks - vanilla, oaky. A tremendous brew worthy of high praise.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alexus (241) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 27, 2012
Shared bottle @ Cardinal. Pours black as night with a small nice head. Ritch aromas of dark dried fruits and some roastiness. Flavors of nice roasted hops, toffee and malts, some hints of oak. Really smooth mouthfeel. A really nice beer which I will have again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DarkSideOfBeer (47) - Padova, ITALY - DEC 12, 2012
Bottiglia al Drunken Dick (VI). Color petrolio,retrogusto molto torbato e intenso,si sente molto il malto,davvero buonissima

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1996) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Great, very rich. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, cask, smoke, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Very dark brown, with a thin head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 15, 2013
Sensacional cerveja escocesa, álcool presente e perceptível no palato, se misturando com a madeira, café e chocoalte dos maltes, um corpo perfeito, licoroso, baita cerveja !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomekk1978 (1073) - Ząbki, POLAND - APR 4, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, praktycznie nie prześwitująca. Piana jasno beżowa, całkiem obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, otrzymująca się i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Wysycenie niskie. Aromat: jeszcze mniej whisky czy alkoholu w ogóle, delikatny. Jest lekka wanilia, ale również wyraźna czekolada i kawa. Smak: pełny, zbalansowany, umiarkowana zarówno słodycz, jak i goryczka. Lekka kwaskowość, czekolada gorzka i palone słody. Bardziej wytrawny - czekoladowy i alkoholowy koniec. [5/5]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rollsrace (71) - - AUG 30, 2014
Got one 11.2oz bottle for $10.38. Starts with a sweet Carmel taste with moves towards an alcohol, following up with a scotchy then Carmel finish. Seems smoother than the 12 year version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
McWorta (1136) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 7, 2013
That is a pitch black bomb with a tan head. Noses of dates, figs and sweet toffee and bitter chocolate. The texture is light a bit watery building a lovely toasty light roasty mouthfeel developing from a rather light body to a full heavy boody all along with light smokey wooden nutty whisky notes to it. Well balanced and impressive, not a light weight at all! Finish is rather boldly lingering on the palate without being too pushy. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2637) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Whoa; another masterpiece in this line. Love it. Thick, sultry, and luscious. Body is a touch on the soft side, but I can’t help but think it fits perfectly here. The tinges of whisky and peat meld seamlessly with the palate and other dark flavors. In spite of its richness, could see having another. Finish is much easier and cleaner than I expected. Sumptuous beer.

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