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

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RATINGS: 573   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Pours a dark black color with a small head and no lacing. Aroma is ham, smoke, and bacon. The taste is smokey but not too much, bacon, smoke. Its decent but a little thinner than I expected.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (2024) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle poured and shared by Dustin. How many of these beers are there? I think it’s a battle I will lose with not much chance. Red tinted black pour with a thin fizz head. Rating #2005. The year Fat Cat brewing opened. Shout out to a random brewery that I never had the chance to try. Potent aroma of dark fruit, malt and booze. Hints of smoke throughout, and malt heavy flavor. Tastes strong. The smoke hints lead to a dominant smoke linger late. Overall a fun beer to try. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (1202) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle at crieff hydro a dark beer with peaty malty notes in aroma flavour is coffee dark malts viscose mouth feel whiskey notes some bitterness on the finish solid whisky aged beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2016
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Bottle. Supplier: Gift (Bristol). Deep and rich with notes of sour fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (11155) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 28, 2016
from Mondial de la Bičre 2013, Mulhouse - black beer with a poor head retention; gently woody whisky aroma with notes of black cherries and roasted chocolates; sweet malt backbone and full-bodied, creamy yet thick palate; light umami, some late bitterness and grainy notes; long chocolaty and woody notes in the finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3960) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2016
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2014. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, toasted dark bread, whiskey, oak, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, light nuttiness/char, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and scotch barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, toasted dark bread, whiskey, oak, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, light nuttiness/char, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-medium roasted bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, toasted dark bread, whiskey, oak, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, light nuttiness/char, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and scotch barrel flavors with a great malt/bitter/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast bitterness and oak spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding old ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and soctch barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
undercurrent25 (1782) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Pours a black colour. Taste is of smoked ham and fish. Peaty on the palate. An epic beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (2454) - NORWAY - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 24.01.16. Ebony. Brown head. Aroma and taste of good single malt Whisky and dark malt. Still very drinkable. Medium long aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2400) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle..Pour is black with a tan head...Nose is chocolate, roast, barrel, oak, ...Taste is oak, spice, chocolate, musty, dry...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (2109) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2016
Bottled from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Very dark brown colored, beige head. Malty nose, caramel, molasses, liquor, some iron. Very complex flavor, malts, caramel, some coffee, roasted notes, toffee, nuts, raisins, smoky, aged notes, initially sweet with a lasting bittersweet finish. Very well balanced beer, a sipper, but one you keep sipping from. Great!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vinivini (909) - BELARUS - JAN 6, 2016
Almost black, ruby highlights, tall airy tan head. Average retention, notable lacing. Medium body, oily. Nose of oak barrel, whisky, smoke, roast. Medium body. Oily. The taste is dry, similar to the aroma, complex. Low bitterness. Alcohol totally away. A unique one

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