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Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (579) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4730) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle - Dark chocolate notes, toasted malts and some barrel. Deep black with a decent light brown head. Lots of barrel, some smoke and peat, little anise and a chocolaty toasty malt finish. Nice and woody.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2786) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Dark brown to brown to black. 1 finger dark brown head. Light nose with a little bit of whiskey. Taste well it’s pretty smoky. Dark chocolate is faint. Leathery oak forward taste with peat and oak. Creamy finish. Some Nutella and hazelnut

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vells (743) - Riga, LATVIA - NOV 17, 2014
Decent roasted malts, smoked, bit wood, licorice. Sadly few beers ago I had very intense smoked brew, so now this feels as that smokeds little brother. Decent brew, but nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melnis (207) - LATVIA - NOV 15, 2014
Smoked aroma, pretty simple. The same as blod sweat & tears only 5 times less intense. Some cask motes, bit sweet

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (5007) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2014
24/X/14 - 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: XI/2016 (2014-1246) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige irregular head, unstable, non adhesive, dissipates quickly. Aroma: very sweet, caramel, dried fruits, bourbon, vanilla notes, mocha, coffee, earthy. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: alcohol, bit sweet, caramel, slightly peated, sourish touch, some alcohol. Aftertaste: mocha, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, bit sour, hoppy touch, metallic, bit dirty, something off.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1603) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Beer Central, Sheffield. Clear, dark, ruby red. Thin halo of tan, for a head. Smoky, treacly, bonfire toffee. Milk chocolate. Light woodiness. Taste is cocoa sweet. Light dry. Light, smoky bitter. Palate is a bit thin, in comparison to the big aroma and flavour. Finishes treacle sweet, with a woody, dry close.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndresTM (319) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 2, 2014
The pour is black with virtually no head. The aroma is molasses, toffee, some old furniture, dark fruits, roasted barley, and a bit of soil. The alcohol is initially undetectable but grows more evident by the time the beer reaches its ideal temperature. The taste is sweet with some roasted bitterness. Earthy hops show up toward the end. The palate is medium with very slight carbonation, but certainly not flat. Maybe not as special as the number 18 suggests, but still lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SVD (630) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle at home, Black beer wit no head, aroma whiksy, wood, smoke. Taste is whisky, wood, sweet, malts. Nice, maybe a bit too sweet... meh still good

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (931) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle. Opaque black brown beer with a small beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice and coffee. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, smokey chocolate, licorice and coffee. Wow, this is really great.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gregus (256) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 26, 2014
Beczka; barwa czarna, piany brak. Aromat s?odki, czekoladowy, lakieru wi?niowego, pralin alkoholowych, wanilii, drewna, suszonych owoców. W smaku s?odkie, czekoladowe, czu? drewno i whisky, suszone owoce. Alkohol ?wietnie ukryty.


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