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.

heemer77's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle thanks to my brother. Black brew with a thin tan head. Sweet peaty nose with hints of chocolate. There is also some molasses. The taste is nice smooth rich tobacco and dark chocolate. There is also some of the salty brine character. The whiskey is relatively subtle. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerconnaiseur (109) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2014
Aroma from bottle upon opening is pure chocolate, dark one. Tasting notes of the same, vanilla, bourbon, whiskey, caramel, hot sweet butter, booze. Taste is sweet, chocolatey but overall very watery. Expected more viscosity. Overall a good barrel aging, far better than the 12 variant. Would add more sugars or roasted malt to the brew ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AnokaBrewer (33) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Very similar to the 16 year version, but we liked the 16 year old better. It had a richer nose and flavor. Dark in color and well balanced. No smoke aroma or flavor like the 16 year version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014
The 18 year version in this noble old ale series, tasted after the basic Old Engine Oil and the 12 year version, thanks to Jan. This one differs from the 12 year version in being softer and more rounded in the whisky department: though still very obvious, the Highland Park is a little bit less noticeable in the aroma and has less influence on the taste, probably because older whisky in itself has a more gentle and rounded character. Interesting to taste this side by side with the others, but a great ale in its own right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (200) - Gdańsk, POLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Drobna brązowa piana, opadła szybko do zera. Przy tym alkoholu to częściowo zrozumiałe. Kolor ciemnobrązowy, nieprzejrzyste. W aromacie ciemne słody i zdecydowana beczka. Nuty dębowe, garbnikowe. Lekko kwaskowy, " drewniany" zapach. W drugiej nucie lekka wanilia. W smaku sporo garbników. Lekko orzechowe, przypomina nalewkę orzechową. Nuty dębowe, beczkowe. Pojawiają się nuty gorzkiej czekolady. Dość wytrawne, słodycz na ledwo wyczuwalnym poziomie. Bardzo dobre piwo ale 16-tka była lepsza, miała bardziej złożony smak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
47574xeCD (211) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black with tiny tan head. Immediate whisky and Blackberry notes, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, whisky. Lush stuff this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2014
11.2oz bottle shared by Pizz5116 after work. Pours dark brown/almost black in color with a small fast fading tan head. Aroma of rich caramel, marshmallow, scotch, butterscotch, and oak. Taste roasted malt, earth, toffee, caramel, dry wood, hints of scotch, and a mild nuttiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1325) - SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Dark brown, bit more murk and ringed head (fresher of the bunch we’re having). Bright cooking choc, nice warming whiskey. Bit more roast, bit more bitter, bit more bitter. Cleaner toffee, bloodied finish. Tiny ashen waft.

Bottle, Flu Jab Tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, light smoke, taste is dry, peaty, thin, chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3046) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
Black colour, small bubbly white head. Sweet aroma, whisky and caramel. Sweet flavour, malts, whisky. Finish whisky, wood and molasse.
(From 33cL bottle @ The Autumn Gathering Formerly Known as RBBAG (I) Mons, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, Erwin!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4959) - 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.

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