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

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RATINGS: 512   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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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5134) - 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.


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (223) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Pours an opaque black with a lively mocha brown head which soon disappears into a brown ring around the circumference. Aroma is slightly weak but there’s hints of sweet toffee and a whiff of peatiness similar to an Islay whisky. Taste is sweet toffee, slight double-cream, cocoa powder and a hint of roast coffee bitterness. Thick body with a succulent mouthfeel and a long cocoa finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ulysse (240) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2015
Strong whisky aroma with a hint off roasted malt. Creamy in the mouth. Addictive whisky taste. Smoky aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (287) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Un nez très, très invitant. Ça sent les fruits foncés et la mélasse mais sans sucre excessif. En bouche c’est mince. Trop mince. Mais, en faisant abstraction de ce manque de corps, le reste se débrouille plutôt bien! L’alcool est caché de façon assez magnifique et les saveurs sont nombreuses et agréables.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (979) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2015
Black with small beige head. Soy sauce, licorice, salmiak, peat, roasted malts, ground coffee. Salty with light sweetness and roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied with slick feel and light carbonation. Unusual stuff, but not bad at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (1921) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
fles van Sterk Avondverkoop te Amsterdam. #810, schenkt mooi zwart met schuimige bruine kraag Aroma van hout, whiskey, turf, gerookte mout. Smaken zijn matig zoet, matig tot redelijk bittertje, sterk, stevig gemout, whiskey maar ook wat dun, redelijke body, dun van textuur met lage co2. wat aan de fletse kant.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LaViolette (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2015
Very strong whisky nose, beautiful brown body. A perfect mix between beer and whisky aromas, very well balanced indeed. Could be a bit on the stout side, but overally very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (295) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 26, 2015
A lot of whiskey in flavor and taste. Sweetness and strength, an interesting ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1054) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle at home, 25th January 15. Pours dark, a little head. Aroma is smoke, whiskey, some leather. The taste is peat, whiskey, some chocolate and ash, palate is medium, not as luxurious as I imagined, feels a little light. Good beer and an easy sipper

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bryanvdv (653) - - JAN 23, 2015
Fles gedeeld met rikstar. Mooi donker zonder schuim. Aroma is zoet. Smaak is zacht zoet. Mooi geheel zachte body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rikstar (1067) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
0,33l fles gedeeld met bryanvdv. Zwart met een bruine schuimkraag. Geur is zoet en ziltig met karamel en whisky. Smaak is drop, salmiak en koffie. Er goed bier, wel duur voor wat je krijgt.


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