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

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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of unclemike. Not sure how this beer is sitting so low. Great looking beer right off the bat. Dark brown color, nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Wonderful sweet aroma with mild whiskey, caramel, and toffee and slight hints of cigar. Flavor is a smooth mixture chocolate, vanilla, malts, mild whiskey, and smooth cigar like flavor. Palate is up to par with the rest of the beer if just tad watery. An amazing beer, plenty of complexity yet smooth and mellow.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
CpyNPrnT (377) - Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2014 Aroma of toffee, chocolate, whiskey, taste is toffee, sweet, nutty, really nice balance of Scotch Whiskey, very smooth on the palate, slightly sticky, warming from the alcohol at the back of the palate. Very, very good if you like Scotch Whiskey and beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkleu357 (299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Black thin body with a small fast dissipating head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of scotch. More it sits, the more it smells like s glass of scotch. Light mouthfeel. Lots of flavor though. Lots of scotch whiskey comes through. Hints of chocolate. Excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (448) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2014
-Backlog- Pours black with creamy tan head. Aroma is loads of chocolate, whiskey barrels and roasted malt. Very round palate. Aftertaste is dark chocolate, whiskey and vanilla. Overall: A very nice well rounded beer! would love to try an imperial stout in the same barrels,

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radzik5555 (310) - Gdynia, POLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Butelka 0.33L
Wygląd: Czarne, piana beżowa, średnioobfita, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa.
Aromat: Ciemne pieczywo, wiśnie, gorzka czekolada. Aromat whisky wyczuwalny ale delikatny, na drugim planie, połączony z wanilią i drewnem. Tutaj alkohol lepiej wkomponowany niż w 16tce
Smak: Palone słody, wiśnie w rumie, karmel, lekki alkohol, gorzka czekolada. Posmak dość długi, lekko palony z nutami typowymi dla whisky. Goryczka średnia, palona i alkoholowa.
Odczucie: Nasycenie CO2 niskie do średniego, ciało dużo, faktura gładka, oleista.
Całość: Chyba najlepsze z trzech, alkohol najlepiej wkomponowany choć nuty whisky na drugim planie.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (285) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Appearance is black and completely opaque. Not much head, some light brown bubbles covering. Aroma- lots of port notes, vinous, rich fruitcake, plum, dark cherries, prunes, hint of brown sugar and bready malt. Almost smells thick. Taste- dark fruits, plum and cherry, brown sugar, Christmas pudding, lots of molasses, hint of coconut, vanilla sweetness comes through, oily, finish is actually quite short. Rich, decadent, something special.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rollsrace (60) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burgers (330) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Opaque pitch black colour with beige head. Aromas of malts and lactose and faint ash. Taste medium sweet and bitter. Oily mouthfeel. Little carbonation. Slight burn. Really not that great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (521) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle (#08995 from Sept 2012) from BeerHouse in Johannesburg. Black with quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma has lots of chocolate with a bit of smoke. Same flavour, creamy, yet light texture. Wood notes. Mild alcohol. Subtle whiskey and soy sauce. Finish is average.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3681) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle at an Ola Dubh vertical. Pours a very dark brown color. Nose has some chocolate coming through, with a fair amount of smoke, peat and scotch to it. Taste is quite warm, actually, with some nice scotch elements. Feels very smooth, and has some slight caramel at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8348) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle @ home. Opaque pitch black color, full sized lightly creamy light brown head that lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing. Aroma of malts, dark malts, leather, lightly peat, lightly wood. Taste malts, wood, dark malts, maybe a slight sweetish touch even and a hint of chocolate. Texture is oily, body is average to medium, carbonation is soft. Different from what I expected, but not bad at all.


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