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


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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

aenima's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (323) - Askim, - FEB 18, 2014
Complex aroma of dark dried fruits, tar and smoke. The taste is also complex with similar flavours with some chocolate in the background. A little bitter, maybe from the wood?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (3084) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2015
11.2 oz bottle pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, whiskey and fruit. Taste is chocolate, wood, whiskey and grain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (743) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2015
It pours black with a dark brown head which is tightly packed and small. It has aromas of whiskey, nutty, dried fruit, and vinous, It has a smokey malt flavor with whiskey and nut flavors. There are also flavors of dried fruit and a vinous characteristic. The roasted malts are the most prominent in the beginning rounding out with whiskey and dried fruit in the middle with the vinous coming towards the end. The whiskey flavors compliment the malts without being overly dominate. It has a moderately high feel to it with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (1303) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 19, 2015
0,33l bottle at home as part of Euro Local Swap courtesy of minutemat, big thanks. Bottled 09/2014, BB 09/2017. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells smoky, licorice, spices, caramel, some alcohol, light notes of charcoal, some chocolate, peat. nice smell, like always, peat notes dont improve a beer a.k.a -> without it would get a higher score. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes malty sweet, rather obvious peat again, spices, some wood, some alcohol, lightly smoky, earthy, notes from the whisky, licorice, some roast. finishes with light alcohol, peat and licorice. good stuff, peat notes are a bit distracting on the smell but well enough integrated on the taste so not too distract. overall quite nice and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3688) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
Embouteillée en mars 2014. Numéro de la bouteille: 13306. Une robe brune foncée. On ne peut dire qu’elle a de la mousse. Un premier nez d’iode, de chocolat ou toffee. La bouche et piquante, un léger fizz. Je la trouve mince. J’aurais aimé plus de corps et d’esprit. Peut être servie trop froide. Il trouve plus d’alcool que de chocolat. Correct.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3729) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2015
(Harviestoun Ola Dubh (18 Year Old)) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV8% Totally black in colour with more beige foam on top than the two previous versions I had. Aroma is not much different than the 16, chocolate, whiskey notes, iodium, prunes. More whiskey on the taste though, chocolate, roasted malts, coal, mildly sweet. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very good but not many differences if any, between this and the 16 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4148) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2015
Embouteillée en mars 2014. Numéro de la bouteille: 13307. Robe presque noire avec un col mousseux qui laisse des traces. Parfums de caramel, de chocolat, de whiskey, de fruits foncés, de réglisse, de bois brûlé. Saveurs de cuir, de fumée, de malts noirs, de chocolat et de barrique avec une touche épicée. Corps soyeux qui n’est jamais trop lourd. Bulles modérées à basses. Finale maltée avec une timide touche de fumée. Je préfère légèrement la 16 ans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChefBart (16) - SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 6, 2015
Pours black with tan head. Viscous... aroma is rich, smoky, touch of caramel. Smoke persists in taste, burnt sugar and umami (?) Coming through. Palate is thick and cloying. Overall an awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8800) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2015
Thick beige head over brown-shot black beer, pouring viscously. Wild mushrooms, roast, whisky, Diesel, and strangely, fresh malt. Chocolate, whisky, old wood, faintly smoked. Some meatesters; sweet with just a touch of roast/burnt flavours, ever so faintly phenolic - great balance. Rich, voluptuous feel, yet not thick. Long lasting flavours. Another superv oil change.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (922) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is full of toffee, chocolate, dark berries, slight smoke. Taste is sweetish, dark chocolate, toffee,coffee, roasted malts, hints of whiskey, mild bitterness. Medium body. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1399) - Garching, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
Black color with tan head. Aroma is malty and fruity, a bit wood. Taste is beautifully balanced between malts, fruits and wood. Soft carbonation, still slightly ticklish. Beautiful. Even a bit better than the 16er. Whoa! Amazing stuff.

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