___pyry (4) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The barrel tastes trough after a few sips and there are some quite original undertones, but at this price I was hoping for a more powerful taste.
SaintMatty (4495) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml Bottle - Black in colour. Coffe, vinous fruits, malt and liquorice in the aroma. Liquorice, coffee and plain chocolate all feature in the rich yet fairly smooth taste.
gyllenbock (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black with no head. Sweet with cocoa, ash, dark chocolate, whisky, some alcohol. Not as much whisky as expected in this one. Actually this was unexpectedly "soft".
Martinus (2617) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear black colour, red hue, tan head. Aroma of soy sauce, tomato paste, roasted malts, sweet alcohol and honey. Sweet malty flavour, chocolate, chocolate milk and whisky. Finish chocolate, cacao, whisky and caramel. Nice!
(from 33cL bottle @ ZZT VIIIb, Oirschot 2013. Thanks a million for sharing, joes!)
Benzai (6238) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ ZZT 8. Opaque pitch black color, small off - white head. Smell and taste malts, slightly hops, some alcohol, coffee, dark malts and bitter. Nice..
TimsRatings (343) - - NOV 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12oz bottle.
Poured dark black with little head.
Dark yet mild flavor - coffee and chocolate in a very nice mix. Comparing this to a bottle of 21yo Old Dubh - not surprisingly, flavor is similar but milder for the 30yo.
Very good, but not as good as the 21yo on tap I've had.
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Rrauth (1070) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Tim comparing two other okay dubh's. Not as nice aroma as 1991. 49 degrees. This is much thinner than 1991. Maybe that makes it smoother or hides the alcohol better. It is 2% less than 1991 but it feels like you could drink it like water. Think I might like it better due to that but it has an astringent aftertaste b
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Odysseyalien (38) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
OMFG, I didnít expect much from this but now Iím sorry I didnít buy another bottle. Iíve tried this whole line of old ales and this one, albeit pricey, I think is my favorite.
It pours pitch black. Think moonless night in Maine, minus the stars. Hardly any head when poured and what head there was vanished within a couple of minutes. Very thin strips of lacing. More like the stars retreating from the moonless night adorning the sides of my snifter. The smell is sweet, with subtle alcohol.
The taste -- man this thing has a very subtle sweetness surrounded by oak and alcohol. Iím going to say prayers tonight that one of my favorite bars in New York gets this on tap sometime soon. Iím adding to my bucket list - visit Scotland, tour Harviestoun Brewery, and sip this stuff from the tap or cask till I canít walk. Seriously, this stuff is delicious. Iíve enjoyed the whole line of the Ola Dubhís but this one takes the cake, at least for me.
Metalchopz (2073) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle No. 18603 on JAN 2009. Purchased at the LCBO a while back and cellared. Pours a dark brown colour with red highlights. Light brown creamy head, decent retention and a little lace. Nice burnt wood smell at first, but disappears and dark fruit is left with some nutty notes and molasses. Alcohol is completely gone with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is pretty mild too, with hints of roasted malts, prunes, chocolate and nuts. Seems like the Highland whiskey got lost with time. Too bad, as quite expensive. I guess it does not age more than a year or two.
Lukaduke (1669) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany burnt umber color with a finger of dark khaki foam. the nose is old barrel must, vinous boozy fruit, roasty chocolate and cola with a dose of caramel sweetness. the palate follows with a smooth full round body and lots of scotch complexity coming through. A really soft full flavored barrel beer with elegance and grace and tons of drinkability. Undertones of leather, compost and rotten fruit mingle with traditional old ale flavors. Tasty !