FatPhil (9810) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Jet black, tiny head only when poured from a height, but at least the ring stayed for a while then. Softly whiskyish woody aroma. Beautifully soft palate, very gently carbonated. Massively mellow - so well balanced, the dry woodiness is just perfect. Alcohol completely in check.
oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@Tuulensuu. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, roasted malts, mild peat and smoke and also some alcohol Funny thing, this one burns a lot more in the flavour than the 18, even though I had them side by side. Usually whiskies melloww out by the tiime... 40 might be a lot fuller, the 18 is much more in balance.
Miksu (5007) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33 l bottle at Vihreä Haltiatar, Jyväskylä. Black color with creamy tan head. The aromas of vanilla, whisky and chocolate. Gently roasty and whiskeyish flavor with chocolate, oak, smoke, tar, raisins and licorice. A bit too whiskeyish for me. Could be roastier to better support the hefty whisky character.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Warm bottle (#42532) at Beer Hunter’s, Pori. Black with a firm mocca head. Very smooth dark cocoa aroma, ¨very elegant salty whisky, little peat and vanilla, some alcohol warmth and dark fruitiness. Flavor is pretty mellow with dark chocolate, balanced mild oak & sugary sweetness. Finishes with warming woody whisky, alcohol and sweet roasted cocoa. A tad light palate, I’d like something to really chew here. A lot softer the other Ola Dubh’s I’ve had, even to the point of being kinda forgettable.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Pizza Port. Black with no head. Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and a big scotch aroma. Nice smooth palate with some buttery notes. Chocolate, dark fruit, Scotch, slight cherry, and oak taste with a chocolate finish.
mjs (4933) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle #42262 at Kaisla, Helsinki, on 2009-07-03) Deep dark brown and clear. Small tan coloured head. Raisin, roastedness, coffee and liquorice in aroma. Full bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Roastedness, whisky, ash, alcohol, salt water, bitterness, coffee and chocolate in taste. Ash and whisky in aftertaste.
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr.
Pours with a black hue that sits below a tan head that is mostly diminishing.
Aroma is of scotch, dark fruits, wood, fire, and smoke.
Flavor is of coffee, and lots of scotch once again.
Syrupy texture with a dry finish once swallowed - light bubbles.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Max’s. Pours a hazy deep amber with a fizzy almost cola like cobwebby head. Aroma is tons of earth, leather, some old whiskey smoked peatiness- oxidaiton, salt, soy, sherry notes, Flavor is light toffee, some caramel, tobacco leaf harsh earthiness with rope and leather, dried leaves, toast, caramel oxidation sweetness with some soy and more peaty scotch notes. Meh- I think I liked the other barrels better.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Max’s rare beer night part 2. Man, $3 for 5 oz. what a deal. Very similar to the 30 but still awesome. Sweet, barrel, bourbon and whiskey notes, vanilla. So nice and smooth. Mellow roast and very flavorful and sweet and drinkable.
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Expensive little 12 oz at $20.50. Bottle number 56319. Pours with a tan head over a very dark brown near black body. Aroma is awesome with tons of Scotch, peat, soaked wooden notes, brown sugar, smoke and beef jerky. Taste is minerally with chocolate, peat, smoke, dryness, burnt caramel, and low residual sugars. Creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. Technically excellent, but I don’t think I will be buying it again. Wish it had more residual sugars.