RobertDale (1891) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at Hopfest 2013. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, coffee, and malt. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, molasses, coffee, and caramel. Nice.
HoppyBudgie (232) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33 at sola.Black with a lasting medium sized light brown head. Rich aroma of chocolate, dark malts and dried fruits. Roast note and a good bitterness for balance. Nicely balanced
suprchunk (1393) - Heinsberg, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Big tan head. A little lacing as the head slowly falls. Big coffee and roasted malt aroma. Taste is a sweet chocolate coffee. Very good. A slight bitterness from the roast in the back. Overall a good stout.
Eunoia (2) - - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
잔에 따르는 순간 탄산이 사라지고, 초반에 좋았던 향도 곧 죽어버리면서 비린내만 남는다. 맛은 괜찮으니 힘이 없고, 거품도 잘 나지 않아 그리 인상적이진 않았다.
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BrewBoxer (1229) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the beer authority NYC. Deep black oil color. Heavy like it too. Malty, sweet but not as heavy as I expected. Very good interpretation of whatever u think it is
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skokott (32) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good quality would like to have again. Lovely higher attenuation roast coffee not too light or sweet chocolate nibs very subtle. Mostly tastes of black roast coffee instead of the so claimed chocolate taste (which is what makes it unique imo) with engine oil being a perfect moniker.
Moebbels (35) - FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 Pours a jet black color with two fingers of off-white foam that stays on top. Nose is thick and sweet with notes of chocolate, coffee and sherry. Taste is sweet and generous, ending in a nice bitterness. Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel in general quite thick.
77ships (2156) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you for sharing Max.
Finally wind up trying the base beer for the Ola Dubh after having done 12, 16 & 18 in reverse order for some reason.
Pours a very dark brown, blackish with some uneven mocha bubbles passing for head.
Picking up that soy sauce back I found in the others, bit odd for a beer of this ABV, chocolate, creamy malts, coffee, liquorish & light hops.
Taste is sweet chocolate, instant coffee, light soy sauce, creamy, sweet, light bitter hops & herbs, nicely malty, light roast, very mellow in a great way.
Oily, smooth and very easy to drink.
This is a truly great & original beer & oddly way better than 12 & 16 as far as my preferences go. Although 18 was excellent. Would take this one over 12 & 16 any day.
(33 cl. bottle split, courtesy of Max @ Delirium Hoppy Loft)
Jokine (47) - Manitoba, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty solid beer. Notes of black liquorice, caramel, molasses, and slight sweetness (possibly chocolate) Taste is Vanilla on the forefront, liquorice, caramel, and molasses in the middle, and a slight fruity/chocolatey finish. Quite tasty.
jamesie1857 (813) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Beer Hawk - Dull black with no head. Fruity aroma, in the mouth itís oily, with fruit, liquorice and aniseed; the finish is long and bitter with a touch of coffee.Not as good as the cask, but not bad.