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99
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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ola Dubh (or "Black Oil") is so named because it is gloopy and viscous. This limited release has been matured in casks from Orkneys 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1774) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Ar: vanilla, milk chocolate, light roastiness, soft smoke, coffe, espresso, alcohol, cocoa, undefined fruitiness. Ap: black colour, medium Brown head, lacing. F: soft but prominent smoke, ash, licorice, chocolate, soft coffee, soft bitterness, menthol, warming and salty finish. M: soft carbonation. T: tooooooooo balanced, everything is great, but no component That sticks out and makes it great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (7170) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle - Black in colour. Whisky, plain chocolate, roasted malt and some smoky hints in the aroma. Rich taste with whisky, Bournville chocolate, liquorice and roasted malt detected.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toffeeslot (119) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours deep black. Aroma of fruits, smoke, roasted coffee. Tastes like it smells, with levels of malt and smoke combining to make a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (11229) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle 330ml (Bottle #11872) @ home
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and whiskey. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a roasty, sweet and smoky finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pours somewhere between thick and watery with a tiny head, almost blackish. Aroma is light, but sweet and smoky. Taste is malty sweet and strong, with a nice whiskey side. Carbonation is light, but appropriate given the already strong taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Black pour tall tan head. Chocolate and whiskey in the nose some hints of arisen. Pretty avg palate. Tastes of roast malt light cocoa hint of whiskey. Lighter than I would expect but very easy to drink and good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Thanks Chuck! The beer pours to a pitch black body with a thin off white head. Aromas of chocolate and black licorice. Some peaty scotch. Flavor is chocolate and peaty scotch. Theres some light anise. Palate is medium-full bodied and has a clean texture. Quite smooth and nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (7611) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 11, 2012
33cl bottle. It poures a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, peat smoke, bakers cocoa, oak and light iodine. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, peat smoke,oak, bakers cocoa and light iodine with a smooth lingeringpeat smoke finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17824) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Bottle at sainsbury beer hunt. Really good rounded choc malts. Barrel ageing is good. Adds flavour and structure. Good hit of smoke. I liked this a lot 4/5. Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais. Some liquorice, some chocolate, very smooth, not a huge amount of barrel ageing, starting towards the marmite and soy sauce, although not that far, but there are hints there. Drinkable but also relatively simple. Not overly complex, but pretty drinkable too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2012
Pours dark but not too viscous with a frothy tan head which quickly dissipates. Aroma of heavy malt and the whisky. Medium to heavy bodyfeel, flavour of sweet peaty malt and a sweet dry aftertaste. Quite smooth considering the provenance.


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