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

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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.

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2.9
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
330mL from Tipples in Gainesville, FL. Pours a clear, deep maroon looking black. Larger latte foam, good retention and lace. Nose is metallic, lemon detergent, green olive/pimento. Taste is salty, heavier Scotch bite. Palate is still quite dusty, ashy, bitter. Long, chalky finish. Uh.

4.2
ComradeK (1262) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a smallish beige head, which lasts fairly well and leaves reasonable lacing. Scotch whisky characteristics are very pronounced in the aroma, with plenty of subtle smoke and nutty sweetness, as well as a powerful maritime aroma. Sweet, dark malt aromas are also noticeable, bringing in some toffee and praline notes. Faint herbal and citrus hops up front lead into a savoury, smoky flavour, with a touch of maritime tang coming into the mix. A smooth praline flavour gives it some body, with a nutty flavour and more smoke leading in to a warming finish. I am quite a fan of whisky cask matured ale, and this one is a fine example indeed. The sweeter, mellow characteristics of mature Scotch whisky blend very nicely with a dark, sweet ale to create a very fine brew.

4.8
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Great, very rich. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, cask, smoke, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Very dark brown, with a thin head.

3.8
Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2013
330ml bottle produced one year ago. Dark with an initial topping of brown head that recedes quite quickly to zero. Lovely aroma featuring big, buttery toffee notes along with molasses, peat, smoke, whisky barrel and dark fruit. Sadly I didn’t think the taste quite lived up to that benchmark. It’s very dark and malty with lingering charred wood notes but seemed to lack the depth and complexity of the aroma. Nice and viscous on the tongue as advertised. This is pretty great beer but I wish I could taste the 30 and 40 year editions.

4.1
mansquito (6988) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Whole Foods, Bowery 11.2oz ($11): Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, whiskey, but actually in a subdued and controlled way, and no booze. Taste is somewhat sweet. It is a bit chocolatey and somewhat nutty. Some hoppy bitterness manifests itself towards the finish. Really smooth. A wee bit smoky. Nice aftertaste. Surprisingly mellow in some ways.

4.1
mcrae19 (65) - - FEB 6, 2013
Bottled July 2011. Again, like the 12 and 16-year, the 18-year pours a deep brown with the appearance of motor oil. Thick body, but no head. Smoky, peaty aroma. Smooth, with some initial sweetness, but, surprisingly, with more hops at the finish than the 16-year. I actually preferred the 16-year to this one, but the 18-year is excellent, too. Just not sure it’s worth the price difference.

4.1
BarryKonrad (111) - NORWAY - FEB 3, 2013
Pours pitch black with little head. Aroma is burnt malts with faint whiskey notes and lots of oak from the cask. Mouthfeel is nice and medium thick. Flavour of wood and coffee, bit of whiskey and alcohol well hidden. This is a wonderful ale, loved it!

4.6
77ships (11412) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2013
33 cl. bottle @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Lighter shade of black, dark mocha head, mainly on the side. Very heavy whisky on the nose – I mean that in the best way imaginable – lots of great “Highland” riding on top of this, liquorice touch, malty, sharp, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, soft, raisins, touch herbs,… Taste is sweet creamy, lots of Highland riding on top of this one, great profile, lots of wood, milk chocolate, sweet coffee, soft dark fruits, chocolate powder, raisins, quite a bit wood, milky,… Easier, lighter, tad creamy body. Very interesting & very good + way, way bette than the 12 which was bit of a let down previously.

3.9
Marduk (8517) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 19, 2013
330ml bottle. Pitch black color, very tiny tan head. Oak, peat, smoke, roast and malts in aroma. Peat, chocolate, coffee, roast, malty flavor. Milky texture. Hints of whiskey. Alcohol well hidden. Full bodied, but quite light at the same time. Wonderful beer.

3.8
thirstyrabbit (1851) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown body with a minimal head. Aroma has peat, soil and smoke. Thick and smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Smoky and woody taste with ashiness in the finish. Interesting stuff. The finish turns a bit too salty/ashy for my tastes. I’d prefer it to be slightly sweeter.


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