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


on tap

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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5310) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle thanks to my brother. Black brew with a thin tan head. Sweet peaty nose with hints of chocolate. There is also some molasses. The taste is nice smooth rich tobacco and dark chocolate. There is also some of the salty brine character. The whiskey is relatively subtle. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7093) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle @ home. Deep brown with a large tight tan head that quickly settles. The nose is deep milk chocolate, rye, shoe leather, light peat. Booze. The taste is smooth chocolate, rich chewy malty body. Sugary roasted nuts. Hot smokey whiskey finish. Medium body. A smooth drinker. Fairly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
Pours a dark cola colour with a medium size brown head. a very nice sweet vanilla oak wood and butterscotch. The flavour is very smooth buttery chocolate toffee and a hint of smoke in the finish, medium body leaves a light stickiness on the palate. super enjoyable great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2843) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2012
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, black brown with only a thin film of a head and very good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, smokey peat, oak, heavy dark malt and old worn leather with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste of dark fruit, figs, smoked malt, licorice, oak, vanilla and alcohol again with hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium body and low carbonation with an oily, but pleasant mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (1071) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
pours jet black, small head, micro CO2. Dark malts on the nose. Thick heavy malts up front, followed by a friendly gentle toffee sweetness (4/10), while in the background there is a persistent smoky woodiness, mixed with soy sauce, and light ash. Finish is dense and light bitter (3/10). Medium-high complexity, high depth, great transitions, great carry, good drinkability. I think this one needs a touch more sweetness to balance out the thick and heavy flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7744) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2012
330 ml bottle. Bottle no. 03129, bottled on 02/2009. Thanks olio!
Pours a deep brown, almost black colour with a really small white head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, tar with a sharp cherry-like sting. Flavour is really smooth of dark chocolate, roasted malts, honey, smoked wood, tar and after a while the whisky kicks in with its warmth. Again, some sharp sourness from cherries, probably. Finish of warming whisky, smoke and some honey sweetness. Mellow mouthfeel and a beautiful balance. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Panama City Beach, Fl - Chans Wine World (brought back by my wife) - 11.2 oz bottle - bottle #72168. Pitch black pour, light khaki head that clings to the edges of the glass. Aroma has some roasted notes, a bit of burnt marshmallow, a touch of sherry. Flavor is belly filling and warm. Some licorice notes hit the tongue first, followed by a bit of bittersweet chocolate, some dry scotch whisky notes are picked up in the back end. Nice chalky, thick mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (10634) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle @ Rasmus place. Pours hazy very dark brown with a small offwhite ring of foam. Aroma is rich malt, cold coffee, oak, dark chocolate, sweets. Taste is malty, chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, light whisky notes. Thin body, low carbonation. 240512

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (2774) - NORWAY - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle from my storage locker, enjoyed from a snifter at home
Pours dark brown, quite oily, 1 cm brown head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, whisky, oak, roasted malts. Heavy sweet, oaky, some booze, very round. Some smoke and tar in the back. Light bitter finish that doesnt dominate in any way. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Totally a fantastic beer, the barrel aging does the whole show. Alot of known tastes from Highland Park blended in with this beer. Me like

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3215) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2012
On tap at the Malt House - Pours dark brown with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is peaty whiskey with a boozy sharpness, toffee, and a touch of cherry. Medium roast. Roast is a bit charred in the taste, with chocolate, whiskey, cherries, and a long malty/warming finish. Smooth and velvety. Really nice after dinner drink.

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