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

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RATINGS: 655   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 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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1849) - Tallinn, - 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.


4
dwyerpg (6360) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2017
Of course this looks great but this was the one of the set I enjoyed the least. It tasted the flattest. Still a nice thick flavor, but the others were more enjoyable.

4.2
BenOver (323) - SLOVENIA - SEP 1, 2017
Pours pitch black, flat with almost no top. Whatever there is of the top it is beige to very dark white colour, oily look. Aroma is pronounced whiskey (slightly warm glass) some plumbs are also present and a hint of bread notes. Some coffee and roasted malts also there. Whiskey aroma overwhelms all other aromas. Taste is flat, slight sour first kick, evolving through a slight carbonated body to a light, yet dry finish. Texture is oily and dense. Aftertaste is alcoholic-dry. An exquisite expirience.

3.6
Bule (2237) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2017
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Overpowered by the peatiness. Intense.

4
beermastersasho (124) - - AUG 20, 2017
Good beer, Old Ale, but I expected more for that price and 18 Years old whiskey. I missed the aroma and tasty. I needed more "OLD" notes here, more to be complex. Aroma - raisins, choco, whiskey, bourbon... nice beer

4.6
loscovar (645) - Trieste, ITALY, Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUL 19, 2017
Bottle from saveur bières.com What a beer! Awesome whiskey aftertaste, well balanced, genious!

3.5
doriangrey (70) - Diamond Creek, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2017
Slight bitter sourness a la Guinness foreign extra stout but much better. Liquorice, dried raisins and dark chocolate. Nice but slightly thin for the strength

3.8
OminouSC2 (832) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2017
Dark brown color, small brown head. Aromas of peat, bitter dried fruits, wood, spices, cognac and caramel with slight tart hints. Taste of whisky, peat, tart dark fruits, wood, smoked meat, bitter honey and slight resin. Much more whisky flavors than its younger siblings.

4.6
CaptainTilven (193) - Nancy, FRANCE - MAY 28, 2017
Dégustée à température de 14 à 17,5°C. Corps épais de couleur noir; mousse beige foncé, assez peu importante pais persistante. Délicieux parfums de fruits confits, café, pruneau, figue, alcool, Christmas cake, pain de seigle, réglisse, whisky. Saveurs identiques avec en plus la tourbe. Très riche en arômes et saveurs mais pas lourde du tout : une certaine légèreté, le grillé ne prend pas le dessus, l’amertume est fine, juste structurante. Légère acidité qui affine la finale. Une gourmandise subtile. L’alcool fait son effet mais n’est pas envahissant pour les papilles. Très agréable en fin de dîner.

3.4
MrOrla (3498) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma smoke - phenolic, dried fruits, toffee. Loads of sweet toffee, smoke, barrel, dried fruits .

3.6
jooilakon (256) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2017 Bottle 330 ml from an Amazon order. Aromas of coffee, caramel, smoke. Small brown-beige head and black body (amazing color if you hold it up against a light!). Sweet and smoky but very intense taste with coffee and salt caramel.


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