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


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RATINGS: 659   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 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, - DEC 29, 2012
Oily black pour, small brown head. Strong aroma of chocolate and some alcohol. Taste of dark fruits, chocolate, leather and whisky. Nutty aftertaste. Bottle looks very classy!

loscovar (259) - Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUL 19, 2017
Bottle from saveur bières.com What a beer! Awesome whiskey aftertaste, well balanced, genious!

doriangrey (47) - 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

OminouSC2 (666) - 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.

CaptainTilven (191) - 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.

MrOrla (3207) - 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 .

jooilakon (169) - 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.

rafael52 (1454) - Łódź, POLAND - MAY 11, 2017
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, klarowny.
Piana: średnio obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, w miarę trwała.
Zapach: wyraźne aromaty beczki, whisky, wyczuwalne również aromaty ciemnych, suszonych owoców, ciemnych słodów, kawy, czekolady, trochę ciemnego pieczywa.
Smak: lekka pełnia, sporo nut beczki, whisky, trochę torfowej wędzonki, ciemnych słodów, czekolady, kakao, delikatne nuty ciemnych owoców, delikatna kwaskowość, goryczka w kierunku średniej.
Wysycenie: średnie.

mike_77 (6661) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2017
Very dark brown with thin head. Aroma is intense with boozy, peat smoked whiskey. Flavour has cocoa, ash, peat, leather. Just a hint of chocolate. Very intense.

klm1 (1534) - Bled/SF, - MAY 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2017 Pours dark brown, almost black with tan beige head with good lacing. Aroma: roasted grain, malts, smoked, dark fruit esters, sweet vanilla, cocoa & whisky. Flavour follows aroma: roasted grain, smoked, malts with coffee, milk chocolate, cacao like character, dark fruit esters, vanilla, leather, tobacco, whisky. Dry, astringent finish. Medium body, soft texture, moderate carbonation.

allanmb (269) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Pours thin black with decent tan head. Aromas of coffee, molasses, oak, hint of chocolate and a vague wisp of smoke. Medium carbonation and light to medium mouth feel. Taste is Raisins, coffee, molasses, hint of oak and some peat phenols. Medium sweet with moderate bitterness. This is like Brewdog paradox islay on a diet. The flavour is there but it’s not big and bold enough

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