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


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RATINGS: 656   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Majek (833) - Ząbki, - MAR 12, 2014
Totally black, medium beige head. Strong aroma of liquorice, cocoa, soy sauce, roasted malts, vanilla and smoked wood. Taste is very rich, complex and perfectly balanced, its quite sweet, moderate dry and slightly salty. Full body. Minimal carbonation. Incredibly tasty beer! One of the most complex and full of taste beer Ive ever tried.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainTilven (175) - Nancy, FRANCE - MAY 28, 2017
Dguste temprature de 14 17,5C. Corps pais de couleur noir; mousse beige fonc, assez peu importante pais persistante. Dlicieux parfums de fruits confits, caf, pruneau, figue, alcool, Christmas cake, pain de seigle, rglisse, whisky. Saveurs identiques avec en plus la tourbe. Trs riche en armes et saveurs mais pas lourde du tout : une certaine lgret, le grill ne prend pas le dessus, lamertume est fine, juste structurante. Lgre acidit qui affine la finale. Une gourmandise subtile. Lalcool fait son effet mais nest pas envahissant pour les papilles. Trs agrable en fin de dner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrOrla (3044) - 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 .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jooilakon (84) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rafael52 (1360) - Łdź, POLAND - MAY 11, 2017
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, klarowny.
Piana: średnio obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, w miarę trwała.
Zapach: wyraźne aromaty beczki, whisky, wyczuwalne rwnież aromaty ciemnych, suszonych owocw, ciemnych słodw, kawy, czekolady, trochę ciemnego pieczywa.
Smak: lekka pełnia, sporo nut beczki, whisky, trochę torfowej wędzonki, ciemnych słodw, czekolady, kakao, delikatne nuty ciemnych owocw, delikatna kwaskowość, goryczka w kierunku średniej.
Wysycenie: średnie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (6427) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1471) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allanmb (263) - 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 its not big and bold enough

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (1654) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 29, 2017
Ahumado de whisky intenso, chocolate, toffee y fruto seco. Cuerpo medio y regusto ahumado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (2179) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 31, 2017
Appearance: Bottled 2/2016. Very dark brown. Slight light tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, barrel. Oak.
Taste: Dark malt, strong barrel, slight smoke. Nice, but a little bit one-dimensional.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 330 ml, 5.19
Info: 24/3-2017, BB: 28/2-2019

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (3675) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2017
Refrigerated 11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Black with small beige. Aroma is smoke, medium body, lower carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is smoke, tobacco, leather, and some chocolate.

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