BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 is a robust old ale age in 18 year old whiskey casks. It pours a deep black color, and the Scotch whiskey aroma jumps right out at you in the nose. The Scotch whiskey is also very prevalent in the taste, and is complimented by dark chocolate, sweet malt, and a vanilla oakiness at the finish. I have friends, who’re fans of bourbon and whisky aged stouts, that would love this ale. I’d even bet that Scotch whiskey drinkers would appreciate it as well. Alexus (242) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 27, 2012
Shared bottle @ Cardinal. Pours black as night with a small nice head. Ritch aromas of dark dried fruits and some roastiness. Flavors of nice roasted hops, toffee and malts, some hints of oak. Really smooth mouthfeel. A really nice beer which I will have again! Martin__ (79) - POLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Bottled Feb 2016, exp date - Feb 2019.
Poured from bottle to a snifter
Aroma: roasted malts, peat, dark chocolate, a little bit of butterscotch and plums in the background
Pours with thin, rocky and minimal beige head. Dark brown colour (seems almost black, but it’s not), hazy.
Quite full, medium to heavy medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Dark chocolate and peat.
Full bodied, definitely. Oily and sticky, quite thick. Soft carbonation, almost completely flat. Very long finish.
Interesting is the fact that in spite it was produced 9 months ago, there were noticeable features of oxidation already, especially raisins and dried plum.
If I had one more bottle, I’d surely cellar it for 4-5 years.
A very good sipper. Delicious!
DarkSideOfBeer (47) - Padova, ITALY - DEC 12, 2012
Bottiglia al Drunken Dick (VI). Color petrolio,retrogusto molto torbato e intenso,si sente molto il malto,davvero buonissima 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.
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 15, 2013
Sensacional cerveja escocesa, álcool presente e perceptível no palato, se misturando com a madeira, café e chocoalte dos maltes, um corpo perfeito, licoroso, baita cerveja ! tomekk1978 (1405) - Z±bki, POLAND - APR 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2016 Barwa: ciemna, praktycznie nie prześwitująca. Piana jasno beżowa, całkiem obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, otrzymująca się i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Wysycenie niskie.
Aromat: jeszcze mniej whisky czy alkoholu w ogóle, delikatny. Jest lekka wanilia, ale również wyraźna czekolada i kawa.
Smak: pełny, zbalansowany, umiarkowana zarówno słodycz, jak i goryczka. Lekka kwaskowość, czekolada gorzka i palone słody. Bardziej wytrawny - czekoladowy i alkoholowy koniec. rollsrace (81) - - AUG 30, 2014
Got one 11.2oz bottle for $10.38. Starts with a sweet Carmel taste with moves towards an alcohol, following up with a scotchy then Carmel finish. Seems smoother than the 12 year version.