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

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RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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, whore fans of bourbon and whisky aged stouts, that would love this ale. Id even bet that Scotch whiskey drinkers would appreciate it as well.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Martin__ (56) - 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 its 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, Id surely cellar it for 4-5 years. A very good sipper. Delicious!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2072) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeiro Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 15, 2013
Sensacional cerveja escocesa, lcool presente e perceptvel no palato, se misturando com a madeira, caf e chocoalte dos maltes, um corpo perfeito, licoroso, baita cerveja !

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomekk1978 (1375) - Zbki, 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 ogle, delikatny. Jest lekka wanilia, ale rwnież wyraźna czekolada i kawa. Smak: pełny, zbalansowany, umiarkowana zarwno słodycz, jak i goryczka. Lekka kwaskowość, czekolada gorzka i palone słody. Bardziej wytrawny - czekoladowy i alkoholowy koniec.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AtronSeige (1422) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 15, 2015
Aroma: Medium-light tobacco, dark chocolate, plums, dark cherries, molasses, smokiness smokiness. No hops. Appearance: Opaque, black with red hues. Small light-brown head with fair retention. Flavour: Medium smokey (peat?), Medium-light tobacco, salty, (later) vanilla, woody, , No hops. Light whiskey, molasses, prune. Very light chocolate. Very dry finish with a lingering whisky taste and feel. Mouthfeel: Light warming. Medium-light body. Medium-low, creamy. carbonation. Light astringency from tannins (to style) Overall: Extremely complex! Do not drink cold! Great experience! The one thing 330 ml bottle, poured. 33B Speciality Wood Aged Beer 17B Old Ale

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pioter (135) - POLAND - JUN 30, 2016
Piękna brązowa, drobnopęcherzykowa piana. Piękny lacing. Kolor ciemnobrązowy. W aromacie wędzoność, suszona śliwka, słodowość, marcepan i whisky. Wszystko wyraziste i ładnie sie komponuje. Czuć pełnię w ustach Wysycenie średnie. W smaku goryczka słaba, śliwki, mocno wyczuwalne whisky, kawa i to wszystko okraszone nutami beczkowymi, czuć tą taninę. Alkohol świetnie ukryty ale rozgrzewa w ciele. Dzięki beczce otrzymało to piwo piękne ułożenie. Wszystkie smaki i aromaty świetnie sie komponują. Pyszne!


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