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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 632   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 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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of unclemike. Not sure how this beer is sitting so low. Great looking beer right off the bat. Dark brown color, nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Wonderful sweet aroma with mild whiskey, caramel, and toffee and slight hints of cigar. Flavor is a smooth mixture chocolate, vanilla, malts, mild whiskey, and smooth cigar like flavor. Palate is up to par with the rest of the beer if just tad watery. An amazing beer, plenty of complexity yet smooth and mellow.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6816) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle from de Caigny, bottle No 00931 dated Feb 2016, 33 cl sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma has a lot of peat, some roast and a bit of dark choc and coffee. Roasty bitterness in taste together with some dry peaty smoke and a hint of sweet toffee. Great balance, good complexity, which makes this a wonderful brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ANZUShophunter (364) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2017
On hand pump at Archive. Appearance of black oil as the name suggests. Aroma of chocolate and whiskey that carry through to the palate. Ive had this from the bottle before but the hand pump offers an even smoother experience

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
titanek (304) - POLAND - JAN 8, 2017
W aromacie mocna słodka suszona śliwka. W smaku kwaskowe,wytrawne, palone, gorzka czekolada, cieprkie na finiszu. Alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
chap95 (160) - - JAN 7, 2017
Prawie czarne z przeciętną pianą. W aromacie czekolada, toffi, nuty dębowe, wyraźna wanilia, lekki kokos, whisky. Płwytrawne, smak złożony, ponownie skojarzenia z whisky, trochę torfu, dąb, lekka czekolada, wanilia już nie tak wyraźna. Minimalnie kwaśne. Alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty. Bardzo smukłe, niestety mało treściwe, rzadkie.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imperial_suchy (103) - Rybnik, POLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Piwo barwy ciemnobrązowej, ze skromną pianką. W aromacie suszone owoce, mleczna czekolada, wanilia. Od razu po przelaniu czułem nuty whiskey, ale po chwili ten aromat się ulotnił. W smaku paloność, kawa słodzona, suszone owoce, delikatna czekolada, piwo jest rwnież lekko kwaśne. Bardzo słabo wyczuwalne nuty whiskey, ale są. Piwo pije się lekko i przyjemnie.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (4303) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2016 Bottle from Brewers Haven. Looking like, and smelling like, an imperial stout. Aroma is woody, boozy, earthy. Beautiful heady smells. Taste comes in mildly sweet, roasty, molasses, pit fruit, woody. Chewy mouth feel, warmth from the alcohol. An already great brew made better with the right choice of barrel aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fackbesokare (100) - - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from the importer. great whisky job with this barrels. nice vanilla and caramel flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (8062) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Pretty complex. Roast and good malt. Some light cask but very well balanced overall. Some tobacco and leather like a biker bar. Dark brown pour with good head and lacing. Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bawelt (687) - Lyon, FRANCE - DEC 17, 2016
Une vraie bire cigare. Le whiskey est super prsent, il apporte une noblesse et un cachet vraiment unique. Un sacr ct fum, trs bois et tabac derrire qui est troublant. Au nez, on va surtout ressentir le whiskey et le fum. Pas mal thylique galement, presque agressif. La bouche a une super attaque ronde, noble, sirupeuse et part ensuite sur un whiskey et un fum trs particulier, un peu coeurant, mais franchement bien balanc et riche. Jolie exprience.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Villyzzz (234) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, whiskey and cocoa. Taste has strong smoked whiskey notes, overall roastiness, coffee, cocoa and oak. Some bitterness. Not your average one but quite nice.


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