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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

447 Ratings
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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%


Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-15-2008)
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cbl2

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/8/2008 $7.95 11.2 oz 8.00% Bottle #07667, bottled September 2007.

Appearance:

Pours a thick dark blakc with a quarter inch of dark brown head that quickly settles to just a rim of brown that laces the edges of the glass.

Aroma:

Rich dark chocolate with a hint of wood smoke, mushrooms and a touch of bourbon.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Sublime flavor explosion in the mouth! Thick sweetly textured on the tongue with nuances of chocolate, coffee, smoke, loads of vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon to finish things off. Very well balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable.

These guys only seem to know how to do one thing: throw some old ale (which to me is more of a stout) into some bourbon barrels, and wait, but they do it exceedingly well. Expensive at nearly $8/bottle, but worth it just once.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 21:59:44 | More by cbl2
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4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(bottle no. 04712, FEB 2012 - purchased at Old Philly Ale House)

A: jet black liquid - revealed later to be only deep brown... 1/4" tan head, keeps some scattered islands of bubbles 'round the outer edges... no lace, no legs

S: fairly bold, unique bouquet (those first whiffs are always the best, no?).... dominant vanilla scent with some touches of old wood.... sweet cream, a chocolatier's shop....overtone of wildflowers (or lavender?)....background roast, molasses.... leather armchair

T: bitter chocolate and ash up front.... finishes with faint charcoal, dark chocolate, and a late hit of molasses.... bit of a newspapery oxidation which blends in nicely.... no real "whisky" notes.... late, lasting leathery note... perhaps some toasted raisin in there as well

M: starting slowly during the sip, a subtle alcohol warmth develops and spreads out as it goes down.... slight powdery effect... quite silky-smooth with a faint drying in the finish... minimal play from carbonation

O: very tasty and ridiculously moreish.... a notch or two better than the Ola Dubh 12

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Pours a jet oily black with very little to no head, slight lacing.

Smells earthy, oaky, burnt wood

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A truly unique beer, but disappointing. 3.5

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S – Dark fruit/raisin, sweet but not cloying, metallic (-), grape preserves some smokiness, port notes 3.75

T – Roasted malt, but not too bitter, no whiskey flavor, no noticeable alcohol. 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- thick, black motor oil..no head
S - Oaky, earthy aroma with hints of chocolate
T - warm, thick, malty, chocolate bitter flavor
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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.