Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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4.49/5 rDev +9%
(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
03-03-2014 23:13:21 | More by Bouleboubier
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
Pours a jet oily black with very little to no head, slight lacing.
Smells earthy, oaky, burnt wood
All kinds of Flavors here, bitter chocolate, dark burned fruits, peat, oak, not much of an alcohol presence.
Very little carbonation, beer is full bodied but not syrupy, very easy drinking.
Overall, a very nice complex beer. This one was bottles July 2011, so it already has a couple years on it.
02-25-2014 00:58:30 | More by BradC
District of Columbia
3.54/5 rDev -14.1%
$10.99 for 11.2 oz. Bottle #0835, bottled on 2/2012. Purchased on a business trip and drank in my hotel room. Poured into a highball glass.
A truly unique beer, but disappointing. 3.5
A – Pours black with a half-finger tan rocky head, opaque, not at all viscous, average lacing. 3.75
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
MF – Medium bodied, semi-dry finish, thing by my expectations, slightly metallic 3.25
02-20-2014 04:20:11 | More by Sludgeman
4.39/5 rDev +6.6%
A- thick, black motor oil..no head
S - Oaky, earthy aroma with hints of chocolate
T - warm, thick, malty, chocolate bitter flavor
M - small amount of effervescence present in the back
O - very smooth scotch ale. i expected a stronger hint of whiskey but it is well balanced. great warmer for a cold day.
02-02-2014 23:35:38 | More by wogreen
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.