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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 29
Gots: 70 | FT: 3
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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Photo of matt_duthie
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a long time, of any vintage barrel, decided on the 16-year at the same price as younger barrels...

A: Poured nearly opaque with the edges a dark translucent brown, but only barely. Two finger dark khaki head, very nice looking beer.

S: Exactly what I'd expect Old Engine Oil that's been sitting in a single-malt barrel to smell like: roasty, big whiff of scotch whiskey, hops come through a little bit, but a solid barreled porter. Excited to taste it.

T: Oh so good. The whiskey is subdued, but certainly there. Char/peat, coffee, chocolate, some indiscript dark fruit in there somewhere, slight bitterness without any distinctive hop flavor, but a balanced sweetness about the whole thing. 11.2 oz. may not be enough.

M: Full but not overly thick. Low-medium carbonation, begs to sit in your mouth a bit before swallowing. Wonderful.

O: Can't wait to try other iterations on this excellent base beer, aged in seemingly perfect barrels for it to take on additional flavor and complexity. Can't believe it's taken so long to suck it up and pay the premium for what is clearly a beer worth its price.

matt_duthie, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +15%

KJ2013, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Poured in a Stone Guardian glass which is used for barley wines. It works well for the beer, and
brings out the oak better than a snifter.

The color was opaque: coffee brown-black- no head.

Aroma: very strong oak, and some smoke.

Mouth feel : medium carbonation.

Taste: this is aged in Highland Park 16 single malt barrels. The 12 has more tobacco, smoke and plum.
However this beer is very smooth compared to the 12. The barrels must affect the taste- an aged whiskey is smoother.

The finish is also much different than the 12. Much more whiskey, and a pronounced alcoholic taste.
A great beer: looking forward to the 18, if I can find it.

brureview, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of jdmitch
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

jdmitch, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of brywhite
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

brywhite, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Chefmemo72
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%

Chefmemo72, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Thenaghen
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Thenaghen, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of NeoClassicist
4.75/5  rDev +15%

NeoClassicist, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

EdwardK77, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Adammleonard
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%

Adammleonard, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of WTKeene
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

WTKeene, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Dentist666
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured into english pint
Opaque jet black beer. Only a ring of tan froth dissipating to some bubbles on a surface. Smell of whiskey, tobacco, chocolate, wood. Taste is smooth, solid, chocolate, liquorice, tobacco, bnice whiskey finish. Outstanding brew.

Dentist666, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Photchkiss
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%

Photchkiss, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours dark and beautiful with a creamy head of mocha colored foam. Nose is malty, chocolate. Creaminess, roast. Hint of vanilla, some earthy peat and a bit of scotch whiskey. Taste is lovely. Broad and bitter raost. Dry bittersweet chocolate. Suppl;ea earth and peat a smooth hint of vanilla. The malt is smooth and supple. Smooth coffee. Viscuous soft body. A mouthfeel like heaven on this beer. Woody, cherry sweet black earth. Velvety. A light boozy warmth. Mild scotch whiskey flavor. Crisp dry finish.

utopiajane, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Let me describe this brew for you. It first looks very ominous. Very dark brown body almost on the verge of being black, yet it possesses an eerie glow around the body. Very interesting. The aroma speaks to me saying, roasted malts that bring forth warming caramel. Also some cocoa nibs with a touch of molasses sweetness. There is also a wood aspect very earthy and calming. Very nice on the nose. Now for the taste. Semi sweet malts that help to showcase the whiskey part of the brew. Molasses and roasted malts that are trying to compete with the whiskey. Very balanced. In the aftertaste is of toasted marshmallows and a nice pipe tobacco flavor that is dissolving into a faint vanilla. The finish is dry slightly bitter very elegant. The feel is Medium-light with soft carbonation.

Overall: Hands down this beer is delicious! Everything seems to meld together in a sophisticated manner. This beer is very light for being an 8% brew. Drinkable beyond belief and very balanced. This brew is recommended.

Shroud0fdoom, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Pens1967
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Pens1967, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

thufflife, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Corson, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Danny1217, Aug 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

spointon, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DavidHume, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Dwreck
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%

Dwreck, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Big_Dave, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 04, 2014
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.