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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

467 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

03-13-2014 06:27:06 | More by oso
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9%

03-12-2014 01:53:04 | More by JamLand
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-09-2014 04:13:07 | More by bmurray10
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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-06-2014 02:14:48 | More by aasher
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 23:13:21 | More by Bouleboubier
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

03-02-2014 17:45:57 | More by Hellpop65
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-26-2014 17:36:10 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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Troublebar

China

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-25-2014 10:15:14 | More by Troublebar
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:58:30 | More by BradC
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chikunwing

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$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

Serving type: bottle

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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-07-2014 03:13:06 | More by wtkphoto
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wogreen

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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.

Serving type: bottle

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drumenigma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-01-2014 16:25:05 | More by drumenigma
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours near pitch black with a scant head. Slight brown highlight near the rim if my chalice when held to light.
Chocolate twizzler, some date/ fig.
Taste follows the smell here. This is a great beer. Dark fruit takes center, malt is sweet but just right, and the burning whiskey lurks behind just right. Smooth sipping. Nice chocolate whiskey-like aftertaste and slight burn.
Medium and slick, low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

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Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-28-2014 22:20:15 | More by kwkdmk
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 7/2011. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, peat smoke, wood, tobacco, leather, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and deep complexity of dark/roasted malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, peat smoke, wood, tobacco, leather, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light clove, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, peat smoke, wood, toast, tobacco, dark bread, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice flavors with deep complexity and great balance of dark/roasted malt and scotch barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged old ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and scotch barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:40:55 | More by superspak
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ParlayHard8

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.