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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
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bitterbill on 02-15-2008

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, bottle #07310, September 2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is roasted malt, peat, smoke, Scotch whisky and oak. The aroma is a little weak, but still nice. Taste is a little bit different than the aroma (and stronger than the aroma), it tastes like chocolate, Scotch, smoke, peat, oak/wood, dark fruit (raisins, plums) and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium with low/medium carbonation and a nice creamy/coating feel to it. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. Overall I think it's a good beer, I'd definitely buy it again even though it's pricey.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled September 2007
Bottle Number: 4165
Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from an 11.2 ounce brown bottle. The first beer I've tried in the Ola Dubh series.

Appearance: Ola Dubh 16 pours out a deep, spent motor oil black, that not a single ray of light could penetrate. A somewhat vigorous pour resulted in a creamy, one finger, tan head that just seemed to hang there. The great head retention left a thin coating of tan lace on the glass after each sip.

Smell: A nice strong nose on this brew. Heavy Highland Park Whiskey notes definitely dominate the nose. A faint, charred wood smokiness lingers softly in the background. Tons of plum and raisin. Quite malty with a bit of earth, and a touch of chocolate. A small hint of tobacco rounds out the spicey, boozy nose.

Taste: More of the strong whiskey notes that were noted in the nose, except it quickly dissapears into the other complex flavors. A spicey mixture of plum, raisin, and tobacco seems to confuse my tongue. Small hints of wood and smoke, with a quick blast of alcohol. Almost a burnt toffee flavor in there. Finishes a bit dry and on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: A bit dissapointed in the mouthfeel, was hoping for a thicker, almost syrupy feel. Very lightly carbonated, just a step or two above flat.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. A little too sweet in my opinion. ABV doesn't seem to hamper drinkability at all. Not too bad overall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most impressive, this one is. As the lable suggests, the beer plops into the glass with a viscous, heavy appearance, rich chocolatey looking head formation that simmered to a trace before holding firm; laces well. Aromas are a fantastic display of mellow, rich, heavily toasted malts, ester-heavy grapes, plumbs, figs, dates and fruitcake. A bold rum-like aroma melds all the characteristics together. Backup notes of peat, campfire, cocoa, and a nutty coffee give much complexity. Flavors are much the same, but with a focus on the Porter / Scottish Ale notes with a hard boozy note. The tannins from the wood give a distinct nutty flavor with a mild balanced astringency and creates a moderate powdery dryness in the feel. Other textures are a fully weighted stout feel, a moderate complex bitterness, and a deep warming sensation from the alcohols. The whisky characteristics come through the flavor and aroma long into the finish. A long, lingering aftertaste keeps the beer going long after the last sip. A fantastic beer; can't wait for the 30.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I splurged on this roughly $10 bottle, and what an interesting and complex beer it was. I poured it cold into a Belgian glass and sipped it over about an hour. I also had some buttermilk oat cakes that I baked and some red leicester cheese (similar to serving suggestions from their site). It complimented the creamy texture of the oat cakes well.

Nice black opaque appearance. While cold, the aroma was conservatively "dark", but the taste had strong roast malt/chocolate up front, creamy in the middle, with a little whiskey note on the end. At "middle" temperature the aroma opened up with some raisin, and there were nice chocolate/coffee, roasty notes in the taste, still with the whiskey on the end. Near room temperature, complex dark fruit aroma which carried over into the taste more, with some nicely bitter coffee notes and a molasses-like presence, less whiskey to finish.

Overall, delicious. I felt like it had a unique three-phase taste, coming on like a Scotch ale, with cream porter/stout character in the middle and whiskey aftertaste. I agree with other reviewers that it could have used a little more "oomph" to be perfect, but this was very different and enjoyable. Take your time with it and savor.

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Photo of kinnaird
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 07961 / September 2007

After a vigorous pour, it yields a 1 finger, cappuccino colored head that looks chocolate milk delicious. The color of body shows a completely impenetrable opaque black. After several minutes, the head settles down to a ring with several larger, soapy like bubbles.

It smells of rich vanilla and roasty oak with subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits; not unlike a strong stout.

At the tip of the tongue, there are fruity esters followed by a smooth and mild bitterness showing on the flanks. After the swallow, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla really shine through the nasal cavity with a trace of earthiness from the hops. If another sip is not immediately taken, a faint hotness is detected from the alcohol.

The feel of this delectable treat is near perfect. Medium bodied without a heavy coating left in the mouth.

This is a fantastic beer. From beginning to end is an experience that is a pleasure each step of the way. It's classified as an Old Ale, but I would compare it more with a barrel aged stout. The subtle nuances of the single malt really add to the excellent qualities of the beer to make it more than the sum of its parts. If you haven't tried this yet, definitely seek it out. Recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled September 2007; Sampled May 2008
A softly vigorous pour produces a two and a half finger thick, brown stained, tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color and is opaque even when held up directly to the light. The aroma is quite rich with concentrated notes of darkly caramelized malt, touches of teriyaki, iodine and a finish that smells of salt and light peat smoke. Hints of fruit aromatics provide notes of burnt prunes and light raisin. The smokiness really picks up after the first couple draughts of the aroma. Rich malt aromatics combine with the peat character to contribute aromas of salty toffee, savory umami malt, . This just has a hearty, quite satisfying aroma to it. In fact the aroma is just expressively intoxicating and almost exactly what I am looking for in a nightcap; rich, savory, complex and deeply satisfying.

Somehow this beer tastes quite a bit cooler than I was expecting; mainly I think it is not quite as rich as I was expecting, and a thinner beer always feels cooler than a thicker beer at the same temperature. The beer finishes with a deeply roasted, burnt espresso bitterness / astringency. The beer is fairly sweet and accentuates a burnt raisin fruitiness. This has a fairly light heft to it for a beer that smells this rich, though the viscosity is quite appropriate for a beer of this alcoholic strength. The beer finishes with a touch of burnt vegetal character; burnt broccoli and burnt cabbage flavors lightly intrude on the finish. As the beer warms up it picks up a bit more texture and richness in the flavor / mouthfeel, it still does not live up to the promise of the aroma though. The roast character plays a huge role towards the finish; burnt malt, sharp espresso notes, slight charcoal and the aforementioned burnt vegetal note.

The aroma of this beer kicks some serious ass; I could smell this forever and continuously find myself just enjoying the aroma between extended sips of this beer. The flavor, while it does not quite live up to the promise of the aroma, is still quite tasty in its own right, though it has some noticeable flaws. A tasty brew, that just might age quite nicely over the next couple years, despite no being bottle conditioned.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of pwoods
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a snifter. 07761 Sept. '07

A: Pours very deep brown, nearly(looks like) black. Very thick, viscous. A Short but impressive deep mocha head forms and dies rather fast. Some lacing here and there.

S: Lightly smoky with some smoked salami and smoked meats(If asked years ago if I'd ever like smoke, smoked salami, smoked meats etc in my beer, I would have thought you were crazy. Oh how I've grown :P). A hint of oak and wood but lacking a sweetness that I kind of expected. Definitely getting whiskey notes but not pungent.. more of a compliment to everything.

T/M: Actually... it's pretty subtle. I expected a much more bold flavor. There's that smoked meat flavor, and it's nice, but just kind of... weak? Light woody notes along with nicely aged whiskey. Everything is just very controlled. Not unpleasant... just... no... umph. Body is full but not overly heavy. Carbonation is good and rebuilds a head every time I swirl.

D: This really is a tasty brew but it's just too weak. The flavors are right but I want them stronger... much stronger in fact. Idk.. maybe I've been dumbed down by too many big beers. It is very easy drinking, though, and I find myself forced to slow down at times to enjoy the subtleties.

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Photo of techdiver
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review falls hard on the heels of my review of the Special 12 Reserve. Same pitch black appearance with a little more head.

Nose has the same caramel roasted malt elements.

Complex and balanced taste, the mouthfeel is better from the start here. Much smoother and medium bodied from the first taste.

I find this more drinkable, but sadly, no cheaper.

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark black, with a bit of brown as I hold it up to the light. A two finger tan head forms, but recedes to a ring and leaves a bit of spotty lace.
S: Malty, smoky, woody. earthy. Chocolate, fig and date notes. Some slight whiskey aromas come in towards the end. Love it.
T: Malty, of course, woody/peaty flavors that follow the nose. Chocolate and coffee dominate. Not overly sweet and syrupy as some Old Ales, which I like.
M/D: A full body, thick and viscous beer. Creamy rich, and smooth. Very easy to drink. Before I knew it, I was already through half of it. This is a beer to be sipped and savored.

Very nice. I wish I had more of this. Further proof that Scottish Brewers are among the best in the world.

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

This one really looks good. Lots of brown suds atop a very dark black brew. Lacing is more of an alcohol drechend thing. You can see the alcohol as a clear liquid when you swirll the glass.
Smell is not as strong as the 12. Still you have a malty chocolate/coffee thing going on and you have less of the phenols and this is supposedly the same ABV as the 12.
Taste is almost the same as the 12 but there is a hoppiness to this one or mabey it's the oak that taste different. Also there is a more pronounced scotch aftertaste here. You can really taste it in the 16.
Mouthfeel is a little warm but the oilyness is great and the hoppiness of this one washes away the phenols and makes you want another drink.
So this one has a slightly higher drinkability.

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, #04722, bottled Sept 2007. Pours into a snifter deep dark brown and viscous. Small khaki head leaves some nice sheets of lace.

Complex aroma has charred oak wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, some almond nuttiness, and prominent notes of Scotch whisky. Nice!

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Some whisky essence with the low carbonation.

Taste opens with dark roasty chocolate maltiness, quickly joined by the nuttiness from the aroma. Vanilla, charcoal, and oak tones add depth. The Scotch whisky character is prominent.

Really well done. A wonderful sipper. I'm going to get a few of these to put away for some aging.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

for $10 this bitch better be good!

Pours a thick black with some ruby highlights and a nice thick brown head. Nose is mostly whisky and malt slap. Taste follow with thick thick malty flavor and intense scotch whisky flavor. A nice peat-like flavor and some subtle smoke. A little bit of pruney fruit flavor just through the middle. The scotch provides a slight funk through the middle that I am not a gigantic fan of. Mouthfeel is very good, nice and viscous without making you chew on it. Drinkability is ok, but as low an abv, it could go down a bit smoother, although, it is after all a whisky cask brew! Overall this is a very interesting brew. Outside of beer, I prefer scotch to bourbon, but for barrel aging, I am gonna have to say that bourbon is king, at least in my opinion. A great and unique beer from harviestoun, just wish it was a little bit cheaper. Interested to see how this guy cellars, along with the 30 yr. good brew, but defenitely a sipper!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I have to admit I was really not blown away by the reserve 12, and it really made me hesitant to try this one, but I had it so I wanted to give it a fair chance. I grabbed this one out of the fridge and poured it very hard into an over sized wine glass and let it warm up a bit before consuming.

Appearance - I was very surprised by the pour on this one. After the debacle that was the lifeless pour on the 12, this was quite refreshing. Still inky black and dark, but with a decidedly more life to it. A nice one-inch high head of chocolate tan lace formed on the top and took what seemed like forever to go down. It never fully did fade and even after thirty minutes had passed, a thin chocolate line was still clearly visible. Very nice side glass lace as well with a good retention level. I was very impressed with the look of this one.

Smell - The aroma was very rich as well, with lots of hints of oak. Nice chocolate contribution and a good hint of vanilla were all readily apparent. I was very impressed with the depth here. I really did not pick up any fruit or other light tones, this was dark, smoky, with a lot of earthy tones.

Taste - The flavor was spectacular here and was really worth the price of the bottle alone. The flavor was really full and so complex, I really did not think I had enough to fully interpret it. In a word smoky. Huge flavors of peat and smoke, but done in a really nice way. Lots of oakey wood flavor as well, but hidden underneath the smoke. A good touch of vanilla is present here too. As it warmed it got a little sweeter, maybe something caramel like, or honey, do not know, but the smoky complexity was still apparent. Very dry finish with the flavor lasting for a good long while.

Mouthfeel - This was much better carbonated then I thought it was going to be. Nice smooth feel and it was definitely a medium-bodied ale, but nowhere near as filling as I thought it would be.

Drinkability - Outstanding sipper here. The alcohol is all but absent from it and the rich complexity of the taste made it something that I really could have kept going on with all night long. It was just that good.

Overall, I have to say this was excellent. I was losing interest after the 12, but this has brought it all right back. I was shocked by how good this was, and I am honestly glad I have a few more. I would drink this all the time if I could. Really a quality sipper and an excellent beer all around.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black with very subtle light-apparent brown. Lacing is very fine, spray-like stuff that lasts an impressively long time. Head is a milky half-finger slightly off-white foam. Quite a good looking beer, really.

Smell: Soy sauce, alcohol, whiskey oak, oak, bittersweet cocoa powder, light coffee beans, leather. A complex aroma.

Taste: Smoke, smoke, smoke. Some soy sauce, oak, whiskey, malts. A bit of a let-down from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Undercarbonated.

Drinkability: A sipper, definitely, but an interesting beer.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ola Dubh 16 pours a jet black with a thin layer of tan foam on top. Smell is of whiskey and coffee primarily, with hints of chocolate behind it. Flavor follows suit. This is an incredibly balanced brew however. Whiskey is dominant, but not overpowering. Chocolate, coffee, and hints of vanilla and oak all settle in nicely behind it. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden by the flavor of this brew. It's rich and thick, but it goes down smoothly. This is a brew that could be easy to drink, but it's better enjoyed as a sipper. I think I prefer this to the Ola Dubh 12. It's just so balanced and well-crafted.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a great initial head that fades to a thin ring but leaves some very nice lacing. The smell of this one is a good bit more intense than that of the 12. More pronounced single malt aromas and more vanilla from the oak, but probably less caramel and honey aromas from the malt and oak. Very nice level of peatiness- a step up from the 12, but still very nicely integrated with the malt and oak. There is a touch of vinous aroma as well- perhaps the barrels were sherry barrels before they held the whisky? Bigger flavors in the taste as well, but oh so smooth and silky. Extremely well integrated flavors with a very nice tang of peat as well as some subtle oak and the vanilla flavors that can be attributed to it as well as some sweet malt, and a hint of dark fruit and pear and a very dry finish. Silky mouthfeel with some very refined tannins on the finish. Delicious. No hotness at all, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Flyer
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intriguing. Pours a dense black with minimal head (never an issue for me). An intense aroma of chocolate and whiskey. The flavor is smokey (but maybe more of an ashen smokey, in fact like a high end Scotch) and slightly boozy. It's not as complex as I anticipated, but this is one of the few beers I've had recently that made me think I need to try 2 or 3 more before I can really appreciate it. There's a pleasantly bitter (but not really hoppy aftertaste). The key question: is it worth the $9 I paid for an 11.2-ounce bottle. I think, after I've had a couple more, I'll say "yes." Then comes the next question: am I intrigued enough to try the 30 for $19 a bottle? Not sure yet. Stay tuned.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a St. Feuillian chalice.

Bottle No. & Date: 02543/Sept 2007

A: Pours a dark, oily black with faint hints of ruby-brown at the edges. Tiny, quickly evaporating head leaves a skim and thick and bubbly brown ring. Generous amount of small lace spots left behind in the glass.

S: Dark roasted malt, whisky, and charred wood are the big players here. Also noticed were peat, and dark chocolate with a pinch of espresso.

T: Char and roasted malt dominate the taste. Along for the ride are whisky, dark roasted chocolate, dark roast coffee, black pepper, hops, and peat.

M: Oily and creamy at the onset, with a finish that turns out spicy, peppery, and bitter at the finish. Quite sticky.

D: I found this to be harsher, rawer, and not quite as complex as the 12. This version picks up a lot more smoky, roasted, and just plain burnt flavors and aromas and leaves behind the sweet dark fruit and vanilla complexities of the 12. Still excellent, though.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from South Bay D&L. Thanks Joey!

I really liked the SR 12 so here goes:

With a very vigorous pour at close to room temp, there's a 1 finger of tan foam with some nice lacing. It's close to pitch black but I see some redish highlights at the bottom of my glass. Hehe...looks like some good head retention.

The smell has notes of caramel, dark fruit, some smoke(more than in the 12), and just a touch of whisky.

The taste is pretty smokey on first sip with some notes of caramel, a pretty big coffee flavour, some hot cocoa bitterness, and just a touch of the whiskey. Nice. It has a full silky mouthfeel at first but that fades to more of a medium mouthfeel mid palate with very light carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden.

This one's a pretty smooth sipper despite the larger smoke profile but it, imho, isn't as complex as the 12 and I'm definitely leaning towards the 12 when it comes to how much it satisfies my palate. Still good stuff and I'm glad I got to try it. Appearance wise, this definitely was more appealing.

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Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #6901 poured into a snifter. Completely black with no highlights. Head is about a finger high and leaves a maze of thin lacing.

Smoky and sweet aroma. Notes of peat and bourbon which weren't present in the 12.

Flavor is quite smoky and peaty too. The bourbon is stronger here than in the 12 but it still doesn't overpower anything. Nice oak influence complements the roastiness well.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side just like the 12. Carbonation is also a little higher. Finish isn't very clean, as smoke and peat are more prominent than roasted grain.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark motor oil color with very little tan head. Had descent lacing present. The aroma was of smoke and chocolate. The taste was a nice smokiness almost a BBQ type smoke to it. Had a nice hint of hops as well. The body was a bit lighter than expected with almost no carbonation. Once again a great beer for a nice cold night. I couldn't detect much difference between the 30 year and the 16 year. I didn't do a side by side.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black body and a foamy head formed after a cascade of bubbles made for a very Porter like appearance. A shade more brown than the 30 year cask version. The smell was mild at first but started to grow on me with the mix of roasted grains, black coffee, and tobacco. The taste was little more roasty and tannin laced than the older casked beer, and there wasn't as much of a vanilla bean character. Alcohol was warming and and soothing. Mouthfeel was quite astringent. Very well crafter beer, but the special 30 is better.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Very dark brown, with a small light brown to medium brown head that dissipates rather quickly leaving medium lacing on the surface.

S = Creamy, chocolate malted shake sells with light oak and hints of the Scotch from the barrel, a very sweet smell, when swirled I get some esters from the yeast and some more peaty smells.

T = Tastes like a coffee drink, with a shot of Scotch, cream and dark chocolate powder, there is also a good bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt. This is a well balanced beer without a lot of different flavors to blend. I think it might age well, but it is remarkably well integrated now.

M = Medium-heavy bodied, great mouthcoating, frothy carbonation level when swished. Just slightly more light bodied than I would have liked for the tastes, the only reason it did not get a perfect score for mouthfeel.

D = This is a very drinkable beer. I would recommend it for dessert or for any occasion when a whisky would be appropriate.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the 12 Reserve, it pours black with no head - just a few bubbles.

The smell is sweeter than in the 12 (which I preferred), with whisky notes and maltiness coming through much more.

The taste, like the nose suggested, is quite sweet. Less woodiness, with more maltiness. It does have a bit longer finish than the 12.

The body, as in the 12, is a quite understated. Something thinnish about it compared to what it could be, but decent enough.

A slow sipper. Sweeter than the 12, with less oaky character.

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This one is has a beautiful label and foil top looks nice. It pours with an average one finger head that dies almost immediately. The beer is coal black and what remains of the head is a khaki color. Amazing amounts of lace is left considering the head has faded long ago.

S: Nice smokey aroma with hints of peat, vanilla, and oh so fine whiskey.

T: Much better than I had expected. They whiskey notes are wonderful in this beer. The barrel ageing has done wonders for this brew. Tons of nice smokey whiskey flavors with hints of peat. Bitter chocolate and espresso come forward in a nice subtle way. Dark fruits can also be tasted along with bits of tangy vanilla bean.

M: Nice medium body, but low on the carbonation. It does cling a bit to the mouth and throat adding to the enjoyment.

D: Very good, I could drink this one by the bomber, though that would come at a steep price.

Overall: When my beer guy got this one in I was not expecting much. I have had Old Engine and it was just so so in my opinion. Well they hit a home run with this one. Tons of flavor with an inviting aroma. I really like the whiskey flavor without the burn. A very enjoyable brew to say the least.

I can't wait to try the 30 I bought and will return to pick up the 12 so I can enjoy the entire trilogy.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.