Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
92
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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 29
Gots: 77 | 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 theopholis
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Body is jet black. Wow. This is impressive. Reminds me of one of those 50's underwater scifi pics. A decent one-inch, chocolate head sat on top. Excellent retention. Good lacing

Smell - A bit subdued. What there was was a nice melange of chocolate, vanilla, and complex earthy tones.

Taste - The flavor was quite nice, but not spectacular. It was lacking in malt sweetness. It did havea decent amount of vanilla without being cloying. Nice overtones of a subdued smokiness, some woody flavor. While it didn't have the malt sweetness I expect of an old ale, it was very taste non-the-less.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, heavy body. About what you would expect.

Drinkability - Well worth trying.

Photo of DanOLeary
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: This beer presents itself to the nose with chocolate nibs, vanilla and oak. While not over powering, there is an ever present Bourbon aroma supporting all other aromatics. Faint alcohol spice pushes through. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Entirely black body with a fine but persistent coating of a brown head. Good lacing along the sides of the glass

Flavor: Bourbon and alcohol tartness, along with charred oak touch the tongue with surprising delicacy upfront. Chocolate sweetness is quite prevalent throughout with a hint of alcoholic spice toward the middle. What I keep thinking of Bourbon, but is actually Scotch (from the bottle description) shows up again toward the end before the flavor drops nearly to nothing in the finish where the beer leaves you with a warming alcoholic burn in the lightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with low carbonation. Malt sweetness becomes lightly sticky on the tongue and lips, though it is not slick or chewy. Alcoholic warmth dries out the tongue and burns the back of the throat just enough to let you know there's been some barrel aging going on here.

Overall: Though I know appearances aren't everything, this beer comes off a lot lighter than I expected in body and flavor. When I considered the oil black appearance and reasonably rich nose with the oak and whisky presence, I would hope for a fuller body and more complex flavor profile. A higher chocolate presence would be welcome and better mouthfeel would round this beer out nicely. Aroma represents the Scotch Whisky barrel aging very well and at 8% ABV, the beer drinks incredibly smooth and gives you something to think about with each sip.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2009

A- Opaque, chocolate black/brown. Big, rocky, light brown head.

S- A big aroma of German chocolate cake with toasted coconut and cafe au lait soars from the glass.

T- Huge roasty attack, just at the point of being charred and overdone. Bitter chocolate and roasted malt dominate the mid-palate, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and peat. The finish is all smoke and roasted malt.

M, D- Quite drinkable for such a roasty beer. The finish was surprisingly less viscous than I anticipated, reducing heaviness and increasing drinkability. Well balanced.

The might mouse of Harviestoun has put out a rather nice brew here.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 | 11.2 oz. | 8.00 % ABV

Brewer: Harviestoun, Scotland.
Style: Old Ale

On the label:
"Aged in select oak casks, formerly used to mature Highland Park's gloriously rich and smoky 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey."

Appearance:
Pours into a Duvel tulip a jet black with a khaki head that quickly disappears, leaving a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma:
Sweet dark fruits: cherry, grapes/raisins, plum. Oaky notes. Caramel and toffee. Just a hint of scotch whiskey.

Taste:
Wow. It's delicious! I've had Special 30 Reserve, and I was a bit put off by how the scotch was overpowering the beer. I'm very impressed by the balance being struck here. Oaky notes are prominent. The dark fruits are really succulent (reminds me of a Quad) and mix with the caramel/toffee to deliver some nice sweetness at the end. It has a sturdy malt backbone that generally stays in the background. The finish is a smoky mixture of fruit, whiskey, and woody notes.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and silky smooth. A joy to drink.

Harmony:
As I said earlier, I am extremely impressed by how well the scotch is incorporated into the flavor of the beer. Together with the oak from the barrel, the flavor imparted is subtle but complex. Great brew!

Bottled in July 2009 (10 months ago)
Price = $9.99 at Joe Canal's

Photo of billshmeinke
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip at room temp.

Dark black with a one finger tan head. Head retains quite nicely. Full layer of foam on the top of the beer. Some nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smells of dark fruits, cherry, raisin and plumb. Some caramel toffee and whiskey as well.

Taste is silky chocolate, powdery mocha, single malt scotch, caramel, toffee, fudge, and brownies. Some raisin and plumbs. Very tasty desert beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and low to medium carbonation with semi assertive bubbles.

Quite drinkable for an old ale. 16 year old highland park casks are awesome!

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with low carbonation and a tan head. Nose is smoke, peat, smoed meat, drak fruit, wood, Taste has is smoke, wood, booze on the end, tobacco, peat and some chocolate and roasted notes. Mouthfeel is warming but thin, smokey, peat, cocoa.

Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Color is very dark. Just about RIS dark. Very little head, viscous appearance when swirled.

The aroma is like sweet cavendish tobacco with hints of oak and vanilla.

Tastes of chocolate malt, oak, vanilla, and finishes with smoky undertones.

It is indeed viscous, coating the mouth but not at all cloyingly sweet. Carbonation is extremely low.

This is a perfect wintery digestif. The oaky undertones from the barrel just make me picture myself sitting in a leather chair by the fire and watching the snow come down outside. Puts me in a contemplative mood. Good choice for, well, sitting by the fire and contemplating.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty pricetag at around $10.00 a bottle...Gave it a whirl anyways.

A- Poured this brew into a tulip glass nice and slow. Thick-sleek-oily almost silky to the eye. Dark black. Can't see through the glass. Coffee-like filmy head topped the beer but quickly dissipated. No lacing.
S- The smell was overly oaky and sweet like a cake. There was some smokey notes and roasted notes.
T- Oak at first. Chocolate and Vanilla second followed by some smoked malts. No alcohol at all. This would age well for sure. Espresso beans and licorice round out the flavors for me.
M- Sleek and oily. Wish this one were somewhat thicker. Sticky.
D- This is a nice sipping beer for a cold winter night. Enjoyed my bottle and will look out for more.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Small wispy head with weak retention and minimal lacing. The beer is a very dark brown almost black in color.

S- Large peat smoke aromas, oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, roasted almonds and charcoal. This is an amazing smelling beer!

T- Silky smooth beer with a nice peat and wood smoked flavors. Dark chocolate, charcoal, light caramel and a hint of raspberries, and very light hops. Great combination of stout and whiskey flavors with a nice dry finish.

This is really a good beer, great flavors and impressive smoothness.

Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 06072 - Sept 2007

Pitch black with actually a pretty decent cappuccino colored head that fades to a ring of foam within 60 seconds. Aroma of tobacco, oak, molasses, smoke and vanilla. Flavor more aggressive and smokier than the Special 12 I had earlier this evening. Alcohol is pretty hot whereas it was almost undetectable in the 12. Much more smoke in the flavor as well - more like burnt marshmallows. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the alcohol. Drinkability is good as well - I loved the 12 year - this is not quite a nice.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool cellar temperature into a tulip glass. September 2007 batch.

A-Inky stout appearance with a creamy tan head.

S-Smoky sweet cocoa, scotch, wood. A bit funky as well. Not quite sure what to expect here.

T-Bittersweet chocolate battles with the charred scotch character and gives way to a pervasive and earthy vanilla undertone followed by a mild alcohol buzz on the tongue. Has much of the character of a RIS, as well as an old ale. A hell of an unusual brew unlike anything I have tried lately, but I like it.

M-Well balanced medium mouthfeel, slighly oily with low carbonation, but probably perfect for this.

D-This is a pretty intense singular beer. One and done for the night, but definately would try again, and looking forward to trying the others in the series.

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottled in September of 2007.

Appearance: The beer pours out a deep dark almost black color to match the name "Old Engine Oil." The 1/8" tan head soon recedes to a ring of foam with a patch of foam in the middle and covering about ¾ of the surface. Sipping leaves a line of foam that clings to the glass over some speckled and leggy lacing that just sits there waiting for the next sip. While the ring persists for quite a while, later sipping leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aroma spreads into the room and can be detected from more than a foot away. At first there are traces of the scotch (Highland Park 16) and then some dark chocolate emerges to join the show and brings along with it a friend, some molasses. There's also some sweet toffee character to the aroma. There may be a faint hint of peat here but the whisky aroma generally remains in the background.

Taste: The flavor on this beer is complex. The dark chocolate has a companion in the coffee-like bitterness of roasted malt. The whisky and its sweetness show themselves here, and there is definitely some vanilla, some oakiness and an underlying peat and/or earthy hop character to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and silky smooth. The carbonation is very light and barely noticeable. The finish is long and starts in the sweetness of the malt and whisky. There is then some bitterness from the roasted malt that fades to leave behind some long lasting dry astringency that has an earthy character.

Drinkability: This is a one a night beer, but I'd be happy to have it again. It is well balanced and there is a nice smooth whisky character to it as well. As with the 12, if you like malt whisky this is definitely a beer to try. Although I'd have to taste them side-by-side to be sure, my current impression is that I'll return to the 12 rather than this one. There is not enough difference or improvement to justify the extra cost of this over the 12.

Photo of Patrick999
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been loving the Ola Dubhs. September 2007, bottle # 13980. Poured the bottle of 16 into a DFH snifter. Requisite ultra-dark body, a little more foam than I noted with the 30.

Aromatics don't seem to be as impressive as either the 12 or the 30, in my opinion. I can really just pick out maple syrup, molasses and some wood.

Taste-wise, this is quite different from either the 12 or 30. Plenty of wood and peat, but I find more of a smoky component as well. Not as many notes of chocolate and raisin, more whiskey, wood, and char. Lots and lots of wood on the back end. Not quite as smooth as the other Ola Dubhs in that the whiskey flavor seems slightly too harsh. Also seems a little hotter alcohol-wise. Not that I'm slamming it - it's still a tasty beverage.

It does have a fairly thick, robust feel, it's not as thin as I would have expected.

Drinkability is not bad, even though it's not as easy-drinking as the 12. Out of the 12, 30, and 16, I think I prefer them in that order. I had the 40 without rating it...I still think the 12 is my favorite, oddly enough!

Photo of alcstradamus
2.25/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours black with a small head that disappears rather quickly. Smell is straight up armpit funkiness and chocolate. Not appealing.

The taste is more of the same. Only the armpit is now charred. Wow, this is just a mess. Great mouthfeel so the overall score will be higher than it should be. I haven't really cared for any of the 3 Ola Dubh beers I've tried, so I won't bother seeking out the 40 year.

EDIT: After posting my review I read another person's who claimed they tasted "sausage"...that flavor was definitely present but I didn't identify it on my own. Perhaps I should have paired this with a cheese platter and some Ritz crackers?

Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in color-some deep mahogany highlights around the edges. Aroma is somewhat wine like with a nice level of scotch whiskey notes. Not overly done. Rich and malty roasted flavors. Enough whiskey character to make it noticeable and blend together. Faint alcohol flavor from the whiskey notes. Good body-maybe a touch thin for my liking. Overall quite drinkable. I was afraid it would really be scotch like. Decent effort.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had a Rauchbier... I wanted to pick something out of the cellar that was along the same lines and stumbled upon this lonely bottle.. sure... why not? Poured into m Delirium goblet.

Short lasting lite tan head.. descent lacing.. okay cap.. the brew is clear... but blacker than any schwarzbier.

Nose has a bunch of stuff going on that I am not going to be able to describe well.. smokey whiskey with dark fruits.. but the smoke is verging on jerky territory.. lite cocoa is there, but is bombed out of the neighborhood... with warmth, it makes me think of smoke stuck in my jacket after hanging around a bonfire.

Flavor has RIS and English Old ale characteristics that seem to battle with each other, but both lose when compared to the overwhelming scotch overtones. Roasty and chocolate with a good amount of dark fruit and yeasty esters ... some dark cherry and black plum... dark malt char and then comes the smoke.. with the scotch comes some oak that isn't really tannic, but still is pretty heavy.. sorta salty.

As it warms, a meaty component really shows.. it's tough to describe.. reminds me of the sweet char on lightly spiced tri-tip... smoke and molasses..

Very interesting brew... I am "appreciating" this more than the last couple of times I've had it and the Ola Dubh brothers....

I need to never drink this by myself again.. I am sure I appreciate the bottle, but, I would for now on want to make sure that I share it with a good friend or better beer buddy.... I am enjoying, but only marginally.

3.5/4/4/3.5/3.5

Photo of wchesak
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #03079/Sept 2007

Poured into a Abbaye du Val-Dieu glass

A - black, no light coming in at all, negligible head, dark cream/light tan colored, light lacing

S - roasted chocolate malt with a light mocha backing, definitely like somewhat opened an old bottle of scotch and set it next to the you as you drink

T - the slightest chocolate taste, then write to the alcohol of the whisky casks, then settles back into the malt, taste of the oak casks takes over and lingers, balancing with a dry taste

M - very light carbonation at the beginning, somewhat thin like a boring stout, smooth at least; certainly not "oil" like, however the body does seem to allow more flavors to pop

D - hm...one is good for me, have tried the 30 which i enjoyed more, need to get the 12 and maybe do a tasting with some other people, hopefully i can nail down bottles that have about the same date...overall I enjoyable on a cold winter night

Photo of Arbitrator
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split this with a buddy (a Scotch lover) and had this shortly after Ola Dubh 12. This was a Sept. 2007 bottle, just slightly chilled.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black with ruby edges in the glass. The head is smaller than the 12, with a light tan foam cap that retains poorly and retreats into a thin halo on the brew.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey, tannins, soy sauce, molasses, sea salt, smoke.

T: Way more integrated than the 12. The difference was remarkable. Starts off similarly, with molasses and a slight dark fruit nature. Progresses into roasted malt and chocolate, with a strong whiskey presence that blends well with sherry notes. Soy sauce comes in too, but again, it's well blended and somehow enhances the flavor. Salty and tannic in the finish, with smoke in the aftertaste. An undercurrent of earth throughout. Very complex. Outstanding, really.

M: Thin-bodied, but the flavor is delivered so well that I have a hard time dinging points here. It's very tasty.

D: Out of the 3 Harviestoun beers we tried that night, this is the only one we'd buy again. We're hoping the 30 and 40 are even better.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated September 2007. Split with Swimsum. Sampled shortly after tasting Ola Dubh 12.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very similar to the Ola Dubh 12 in opacity but not as much head on this one. Looks black and oily. The head that is there is hair-thin and off-white. As with the 12, spotty lacing.

Smell: Not as much whiskey in this one (compared with the 12), which is really surprising. Sweet barbecue flavors and smoke are very prevalent. Flowery hops also present. Complex and enjoyable.

Taste: Big whiskey, but once it's very smooth. Dark chocolate, smoke and barbecue sauce (it is kinda salty) add to the flavor profile. Very comparable to the Ola Dubh 12. See my review here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/323/41037/?ba=ThreeWiseMen

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated and very oily. Pretty slick. Pretty heavy, but not thick. I dig.

Drinkability: Really good, but I actually liked the Ola Dubh 12 better. I got more complexity in the 12 than this one, though the 16 was quite complex on its own. Totally worth the purchase still.

Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thin .5 finger brown head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing, just some sporadic small spots.

Strong roasted malt aroma with a decent amount of malt whiskey that doesn't overtake the other aromas. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and roasted nut notes. Again, the aroma is dominated by a deep roasted maltiness but there is a good bit of oak and whiskey to balance things out.

Again the flavor is dominated by a deep roasted maltiness with lots of complexity and bitter dark chocolate flavor. However, they whiskey presence is much more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma. Lots of hot whiskey alcohol warmth but fortunately the other flavors still shine through. Not one-dimensional at all. Plenty of roasted coffee bean, burnt toast, hazelnut and dark chocolate notes. Sligthtly sweet because of the strong alcohol, whiskey and chocolate malt components but is overall nicely balanced with even some subtle hops, resulting in a big beer that is quite drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of zoso493
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a tiny head that's nothing but bubbles. What little head there is doesn't stuck around long.

Smell: As you'd expect, smells a strong bit like single malt. Great scent of whiskey, vanilla, oak and some chocolate.

Taste: This is very good. Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, with tinges of oak and vanilla. Doesn't retain as much of the whiskey character present in the nose, but this sure is tasty. I'd like to get my hands on the 18 or the 30 to see how much more prevalent the single malt is in the taste, because, as well crafted as this is, it's a little bit too subdued I think.

Mouthfeel: It's a little thinner than desirable with practically no carbonation, but still doesn't feel bad.

Drinkability: Even at 8% ABV, this is still pretty drinkable. I could definitely have a couple of these in a night, if my wallet obliged.

Overall, this is one of the tastier brews I've had here in Scotland to date. I think this beer would be outstanding if all the flavors were a bit more pronounced (as I think can be said about most Scottish ales). I'm looking forward to trying some other variations of Ola Dubh.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, the proper use of scoth in beer. This interpretation is neither like sucking on a tree nor sipping a glass of single malt. The scoth wonderfully compliments the dark ale. The pour is a nice deep black with moderate single fingered white head. The body is smooth and in fine balance with a wonderful nose and lack of pungent aftertaste so typical of scotch barrel aged brews i have had in the past. Koudos to Harviestoun for doing this right, I only wish that I cold afford to drink more of these.

Photo of Risser09
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - bottle #17306 - bottled in Sept. 2007

Appearance: Pours a pitch black, black hole of a beer with a 1/2" head that is light brown in color. The frothy head dies quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

Smell: Dynamite. Chocolate and espresso, leather, wood and not much sugar. Heavy whisky aromas of the sharp cedary and tobacco laden wood. Dynamic and complex.

Taste: More great flavors. Intense whisky notes of tobacco, wood and alcohol. The wood is so pronounced that this actually tastes like a single malt. The underlying flavors are actually espresso and dark chocolate. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Despite the label's mention, this beer was on the thin side, probably because of the barrel aging. Woody, spicy, boozy with a long, drawn out finish.

Drinkability: I could drink a lot of these, despite the intensity of the beer. Always a sucker for single malts, this one is a sure winner for me. It actually needs some more viscousity to make it a perfect beer. Perfeectly attenuated.

Photo of vrazionale
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a wide-mouthed snifter. Bottle No. and Date: 03193/Sept 2007.

A - Pours a deep, dark, brooding brown, with red tinges on the edges. There is almost no head formation, with the only sign of carbonation being a thin ring of bubbles along the edge of the brew.

S - Coffee beans, cacao nibs, peat, raisins, darky spicy rum, and medjool dates. Nice blending of roasty, spicy, and sweet flavors.

T - Big, round burst of juicy raisin, fruity coffee, and a slight grassy, peaty twang. The finish is long, sweet, and savory - it reminds me of the lingering taste after a few sips of a well-made espresso.

M - Surprisingly light-bodied, given the dark color, nose, and flavor profile. It doesn't weigh down the palate at all. That being said, the carbonation could use a kick up a notch or two. It feels a little sticky to me.

D - This brew was a great one to help develop my beer-tasting palate. Lots of weird, unique flavors here. I'd pair this brew with a big hunk of Stilton or an earthy, woodsy bar of chocolate. I'm really glad I finally tried this brew, but I wouldn't call it a "great" brew.

Photo of hike20
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Sept 2007. Black pour with a creamy milk chocolate brown head. Whiskey dominates the aroma, but there are also notes of vanilla and faint chocolate. Whiskey flavor is not as overwhelming as I expected. I also taste oak, with a bit of vanilla, chocolate, malt, smoke, and a slightly bitter finish. Overall nicely balanced. Mouth feel is medium with a slightly oily edge. Not bad overall, but I like the GI BCS a bit more though.

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.