Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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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
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
01-29-2014 02:12:55 | More by TBoneJones
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-27-2014 22:40:55 | More by superspak
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a surprisingly strong, solid, 1 finger tan head. Brew lives up to the name, being oily and black. Head retention is excellent for the style, and lacing is nice.
Aroma is scotch followed by chocolate malts, cream, and wheat. Everything is balanced and gentle.
Whoa, the flavor is a huge surprise! Roasted barley and burnt black coffee immediately hit you with a dry bite. The scotch adds an impressively smooth smoky sweetness underneath and on the back-end.
Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, but balance is superb. Little sting, medium foaming. The feel is what really separates this from a BA stout. A little alcohol heat on the back-end.
This is a surprisingly delicate brew, and it was well worth the high price tag for a try. I don't think I'm going to pick it up often at this price, but I recommend you give it a try.
Bottled February 2012, so it's a 13 month old batch.
01-22-2014 01:57:51 | More by Roguer
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.