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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Not Rated.
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

468 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 468
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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Roguer

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-19-2014 05:54:15 | More by brother_kenneth
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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

01-19-2014 04:13:11 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-18-2014 14:42:56 | More by Danobold
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

01-15-2014 15:04:00 | More by Eindacor_DS
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-15-2014 07:22:30 | More by strongaf
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2014 18:48:33 | More by jtoledo04
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-25-2013 20:21:44 | More by chicagoish
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -51.5%

12-24-2013 17:18:57 | More by xk6m6m5x
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-23-2013 02:40:12 | More by ystazi
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12-08-2013 03:31:59 | More by BillRoth
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-29-2013 21:21:23 | More by ChicagoNick
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and very dark ruby with next to no carbonation. Extremely viscous. Nothing spectacular but nothing wrong with it either.

Smell is unlike any other beer I've had. Boozy, smokey, vanilla, and maybe a hint of soy sauce.

Taste is a bit heavier on the soy sauce than the smell, but it doesnt detrscg entirely from the wealth of other flavors going on here. Definite peated scotch, licorice, and a savory flavor i cant pin down.

Mouth feel is thick and slick. No sugary stickiness. Low carbonation.

Overall this is a very complex beer that I'm glad I got to try. Probably not a style I'm crazy about, but the quality is there.

Serving type: bottle

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11-19-2013 03:17:51 | More by jrep21pr
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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.