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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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484 Ratings
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 65 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

mozim, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

lgmol, Mar 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

JamLand, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

bmurray10, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

aasher, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.49/5  rDev +9%

(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

Bouleboubier, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Hellpop65, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Troublebar, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of BradC
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.

BradC, Feb 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

chikunwing, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
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

Sludgeman, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

ScottieD, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

blknikon, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

wtkphoto, Feb 07, 2014
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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.

wogreen, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

drumenigma, Feb 01, 2014
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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.

TBoneJones, Jan 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

kwkdmk, Jan 28, 2014
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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.

superspak, Jan 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

ParlayHard8, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Mugenlude, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

DanGeo, Jan 22, 2014
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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.

Roguer, Jan 22, 2014
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.