Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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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
01-22-2014 01:57:51 | More by Roguer
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
11-21-2013 23:56:40 | More by CurtFromHershey
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.