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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

529 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 28
Gots: 78 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-15-2008

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Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours dark and beautiful with a creamy head of mocha colored foam. Nose is malty, chocolate. Creaminess, roast. Hint of vanilla, some earthy peat and a bit of scotch whiskey. Taste is lovely. Broad and bitter raost. Dry bittersweet chocolate. Suppl;ea earth and peat a smooth hint of vanilla. The malt is smooth and supple. Smooth coffee. Viscuous soft body. A mouthfeel like heaven on this beer. Woody, cherry sweet black earth. Velvety. A light boozy warmth. Mild scotch whiskey flavor. Crisp dry finish.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Let me describe this brew for you. It first looks very ominous. Very dark brown body almost on the verge of being black, yet it possesses an eerie glow around the body. Very interesting. The aroma speaks to me saying, roasted malts that bring forth warming caramel. Also some cocoa nibs with a touch of molasses sweetness. There is also a wood aspect very earthy and calming. Very nice on the nose. Now for the taste. Semi sweet malts that help to showcase the whiskey part of the brew. Molasses and roasted malts that are trying to compete with the whiskey. Very balanced. In the aftertaste is of toasted marshmallows and a nice pipe tobacco flavor that is dissolving into a faint vanilla. The finish is dry slightly bitter very elegant. The feel is Medium-light with soft carbonation.

Overall: Hands down this beer is delicious! Everything seems to meld together in a sophisticated manner. This beer is very light for being an 8% brew. Drinkable beyond belief and very balanced. This brew is recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.36/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of woemad
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle that was bottled in July, 2009, according to the label, and aged in oak barrels that previously contained Highland Park scotch for 16 years. I bought this at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, several years ago.

Poured into an Iron Goat sinfter, this was an impenetrable dark color, with about a finger’s worth of mocha-colored, bubbly foam that subsided somewhat quickly, though it left a foam ring that hung around for a while. It looked quite a bit better than I expected when I popped the cap and was greeted with the most anemic “phht” I’ve heard from a beer for a long time.

Big woodsy and “whiskey-ey” nose to this. I also get some dark fruit, but the booziness stands out.

A smooth booze-beer flavor to this. I was afraid that this would be all boozy heat, but I’m happy to report that it’s better balanced than that. The boozy, oaky flavor is what hits first, but it’s restrained enough to blend with figgy and brown sugary notes. There’s also some tobacco-like flavors in the background, leading me to wonder if this might stand up well to a good stogie (for me, cigar smoking is definitely a spring and summer sport, and after about a six month layoff, I’m feelin’ the need to get me a quality smoke)

Thick, velvety mouthfeel. A little low on carbonation, as I expected when I opened it and heard… well, almost nothing, but it actually works well here.

I didn’t know what to expect from this, and my heart sank with the thought of an expensive drainpour when I popped it’s top, but I’m rather pleased with this. My only wish is that I had saved it to be a dessert following a rich meal

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beergoot
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A brown pour that fills the glass to a nearly opaque black appearance; thin yet creamy mocha-colored head. Chocolate, coffee grounds, grapes and figs comprise the aroma. Milk chocolate sweetness in the flavor, well-tempered with a whisky edge at the finish. Medium-heavy body; smooth and rich mouthfeel.

A fine dark ale that delivers depth and complexity with bold malt sweetness tempered with Scotch whisky undertones. Seems similar to a Russian imperial stout in many ways. Intriguing and rewarding and should satisfy any lover of big dark ales.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.