Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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Reviews by RDHerm:
4.55/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Ola Dubh (Scottish for "Black Oil") is a highly appropriate name. It pours very dark and thick - almost entirely black with a very slight touch of brown. There's almost no head, save for a thin light brown ring.
The aroma was unexpected, but pleasant. I was first hit with a fruity note, followed by a rather smoky smell, where the scent of the scotch began to shine through.
The taste is incredibly smooth and complex. I first got a very strong peaty taste, followed by notes of fruit and coffee, accompanied by the malt flavors of the ale, followed by a mellow, smoky aftertaste.
The beer feels very thin, which I found both unexpected and rather off-putting. It's also almost completely flat. It feels more like drinking a fortified wine than a beer.
The beer is incredibly smooth and easy to drink, but definitely something you're going to want to take your time with.
Overall, I found this to be a very nice beer. Its incredible taste, smell, and smoothness more than compensate for its other minor flaws. I had never had a scotch barrel aged ale before, and the experience was quite pleasing. It's definitely something I will be keeping a look out for in the future. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2010 05:20:20 | More by RDHerm
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4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, toast, brown sugar, roast, raisin, fig, brown bread, molasses, vanilla, oak, tobacco, leather, peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and whisky cask notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, raisin, fig, dark bread, molasses, vanilla, oak, peat smoke, tobacco, leather, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, roast, toast, dark bread, raisin, fig, tobacco, leather, vanilla, oak, peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a white. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and whisky cask flavors; with a nice balance of the oak character with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent old ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and whisky cask flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 00:56:55 | More by superspak
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
330mL bottle into snifter
a: pitch black with half a finger of light tan head
s: whisky, vanilla, and smoke are pretty dominant in the nose here, but there are also notes of wood, chocolate, hints of coffee, and maybe even some syrupy sweetness. very nice
t: follows the aroma. up front is the whisky, smoke, vanilla, and wood. after that comes roasted/burnt malts, hints of toffee sweetness, and shy dark chocolate and coffee notes. the sweetness hangs around for quite a bit towards the end, but this beer does finish dry, leaving your mouth with a coffee-like bitterness and lingering smoky whisky flavours. zero alcohol presence. whisky, dark fruits (raisins, cherries), and the chocolate flavours dominate as the beer warms. zero alcohol presence. complex, delicate, and delicious
m: silky smooth medium body, nearly non-existent carbonation
o: fantastic beer. comes with a rather high price-per-volume but don't hesitate to pick this one up, especially if you dig barrel-aged beers
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2014 23:06:21 | More by kevinlater
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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