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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12

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624 Ratings
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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 28
Gots: 77 | 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 02-17-2008)
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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Sept 2. 2007. This means the scotch has been aged 15 years right?

This brew pours a nearly opaque black color with minimal caramel colored lacing. Looks thick pouring out of the bottle. The smell is deep and mellow fruity smell, like black and blue berries and plum. Whiskey comes through subtly and under the other flavors as a smoky balanced spice that rides under the dark fruits.

Glug glug glug, or sip rather

The flavor is smoooth and really complex. Plum and a strong presence of berries are there and the smokiness of the scotch really comes through at the end of the flavor profile. Caramel, molasses and berry syrup are present as well. Raisins and dates too. The body on this is much thinner than expected but still manages to retain a lot of mellow flavors. The oak and smoke from the barrel begin to emerge as I continue drinking. Overall a great very drinkable beer with tons of complexity and subtly without any challenging or difficult aspects.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 00:06:01 | More by Thur123
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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.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.