Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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Reviews by milkbaby9:
3.88/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle (#15335 bottled Nov 2008, drank 9-5-2010) into Duvel tulip. Black brown color. About 1 finger light cocoa head reducing quickly to thin layer of bubbles then almost to nothing.
Aroma initially scotch whisky and soy sauce, but the soy sauce disappears after a little bit (only smelt early after the pour). Undercurrent of the roasted malt. Taste of sweet and roasted malts, touch of scotch and a vanilla note. Ultra-smooth dark roasted coffee with touch of nuttiness on the finish. Shortbread cookie in the aftertaste.
Very low carbonation, medium bodied mouthfeel, not as viscous as its parent brew, Old Engine Oil. Light bitterness doesn't linger. Finishes very smooth similar to the Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16.
Scotch whisky is lower in the taste of this 12 versus the 16. This one shows more of the beery malts. Strangely though, it feels a little "hollow" though overall it is good. But in my opinion this pales in comparison to the Special Reserve 16. Maybe it's just that is was an older bottle and age didn't do it any favors?
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2010 23:59:02 | More by milkbaby9
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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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