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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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BA SCORE
92
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719 Ratings
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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 37
Gots: 108 | FT: 7
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 02-17-2008

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Photo of brywhite
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taospowder
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ubenumber2
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seabass1964
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwoolley1
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coffdaddy
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgeddis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matonika
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a strong iron smell along with other minerals. It tastes of a wet gravel pit. The oak is there and offers some nice tannins and vanilla notes. With plenty of peat and mineral flavors coming from barrels And water. There is baking chocolate flavor also. I liked this beer a lot it is probably the most interesting beer I have had under 10 bucks. I would definitely buy again and can't wait to try a taste of all three barrels aged beers.

Photo of Gryphon69
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle # 15565 / 2007

A- Black with a faint white head

S- Smokey, malt and then slight scotch

T- Smoke up front, almost charred wood, pretty balanced after that initial smoke hit, Malt and scotch swirl.

M- Soft, slippery

O- So ya I probably let this one sit to long, It has a overwhelming smoke/ peat flavor almost intense, malts and scotch follow up nicely after. The finish is a smokey mixture of malt and slight scotch. Still really good if you like heavy smoked beer.

Photo of DaveBar
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in 30sec. Extremely dark.

S- Malt. Scotch. Molasses. Smoke

T- Faint Scotch base. Not overpowering and actually left me asking for much, much more.

M- Creamy good. Rather inspired ale.

O- Pretty good but lacking the real flavor that it can hold. Will try another older version to see if better

Food Pairing

This pretty good little stout went well with.... Smoked salmon and comb honey. Nice smattering of cheeses on the side with some crackers. Pretty nice blend that moves with the change in cheese.

Enjoy!

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jon4than
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rcjennings
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fx20736
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a goblet at room temp

look: black with a creamy 1 finger tan head. Decent lacing feet.

smell: subdued whisky aroma floats above a charry sweetness that whispers chocolate

taste: roasty with some coffee notes. Whisky is faint but noticeable.

feel: soft, not very carbonated. Smooth finish.

overall: tasty, good looking. What's not to like?

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2012. Bottle No. 01510.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, whisky, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, smoke, wood, and slight whisky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with really nice barrel aged characteristics that have held up quite well at almost 3 years old now.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Docmorgan78
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good lord! If you find this on tap you should kick yourself if you don't try this awesome brew. Enough said.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

December 31, 2014

11.2 oz bottle, tulip glass

A – Inky black, completely opaque, just traces of brown bubbles on the top with minimal head retention.

S – Vanilla and warm chocolate, very light impression of whisky. Roasted malts but not too coffee-ish. Very sweet with roasty bitterness. Hops are hard to find.

T – Bitter malts and sweet chocolate, very roasty, with a touch of coffee. Whisky/barrel character is mild.

M – Very thin, light carbonation nearing none. A bit hot with the alcohol. Sweet but the bitterness of the roasted malt provides some balance.

O – A bit thin and slightly harsh, from the alcohol mostly. A lot of interesting flavor, but a bit off-balance.

Photo of deac83
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyRebel
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Enochase04
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meanmutt
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.