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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Not Rated.
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

624 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; packaged in Feb. 2012 and best before Oct. 2015. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque blackish-brown hue, with an aggressive pour generating about one finger of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head. It recedes over the next few minutes, leaving behind a loose, sea-foamy cap and collar; not much lacing. The aroma is quite sweet and enticing, with hints of molasses, oak and vanilla, as well as some figgy dark fruit notes. Slightly smoky/peaty, with a whiff of alcohol.

This is almost sinfully tasty. Molasses and toffee sweetness start us off, leading into some dark chocolate and vanilla. Light fig and raisin notes then blend alongside an oaky, peaty flavour. Smoky finish, with a touch of whisky followed by some lingering wood smoke astringency. This brew has a nice warming quality - actually a little more than I'd expect for an 8% brew, but everything comes together nicely. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with rather weak carbonation that produces a smooth, slick coating on the palate. Great stuff.

Final Grade: 4.4, an impressive A. My only regret concerning Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 is that I neglected to pick up a second bottle of the stuff. This is a delicious ale that I would recommend highly to all BAs looking for a proper oak aged beer, and may also have some appeal to Scotch whisky fans as well. It's not cheap, but I don't mind paying for quality - and with that in mind, I'll have to keep an eye out for the other beers in the Ola Dubh series.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 17:58:34 | More by thehyperduck
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-07-2014 01:59:24 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-02-2014 16:20:54 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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alrightokay

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-30-2014 19:39:38 | More by alrightokay
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spham

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-26-2014 03:38:42 | More by spham
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kingmaker

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-26-2014 03:33:32 | More by kingmaker
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle to a snifter.

Bottled in Feb 2012, enjoyed in March 2014.

A: Black, no light makes it way through this beer. There is almost no head to speak of, but instead when the beer is poured there is a feign of a head, a wisp of foam that disappears as quickly as you look at it. The result is a full glass of black liquid with a very tiny ring of brown bubbly foam on the outside.

S: malts, peat, leather, smoke, oak all working together to give a nice rich smell.

T: smoke, oak, malts, roasts/coffee and a slight vanilla sweetness on the finish.

M: fine carbonation and a fullish body but lighter than expected. Given the heavy nose and taste I would have expected a heavier beer, but did not get one.

O: I decided to let this bottle go after finding myself with a couple of the Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30s. I have to say, this is a damn fine beer, and my only regret is that I didn't wait longer to open it, as I feel it would have only gotten better. There is so much flavor and character in this beer that I wish it was a 750 ml instead of a 330 ml so that I could enjoy it longer. Now...if I can get the one away from my buddy that I know he has...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 18:53:07 | More by polloenfuego
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midlifec

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-22-2014 21:06:44 | More by midlifec
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SadMachine

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

03-21-2014 04:43:44 | More by SadMachine
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Virginia

5/5  rDev +21.7%

03-18-2014 23:32:52 | More by Bolivian22
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ParlayHard8

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

03-16-2014 02:33:44 | More by ParlayHard8
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-13-2014 06:27:20 | More by oso
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-12-2014 01:13:19 | More by ckollias
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bmurray10

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-09-2014 04:12:56 | More by bmurray10
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a tiny size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is barley any carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some faint wood and smokey/peaty/meaty flavour.

Overall - A little thin/watery and the wood doesn't really show up much. I'm also not a fan of a smoked meat type flavour in my beer. I had higher hopes for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:59:09 | More by spinrsx
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-05-2014 23:04:59 | More by threedaggers
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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China

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-24-2014 22:14:14 | More by Eighty
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Bottled in Feb 2010; bottle no. 00494. Picked up ages ago from Booths and stashed away in my garage to mature. Ale aged in casks that previously contained Highland Park 12-year old whisky, resulting in Harviestoun's famous 'Black Oil'.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears black as tar in the glass. Yields a decent head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of rich, fruity malt with notes of roasted grain, prunes, dried fruit, molasses/caramel, brown sugar, a hint of whisky, mild vanilla and faint smokiness. Nicely balanced, with a touch of warming booze in the background.

Tastes of dark, fruity malt with a sweet character and a lingering finish. Notes of roasted grain, dried fruit, molasses, caramel, faint chocolate, brown sugar, mild smoke, subtle whisky, a twinge of vanilla and a hint of wood. A whisper of alcohol in the background but well hidden. Somewhat sweet, with a restrained, malty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with very light carbonation and good body. A shade more effervescence wouldn't hurt. Mildly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of roasted malt, fruitiness and a hint of whisky.

Top-notch. As barrel-aged stouts go this is quite subtle, but the character is wonderfully integrated. Looks the part, with an aroma and flavour of rich roasted malt, dried fruit and subtle whisky highlights. The body is satisfyingly unctuous, though a little more carbonation would be nice. Delicious - a touchstone in UK barrel-aged brews. This should go on your must-try list.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:49:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
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drumenigma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-01-2014 16:24:48 | More by drumenigma
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.