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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
outstanding

638 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 638
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 31
Gots: 81 | FT: 3
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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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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JamLand

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-12-2014 01:52:51 | More by JamLand
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ckollias

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%

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.

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%

03-03-2014 22:03:07 | More by TriageStat
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China

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-25-2014 10:14:28 | More by Troublebar
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Eighty

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-24-2014 22:14:14 | More by Eighty
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nullbort

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

02-24-2014 19:42:19 | More by nullbort
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-09-2014 14:14:40 | More by wl0307
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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
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utfiero

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +9.7%

Color- black oil. Medium head tinted deep mocha.

Aroma- roasty, chocolate, coffee, hint of vanilla, and mild esters.

Taste- A rich, mellow brew! Starts with a subtle date sweetness immediately moving into a rich, roasty body dominated by roasted notes, coffee, and hints of chocolate finishing with a long roasty yet hoppy finish. This gives Traquair House Ale (the best Scotch Ale I've found to date) a run for its money! The bottle notes the following: "Aged in selected oak casks, formerly used to mature Highland Park beautifully balanced 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky." Bottle No. 01207 dated July 2011. Purchased locally at Spec's.

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1/31/14.

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Nevada

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.