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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
95
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377 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 78
Gots: 89 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Every bottle of this extremely limited Ola Dubh 30th Anniversary Ale has been individually numbered. Our ale has been aged for up to six months in first fill sherry butts, formerly used to mature Highland Park's award-winning 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. These hand selected butts add subtle whisky notes to what is already a complex ale with its chocolatey mouthfeel and distinctive bittersweet finish. The high ABV has been deliberately created to stand up to, and blend with, the intensity of flavor created by the infused wood.

(Beer added by: rallison on 02-23-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

t2grogan, Oct 09, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Number and Date: 21830 in September 2007.
Poured: September 2014 (7 years old)
Thanks to tbadiuk for the bottle!!

mtomlins, Oct 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

markgugs, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Hellpop65, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

liamt07, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

imperialking, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

brywhite, Sep 25, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Chefmemo72, Sep 23, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +8%

Pitch black, no head whatsoever, but very sticky as you tilt and move it around, really looks like "black oil".
Smell isn't too strong from afar, but it's really nice as you stick your nose in there. Roasted salted toffee, dark roasted malts, nice coffee notes, nice whisky with a mild peaty note, lots of woodiness, faint dark grape and dark chocolate.
Whisky up front from the first sip, with a clearer peat note. There's a small alcoholic pinch, but not boozy. Dark fruity zing also helps balancing things in the start, with nice plum, dark grape, juicy fig. Some caramel, toffee, licorice and vanilla right before the malts peak, with a bit of chocolate, but mostly roast and some nice mild coffee. Finishes with a deeper roast (not huge), some wood (a bit smoked), faint cigar and a surprising herbal hoppy bitterness that manages to bring just a bit more.
Almost flat, but not that thick and sticky. Oily, coating all the palate, but really really easy to drink, and this time it's not a problem, considering the low abv (when confronting other whisky barreled beers, that is). Aftertaste retains some whiskey, some coffee bean, faint peat and a bit of plum.
Really great, a nice complex tasting experience that ends too soon. Expected it to be a bit stronger in aroma and flavor, especially after trying the Old Engine Oils, but what it lacks in strength compensates in complexity.

dcmchew, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ChrisinRI, Sep 14, 2014
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DeanMoriarty, Aug 27, 2014
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DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
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bcm75, Aug 16, 2014
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ncstateplaya, Aug 14, 2014
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Big_Dave, Aug 11, 2014
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Photchkiss, Jul 28, 2014
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SD0430, Jul 27, 2014
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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
95 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.