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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30

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BA SCORE
94
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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 73
Gots: 83 | FT: 6
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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Indiana

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07-14-2014 00:29:15 | More by mvdillman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

06-27-2014 16:15:35 | More by sammyg832
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-21-2014 00:42:34 | More by beernads
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter; bottle #03946, bottled in 6/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small fairly dense khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin spotty cap of lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, raisin, fig, dark bread, light peat smoke, light leather, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oak cask notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, dark bread, oak, raisin, fig, peat smoke, leather, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roast, vanilla, toast, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, oak, peat smoke, light leather, and roasted/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and oak cask flavors; with a great oak/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent old ale style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak cask flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12%

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Kentucky

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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a couple months ago, waiting for a good day to try it. Visiting family and shared this bottle with my mom (who enjoys craft beer as well) as it was a beautiful spring day. 330 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $11.80 CDN. Served at cellar temperature into wine glasses (to split the bottle).

Appearance - Pours out inky colored liquid blacker than the ace of spades. No head to speak of and only a wispy ivory collar is poured.

Smell - Smoke, earthy, some dates and prunes, leather caramel, molasses. very complex and rich smelling with almost too many aromas to count.

Taste - Mild with some caramel and dark fruit blended together for a split second. Smoke from a good charcoal barbecue rises up and builds but then after its apex it fades quickly. tobacco and leather also make an appearance.

Mouthfeel - Ridiculously smooth and mellow, sticky as well but doesn't linger too long. Low carbonation gives it a moderately thin body feel, especially for such a flavorful 8% beer.

Overall- Wonderfully refined and smooth. A great sipper. Definitely not something to drink every day (especially considering the cost), and due to the smokiness in this beer it may be an acquired taste. The great mellowness of the brew overall makes it truly wonderful. To summarize, the antithesis of something to quaffed after mowing the lawn, consumed quickly or enjoyed with mediocre food.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 00:31:20 | More by DenisKolkin
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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New York

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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MattXT

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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mhaugo

California

2.99/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 8.0% ABV. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature.

Appearance: The color of a deep porter. No head, virtually no carbonation. Visually, it lives up to the name “Black Oil” (3.75/5).

Aroma: Sweet whisky, oak, and damp mustiness. Molasses and licorice. Very rich and interesting (4/5).

Taste: Very dry and oaky. Nicely attenuated. Smoky and charred. But fairly one dimensional. It’s like drinking a nice whisky, but after the tumbler has been sitting out for a while and all the ice has melted. Where’s the beer flavor in this beer?
(2.5/5).

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Flat and heavy on the tongue. A lingering astringency from the wood (2.75/5).

Overall: Well… this was kind of a letdown. For almost $20, I would have expected something that tasted more like beer and less like diluted whisky. Too thin, too woody, too little like beer (3/5).

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:42:05 | More by mhaugo
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California

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California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.