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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.54%

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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Reviews by Shadman:
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thumbs up on the packaging effort. Black box, fancy medallion. Mind you @ $10/PER some effort had bloody well better be apparent, no? lol Pours like a moonless night kind of dark. Used motor oil would blush with envy. Nice thick tan head. Took forever to settle into a thin cap.

Raisin, fruit cake, slight coffee, slight booze. A nice combo IMO

Taste follows nose, except there's a slight peaty smokiness in the undertones.

Feel starts out rather thin, but rounds into a nice medium, if slighty sticky, body.

Very pricey but a nice treat to sip around a fireplace come winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:48:26 | More by Shadman
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-15-2014 07:20:13 | More by BAsbill
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz Bottle #4456. Bottled June 2013. Served in a Tired Hands Teku glass

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with little to no head, save for a very thin light tan collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Caramel, rich chocolate, oak, peat, slight meaty smoke. Nice but not very intense.

Taste: Scotch, dark chocolate, peat, caramel like sweetness. Whiskey cask aging really makes itself known in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is low.

Overall: A good beer, but a little disappointing. I had high expectations for this, and while there's nothing wrong with it, there seems to be something missing that I can't quite put my finger on. Glad I got to try it, but at ~$15 per 11.2 oz bottle, I won't be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:32:41 | More by Jonada
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-05-2014 05:57:46 | More by WillCarrera
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-04-2014 01:59:10 | More by MarkyMOD
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-28-2014 18:26:01 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-23-2014 02:22:45 | More by SurpriseTruck
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-17-2014 10:48:06 | More by Chingringo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB July 2016/bottled June 2013

The beer is very dark brown in colour - close to black but with some reddish hues. Almost no head.

Nose contains peat, smoke, toffee, whisky, chocolate and some fruit notes. Very complex and quite nice.

Taste is very strong, containing peat, smoke, a leather-like flavour, wood, whisky, and a touch of dark fruit. A bit astringent. Somewhat bitter. A lot happening, but not super enjoyable.

Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Despite the full body, still feels a bit thin somehow.

Overall, disappointing. The nose is really good but the rest doesn't live up. I liked the younger variants more.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:04:39 | More by jrenihan
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-13-2014 03:54:04 | More by JGlitz87
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

03-12-2014 01:53:18 | More by JamLand
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-08-2014 02:26:07 | More by aasher
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2014 04:30:55 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-03-2014 01:48:01 | More by yancot
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Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Old Dubh 30th Anniversary

330 ml bottle purchased for $11.95 from LCBO

Bottled June 2013. Bottle #8124. Best before Jul. 2016

Aggressively poured into a snifter

A - Pitch, viscous black with no head and a small ring of lacing. Minimal carbonation is visible.

S - Rich, earthy, some spice, muted peat and smokiness, roasted malts and dark fruits. Notes of coffee and semi sweet chocolate.

T - Vanilla. chocolate and coffee notes. Complex and balanced. Barrel aging has smoothed this out. Sweet lingering finish.

M - Smooth and thin/medium bodied. No carbonation. Almost decadent richness to it. Slightly warming but no pronounced notes of 8% ABV.

O - Outstanding. Who needs Innis& Gunn! This is something special I’ll be seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 02:04:31 | More by AussieAbroad
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-26-2014 22:18:00 | More by irishkyle21
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-25-2014 10:15:49 | More by Troublebar
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-24-2014 16:33:05 | More by chikunwing
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-21-2014 01:33:38 | More by threedaggers
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-19-2014 11:42:27 | More by nick_asian
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-18-2014 14:51:34 | More by jroberts8811
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4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured jet black from Bottle #1930 bottle June 2013. Little to no head or lacing.

Smells of peat, tobacco, alcohol

Tastes of peat, dark chocolate, scotch, a little bit of alcohol and then a touch of hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue

Silky smooth mouthfeel, with little to no carbonation.

Overall a complex tasting beer, was a gift from the wife and I'm glad I got it. It's been ahile since I've had regular Ola Dubh but I'll search some out now.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:41:06 | More by BradC
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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