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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 76
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -6.1%

yancot, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of AussieAbroad
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

AussieAbroad, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

irishkyle21, Feb 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Troublebar, Feb 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

chikunwing, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

threedaggers, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

nick_asian, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev -6.1%

jroberts8811, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of BradC
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BradC, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

kjkinsey, Feb 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

brother_kenneth, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

ygtbsm94, Jan 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

vhmf1978, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

RMoeNay, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bleeps, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of rjp217
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of January 2009 poured into a snifter.

A - Flat black, thin head that dissipates quickly, tiny blotches of lace

S - Smokey, peat, chocolate, spice, wood, roasted nuts, smoke-cured meat, ash

T - Scotch! Chocolate scotch. There's a thick smokiness mid palate that quickly smoothens.

M - Smooth feel, almost thin. A drying and smoke feel.

O - Unlike anything I have every tasted! Complexity as its finest. A smooth feel with a smokey body littered with scotch and chocolate. I received this as part of a wedding gift and so glad I did. A true hidden gem.

rjp217, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

incubuscience, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of beergoot
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coal-black body with a thin, light tan head. Soft roasted grain aroma infused with a slight wine or whiskey scent; good chocolate and toffee character. Deep, rich chocolate malt and cocoa flavors; slight vanilla edge; hint of alcohol warmth. Thick, creamy, velvety mouthfeel.

The first sip produced an eye-rolling, palate pleasing ecstasy. Talk about depth and complexity, you've got it here. The appearance and aroma are pretty good, but the taste and feel will leave you with a goofy-ass smile of pleasure as your taste buds bathe in a dark malt wonderland. Further sips expand on the initial impressions with the revelation of slightly smokey and peaty malt flavors as well.

I bought this beer on a whim with no knowledge of what I might expect. This experience revealed a new a very delightful beer and brewery to me. Well worth seeking out.

beergoot, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Matagal, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bandi, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short light tan head that quickly died down, leaving a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge and some delicate lacing on the surface. The entire head eventually completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked peat are present in the nose along with hints of dark chocolate. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of peat that linger through the finish. Slight hints of bitter chocolate and toffee peek through in the middle of the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The beer really coats your mouth very well. Hints of warming from the whiskey are noticeable.
O: This beer is a lot smokier compared to the Reserve 18 and has an exceptional mouthfeel that has some smoothness and coats your entire mouth.

Note: Bottle No. 00430, June 2013

metter98, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

MystikCelt, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

buzzy, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Painmob, Jan 01, 2014
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
95 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.