Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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4.51/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter. This was bottled in January 2009, so has nearly 5 years of age since bottling. Bottle #51952.
Appearance: Pours black and leaves about a half finger of tan head which fades away relatively quickly to a rim around the glass.
Smell: Roasted malts, peat, big fudge, coffee, whiskey, oak, lots of dark fruits: plums, raisins, figs. Well balanced aroma with a lot of good flavors.
Taste: The taste is a bit milder than the aroma. Light fudge, roasted malts, mild whiskey, plums, figs, finishes with oak. Really mellow flavor - I bet the time in the bottle did this. Mild, tasty, smooth.
Mouth-feel: Really low carbonation, but some. Actually a surprisingly light to medium body (for the style, this is surprising). Finishes super smooth.
Overall: Very mellow old ale with really well balanced, pleasant flavors. The ABV is all but hidden. Everything in here is wonderful, and it is a real easy drinker. Definitely recommended if you can find it.
11-26-2013 23:25:39 | More by Resuin
4.26/5 rDev -0.5%
Jan 2009 bottling, coming up on 5 years old.
A: Pitch black pour with a small, dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Zero lacing.
S: Big peat and caramel notes. Hints of smoke when swirled, very mild though. Nice sweet chocolate backing everything up.
T: Peaty with lots of caramel up front. Vanilla too. Lightest hint of smoke mixing with lots of chocolate in the middle and finish. Spicy on the back end with more hints of peat and oaky vanilla. Kind of a chewy caramel lingering between sips.
M: Medium-heavy with a nice viscous, syrupy mouthfeel.
O: Hmph. I've had all of the Ola Dubh brews and I found them all to be surprisingly different. I didn't like the 30 very much but I liked the 18. The 12 was a little too mild on the barrel aging. This one is pretty damn close to "just right" along with the 18. This one is more complex though. Nice balance of flavors too. Really nice.
09-11-2013 01:55:43 | More by Dope
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
95 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.