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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 72
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 01-29-2009)
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

randylangford, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

thaghost, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

johntfox, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

HopsMatt, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Matagal, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of bobhits
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark yet weak body. Relatively flat with mild carbonation.

Caramel, oak, slight smoke and a hint of peat.

Caramel, smoke, peat, with a floral hop finish. A bit of chocolate and molasses as well. A very light and understated beer, doesn't have the power one expects from a beer that costs this much, but at the same time inviting and lingering.

A bit of a bit from alcohol or something. Very very light carbonation and low body.

I can't recall the other versions of this well so I can't comment on how this varies. A mild body and unique mix of caramel and scotch notes makes this very exciting.

bobhits, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ola Dubh 40. August, 2010.

Pours about-black with a half-inch of tan foam.

Peaty, but chocolaty. Cream-like aroma with some spent espresso ground character and char. Extreme roast plus sugars. Snippets of caraway and caramelized fruit.

Enormous Scotch influence of smoky wood, peat, vanilla, some chocolate, floral notes, and burnt bread malts. Caramelly, too.

Drinks thinner than style would dictate, but it's not offending. Okay carb level still left in the bottle, so I'm satisfied.

Awesome old ale. Can't wait to try the 30 yr.

thecheapies, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 49393, January, 2009. Poured into a small snifter. Small head with low retention, as expected. Very, very deep mahogany, almost black body. Aroma is a mix of brandy, slight alcohol, overripe plums, dates and vanilla. Taste has a brandy quality, tongue coating, nice old fruit and slight molasses and vanilla. Wow. Quite a journey the liquid has taken to get into the glass and the wait was worth it.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

MaseFace, Nov 30, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 50688, dated January 2009.

Pours black with a one finger tan head, which fades pretty quickly to a thin disc, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has whiskey, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit.

The taste is sweet, and has chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Not as much alcohol flavor as I expected, which is positive. No bitterness for balance, but it really isn't needed.

Full bodied with light carbonation, and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink. Has a bit of a dark fruit aftertaste. This is nicely made, and recommended.

hardy008, Nov 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

DCgolfpro, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

bluesplit63, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic tulip. Date is Jan 2009, num 54220.

A: Pitch black body. Head is very dense, medium tan color with great retention.

S: Aroma is slightly metallic, but with a definite alcohol and whiskey punch.

T: Wow, sweet, complex whiskey flavors. Slight barrel taste, but very well balanced. (I'm tasting this side by side with the 16, and they are very different).

M: Big mouthfeel, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A great tasting stout that screams "aged in a whiskey barrel" without being overdone.

51mmz0rz, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Molson2000, Sep 13, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 8/10/12

Shared a 11.2 oz bottle with a friend - poured into a Jackie O's munich glass

Pours a dark brown with a thin beige head

Smells of oak, vanilla and a bit of smokiness

This tasted of oak and smokey peat with a bit of vanilla. Beyond the Scotch there was very little here, not much from the base beer at all

Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation - much thinner than expected though

Overall I was hapy to give this a try but would be hard pressed to spend $20 on an 11.2oz bottle again - I will be trying at least the 18 and 30 in due time though

TheBeerologist, Aug 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

JBarx, Aug 19, 2012
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
95 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.