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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 24
Gots: 74 | FT: 5
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Definitely a great beer! The look was just what I hoped for: dark and refined. It smelled almost like an actual cask! The first taste was phenomenal. Once I took that second taste and let my taste buds explore, boom.. Great to the last drop. Idk how much other people have paid but here in Hawaii it was $13.99. To me, totally worth it!

RocketRaccoon88, Today at 03:39 AM
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Synapstic, Sunday at 02:03 PM
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4.76/5  rDev +13.1%

Chefmemo72, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

jaymo18, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

aasher, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Hootie159, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%

$ 10.99/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle # 01811 Apr 2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of generic whiskey
Head small (2 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – some irregular branching with tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black and opaque
Flavor of generic whiskey with coffee overtones; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.375. Final weighted score: 3.4.
OK, but not the quality expected from an ale this pampered. The general whiskey aroma and flavor were OK but since the aging takes place in Scotch whisky barrels I expected more of the scotch to come through.

Ozzylizard, Sep 08, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%

pvivalo23, Sep 07, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

WTKeene, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Sludgeman, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -11.6%

Stork_Brewz13, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

SD0430, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Danny1217, Aug 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Corson, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

bobv, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Bottle #9500, dated January 2009.

A - A hard pour yields a late-rising crust of dark tan foam and a lighter collar, with perhaps a few lingering wisps on top. Sludgy dark brown body.

S - Big dark fruit and molasses aroma, baker's chocolate, and a touch of vanilla, with light notes of peated whisky. Whatever oxidation has occurred is in line with the original flavor profile of the beer. Quite good.

T - Taste has significantly more char, oak, and peat. Chocolate takes on a darker tinge to it, and there's a malted milk ball and vanilla note in the finish. I wish the Scotch was dialed back about 10%, as the bitter char and peat distracts rather than invigorates. Sweetness comes out a bit as the beer warms up, to its benefit. Lingering notes of soy and whisky in the aftertaste.

M - Low carbonation; cask-like, medium-full body, with a bit of tannin to it. Lingering stickiness on the lips. No appreciable alcohol.

D - Enjoyable, but not terribly different than other beers from this series. I enjoyed the 33cl bottle, but probably wouldn't buy it again at this price point. Still, a good example of successfully integrating Scotch and beer.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Robyn, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

bcm75, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(purchased at Binny's on Marcey - bottle 03994, date April 2013 - poured into a balloon)

A: finger-width of chocolate milk colored messy suds, drops and breaks apart within a couple minutes... the liquid is pretty damn black, brown edge... messy collar maintains throughout, tiny specks of lace

S: explosive smell!... dark chocolate milk, lightly caramelized wood... nary a hint of alcohol

T: whiskey cask notes jump out up front - a touch of peat smoke, bit of cereal grain, a flash of semi-spicy, dried grassy/floral-ity in the middle... finishes with a flare of whiskey flavor, mild wood tannins, and a micro flash of the alcohol... the core flavor is that of very dark, mildly-bitter chocolate with delicate espresso highlights... sort of black coffee with a sugar realm of moderate sweetness

M: as smooth and a slick as a beer can get for one that doesn't quite feel full-bodied... a flat (as opposed to round) viscosity... very low gas on the outer edges of the tongue... thin film of sugar residue... only a pilot light of afterglow... not quite as lip-smacky, rib-sticky as I hoped

O: I don't know... all of these Ola Dubh's are similar... in memory, this one has the most intense smell of the ones I've had - that translated to the first few sips being superb, but it didn't quite open up and develop like I'd hoped... still, a fantastic dark brew!

Bouleboubier, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

eric5bellies, Aug 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

EmperorBevis, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MikeKSmith, Jul 31, 2014
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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.