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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

330 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 28
Gots: 85 | 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:
Beer added by: Nickls on 01-29-2009

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of stumac
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable but I think the 16 year barrels tickle my delicates more so. Caviar

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2012. Bottle No. 05567.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, molasses, smoke, char, cocoa powder, whisky, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, earth, smoke, wood, and whisky flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has more earth and smoke characteristics than the 12 year aged version that I recently had.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of WantonFaun
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Axnjxn
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deac83
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of srletend
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchengcit
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sygav
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbeerdino21
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Based on the reviews I was expecting a lot more from this one. Very underwhelming. Almost tastes flat with some Band-aid smokiness. At least you can pick up the barrel characteristic. Only thing this had going for it.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of define333
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ShaneSmith
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of leroybrown10
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle, bottled July 2011, botle # 15670. Served in a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass.

Appearance: Black - no light coming through - with a thin dark tan head. Some occasional persistent islands and strands of lacing.

Smell: Hint of toffee, fine scotch, with a mild peaty smokiness.

Taste: Rich toffee with bittersweet chocolate notes. A bit of scotch whiskey taste and bite, a mild bitter finish, and some lingering peat / smoke.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Outstanding.

Overall / Drinkability: What an amazing beer! Rich in flavor and aroma and this may be one of the best beers I've had in quite some time. Pricey, but worth the experience. Because the alcohol is well hidden this is a dangerously drinkable beer. A good slow sipping and savoring beer, but I really wish I had more. I will have to check out the rest of the line and see if I can save up for another bottle as a special occasion beer.

Photo of patrykfus
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SteveD082791
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of cj8311
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.