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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
94
outstanding

319 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 319
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 26
Gots: 82 | 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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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%

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Review taken from notes: November 2013. Bottle #04467

330ml brown bottle with brilliant black foil gracing the cap and neck. Color choice on the 18 is red on a black label with wood master and head brewer signatures. Harviestoun mouse logo is just awesome! Poured into a stemmed snifter.

A - deep black in color with dark brown edges with the darkest of ruby barely finding it's way through in the light. Darkish tan to light milk chocolate brown head pours small and settles to a ring of lace leaving a tiny touch of stick.

S - a whiff of dark fruit and chocolate. Mmm.. the smell of peat. It reminds me of getting a quick whiff of Highland Park's 18 year old. Sweet vanilla and molasses knock out the middle with smoke, oak and Peat in the back end.

T - wow.. this may be the best Ola Dubh I've had. Rich Scotch flavors dominating from the first sip. Sweet molasses and sweet malt. Milk chocolate character with a rush of light vanilla. Smoke and peat are outstanding bringing together a grand experience. Light spice much as you get with a good single malt scotch. S
There is even some of those dark fruit notes that are in the nose if you take your time searching for them.

M - fairly big medium body nearly identical to the 12 and 16. A perfect display of texture and the right amount of thickness makes this one hell of a smooth brew. Easy drinkable and Uber eenjoyable

O - these Ola Dubh are some of the best and right down tastiest beers I've come across. The Highland Park barrels and this beer recipe were almost meant for one another. Laying out a truly phenomenal experience in a bottle. Hats off to Harviestoun and even to Highland Park for such a treat with the 18 and all the other Ola Dubh bottlings

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kkleu357
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Black thin body with a small fast dissipating head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of scotch. More it sits, the more it smells like a glass of scotch. Light mouthfeel. Lots of flavor though. Lots of scotch whiskey comes through. Hints of chocolate. Excellent beer.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.