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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

264 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 264
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 59 | FT: 3
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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JGuill

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-18-2012 16:41:43 | More by JGuill
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jskennedy

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-27-2012 03:19:30 | More by jskennedy
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Vylo

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%

12-17-2011 14:59:41 | More by Vylo
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FunkyFibes

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.8%

02-17-2012 06:04:45 | More by FunkyFibes
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chel29

Brazil

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-08-2012 02:53:58 | More by chel29
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Manoftyr

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a beautiful, nearly opaque black with only the faintest of red-mahogany highlights, a finger and a half of head rises and quickly recedes but leaves dabs of lacing along the rim, considering the barrel aging I'm surprised to see this much head at all. Sparkly, crisp little bubbles of carbonation leap to the top of the luxurious liquid sitting in the snifter before me; this looks to be a real treat I'm awaiting.

Aroma-The unmistakable scent of peat and highland park Scotch whiskey leap out at the nose balanced on a substantial blanket of sweet, darkly fruitlike malt. The Scotch is in no way overpowering but it makes its presence firmly felt achieving a truly brilliant balance, it's not as though you're just smelling Scotch with the beer as an afterthought; it's all one carefully wrapped package.

Taste-Amazing; dry yet subtly-sweet and toasty malts are the first to greet you on the palette with but a curious hint of peat on the edges, then, the scotch breaks forward in full force mid palette with all its complex and peaty goodness. The finish dials back on the scotch at first letting some more sweet malts come through and then *bam* right on the end of it you're left with an exit performance of smokey peat leaving you with a snappy, dry kick and 'for me at least' lust for another sip.

Mouthfeel-Plush with ample carbonation, I'm especially impressed given how I've found most barrel aged beers to lose something in the way of mouthfeel plushness; this is a clear exception, and the mouthfeel is structured perfectly for the flavors.

Drinkability/Overall-Brilliant, utterly brilliant, an absolute masterpiece of a beer; had I the money and it being avilable I would drink it be the gallon, this is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 21:17:21 | More by Manoftyr
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.8%

12-05-2011 21:14:07 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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bdeast1

Alabama

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-29-2011 08:33:59 | More by bdeast1
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JamesS

Indiana

4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great pitch black in color with a great tan (if bit small) head, and just a little bit of lacing. It has a wonderful scent, part coffee, part whiskey, part malt, part hop, a near perfectly balanced scent that ends with a sweet note, slighty more to the cocoa and bourbon side. Wonderful taste, the whiskey flavor is there, but not overly dominant like so many other such beers; it has a great slight coffee start with a wonderful dark, malty, old ale flavor, a nice sweet finish with a bit of hoppiness to tone it down. It goes down wonderfully smooth for such a bold beer, just a hair more bourbon in the finish than the 16. Absolutely freaking fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:40:02 | More by JamesS
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kindacold

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Had it at The Birch in Norfolk, VA.

Poured black...very little head, no light gets through.

Smelled of berries and fruit, with a bit of alcohol and some spicy notes.

Tasted like heaven in a glass. Berries and melon, with chocolate and coffee notes, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of hops. There was also some spiciness to the flavor that lingered briefly. Very lightly carbonated, with fine bubbles which served to enhance the spiciness. Quite a complex and delicate flavor.

Felt great in the mouth. Little carbonation, crisp aftertaste that goes away in about 10 seconds. Really amazing.

I loved this beer. I had two. I wanted to buy a growler of it, but it's pricey.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 23:01:08 | More by kindacold
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle (red label) into 25oz snifter. #09867, bottled Jan '09. Poured straight down the middle.

Only a sliver of ruby and amber highlights show up at the bottom, occupying about the same space as a nickel. The rest is pitch black with no light getting through. A one finger and frothy tan head ends up as a film along the top of the beer, with a patch of large bubbles and an even dense rim along the glass.

Slightly papery and earthy aromas, along with a little bit of vanilla, both from the aging process. Deep roasted malts along with a little bit of peppery spice. Some molasses, brown sugar, a bit of dark fruit. There's a bit of chocolate if you look for it. The alcohol is a touch noticeable. The aroma absolutely explodes from this one.

A little bit of a smoked malt flavor which lasts from beginning to end. Some more vanilla makes its way in. The malts are both burnt and creamy at the same time. A little bit of sweetness is in there, in the form of dark chocolate. Raisin makes its way in there somehow, but only a little. The feel is very velvety, smooth, adding to the drinkability. There's very little bitterness in this one, mostly coming from the scorched malts.

This is a highly complex ale, and probably my favorite so far out of the Ola Dubh series (I've also had 12 and 30). Wonderfully smooth, and easy to drink. I wish I had a 750ml or 22oz bomber of this, rather than just 11.2 ounces. Certainly one to be savored. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 23:46:17 | More by BeerSox
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

01-09-2013 02:49:19 | More by tbryan5
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

08-18-2013 15:40:11 | More by FadetoBock
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fionn13

Ireland

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-11-2012 16:34:01 | More by fionn13
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zonker17

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-20-2014 02:51:04 | More by zonker17
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

06-21-2013 11:12:14 | More by Rwalford74
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Azteceinstein


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

01-20-2013 17:53:11 | More by Azteceinstein
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Dan25D

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

03-29-2012 14:53:15 | More by Dan25D
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-03-2014 21:36:24 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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alostplot

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

06-02-2014 23:37:21 | More by alostplot
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Pug

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

04-26-2014 14:07:49 | More by Pug
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours jet black with no head. There's a thin light tan ring around the edge of the glass. There are a few tiny visible bubbles along the side of the glass that are rising to the top. The aroma is so awesome on this beer. I get chocolate, toffee, oak, nuts, and maybe just a touch of smokiness and vanilla. I get some of that malt as well, but it blends so well with the other aromas. The flavor is just as awesome as the aroma, though definitely more scotch heavy than the 16. The taste does follow the nose with those chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, nuts, and some smokiness. The smell keeps hitting the nose during each sip, which only helps make you want to drink this more. The body on this beer is surprisingly medium and very smooth. The drinkability is very high on this beer. It's a real treat. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:14:39 | More by acevenom
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Fubar1453

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

03-19-2014 00:37:48 | More by Fubar1453
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

04-17-2014 01:59:40 | More by afsdan
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Bottle numbered and dated with a signature of the head brewer and cask master. Comes with a tag that explains some of the beer. The beer it's self looks very nice when poured into a snifter. The very dark red brown really shows through.

S: Sweet oak roasty,. Sourness of the alcohol cuts through a little.

T: Sweet, oaky, roasty, as the smell. The alchohol comes through a little in the end but it blends with the other flavors making it a nice accent. One of the most controlled aged beers I've had in some time if ever.

M: Mouthfeel is very nice although I dare say a little light.

Overall just a wonderful beer. Much better than their reserve and adds something more to the non aged version. At $11 a bottle it's still worth checking out. A world class beer.

Goes great with steak! :)

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:24:52 | More by Jamesthebrit
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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.