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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

299 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 25
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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4.43/5  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

BradtheGreat7, Thursday at 02:10 AM
Photo of Gakusei
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Gakusei, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

factoide, Oct 07, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

seangibbs60, Oct 05, 2014
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.

kkleu357, Oct 03, 2014
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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, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Synapstic
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Synapstic, Sep 28, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +13.1%

Chefmemo72, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
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
Photo of Sludgeman
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle No. 01268, bottled on Feb 2012. Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

I love the look of the bottle. Reminiscent of a porter with some whiskey in the background but too thin to be a stout. A good old ale for those who also like barrel aged beers with a smokey and peaty finish. Let it warm up for the flavors to really come out. 3.75

A – Pours a “clear” reddish brown to black with no head. No extra viscosity apparent, which was unexpected. Some faint lace and alcohol legs coating the glass. 3.75

S – Vinous, maltiness, faint whiskey, tinch of sweetness. 4

T – Low bitterness, some dark fruit, smokey, woody, peaty, leaves alcohol on the palate. 4

MF – Medium-light body (-), medium dry, a bit of a bite on the palate, no head but carbonation creates that bite, smooth but thin with some warming qualities. 3.25

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
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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.