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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 62 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-18-2012 16:28:38 | More by kjkinsey
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3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Ola Dubh 18 on tap at ChurchKey in DC. 4 oz pour in a 9 oz snifter. Ola Dubh 18 is all malt, wood and bitterness. No subtlety. I didn't particularly like it.

A: Black with big 15 mm head. Great looking beer! 4.5

S: Smells like smoke and whiskey. 4

T: Malty with bitterness and woodiness. Malt. Bitter. Wood. Not much else. I don't particularly like it. 3.5

M: A llittle flat. 3

O: 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 03:00:37 | More by vandemonian
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-15-2012 01:42:25 | More by chickenm
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: 1/8" tan head that dissipated quickly over black liquid.

S: Toffee, vanilla, scotch, oak, toasted malt and yeast.

T: Oak, scotch, earth, toasted malt, and a bitter hop presence.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a low level of fine carbonation. Slight drying from the alcohol, but barely noticeable.

O: Very drinkable and tasty, the Scotch compliments the beer so well it is really a remarkable treat. The relatively high level of hops in this series is reminiscent of American stouts like Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 02:53:27 | More by DaftCaskBC
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-08-2012 05:53:54 | More by retreminy
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-04-2012 20:18:13 | More by trevorpost
Photo of Jamesthebrit


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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1/5  rDev -76.2%

06-15-2012 16:40:30 | More by LimaThomas
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought in 2009. Aged for 3.5 years.

A: Pours a dark Coca-Cola colored liquid into the glass. Slight tones of red. No head whatsoever. No sign of carbonation.

S: Smells sweet liquorice, seaweed, some oak casks and burnt peat. Smoked charcuteries comes through nicely at the end.

T: Tastes dried fruits, raisins and a lot of alcohol. It has a lot less oak barrel than the Special Reserve 12 but it is definitely there.

M: The alcohol is very present in the mouth. Almost no carbonation. I'm finding that this is a beer that takes its time to go down.

O: I tried this one in pair with a Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 which had been aged for the same length of time. I must say that the 12 year version is far better than this one after aging. This one is still a very nice beer. But maybe it doesn't win on aging?

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 07:42:25 | More by eriktoyra
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

05-19-2012 17:59:48 | More by TimH
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with good head and lacing.

Smell is ash, seaweed, some fruitiness from the base beer; also maltiness and marshmallows. Carob and chocolate.

Taste has a fairly big dose of seaweed up front with a very subtle chocolate syrup. No alcohol here, well balanced.

I cannot complain about the mouthfeel- dry with lots of smoky and fruity flavours coming through.

No complaints here, does exactly what it says on the label. A lot of whisky character in this with none of the alcohol burn; melded with a fruity base beer.

One thing I gotta comment on is the Belgian marshmallows and apple from Old Engine Oil still coming through a bit in the nose.

Good beer, but made me crave an RIS proper.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:54:27 | More by danieelol
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4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Dark black, thick, half finger of nice-looking caramel colored head, some lacing on the side of the glass.

S-Smoky whiskey, hints of chocolate and coffee aromas. Very pleasant.

T-Whiskey notes throughout, slightly boozy finish with a hint of peaty smoke. A fair bit of sugar at first, mild bitter coffee flavors in the middle, with a touch of vanilla. It's like drinking a mild glass of quality whiskey with a sidecar of stout, which is just wonderful in my book.

M-A bit light and smooth, some effervescence, slightly dry at the end.

O-Spectacular for whiskey fans, but easy enough to drink by someone who may not have a whiskey palette.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 21:32:04 | More by DersOne
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- Pours an incredibly deep dark brown that is almost black. The khaki color head dissipates immediately after pouring. Even a few bubbles can be seen around the side of the glass for a few seconds afterwords. Very thick and full looking, when swirled around it clings to the side of the glass before resuming it's former shape. The gloss like lacing on the top of the beer makes it appear very much like a glass of oil.

S- The smell has a very deep maltiness to it. Smell's somewhat like leather and wood mixed with chocolate.

T- Taste's heavily of burnt malt with a bit of nuttyness as well as a smokey flavor to it. Has a slightly watery and flavorless finish. Very reminiscent of cold coffee.

M- Thick and slightly sludgy for a beer with little carbonation.

O- This is a very good beer, especially at the start of each taste. However I really don't feel like this was worth it to be completely honest. While it definitely is amazing I would like to know how similar vintages compared with this. A truly special beer and definitely the oldest I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 21:45:17 | More by Zachtheporter
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-28-2012 01:44:09 | More by Archemedies
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-01-2012 00:06:56 | More by Holland
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

03-29-2012 14:53:15 | More by Dan25D
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-17-2012 03:32:41 | More by LADoll
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-16-2012 16:27:38 | More by Arcane
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-11-2012 17:09:29 | More by Daniellobo
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

02-17-2012 06:04:45 | More by FunkyFibes
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4/5  rDev -5%

02-12-2012 13:22:52 | More by ricksrealm
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-11-2012 01:57:03 | More by bellce0
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

02-08-2012 14:39:15 | More by ConorThomas
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-07-2012 16:13:44 | More by turdadactyl
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-02-2012 02:46:11 | More by CoolBear
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.