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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

336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 28
Gots: 84 | FT: 4
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle into tulip, bottled 2011

appearance: black with half finger slight off white head, not much lacing

smell: roasted malt, aged whiskey casks, oak, pepper, chocolate, espresso

taste: oak, burnt roasted malt, dark chocolate, a little more watery than expected, slight coffee taste

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, thick full bodied

overall: damn good, like an aged stout, alcohol is completely hidden and there are also some rauchbier qualities present. Very, very good beer for special occasions.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vertical tasting of the range, from notes.
A - a dark black colour, thick, with great whispy lacing. 4.25
S - rich aged red fruit, super rich, and interesting complexities. 4.5
T - plum, raisin, shellfish, some acidic rosemary, aged vanilla taste, oak, coriander, lemon, creamy roast malt, dry smoked meat. 4.25
M - super smooth, rich caramel sweetness, very rich and tasty, dry tannic, woody finish, creamy with very full body, big and heavy. 4.25
O - smooth mineral taste, salt and green tea, salty caramel and some aged woody vanilla smoke. Very well put together, amazing beer all around, complex, dynamic and demands your attention. 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Very clean and lacking strong aromas. Light oak and sugars vanilla and butter scotch elements. Very clean through the smell.

Carbonated but bubbles eventually are only around the brim of the glass and faded. Looks high abv though all bottles are 8%.

Very clean flavor much like the aroma and even look. This is much like you’d expect an 18 year scotch. Clean and smooth flavors, but unlike an 18 year old scotch this isn’t scotch. Beer looses flavor when it is simple and smooth. Ultimately this is lacking in character from the 12 year and greatly lacking in flavor.

The lack of carbonation here is really hurting this beer. It’s almost flat and it isn’t flavorful enough for this lack of carbonation.

A good beer but it needs more barrel or more sweetness. It lacks both.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.