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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

269 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 63 | 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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bellce0

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-11-2012 01:57:03 | More by bellce0
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ConorThomas

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

02-08-2012 14:39:15 | More by ConorThomas
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turdadactyl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-07-2012 16:13:44 | More by turdadactyl
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CoolBear

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-02-2012 02:46:11 | More by CoolBear
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jskennedy

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-27-2012 03:19:30 | More by jskennedy
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter-finger high tan head that quickly died down yet consistently left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has relatively light yet complex aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of smoke towards the finish and hints of almonds as well as whiskey from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: This beer is a lot more drinkable compared to other beers in the style, especially considering its smoothness. No traces of alcohol are present in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 05:45:17 | More by metter98
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JGuill

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5%

01-17-2012 21:53:55 | More by KAF
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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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chel29

Brazil

5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Bottle No 11646
Bottling Date July 2011
BB June 2014

Probably should have saved this for a year or two but my curiousity got the better of me.

Truly excellent smoky dark chocolate roasty nose. Black with the tiniest of red sparkles at the base of the glass. Raasonable darkish magnolia 1/2 inch head which diminshes over time.
Smoothrich roasty taste with some fizzy furry candy sugar in there. Chocolate dominates the initial flavours before the furry fuzzy takes a more prominent role followed by more earth at the end. A little bit too sweet for me and the body could do with some stuffing to harden it up but still pretty nicely executed and fine.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 14:55:04 | More by Zimbo
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5%

01-04-2012 12:45:54 | More by ohtheguilt
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I saw that they had this on cask at the old Tap & Table I was really impressed. I ordered one right away because I had enjoyed trying so many of the others. This is the first and only one that I haven't had from a bottle so far. The beer poured out jet black in color, no surprise there. The smell of the beer wasrich with smokey and roasted aromas as well as scotch as well. The taste of the beer was about the same as the 12 to me. The mouthfeel was a little too light I think, The cask aging didn't benefit this beer in my opinion at all. Overall it was worth trying but I would only ever buy the 30 and 40 year ones again.

Serving type: cask

01-01-2012 00:22:31 | More by Knapp85
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claytong

Vermont

4/5  rDev -5%

12-30-2011 23:26:14 | More by claytong
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-28-2011 00:00:51 | More by PEIhop
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5%

12-23-2011 23:48:06 | More by jophish17
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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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dgilks

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colour with a large, creamy, smooth, tan head. Fair head retention with great lacing. Smashing.

Rich and roasty aroma with some light caramel and a touch of ashy barrel character.

Dry, minerally, ashy, charred barrel character. Some light scotch notes. Toffee and caramel with some roast round it out. Probably the most balanced of the Ola Dubh's I've had with the beer and barrel character being present and integrated.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A tasty and balanced barrel aged old ale. Lots of flavour, well balanced barrel character and good mouthfeel. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 09:18:16 | More by dgilks
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2378GCGTG

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-12-2011 17:43:13 | More by 2378GCGTG
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

12-10-2011 22:06:00 | More by djrn2
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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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Bubba83

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at around 50 degrees into a New Belgium globe. Poured pretty quickly and came up with a small light tan head that looks pretty creamy. The body is a very dark brown, nearly pitch black. Retains fairly well and has nice lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. A stinging hit of peaty smoke hits the nostrils first. Underneath there's a terrific black strap molasses and figgy qualities coming through. Tobacco, vanilla, dark caramel, and marshmallow are all coming out as well as it warms.

Tastes about how it smells, some overripened fruit flavors, mostly in the raisin/fig range, followed up by toffee. Eventually the scotch flavors reign supreme and bring a nice smokey tobacco flavor to the table. Caramel and vanilla play nice underneath to give a great depth of character.

The mouthfeel is good, oily and pretty soft on the tongue. Carbonation level is about perfect, the only thing is I wish it had a little bit fuller feel in my mouth, it seems a little bit thin.

This is a really nice beer, it's super complex. I think I enjoy beers aged in scotch barrels more than bourbon barrels, so I hope more brewers will do that. I think I liked this a smidge better than the 12, but it'd be nice to do a vertical at some point with all of them and see.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 07:48:35 | More by Bubba83
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-20-2011 04:58:50 | More by JAHMUR
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

11-19-2011 02:12:31 | More by DoctorB2B
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.