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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Not Rated.
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

292 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 292
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 24
Gots: 72 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Danilo_SP, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

xhuang61, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Dentist666
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

0,33l bottle. Bottle 08955 from 09/2012
Pours pitch black beer with smooth tan 2-finger head having good retention. Smell of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, wood, slightly whisky.
Viscous, oily and warming beer. Taste of coffee. Complex aftertaste - tobacco, whisky, wet wood. Carbonation is low. Mind-blowing old ale.

Dentist666, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mille_K, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

humpty1602, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 4/11/14. Enjoyed out of a 330 mL bottle with a black foil sleeve around the neck and cap. The label reads that it was bottled in February of 201?--unfortunately, the final digit has been obfuscated by the label being slightly ripped. That said, based on where I bought this bottle, I'm going to take a wild guess that this is a 2013 bottle, rather than a 2014 bottling. But really, who knows? Poured into a large snifter style glass.

Appearance - Definitely imparts the appearance of the base beer's name--engine oil--but the kind that you remove from your engine, rather than put in. Dark brown that looks black in the glass. I only know it's brown based on the coffee coloring that I can see in the stream of liquid as I pour it into the glass. An aggressive pour yields just a bit of head--a half finger at best of mocha colored suds that dissipate to a ringlet around the edge of the glass and a swirly film across the top. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell - Wonderful blend of aromas, with notes of dried dark fruits like dates and figs combining with sweeter elements of salted caramel and molasses. There is also a fair amount of subtle bitterness that takes the form of baker's chocolate and roasted malts. Behind the sweet and bitter components, there is a more peaty characteristic, with some leather and light smoke--but nothing even close to approaching what you'd expect from a smoked beer. Just some wisps of char and spice.

Taste - Continuing where the aroma left off, the taste brings in notes of dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, more dark fruits, and smoke. The molasses and toffee are still there, and I'm a little surprised at just how sweet it is, though I suppose I shouldn't be, based on the aroma and flavor profiles that are working together here. Some strong impressions of port wine come through on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied, with low carbonation and a viscous feel on the tongue. Lingering sweetness is the predominant aftertaste.

Overall, just a fantastic beer, especially for those who like scotch and sweeter beer offerings that lean towards the port wine side of things. That said, it's classification as an Old Ale is curious to me, especially since the base beer is a porter. Perhaps it's simply one of those beers that truly defies classification. Either way, it's delicious.

LambicPentameter, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

ONovoMexicano, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

corysmith01, Jun 17, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Leura. BB Feb 2014.... Yep outta date.

A - pitch black, oily, head fades quick to leave a ring film and spotty lace. Not so good.

S - tons of vanilla, hint smoke, spirit.

T - all malts, roast, smooth, vanilla, choc notes. Somewhat dry in finish.

M - smooth, little alcohol,

O - Harviestoun doing what they do best, well made traditional BA dark ales. Would love to do a 12/16/18 comparison. I really do not know how tho stands up in that regard, tho certainly not way above.

heygeebee, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

CwrwAmByth, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

ImperialStout, Jun 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

alostplot, Jun 03, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A black, opaque pour with a bit of translucence around the edges. Pours a dense, tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring. Doesn't have the "thick" look.

S: Smokey malt, hints of whiskey.

T: Smokey malt, leather, definite whiskey flavor in the finish. Really nice. 4

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy. A whiskey slippery almost. Medium to light body but glides down. A little alcohol warmth in the finish, but not dry. The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. You don't even want to swallow it it's so nice.

O: Really great! This beer is solidly outstanding and will be greatly appreciated by whiskey lovers.

khmel, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

radlleb, May 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

zonker17, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

vhmf1978, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

tobelerone, May 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Whoa; another masterpiece in this line. Love it. Thick, sultry, and luscious. Love it. Thick, sultry, and luscious. Body is a touch on the soft side, but I can't help but think it fits perfectly here. The tinges of whisky and peat meld seamlessly with the palate and other dark flavors. In spite of its richness, could see having another. Finish is much easier and cleaner than I expected. Sumptuous beer.

drpimento, May 01, 2014
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Pug, Apr 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Davidc117, Apr 17, 2014
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.