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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in casks that previously held 21 year old Highland Park Whiskey; wooden sweet flavour with bitter chocolate, smoked peat moss and a touch of vanilla.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 05-03-2013)
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mpg2384

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-24-2014 04:14:31 | More by mpg2384
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clevelandhops

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-09-2014 17:12:16 | More by clevelandhops
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NorthCoastPranqster

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-31-2014 07:09:27 | More by NorthCoastPranqster
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-31-2014 02:04:50 | More by waddellc2
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.1%

04-02-2014 16:21:20 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey.

Faint tan head presented, manages a small soapy collar with a filmy top. Body is classic dark walnut black.

Lots of thick vanilla bean on the nose, faint hints of dark berry fruit, soft caramel and spices. Slightly dry but quite creamy also with a hint of wetness.

Palate hits with a good balance of roast and toffee. Creamy sense is lost with a nice whiskey angle and sharpness dominating. Controlled. A goodgood classic grassy peaty finish mixing with a hop faint bitterness. Nice character and oak roundness with a mellow scotch finish and a little lingering black licorice.

Not a big scotch fan, but this is done nicely. Quite good actually.

05-31-2013 21:46:22 | More by smakawhat
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%

An incredible beer from a style I'd not previously appreciated that much. While I love Scotch Ales, Old Ales have tended to be too dry or funky tasting for me. This beer is much more like an imperial stout. It looks like it, feels like it, and tastes like it. Extremely balanced and smooth tasting going down. I could easily put this in my Top 10 or Top 15 must-have list. As satisfying at first taste as the last. Doesn't need to warm up. doesn't need to grow on you. This is superb and unfortunately won't be easy to find. Gotta drink more while I can.

06-01-2013 14:40:11 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-25-2013 00:06:16 | More by Chugs13
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-26-2014 13:17:04 | More by DrBier
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-24-2013 13:40:14 | More by mendvicdog
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-14-2013 16:10:07 | More by pknyc
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-07-2014 04:30:28 | More by eric5bellies
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maxwelldeux

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Draught in a flight. Then another pint. Pours an extremely black color with almost no head on it. Nose has some definite roasting in there, with that sour/bitterness that comes off from the scotch and a bit of a coffee smell. Taste is slightly smokey with a fair amount of the scotch coming through and SUPER smooth. Damn. This beer will put hair on your chest.

06-02-2013 19:54:01 | More by maxwelldeux
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JohnW58

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

07-01-2013 02:20:20 | More by JohnW58
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JohnBender

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-12-2014 02:40:23 | More by JohnBender
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alelover

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-14-2013 03:34:24 | More by alelover
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-17-2013 03:50:02 | More by MaseFace
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4%

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black and oily looking, with a thin chocolate colored head that recedes to a collar.

S- An appealing blend of whiskey, earthy peat, vanilla and raisins.

T- Malt character here is huge, lots of chocolate, roasted grain, lots of peaty whiskey flavors. Towards the finish there are some sweet molasses/fruit and maybe light anise flavors.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation with a sticky feel, nice boozy warmth on the end.

O- A tasty beer with some great barrel flavors, my first experience with the Ola Dubh series, I'll have to check out more of these.

05-03-2013 05:33:31 | More by WillCarrera
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-14-2013 18:13:27 | More by Hanzo
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Canti4341

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-21-2014 13:59:26 | More by Canti4341
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John_M

Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at Churchkey the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and light lacing. The nose is about what you'd expect in an Ola Dubh beer, as I pick up considerable peat, dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the peat/smoke flavor helping to tame the moderate sweetness in this beer. The mouthfeel is great as well... it's full, soft and almost creamy. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and while delicious, I can't really see drinking a whole lot of this (just got a 4 ounce pour at CK). Nevertheless, this is another fine effort from Hariestoun, espeically for those who love the aroma and flavor of single malt scoth in their stout and/or old aged ale. (which I confess I do)

06-17-2013 16:19:51 | More by John_M
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-03-2013 22:24:02 | More by nmann08
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-10-2013 04:07:28 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-17-2013 02:31:25 | More by HopsMatt
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WiserBud

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

05-08-2014 01:45:06 | More by WiserBud
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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.