Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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4.06/5 rDev -4.5%
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
4.39/5 rDev +3.3%
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
4.63/5 rDev +8.9%
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
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
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
4.46/5 rDev +4.9%
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
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.