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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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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WillCarrera on 05-03-2013

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.
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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 12
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, bottle #02468, April 2014. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like peaty smoke, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some vanilla. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of iodine and dark bread noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. If you like Scotch Whisky (and especially peaty ones), then you'll probably like this a lot, too. Truthfully, all of the Ola Dubh series brews I've had have been good, too bad this isn't made in bombers! Definitely worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of light scotch notes with some toffee and light brown sugar notes is quite enticing. Taste is also dominated by toffee notes with some residual candi sugar balanced against some great scotch notes. Body is maybe thinner than I would have expected with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as complex as I was expecting but still very enjoyable.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass. bottle #05685, bottled April 2014.

Appearance: Black with a dark mahogany brown at the edges where the light peaks in. Very thin tan ring at the edge with an occasional persistent fine strand of lacing noted.

Smell: Fine smoky/peaty scotch - very mellow - with hints of chocolate.

Taste: Incredibly smooth and well blended flavor. Toffee, chocolate, high end scotch all well mixed together. The finish is a little bit smoky with some char and tobacco notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, and approaching creamy. Light carbonation. A tiny bite of alcohol/whiskey as it goes down.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipper and I wish I had another bottle, but as expensive as these bottles are, this is probably one of those once in a lifetime treats. Overall, a special treat of a beer especially if you like scotch and beer, but I think the flavors of the Ola Dubh 18 are more intense and more enjoyable.

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3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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