Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16
636 Ratings
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 02-15-2008

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated August 2010. 3 years old.

A: Pours a rich dark brown with an enormous and frothy chocolate milk-colored head. Head fades quite slowly; great retention. Minimal lacing, just little specks here and there.

S: Rich peat and a little smoke. Chocolate abound with a decent amount of char too.

T: Up front you get some peat from the whiskey. Sweet chocolate follows it up. Touch of acrid smoke in the middle, just briefly. Finish is bittersweet chocolate and hints of peat with just a touch of vanilla from the oak.

M: Medium bodied, ultra smooth.

O: Another nice version in the venerable Ola Dubh lineup. Not as mild as the 12 year but not as strong as the 18 which had quite a bit more whiskey character. Really a good middle ground having said that. Tasty and drinkable. Not as much chocolate as the other versions oddly enough. I enjoyed it a lot regardless. Nice balance and it goes down super easily.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - pours a deep brown, appearing black in the glass and thick enough to prevent any highlights.

S - whiskey, sweet malt, and a hint of vanilla.

T - smooth whiskey, wood and vanilla, and caramel malt comes through the strongest. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - not as heavy bodied as expected, more medium but with good carbonation. Mouthfeel is very smooth and clean.

O - great flavors and aromas with this one. Above and beyond what I expect from an old ale.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 636 ratings
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