Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
4.13/5
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650 Ratings
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
harviestoun.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 02-15-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,045
Reviews:
310
Ratings:
650
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
110
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 650 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and very dark ruby with next to no carbonation. Extremely viscous. Nothing spectacular but nothing wrong with it either.

Smell is unlike any other beer I've had. Boozy, smokey, vanilla, and maybe a hint of soy sauce.

Taste is a bit heavier on the soy sauce than the smell, but it doesnt detrscg entirely from the wealth of other flavors going on here. Definite peated scotch, licorice, and a savory flavor i cant pin down.

Mouth feel is thick and slick. No sugary stickiness. Low carbonation.

Overall this is a very complex beer that I'm glad I got to try. Probably not a style I'm crazy about, but the quality is there.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of roblowther
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2013. I didn't have the patience. Well, I've never had it so I'm not investing aging space on it....taste....untasted? Whatever the flavor version of sight unseen is. Looks like used motor oil. Very little carbonation, pitch black, syrupy and with the barest hint of a fleeting dark caramel froth. It smells of old places. Fruitcake, wood, hay, it just makes me picture an ancient house in the English countryside somewhere. The taste is fantastic. It is very subtle given the way the beer looks and pours. It is light and dark, if that makes sense. Dark chocolate, carob, wood, it manages to balance all of these really, really well. It masks the alcohol well and just is really surprisingly easily drinkable for a black, viscous brew. Mouthfeel could use carbonation. Probably not stylistically but it would break things up and add a little levity to this serious beer. Overall, really, really nice. Not as challenging as some old ales can be, with a lot going on and it manages to remain very approachable. Its like that physics professor you had in college who was so smart it drained your calculator battery when he entered the room but he managed to be so entertaining that you never forgot him. You know the one.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 650 ratings