Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 02-15-2008

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Ratings:
630
Reviews:
299
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very interesting beer, superior in some ways to the 18yr, oddly. the pour is a matte black color, deep chocolate brown, fairly thick, and with only a thin finger of tan bubbles. the nose is raw cocoa and scotch, its musty and oaky, and the malt is about as black as it can be without being bitter and burnt. the alcohol smells are beautiful in this beer, the barrel has obviously done quite a bit to this. the flavor is surprisingly unsweetened. there is some vanilla and toasted coconut, but none of that is sugary. the alcohol adds flavor without burn, and it actually has a very mellow feel. dark chocolate and bran muffin are the dominant flavors in the finish, in addition to the scotch whiskey. full body and a smooth feel, maybe a little chalky, but the finish is long and complex. there is much to appreciate about this special brew, a very different tune to this than the American barrel aged beers. there is something particularly well refined about this, polished and calculated, intentional, as opposed to the sometimes random chance barrel offerings from this country. very impressive.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes(winter-early December 2012)

33cl brown bottle with classy Harviestoun Mouse logo just above the Highland Park style label. Info is all there with brewer, year and bottle number: 63833. Poured into a tulip style imperial pint glass.

A -Basically black in color. I suppose it's true color would be extremely dark brown. Small off white head fades quickly leaving a small ring of lace with virtually no stick.

S - hints of caramel and vanilla with some bigger molasses notes. Dark fruit mixed within. Good smokiness in the aroma. A few waves of smokey Scotch flavors. Faint sweetness in the background while keeping its roasted character.

T - Dark Fruit flavors paired with blasts of Scotch flavor done neat. Roastiness blankets the caramel and vanilla sweetness. A nice smokiness throughout. Touch of Scotch booziness in the finish.

M - oil like texture that does a wonderful job of coating the mouth. Smooth feel and very enjoyable.

O - man are these Ola Dubh style old ales good. A great brewery paired with a great distillery is what any geek dreams of. Ola Dubh is just that. The 12 was pure class and the 16 may be even better. Next is the 18 sitting in my fridge. These ales are a must try and something I'll definitely have again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle No. 69110
& date: July 2011

A: The beer is inky black, not letting any light. The head is a persistent thin cap of medium tan creamy bubbles.

S: The aroma is dominated by a moderately-strong aroma of scotch whiskey and moderate oak that is somewhat cinnamon and vanilla. The scotch bring peat and some alcohol characters. There is light aroma of the complex malt you find in an old ale but it's in the background to the scotch and oak.

T: A medium sweetness with a great scotch whiskey flavor. There is a good complexity to the malt with moderately-light chocolate and and dry roast aftertaste. The hops bitterness is moderately-light with no hops flavor. The balance is somewhat sweet which helps to balance out the whisky. The finish is towards the sweet and the aftertaste is of scotch peatiness and a roasted grain dryness.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Moderate creamy and a light alcohol warmth.

O: The beer serves as a nice palate to carry the scotch flavors. The underling beer is a bit had to see under that but with the chocolate and the roast I'm apt to call it a stout and not an old ale. An enjoyable sipping beer.

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

Bottled in 09/2007. Swiss wine snifter used. Nearly 5 1/2 years old in the bottle, over 6 total.

Pours black with very little carbonation. A slight ring around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is powerful. Scotch is easily apparent. Sherry seasoned oak, "peat smoke" (I have never smelled peat but have drank enough scotch to understand what the term means for beverages), char, wood, and vanilla notes all meld together. In addition, there is a significant presence of aged dark beer that takes the form of oxidized port wine and savory meat aromas. This should be interesting.

The flavor is much less oxidized than I thought it might be from the nose. The smoke is much lass "peaty" and is more pronounced. More like a smoked piece of meat. No grain flavors are left, and the savory aspect is apparent. A touch of old dark fruit and a little sweet makes an appearance, but the smoky flavors dominate. I can't say that I taste "scotch" itself, however this certainly tastes as if it was aged in scotch barrels as opposed to bourbon or just oak. I do believe I can pick up a little sherry-seasoned oak, but that might be my imagination.

The mouthfeel shows little carbonation, but a thick medium-full body. Age may have proved a weighty opponent, but this beer must have had some serious body to begin with to have this much left now. nice overall feel that stays nice as it warms.

Conclusion: I love old beer. And I love it more when it still tastes this good! Not exactly what I expected, and all the savory flavors are a bit disappointing, but overall this is a fantastic 6 year old beer. I have wanted to try this for a long time. Now I want to find a fresher bottle!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb. 2012

A - Pours pitch black dark with a dark tan head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Picking up smokey, peaty, roasty and slight metallic.

T - Oaky, smokey, peaty and vanilla. A very scotch like finish with dark fruits & light chocolate.

M - Very smooth & creamy. ABV is well hidden. Not a thick or chewy beer by any means.

O - Pleasant & enjoyable... If you like scotch, then give this series a whirl.

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A - Pours black as hell with a small mocha head with no light penetration. No lacing is left as well.

S -Molasses, peat, vanilla, white chocolate, alcohol.

T - Bourbon, white chocolate, peat, slight molasses. Surprisingly no burn from the aging in the Whiskey Barrels.

M - Body seems a bit watery. Seems decently oily with a medium amount of carbonation. Overall pretty lacking in this department.

O - Overall, I thought this was pretty spot on for an old ale. This particular one was bottled in July 2011 so it's about a year and a half old. I'd definitely have again.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.12 out of 5 based on 630 ratings.
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