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:
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Added by Bitterbill on 02-15-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
626
Reviews:
297
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
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40
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110
For Trade:
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Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle from Gainesville HOB. Pours porter or stout like, with no head whatsoever. Smell is faint, maybe a bit of scotch and a bit of dark fruit, a little bit of peat and motor oil. Flavor is chocolate, scotch, oak, smoke. More complex than I expected from the smell. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. This was really nice and smoky/roasty.

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Photo of wd40
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #44676
July 2009

Sampled 2012

Interesting English style old ale with a smoke and peat flavors lent from aging in Highland Park 16 year old single malt scotch whiskey casks. Has a rich aroma of raisins, chocolate, and a little bit of leather. The aroma is very nice. The taste started off a little smokey for me, but mellowed a little and became much more enjoyable. The smoke is pretty well blended, but if it were a little more in the background I think I would give taste a higher rating. As it is, it is a beer worth a try. The base old ale is very good and the addition of the whiskey casks adds a lot of richness to the beer. Looking forward to having this one again in a few years.

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Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of beerandcycling88
2.84/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottling date August 2010.

A Pours out black topped off with a mocha head.

S A very strong smokey peat with some faint chocolate. By far the best part of the beer.

T Some faint chocolate and a bit of roast are present however the strong peat character of the scotch dominates.

M A very thin watery mouthfeel.

Overall this is an ok beer that isn't worth the price. The base beer is completely dominated by the scotch barrel and it is incredibly thin almost like water. Overall this one is not worth trying at the price point its at.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic tulip. Date is July 2011 num 05742.

A: Head is dense medium tan, very good retention. Body is black, even along the edges.

S: Metallic with hints of smoke and roast.

T: Much smokier than I anticipated. Really gets a nice sense of the barrel from the beer. Finishes with great stout flavor, while the char carries through the whole way. Nice and clean for 8%.

M: Dense, and not too sticky, works well for this style. Finish is actually very clean.

O: Could be more balanced in terms of barrel flavors, but nonetheless a treat to drink.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #38619 Dated July 2009

A: Poured a midnight black color with little no head to speak of despite a rather aggressive pour. Delicate glass lacing is strung along the sides like icicle lights at Christmas time.

S: Starts with a sweet molasses and bourbon with essences of milk chocolate, sun burned hay and dates.

T: Standout. 3 years in the cellar has created a monster. Similar to the nose, but with a smoky, oaky flavors. The wood creates subtle hints of vanilla.

The ABV is nowhere to be found.

M: Delicate creaminess. For a 3 year old beer, the carbonation is slightly subdued, but that is to be expected. Has a fantastic warming sensation as it moves through the palate.

O: Fantastic beer, coupled with a cool evening and a fire pit, you have a match made in heaven.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled August 2010.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown, nearly black. Brown in the pour, black in the glass. Nice khaki head and some even clings to the glass.

Smell - Roasted malt. Licorice. Definitely a touch smokey, but I don't know that I'd peg it as a Scotch aroma. Oaky.

Taste - Much more pronounced chocolate malt and a sustained hop presence. More smokey in the finish here. Bitter. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and quite oaky, but it's a smooth beer without much booze. Every once in a while I get a hint of the alcohol.

Overall - Not the most interesting beer, but tasty. We'll see how different the other bottles are.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of korguy123
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug 2010 enjoyed Aug 2012

Ola dubh 16

Inky oily black, two finger light tan head that is soapy and won't go away.

Dark bitter sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla molasses, a slight peat and than mellow but very aromatic whiskey.

Whiskey up front, than bitter coffee and chocolate. Slight oxidation which I guess is my fault but still a great tasting beer.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Sticky on the lips.

This one is better than the others if I remember correctly. I aged it too long in my opinion

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of LampertLand
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ola Dubh's Special Reserve#16 @ 8.0% served cold from a 330 ml bottle
A-pours a dark brown almost black with a small fine tan head that quickly dissapates leaving some spotty lacing along the pint glass
S-some smokyness , sweet chocolate malts , roasted coffee , brown sugar , hint of cherries and a lot of whiskey from the barrel aging
T-some smokyness , booze is strong yet a creamy brown sugar/vanilla sweetness in the finish , a lot fruiter than SR#12 , bit complex all the flavors going on here , wow
MF-low carbonation , thick and a bit syrupy , roasted bittersweet after taste
Ov-a sipping beer for sure , bit pricey , a yes for sure , if you can get the other Special Reserve give them a side by side taste test

Notes from tasting of SR#12 , SR#16 , SR#18 & revisited since the .25 increments

Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottled July 2011. I just had the Special Reserve 12, so this will be a good back-to-back comparison.

Appearance: just like the 12, this beer is extremely dark brown with just brown highlights around the edges. Head is a thin layer of frothy tan foam. Good looking, just like its sister.

Smell: rich, roasty, chocolatey aroma, but the 16 has hints of vanilla that I didn't get in the 12. Different, but equally good.

Taste: roasty and chocolatey flavor; there seems to be a little bit more fruitiness in the 16 than the 12. Similar alcohol bite and astringency appear toward the end. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: silky creaminess brought on by a good body and good level of carbonation. Really quite excellent, again like the 12.

Overall: I like these beers equally well; they are very similar, but there are subtle differences. The 16 is a bit fruitier and has more vanilla than the 12; I really want to try the other 3 Ola Dubh varieties now.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.12 out of 5 based on 626 ratings.
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