Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 02-15-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
630
Reviews:
299
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
110
For Trade:
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Photo of capnamerica
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was happy to find this on a local shelf.
A - Pours black with a small white-ish head.
S - The aroma is sweet and smoky.
T - The flavor is smoky, woody, perhaps some caramel.
M - Thick with little carbonation.
O - I allowed this to warm to room temperature before tasting. But I did not get the complex flavors I was hoping for. Not bad but does not justify the price.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, served in a thistle glass. Bottling date of April 2013. Bottle number 07462.

Appearance: Very dark brown approaching black. Thin light tan ring of foam. An occasional strand of lacing that would very slowly slide back down the glass.

Smell: I had to let this warm all the way up to room temp to really bring out the aroma. Molasses, toasted malt, whiskey, charred oak.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on here. In no particular order: buttery toffee, caramelized malt, fine scotch whiskey, oak, and at the finish, a bit of smokiness blended with sweetness. The smoke gets more peaty and lingers a bit past the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, lightly carbonated. A bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A fine sipping beer, and one that you need to let warm up all the way before drinking - it's much better warm. Not as smoky / peaty as I was expecting from the description, but good none the less. One is enough though at the price. Not amazing enough for me to get again but definitely worth having once.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #06475, dated June 2014. Consumed on 12/02/2015.

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Photo of YvesB
2.55/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cp45
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durlta
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tronester
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear very dark brown, with almost no head. Smells of molasses and some smoke. The taste begins with a bit of scotch whisky, then some chocolate, followed by peat, and finishing with a earthy bready flavor. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent beer. I aged this one for years, and it was no worse for the wear.

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Photo of Kiro
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best before 2015-08.

A: opaque. No head.
S: Roasted. Salty. Coffee. A little woody.
T: Herbal: mainly thyme. Cocoa. Low bitterness. Nearly dry and dry finish.
M: Full bodied.
O: Interesting and flavorful oak aged stout.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmikepool
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JandJMD
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Saviour
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a snifter.
L - opaque black with almost absent head.
S - really rich aroma including wood, tar, chocolate and toffee notes.
T - almost the same as smell with a tobacco aftertaste.
F - full-bodied and low carbonized, great aftertaste.
O - what can I say? Another masterpiece of brewing, for sure.

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Photo of BayouMafia
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wobbly
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Anatole
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fabianno
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of killcore
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ummswimmin
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jds16
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in Bodegraven. Drank this one, then the 18yr and 21.

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter
#06373
May 2014

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 1 finger, medium looking, creamy and bubbly light tan head with good retention. Head fades to a full swirly wisp. Bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. A swirly wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some peated whisky, aromas of leather and some dark chocolate on the nose. Medium strength. Nice, but not overly impressive.

TASTE: More peated whisky, leather and smoky flavors up front. More earthy notes at the swallow with a medium strength but lingering finish of peat, earthy hops, leather, some dark chocolate, toffee and raisins. Flavorful with some well balanced peat and smoky notes.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body and medium levels of carbonation. A bit watery, unfortunately. Goes down fine and finishes somewhat sticky.

OVERALL: This is pretty nice, but for some reason, it's nowhere near the 2010 bottle of Dubh 12yr I had about a year ago. This one had some nice earthy and peated whisky characteristics going on, but it just wasn't nearly as black and decadent as that 2010 bottle. Still, a fine brew worth checking out.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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