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

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Ratings:
627
Reviews:
297
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
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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

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely black that you can not see through with a tan head that laces the glass as you drink. The smell was full of coffee and wood with a sweetness of dark chocolate as well. The taste was heavy in the front with caramel and chocolate coming through with bitter espresso and the wood from the scotch barrels coming through on the finish. Not overly thick but had a good body to it. One to keep an eye out for.

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

As black as midnight on a moonless night, no head, great aroma.this is a really complex beer, chocolate,caramel, whiskey and dark fruit....gets better the further down the bottle you get.overall an absolutely superb beer, ive got a 30 to try next.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.12 out of 5 based on 627 ratings.
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