Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ola Dubh (or "Black Oil") is so named because it is gloopy and viscous. This limited release has been matured in casks from Orkney's award-winning Highland Park distillery to add complementary whisky notes to what is already an amazing brew. It is chocolatey with a roasty, bittersweet aftertaste.

Highland Park 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was awarded a Double Gold medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2007; it lends balance, smoothness and subtle smoke.

Added by Bitterbill on 02-17-2008

BEER STATS
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#4,032
Reviews:
395
Ratings:
861
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Icecreamw
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My least favorite of the Ola Dubh special reserves. Still a good beer, but booze is much hotter in this ale, giving the old ale too much of the scottish peat flavor. The being said, the viscous dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses base beer still goes perfectly with the barrel and the feel is spot on for style despite darker elements.

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Photo of desint
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 4. Too woody, not to the point of being unpleasant but too much to be specially enjoyable. So much wood and whisky hides all the base beer

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Photo of RayCannata
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

L -- Deep clarified reddish amber with a quickly dissipating rocky tan head produced with aerated pour. No retention or lacing
S -- Molasses, peat, hint of booze
T -- Molasses, brown sugar, just a hint of scotch barrel character and dark chocolate
F -- Quite limp and watery for the ABV. No silkiness or viscocity to speak of. Surprising
O -- Not quite what I was expecting. Not much different from your run-of-the-mill scotch ale, but the barrel aging does add a bit of a unique character

62/100

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tucquan
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-03-29 in Columbia, PA from a 11.2oz bottle # 06453 from 2014.

A - Opaque dark brown with just a hint of ruby. 1-finger light brown head and very good lace.

S - Chocolate malt and peaty scotch. A unique aroma for sure, and one that is quite appealing.

T - Very-well-toasted brown bread with some char on the crust, which has been slathered with original Nutella and consumed while simultaneously sipping a dram of the very-peaty Highland Park Scotch while also doing expresso shooters. Finishes with oak tannin and roasted bitterness but the peaty malt hangs in there too.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Creamy but also astringent from the char bitterness.

O - I wouldn't have guessed this combination of flavors would work so well together. I like peaty scotch and nuts and chocolate and beer so this works for me! Pretty cool.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to almost black with a ruby tinge. Topped with 3 fingers of creamy, beige head.

Smells of whiskey, cream, toffee, and slightly smokey.

Deep and roasted notes but extremely smooth with hints of whiskey, toffee, coffee and caramel. A touch of oak barrel is in there too.

Very light and frothy texture, that totally covers the ABV. Slightly oily, but lightened by the carbonation.

Got this in Toronto a couple days ago, drinking at Lake Muskoka Jan 21st, 2018. Excellent, top of the line brew.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very dark brown and clear, with zero head.

Aroma - strong rich malt, sweet molasses, oak and light whiskey,

Taste - Bitter coffee, woody, hints of whiskey, almost a little smoky

Mouthfeel - surprisingly thin but OK.

Overall - after cellaring 7+ years and waiting to try out the series, I was a little disappointed. Good for an old ale but I expected more from the buildup.

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Photo of travelguy
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tomesco
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beeragent
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSn
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
1.96/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This well constructed beer will essentially hinge on one important question: do you like whiskey or not? It's that simple, because the whiskey taste is obviously overwhelming, even within this 12 year association (I can imagine the 40 year).
My answer is: I really don't like whiskey at all.
I knew this going into this $6 bottle (330ml), but I had to try it, because I will try practically anything.
I utterly hated this one. So very gross to me, that I had to pour most of it down the drain.
Sorry whiskey lovers.

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Photo of Tony210
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours thin, black but not impervious to light. Minimal head with large foam bubbles.

Smell: some molasses, a little vanilla and whiskey, yeast.

Taste: sweet, roasty, chocolate malt , bittersweet chocolate, roasted espresso. Slightly bitter finish.

Feel: surprisingly thin

Overall: had to try it, very underwhelmed. Pricy for a 12 oz.

9/27/16
12 oz bottle
3.5 rating

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Photo of Darwood77
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Borzov1982
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not a maximalist, but it's taste, aroma, style, alcohol, which you open once every 10 years and less often. I really liked it.

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Photo of puck1225
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with a slight head and decent lacing. Smell and taste of licorice and dark chocolate. Nice spiciness and even a bit of strawberry. Just a hint of the Scotch whiskey. A bit thin, but a very enjoyable beer.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 861 ratings