Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12
BA SCORE
4.12/5
842 Ratings
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12
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:
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
Ranking:
#1,893
Reviews:
387
Ratings:
842
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
167
Trade:
8
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Photo of damndirtyape
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured in a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass. Bottle No. 09303. Bottle date: Sept 2014.

Appearance: Black letting no light through. Thin tan head on top that died back to a thin ring. Some strands and islands of fine lacing noted.

Smell: Fine scotch whiskey, toffee.

Taste: Buttery toffee, roasted malt, a tiny bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and very nice scotch that is very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and quite creamy. Very light carbonation that is noticeable at the end of the sip. A bit of a whiskey bite and warming sensation to the mouth after swallowing the beer.

Overall / Drinkability: This is one very good barrel aged beer. Very smooth from start to finish. Not powerful in flavor or aroma, but perfectly balanced and tasty. A slow sipping beer that I wish would never end - a large bottle of this would be dangerous indeed. I will definitely have to get this beer again as a special treat.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
12/24/2016

Bottle to snifter.


Dark black, no head...right to lacing.

Toasty barley
Light fruit finish

A little Smokey. From the scotch,

**

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Photo of Bunman3
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled september 2014

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours black with a brown head.

Smell: It has aromas of whiskey, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit. Taste: It has flavors of roast, whiskey, coffee, vanilla, some dark fruit, and a touch of chocolate.

Feel: It has a heavy body with a bitter finish.

Overall, this has a complex combination of malts with whiskey flavoring that is not overpowering like so many others and a warm alcohol finish.

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Photo of Spike
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml bottle with a foil cap. Bottled April 2015, consumed September 2016, BBE date November 2018.

L: Black. When held to the light...still black. Half-finger, coffee-coloured head is short-lived.

S: Bitter chocolate with whisky.

T: Dark, roasted malts. Prunes, espresso and whisky.

F: Light/Medium body. Some alcohol burn. Long, dry finish. Silky feel.

O: Enjoyable. The whisky barrel imparts a distinct, sharp edge that emphasises the alcohol content. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark black with very little head, but what head was there was quite long-lived, lacing around the glass. Very viscous.
Smell: predominantly cocoa, chocolaty, toffee and coffee. Very creamy.
Taste: bitterness from the roasted malt, quite malty. A lot of cocoa and coffee taste; it's as if I drank coffee. Some whiskey taste cropped up at the end.
Feel: full body, with a good amount of coffee aftertaste in the mouth.

Great beer all round!

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chadbo
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jams1220
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RachelinBrooklyn
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting and complex beer. It's not mentioned here, but the version I had on tap was brewed with chillies and had a definite kick on the back end.

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Photo of andpit
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeschaefer
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die," this one will have to wait for my review.

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Photo of bnes09
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with weak head and tiny lace spots. Mild aroma of toasty wheat and smoked meats with subtle, smooth scotch and oak. Flavor is dry with plenty of roasted character. Less scotch and oak than the nose suggests. Medium body, watery mid-drink but finishes dry. Low carbonation. Hint of a gritty, sandy texture.

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Photo of danec020
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Ginger Man, Manhattan.

I've had virtually all of the Ola Dubh family in bottles over the years. This is my first having any of them on cask. Man, what an awesome surprise. Mouthfeel is creamy, surprising to me for "only" an 8 abv. Smell is dried fruit. But the taste...caramel, dried fruit...it really blew me away. Gosh, I want more of this on cask. Really an unexpected taste treat on cask. Bravo to the brewers. Bartender...

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

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 842 ratings
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