Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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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
Ratings:
837
Reviews:
385
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes almost 2 weeks ago.

330 ml brown bottle with Harviestoun mouse logo, a fine quality green label in highland park style just below ensuring you know which age of Highland barrel were used. a nice tag giving a bit of background on the great relationship amongst brewer and distiller. Harviestoun and Highland Park that is. Poured into an English style port glass(stemmed). Label notes: July 2011, head brewer & master of wood both listed as well as the 57219 bottle #.

A - Ola Dubh translates to, 'black oil', and this brew is properly named without doubt. It's nearly unpenetratable with the smallest bit of dark brown ruby cutting the bottom edges. Soft and cozy black in color with a Small tan head that leaves a thin ring of lace before vanishing.

S - Dark fruit and rich caramel aroma. Tiny whiff of chocolate malt and a scotch booziness.

T - Smoked whiskey and smoked barrels. Dark fruits and a hint of caramel sweetness. A fine acheivement in giving that scotch whiskey barrel flavor.

M - Smooth mouthfeel and booziness is brilliant and easy going. Very enjoyable and drinkable. It's an oil like thickness but still remains thin enough to quench the thirst.

O - this is my first harviestoun brew, but won't be my last. I really enjoyed the 12 and will pick up a few more. Ill do the 16 in a few days, but for now I'm left admiring a brilliant black old ale. I'm big on scotch and bourbon and this one is pure class. I'd recommend Highland park scotch to anyone and after this I can say Harviestoun puts the same amount of brilliance and class into this ale. A real treat.

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Photo of cvm4
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thin black, coffee like and with a light tan head.

S - Very peaty, smokeyness and dark fruits.

T - Roasted malts, chocolatey, smokey & peaty.

M - Medium carbonation & body. Smooth & velvety.

O - I've had my share of scotch & this comes across as a great scotch beer. Really peaty & smokey and smooth as velvet.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared about 1 1/2 yrs

Appearance: very dark brown, almost pitch; nice mocha head dies to a film disappointingly fast

Aroma: medicinal peat, roasted malt, caramel, anise, raisin, dates; lot;s of rich fruit sweetness with a hint of acid bitterness

Taste & Mouthfeel: texture of hot chocolate - thick and creamy with a bit of chalkiness - and some of the flavour of it too, but add some anise and espresso; these flavours combine with sweet toffee at the start, but then turn to a pronounced bitterness that is not only due to the roasted malt, but also grassy hops; some of the peat character is also sneaking around towards the end, rising in the back of the throat; a port comes to mind - rich dark fruitiness, cherries

Overall: some really great character to this beer, definitely at least partially imparted by the scotch barrels; always like a brew that takes you on a ride of experiences from first sniff to finish, and this is one of them

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The quick, dark walnut brown head is rocky over a very dark beer with reddish brown highlights. Highly viscous with spotty lacing.

Pronounced malt with molasses, licorice, and a light note of mint in the background.

The flavor clearly showcases roasted malt with some baker’s chocolate, moderate bitterness, and plums. The finish has a light bitterness and peat flavors.

Special 12 is dry with a full to dense body and fine, prickly carbonation. The smooth, silky texture gives way to light chalkiness while the alcohol is less than expected.

While this bottle was enjoyed from a Glen Cairn snifter with George, it would be fantastic for reading or contemplation.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a deep, deep brown. Dark and ominous in the centre, with a solid deep toasted edge. Head is a reasonably frothy and solid crest of mocha bubbles. Not much lace, but there's solid residual liquid when swirled. Fine, delicate carbonation forms as the glass is tilted. Looks really good.

Nose is dark and toasty, with lashings of oak and dark smouldering whiskey. There's a slight peppery twang that comes up as it warms, or perhaps vaporises out of the heady alcohol. It's a dark, oaky, delicious beast.

Taste is also good, and aided by a lovely slick, almost oily smoothness. The toasty notes are still present, but the richness of the wood and whiskey is lost a little bit from the nose. Back feels certainly a little bit empty after the depth on the front, but accentuates the volatile booze character that seems to evaporate in your mouth along with the flavour.

Overall, this is a nice beer blended and executed very nicely. By coincidence, my scores for the Ola Dubh series rise as the age of the whiskey barrels do. I'd love to say that it was intentional.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a pitch black brew with no head.

Smell -Oaky and roasty aromas were the heaviest. Mixed with these were some good notes of whiskey, a lighter smoke and some chocolate.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of roasted malt as well as some chocolate. Flavors of oak and a light whiskey flavor quickly come to the tongue. While the whiskey starts out lighter it grows stronger thought the taste. While the whiskey intensifies, some dark fruit flavors and a bitter herbal flavor come to the tongue. In the end with increases in both the whiskey and roasted flavors, a very satisfying dark boozy flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier and smoother side with a very low level of carbonation due to the cask nature of the pour. Nice for the style, although I think I may have been one I would have enjoyed with a bit more carbonation (I should try and find a bottled version).

Overall – Quite tasty and well worth a try. It had a nice roasted and whiskey flavor with all the flavors melding well throughout the taste experience.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.13 out of 5 based on 837 ratings.
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