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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
4.25/5
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425 Ratings
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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:
Every bottle of this extremely limited Ola Dubh 30th Anniversary Ale has been individually numbered. Our ale has been aged for up to six months in first fill sherry butts, formerly used to mature Highland Park's award-winning 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. These hand selected butts add subtle whisky notes to what is already a complex ale with its chocolatey mouthfeel and distinctive bittersweet finish. The high ABV has been deliberately created to stand up to, and blend with, the intensity of flavor created by the infused wood.

Added by rallison on 02-23-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,006
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
425
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
94
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 230
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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fitze
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ikidunot
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Listed in the "1001", I have Had several vintages of Ola Dubh including this and believe that the 12 is the best value.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of majorlance
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave1999
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, no head at all.

The smell is malt and smoke.

The taste is sweet malt and smoke. The smoke is subtle but the malt is very sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

Overall this is decent sweet beer, definitely a desert beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khmel
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Mostly opaque, oil black. Slippery looking.

S: Oak, whiskey, slight roasted malted.

T: Whiskey, oak, roasted malt, light hops in the finish.

M: Slippery whiskey feel, smooth, medium body, hardly any carbonation, alcohol burn in finish.

A truly enjoyable whiskey flavor and nose!

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For 17 bucks a bottle i was expecting big things, especially as i was a fan of the other ola dubhs.i then did a full vertical and actually preferred the 21 by quite a distance.there wasnt much difference between this and the 18.bit of a letdown.

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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fabianno
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that I purchased years ago and finally decided to drink. Bottle date of Sept 2007 makes this brew nearly 8 years in the bottle at the time of this review. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears black in color with a tan cap. Some spotty lace hangs on the glass.

The nose includes some smokiness with earth and raison. An afterthought of coffee and pete blends together towards the back. The taste has a sweetness of raison, contrasted by raw oak, pete, coffee and bitter chocolate. Across the finish are some herbal boozy notes.

This is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This displays an interesting booziness without the alcohol burn. Considering this beer's age, it was not showing signs of oxidation and tasted surprisingly well blended and enjoyable. This is saying a lot coming from someone who typically does not enjoy scotch barrel aged offerings.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 425 ratings
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