Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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4.18/5
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477 Ratings
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18
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:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,697
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
477
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
121
Trade:
5
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Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 4. 2016 version. The wood notes are now masked by a slightly unpleasant sourish touch. Certainly below the 12 and 16 years versions

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Photo of Tomesco
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one finger creamy tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and dark fruits.

T - The taste is plums, raisins,dark chocolate, molasses, oak and light whiskey.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - Nice beer. The flavors are rich and inviting. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Holderness
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Of the 12, 16, and 18, this is my favorite as it combines the best aspects of the 12 (chocolate, molasses) and the 16 (smokey peat, fuller body) into a single, equivalently priced package. The mouthfeel is noticeably thicker on this one, which is also a trend in the right direction. Slightly better head retention, too

79/100

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - thin layer of head on a very dark brown clear body. Nearly opaque with ruby highlights.

Aroma - strong sweet molasses and honey, raisins and plums, with oak and whiskey coming in faint at the end.

Taste - Dark fruits to the fore, followed by oak tannins. A little sweet molasses at the end. Much less bitter than the 12 and 16. Also less whiskey in the taste.

Mouthfeel - very smooth. Went down easily.

Overall - I had the 12, 16, and 18 in order and they got better as the night progressed. Can't wait to try the 21, 30, and 40 tonight.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 2012

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Photo of shelby415
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a bubble show producing a rocky, three finger head; squiggles of lacing linger

Smell: Peat, tobacco and ash, with a hint of dark chocolate

Taste: Peat and tobacco dominate the front end, with hints of ash in the mid-palate; baker's chocolate and toffee add a touch of sweetness to the finish, but the whisky tones linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Been a long time since I had a beer from this series but this reminds me of what the top brewers in Great Britain can achieve; nobody on this side of the pond is brewing a beer like this that I have seen

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An other beautiful beer from this brewery. Deep black-brown color, beige head and nice lacing. Smooth and silky feel. Strong dark chocolate smell, slightly smokey. Taste is a bit boozey and warming. Flavors are smokey, earthy, dark chocolate, toffee. Very good with roast beef!

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

Photo of dynamite149
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one insanely tasty beer. It pours jet black with a tan head (more than I was expecting in size) but one that goes away pretty quickly. The nose is smoky and with hints of whiskey. The taste has a string bittersweet base, with notes of whiskey, dark chocolate, peat, and some smokiness. Much more drinkable than I was expecting for a beer of this strength and style. Viscous mouthfeel and with little carbonation. Really tasty stuff and a beer I'll be looking to buy more of.

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Photo of BamfBacon
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and oak
T: Taste is dark fruits with a little smoke, some oak, chocolate and toffee. At times it has a flavor that reminds me of molasses. Swallow is more smoke and oak with some lingering dark fruits and roasted malts with some lingering dark chocolate.
M: The beer has a heft on the palate that is fairly full with low carbonation. The finish on the beer is fairly drying.
O: Overall this beer is delicious. It has some great flavors and complexity. It is also much different than the normal old ale. Definitely one to try but I think I like the 12 a bit better.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 477 ratings