Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Nickls on 01-29-2009

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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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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2.02/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.04/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Jeffo
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one in Bodegraven. Drank the 16, then the 18 and then the 21 yr. Some notes for comparison.

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter
March 2014

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 1 finger, medium looking, creamy and bubbly light tan head with good retention. Head fades to a full swirly wisp. Bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. A swirly wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Same as the 16 yr.

SMELL: Some decent peated whisky, aromas of leather and some dark chocolate on the nose. Medium strength. Nice, but not overly impressive. Similary to the 16 with a touch more peat.

TASTE: More peated whisky, leather and smoky flavors up front. More earthy notes at the swallow with a medium strength but lingering finish of peat, earthy hops, leather, some dark chocolate, toffee and raisins. Flavorful with some well balanced peat and smoky notes. Just as the 16 but with more peat and smoky character.

PALATE: Thinner and foamier body with medium-high levels of carbonation. A bit lighter on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly drier.

OVERALL: Same as the 16 but just a touch more peat and smoke here. The body is a little foamier, which is unfortunate, but otherwise, it's a solid brew and worth checking out. Still doesn't hold a candle to that 2010 12 yr I had last year, but maybe nothing will...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I saw that they had this on cask at the old Tap & Table I was really impressed. I ordered one right away because I had enjoyed trying so many of the others. This is the first and only one that I haven't had from a bottle so far. The beer poured out jet black in color, no surprise there. The smell of the beer wasrich with smokey and roasted aromas as well as scotch as well. The taste of the beer was about the same as the 12 to me. The mouthfeel was a little too light I think, The cask aging didn't benefit this beer in my opinion at all. Overall it was worth trying but I would only ever buy the 30 and 40 year ones again.

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3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled shared with my Girlfriend while comparing all of the Ola Dubhs. From notes.

A - One finger tan head on a black body with a film of retention and minor visible carbonation. No lacing remains.

S - Alcohol, ashiness, dark fruit, and a stronger whiskey element than the 16.

T - Alcohol, woodiness, less dark fruit than aroma and the 16. Tobacco and ash come out with smokiness which is quite intense. Coffee is there too.

M - Medium carbonation and full body. Really sweet/tobacco/ashy finish with some coffee.

O/D - More complex than the 16 but in a less pleasant way. Alot more alcohol is noticable and that ashy aspect holds it back. Otherwise it's alright but there are others in the series worth checking out before this IMO.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%

$ 10.99/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle # 01811 Apr 2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of generic whiskey
Head small (2 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – some irregular branching with tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black and opaque
Flavor of generic whiskey with coffee overtones; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.375. Final weighted score: 3.4.
OK, but not the quality expected from an ale this pampered. The general whiskey aroma and flavor were OK but since the aging takes place in Scotch whisky barrels I expected more of the scotch to come through.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled September 2014.

Great looking pitch black brew with an ample amount of tannish foam.

Big caramel malt smell bordering on notes of butterscotch. .in other words, oxidation. Some dark fruit.

Tastes of caramel and oxidation. Butterscotch is there and will probably grow as time goes by. Some dark fruit hints. Whiskey seems to be playing second fiddle. Some, most English Old Ales/Barleywines with a heaping helping of oxidation, I dig. In this one, not so much.

High end of medium bodied, low carbonation.

It is not as bad as I may have portrayed it in what I said above. I will say that I have no desire to drink it again. I appreciate the smaller bottle presentation.

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Photo of mbeerdino21
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Based on the reviews I was expecting a lot more from this one. Very underwhelming. Almost tastes flat with some Band-aid smokiness. At least you can pick up the barrel characteristic. Only thing this had going for it.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 474 ratings