Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18
BA SCORE
4.19/5
Exceptional
466 Ratings
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Nickls on 01-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,414
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
466
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
122
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 466 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of samEBC
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ShaneSmith
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of leroybrown10
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle, bottled July 2011, botle # 15670. Served in a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass.

Appearance: Black - no light coming through - with a thin dark tan head. Some occasional persistent islands and strands of lacing.

Smell: Hint of toffee, fine scotch, with a mild peaty smokiness.

Taste: Rich toffee with bittersweet chocolate notes. A bit of scotch whiskey taste and bite, a mild bitter finish, and some lingering peat / smoke.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Outstanding.

Overall / Drinkability: What an amazing beer! Rich in flavor and aroma and this may be one of the best beers I've had in quite some time. Pricey, but worth the experience. Because the alcohol is well hidden this is a dangerously drinkable beer. A good slow sipping and savoring beer, but I really wish I had more. I will have to check out the rest of the line and see if I can save up for another bottle as a special occasion beer.

 975 characters

Photo of patrykfus
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SteveD082791
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of cj8311
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of leansean88
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of R_Kole
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Syracuse12
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Review taken from notes: November 2013. Bottle #04467

330ml brown bottle with brilliant black foil gracing the cap and neck. Color choice on the 18 is red on a black label with wood master and head brewer signatures. Harviestoun mouse logo is just awesome! Poured into a stemmed snifter.

A - deep black in color with dark brown edges with the darkest of ruby barely finding it's way through in the light. Darkish tan to light milk chocolate brown head pours small and settles to a ring of lace leaving a tiny touch of stick.

S - a whiff of dark fruit and chocolate. Mmm.. the smell of peat. It reminds me of getting a quick whiff of Highland Park's 18 year old. Sweet vanilla and molasses knock out the middle with smoke, oak and Peat in the back end.

T - wow.. this may be the best Ola Dubh I've had. Rich Scotch flavors dominating from the first sip. Sweet molasses and sweet malt. Milk chocolate character with a rush of light vanilla. Smoke and peat are outstanding bringing together a grand experience. Light spice much as you get with a good single malt scotch. S
There is even some of those dark fruit notes that are in the nose if you take your time searching for them.

M - fairly big medium body nearly identical to the 12 and 16. A perfect display of texture and the right amount of thickness makes this one hell of a smooth brew. Easy drinkable and Uber eenjoyable

O - these Ola Dubh are some of the best and right down tastiest beers I've come across. The Highland Park barrels and this beer recipe were almost meant for one another. Laying out a truly phenomenal experience in a bottle. Hats off to Harviestoun and even to Highland Park for such a treat with the 18 and all the other Ola Dubh bottlings

 1,725 characters

Photo of Gakusei
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of factoide
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of kkleu357
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Black thin body with a small fast dissipating head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of scotch. More it sits, the more it smells like a glass of scotch. Light mouthfeel. Lots of flavor though. Lots of scotch whiskey comes through. Hints of chocolate. Excellent beer.

 264 characters

Photo of RocketRaccoon88
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Definitely a great beer! The look was just what I hoped for: dark and refined. It smelled almost like an actual cask! The first taste was phenomenal. Once I took that second taste and let my taste buds explore, boom.. Great to the last drop. Idk how much other people have paid but here in Hawaii it was $13.99. To me, totally worth it!

 336 characters

Photo of Synapstic
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Chefmemo72
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 466 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.