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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Nickls on 01-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,409
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
464
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%

$ 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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4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle No. 01268, bottled on Feb 2012. Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

I love the look of the bottle. Reminiscent of a porter with some whiskey in the background but too thin to be a stout. A good old ale for those who also like barrel aged beers with a smokey and peaty finish. Let it warm up for the flavors to really come out. 3.75

A – Pours a “clear” reddish brown to black with no head. No extra viscosity apparent, which was unexpected. Some faint lace and alcohol legs coating the glass. 3.75

S – Vinous, maltiness, faint whiskey, tinch of sweetness. 4

T – Low bitterness, some dark fruit, smokey, woody, peaty, leaves alcohol on the palate. 4

MF – Medium-light body (-), medium dry, a bit of a bite on the palate, no head but carbonation creates that bite, smooth but thin with some warming qualities. 3.25

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.72/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Bottle #9500, dated January 2009.

A - A hard pour yields a late-rising crust of dark tan foam and a lighter collar, with perhaps a few lingering wisps on top. Sludgy dark brown body.

S - Big dark fruit and molasses aroma, baker's chocolate, and a touch of vanilla, with light notes of peated whisky. Whatever oxidation has occurred is in line with the original flavor profile of the beer. Quite good.

T - Taste has significantly more char, oak, and peat. Chocolate takes on a darker tinge to it, and there's a malted milk ball and vanilla note in the finish. I wish the Scotch was dialed back about 10%, as the bitter char and peat distracts rather than invigorates. Sweetness comes out a bit as the beer warms up, to its benefit. Lingering notes of soy and whisky in the aftertaste.

M - Low carbonation; cask-like, medium-full body, with a bit of tannin to it. Lingering stickiness on the lips. No appreciable alcohol.

D - Enjoyable, but not terribly different than other beers from this series. I enjoyed the 33cl bottle, but probably wouldn't buy it again at this price point. Still, a good example of successfully integrating Scotch and beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(purchased at Binny's on Marcey - bottle 03994, date April 2013 - poured into a balloon)

A: finger-width of chocolate milk colored messy suds, drops and breaks apart within a couple minutes... the liquid is pretty damn black, brown edge... messy collar maintains throughout, tiny specks of lace

S: explosive smell!... dark chocolate milk, lightly caramelized wood... nary a hint of alcohol

T: whiskey cask notes jump out up front - a touch of peat smoke, bit of cereal grain, a flash of semi-spicy, dried grassy/floral-ity in the middle... finishes with a flare of whiskey flavor, mild wood tannins, and a micro flash of the alcohol... the core flavor is that of very dark, mildly-bitter chocolate with delicate espresso highlights... sort of black coffee with a sugar realm of moderate sweetness

M: as smooth and a slick as a beer can get for one that doesn't quite feel full-bodied... a flat (as opposed to round) viscosity... very low gas on the outer edges of the tongue... thin film of sugar residue... only a pilot light of afterglow... not quite as lip-smacky, rib-sticky as I hoped

O: I don't know... all of these Ola Dubh's are similar... in memory, this one has the most intense smell of the ones I've had - that translated to the first few sips being superb, but it didn't quite open up and develop like I'd hoped... still, a fantastic dark brew!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned and cap wrapped in foil
Pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head
Big boozy chocolate aroma
Liquorice notes in the flavour
Amazing slightly slick body

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Seen it on the shelf alongside the 12, 16, and 30th Aniv. and knew it was something fancy and probably some coin. Looked it up to see what it was, an old ale... well, I happen to love old ales and it got pretty decent ratings. So I bring it up to the counter expecting to put it back because it would be to much money and the guy says it's $10.99.... Ahhh, not too bad I'll take it. Shared this beer with my father-in-laws buddy who is a BMC drinker but loves Ale's and I share with often. What a lucky bastard...

Poured from bottle into mini snifters

A- Dark Black, hint of brown. Small light brown head, left a nice ring that stayed throughout consumption. Thick and light in the glass with a heft amount of legs and a little bit of lacing.

S- Man oh man. Subdued but so rich, Chocolate, wood, figs, plums, bread, whiskey.

T- Wow, it just gets better and better. Even as it warmed and picked up more nuances. Started off with Chocolate and sweet whiskey, led into some tabacco, plums and figs, dark fruit, slight coffee, rich roast and bread. The warmer it got the more the dark fruit came alive while more cchocolate and roast while it was slightly cooler. I can't begin to tell you how easy drinking this was and the flavors were almost hidden, daring you to seek them out. Not in a bad way, but in a whole cow this beer is the truth kind of way.

M- Simply butter. Smooth and silky, Velvety, light and full, semi sticky, enough carbonationto meet your needs. Sublime.

O- The whole time I was saying my weak(as in fairly young and still learning) pallette would appreciate this beer more in 5 years when I can "really" enjoy this. That's how good this beer was. Even for me I found it simply masterfull. Everything balanced and nothing harsh. Great barrel blend, excellent base and smoother than a baby's bottom. We'll worth the price tag and my father-in-laws friend felt the same way. Seek this out. Simply world class with almost everything else looking up at it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

0,33l bottle. Bottle 08955 from 09/2012
Pours pitch black beer with smooth tan 2-finger head having good retention. Smell of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, wood, slightly whisky.
Viscous, oily and warming beer. Taste of coffee. Complex aftertaste - tobacco, whisky, wet wood. Carbonation is low. Mind-blowing old ale.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 464 ratings
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