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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:
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Added by Nickls on 01-29-2009

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#1,408
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
465
pDev:
9.79%
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured into tulip glass. It pours jet black with a thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. It has a very pleasant smell of caramel, coffee, raisin, fig, peat, tobacco, and whisky. The taste is interesting and really good: earthy peat, tobacco, raisin, fig, nuts, coffee, caramel and, of course, the whisky. There is also some oakiness, spice, and smoke. What's really impressive is that these disparate tastes blend so smoothly. I really like the feel of this ale: it's heavy in body for an ale (which I like) and light in carbonation. You can feel the alcohol at 8% ABV but it isn't overpowering. This ale would pare well with a hearty meal but you could also drink it in a pub before a fire on a cold day. Slàinte Mhath!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2014. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, toasted dark bread, whiskey, oak, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, light nuttiness/char, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and scotch barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, toasted dark bread, whiskey, oak, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, light nuttiness/char, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-medium roasted bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, toasted dark bread, whiskey, oak, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, light nuttiness/char, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and scotch barrel flavors with a great malt/bitter/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast bitterness and oak spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding old ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and soctch barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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2.04/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First of all, I love the idea of aging in scotch barrels. Pours a dense black liquid with peanut butter brown head. Leaves a ring around the liquid and forms some nice lacing.

Rich, smoky, sausage-like aroma. Almost like a mild rauchbier. Subtle toasty notes of burnt wheat and corn. Hint of wood.

Palate imparts delicate roasted tones of toasted bread grains, roasted peanuts and burnt molasses. Smoked meat adds a kick to the senses. Earthy hops fail to assert themselves as their flavor resembles that of the malt. Just the slightest touch of wood and scotch flavor without a strong bite. Finishes on the dry side and fairly clean. Slightly off-balanced. It seems to need a little more sweetness (and possibly a balancing hop character.)

Sturdy body. Slightly under-carbonated. Leaves a gritty texture on the tongue well after drinking.

Overall, an A for effort and originality but it doesn't succeed in all areas for me. I would prefer more pronounced flavors, a better balance and no gritty after texture.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDell
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

26.12.2015

Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. - Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18
Old Ale - 8% - 330ml bottle – Bottled September 2014 - Best before 09.17

This beer apparently originates as a porter named Old Engine Oil only its brewed at a higher strength than usual, and is then aged is Highland Park whisky casks. This particular variation having been left to do its thing in a cask that previously contained their "smoky, sweet and perfectly balanced" 18 year old single malt. First impressions: a very nicely presented beer in a black bottle with a very detailed label and tag around the neck of the bottle. Bottled in September 2014 (15 months ago).

Appearance: Black, small tan head. Medium levels of carbonation.

Aroma: Reminds of Thornbridge Hall's Double Scotch ale. Can smell the whisky as well as earthy tones, coffee and caramel.

Taste: Upfront you get the burnt toast, coffee and roasted malt flavours as you'd expect with the base beer being a porter. You then get the whisky influence in the middle followed some sweetness, like toffee and then a very long, ever so slightly bitter, roasted, smoky finish.

Mouth feel: The first thing that strikes you, even before the taste, is just how smooth and soft this beer is on the palate - like velvet.

Overall: Very enjoyable, if you like big stouts and porters this is a must try. 10 / 10 for mouth feel, as it's the smoothest beer I've ever had and 8.5 / 10 for the overall experience. Certainly one to savour.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It is almost black with a maybe a 1/4 light brown head with what I thought was an aggressive pour.
Smell: I'm dealing with some sinus issues so all I get is malt and alcohol.
Taste: Malt dominates and the whiskey barrel is definitely there but just accenting the flavor, subtle whiskey flavor.
Feel: Its light bodied.
Overall: It is interesting but I personally would like more barrel flavor. I find it very easy drinking with some solid malt flavor with a touch of the whiskey barrel.

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Photo of Beer21
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 465 ratings
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