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Ola Dubh Special 12 Reserve by Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Old Ale
8.00 % ABV


 
Review by mr. furley on 07/19/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2007
very smooth, very easy drinking, smokey, not too thick. great boozy taste.

recommended

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2009
Bottle 18154 Sept 2007 - Pure black pour and soild in the glass with nary a highlight to it. No real head presented itself while pouring. Just a few bubbles emerged around the edge. The whisperingest thin lines the edge. Tiny dots of oily lace move about when sipped or swirled.

Aroma is mild yet seepingly complex with a port-like aroma with a deep seeded dark sweetness of pruney figgyness, raisin, chocolate, burntness of roast, and a tinge of bourbon-esque heat.

Taste is quietly complex and super softly smooth and creamy with a simple tone of dark and deep malty sweetness that softens around some raisin, fig, and prune playing with a lofty approach among a burntish hue of rounded chocolate. Slight piney hop oil and bourbon warmth tip toe into the finish while a favorable tone of heavier chocolate returns across the back and lasts with a creamy warm bourbon softness and subtlety. One complex and softly alluring Old Ale.

Body is about medium; creamy, soft, and subtle malten feel and lift to it. It takes about half the glass before it really takes hold and makes an impression. But from there the complexity in flavor really far reaches its body. The simple smoothness is quite nice. Soft, smooth, subtle, and creamy. If it were thickened up some with a heftier, chewier body this would be killer awesome.

A solid Old Ale done in a very subtle fashion with its oak aged attributes and smoothed over softness. Looking forward to trying the older versions of this one!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 03/22/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A - Pours a very dark brown and completely opaque body. Starts with a small toffee colored head that quickly reduces to a few floating bubbles and a ring around the glass.

S - Huge deep odors going on here. Big toffee and molasses up front, but bringing a very slight sweetness. Some dark chocolate lurks in the background. Vanilla. Nice boozy presence brings great complexity. Slightly charred wood, leather, obvious scotch booziness.

T - Nice. Sort of a cross between an old ale and an imperial stout. Deep chocolate tones back into the toffee and molasses flavors. Malts are everywhere here. From here the barrel aging really takes hold. Starts off with deep alcohol vapors. Smokiness along with well worn leather. Some tobacco. Oakiness comes in with some vanilla and massive char. Char and alcohol vapor lasts for a while on the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied. Light carbonation which is on par for a barrel aged brew.

Overall - I think this is the first brew that I have had that was aged in a Scotch barrel. I am enjoying it quite a bit considering I don't like Scotch. Alcohol from the aging is still a bit hot.

Price: $9.29 Served In: Snifter

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