Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
(bottle no. 01956, date: April 13 - purchased at Binny's on Marcey - poured into a balloon - served 60+ F)
A: poured with almost a finger-width of khaki-colored foam, which swiftly faded, leaving a thin, bubbly collar... little action remains atop... seemingly impenetrably black liquid... scant lace - slides right back into the murky depths... 4
S: dark, semi-sweet chocolate... old unfinished wood... coating of vanilla around the edge... scrumptiously malty center with a delicate caramel core and a subtle whiff of salty booze... the aromas are monolithic and nebulous... medium+ intensity... 4.5
T: caramelized wood, bourbon... rise and fall of cookie-ish, cocoa-dusted malt... silky charcoal and ash swells in the aftertaste, settling into a roasted nut, subtle licorice, soft roasted barley, and a murmur of earthy bitterness... leather later emerges, however, the booze remains ghostly in the dimly-lit background... whisper of oxidation in the final moments... 4.5
M: medium-full body with a centralized, low-voltage, spirit-ous bite that softly hums for a minute, the fades... like a fleece blanket with an intravenous sedative... vaguely paper-dry... 4.5
O: yet another stunner in this look-alike series... a bit more oxidation and palpable age than the others - which is great!... was wondering when I'd come across that finally... looking at the bottle now, I had little idea this was as high as its 10.5% strength... perhaps the most satisfying of them all?... 4.4
08-25-2014 03:59:59 | More by Bouleboubier
4.25/5 rDev 0%
$19.99/11.16 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
1991 limited edition oak caskbottle # 902 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of whiskey and oak
Head average (3 cm), light brown, creamy, very slowly diminishing
Lacing - initially none – after the halfway point very wide arcs of tiny bubbles appear on the glass
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor is really hard to describe – there is a slight whisky taste and some vanillin and soy; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation
Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.125. Final weighted score: 4.25
This is a very smooth ale with the alcohol well hidden. Is it worth the price? IMHO, no. It has a decent appearance, aroma, flavor, and palate, but is not exceptional. Will I be buying more? Nope.
08-22-2014 00:48:44 | More by Ozzylizard
4/5 rDev -5.9%
Drink from a 11.16 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Harvest Wine & Spirits, West Hartford, CT
Bottle No. & Date: 00443 April 13
Served in a snifter
Dark brown appearance. A bit thinner than in body than anticipated. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, frothy, saddle brown head. The head quickly dissipated to a clingy, bubbly ring. A wall of spotty lacing coated the glass after every sip.
The aroma was dominated by dry, chalky yeasty notes initially. This reminded me of smelling the dregs at the bottom of a bottle conditioned beer. Somewhat smoky with hints of tar and char. Touch of cocoa. Toward the drink's end, the yeastiness subsided and the sweet, Scotch barrel notes came forth. Brown sugar, cocoa and peat were detectible as well.
The flavor profile was much more interesting and intense. Sweet up front with indications of brown sugar, cocoa, and deep, dark malts. Slightly ashy. The Scotch barrel notes really came through strong. Loads of intense, peat smoked malts. Black coffee was noticeable in the center. Some char appeared in the moderately boozy finish. Touch of acridity. Earthy hop notes lingered after the swallow.
The mouthfeel was rich, smooth and creamy. Frothy and supple. The liquid contained a mellow, tongue blanketing effervescence.
This is a really interesting old ale with an intense, peaty and smoky Scotch barrel character. At $15 a bottle, however, it is a pricey indulgence.
07-10-2014 15:53:31 | More by Damian
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Note: Bottle No. 09376
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces ti a large patch of medium thick film including some moderate sized bubbles and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of smoked peat, charred oak, and a lighter aroma of whiskey.
T: Upfront there is a light amount of roasted malts with a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of smoked peat, charred oak, and light flavors of scotch whiskey. Light amounts of bitterness that fades slowly.
M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming.
O: Pairs really nicely with chocolate, well balanced with very well hidden alcohol. Extremely well balanced and the whiskey barrel aging adds a lot to the beer without overwhelming the flavors. Really amazing.
07-02-2014 00:49:06 | More by dbrauneis
3.99/5 rDev -6.1%
Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.
Bottle No. 03675. Bottled April 2013.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, roasted malt, peat, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet smoke, cocoa, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice barrel aged and smoke qualities all around.
06-04-2014 02:51:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.