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Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ola Dubh 1991 is the first in our annual Vintage Limited Edition Series (we only produced 20,000 bottles). It is aged exclusively in Highland Park casks from 1991.

(Beer added by: Francepants06 on 07-16-2013)
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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

(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

Bouleboubier, Aug 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jwat, Wednesday at 12:40 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

astronautjones, Nov 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jemarent, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

spycow, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter; bottle #06105, bottled in 4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, toffee, dark bread, oak, whiskey, leather, light tobacco, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, dark bread, toffee, oak, whiskey, leather, light tobacco, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, dark bread, toffee, oak, whiskey, leather, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible old ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JSuperman, Oct 17, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%

Lugenbeast, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Fabiand, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

oh wow
The whiskey and the stout
it's chocolate melting on your tongue

When will we see your like again

EmperorBevis, Sep 11, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Eleary14, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

fehrminator, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

$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.

Ozzylizard, Aug 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

liamt07, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Axnjxn, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

cirobordieri, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

DCgolfpro, Aug 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Lynn, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

KevinGordon, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Fernando_Bastos, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

mattdegroat, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

tharper178, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Damian
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Damian, Jul 10, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dbrauneis, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
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Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.