Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh 1991Ola Dubh 1991

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BA SCORE
94
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 6.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews by acevenom:
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4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thin, quickly dissipating dark chocolate colored head. No light passes through it. The beer has a mild alcohol aroma along with some vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. There's also some smokiness. The beer has a nice smokiness up front with plenty of flavor from the oak. I get some vanilla and dark chocolate notes. I do get some alcohol in the flavor, but this is not strong. The casks provide plenty of strong flavor for this beer. Some dark fruits come out more as the beer warms. The body is medium with low carbonation. The beer goes down smoothly for such a big beer. The drinkability is dangerously high. This is an excellent beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +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

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for splitting his bottle of this three ways. It drops into the glass like a black hole, completely collapsing any light nearby to the glass; pretty oily, thick, and viscous looking. There's a fine bubbled, tan colored head that settles itself out at a moderate pace before finally surrendering as a chunky tan collar around the glass.

So apparently this beer was aged in Scotch barrels? Not surprising to learn, as the aroma is full of incredible amounts of blunted smoke and peat. An elegant composition of burnt wood, tobacco, and charred leather joins the smoky party and feels right at home. It's very "dark-peaty" and "Scotch-y" without the icky, alcoholic nose-burn that can sometimes accompany barrel-aged beers.

Straight liquid smoke with the first sip. Grab a piece of meat, a leather shoe, and some bark from an oak tree, then toss that shit on a campfire until the smoke hits you in the face and starts burning your eyes from their sockets. Alright, maybe I'm being a little overboard, but my essence was not to overstate the "intensity" of the smoke, rather the richness, robustness, and overall complex and intricate presentation of it in the flavor.

Leathery and silky tobacco notes are prominent in the finish, even with a hint of light peppercorn and dry, finishing wood. Again, no real hint of "alcohol" Scotch, rather it seems the beer just stole the peaty characteristics from the barrel and left all the nonsense behind. Slick, smooth mouth feel with a medium-heavy body. Not as creamy or thick as it appeared, but still very acceptable for the style.

Wow, what an interesting and lovely beer... I haven't really tried anything quite like this one before, so I don't have much to compare to. The smoke and the peat is unlike any other. It's not so much fatiguing or intensive as it is refined and polished, yet it does account for almost the entire flavor profile. If you're a fan of smoky things, you'll love this stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Pours with a small khaki head that doesn't last.

Smell - Peaty scotch. Sweet caramel. Slight roast.

Taste - Peat. Oak. Sweet caramel and chocolate. Some roast blends with the sugars.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Sweet. Kinda heavy.

Overall - Not sure how well this distinguishes itself against the others, but it's good.

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.16 ounce bottle, bottle #00678, April 13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like Scotch whisky, peat, dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some tobacco. It tastes like roasted malt, Scotch Whisky, peat, vanilla, dark fruit, wood chocolate and smoke. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty tasty brew, I liked it. It's pricey at $15.99 a bottle, but if you like Scotch Whisky barrel aged brews then you should definitely pick this one up. That and pretty much any Ola Dubh beer will be a good one!

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - traces of red are visible near the bottom of glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high frothy beige head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked peat are present in the nose; these become a little stronger as the ever warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the nose and has lots of flavors of smoked peat from the whiskey barrel aging along with notes of charred oak. As the beer warms up, the flavors gain complexity.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation and faint hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is incredibly well balanced and has the perfect amount of flavors from the whiskey barrel aging that prominently stand out but don't overwhelm the beer. It also hides its alcohol exceptionally well.

Note: Bottle No. 927

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4.52/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.