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Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Ola Dubh 1991Ola Dubh 1991

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.51%


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:
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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acevenom

Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 23:15:51 | More by acevenom
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A - pours pitch black, thick from the bottle, No head on pour, but with swirl the head appears and fades to spotty lace/film.

S - vanilla, scotch, oak/barrel, hint smoke.

T - smooth, vanilla, velvet, malt driven, smooth roasts, hint scotch, coffee.

M - very low carbonation, medium, not oily.

O - superb, the barrel component shines but everything sits together nicely.

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4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours dark black, nearly opaque. A two finger tan head forms, and sticks around for a minute. The foam gently recedes to a ring with plenty of lace.
S: Oak, light smoke and peat. Big vanilla and milk chocolate aromas. Distinct peat and wood aromas lingering again. A heavenly malty aroma.
T: Again, big on the malty flavors, as one would expect from these series. A bit more roasted malts than the nose. Some coffee at first, then the wonderful barrel flavors. Oak, peat, big milk chocolate and vanilla. So well integrated, and I love it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Well carbonated, and silky smooth. Not overly viscous or resiny that is the downfall of many similarly weighted beers. A treat to drink. I love how simply amazing this is to sip on.

Like all the Ola Dubh's, just simply amazing. Still one of my favorite series around. The label says this is "cask strength" which is either really unique for a barrel aged beer, or a gimmick for the label. Either way, another great offering in this line.

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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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Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.