1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Not Rated.
Ola Dubh 1991Ola Dubh 1991

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

74 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

10-18-2013 23:06:38 | More by bluejacket74
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-01-2013 16:46:12 | More by DanGeo
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

07-25-2013 16:26:59 | More by tectactoe
Photo of tbryan5
tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-31-2013 13:45:44 | More by tbryan5
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-15-2014 01:52:56 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
Photo of xdefeatsy
xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-21-2013 19:11:45 | More by xdefeatsy
Photo of TKEbeerman
TKEbeerman

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-12-2013 02:23:24 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-19-2013 02:02:22 | More by acurtis
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

10-15-2013 01:27:37 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of DCgolfpro
DCgolfpro

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

08-09-2014 00:37:09 | More by DCgolfpro
Photo of JSBILK
JSBILK

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-30-2014 23:29:21 | More by JSBILK
Photo of apasternak
apasternak

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-21-2014 03:02:24 | More by apasternak
Photo of KevinGordon
KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-31-2014 14:54:24 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of enelson
enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-29-2013 19:42:23 | More by enelson
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%

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

08-04-2013 02:38:31 | More by metter98
Photo of pathman
pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-27-2013 20:46:12 | More by pathman
Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-11-2013 18:41:48 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
Photo of Stum-pub
Stum-pub

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +17.6%

10-08-2013 23:21:28 | More by Stum-pub
Photo of liamt07
liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-21-2014 15:50:56 | More by liamt07
Photo of fehrminator
fehrminator

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-24-2014 01:33:22 | More by fehrminator
Photo of Matagal
Matagal

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-05-2014 05:22:57 | More by Matagal
Photo of stooge
stooge

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-06-2013 04:38:27 | More by stooge
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-19-2014 04:15:23 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

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
Photo of BradC
BradC

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a jet black with a head that quickly fades. From bottle 03870, bottled 4/2013.

Smells of scotch, vanilla, oak

Tastes of scotch, vanilla, oak and a touch of peat. Alcohol is well hidden.

Very little carbonation, smooth and pretty easy drinking.

Overall, very tasty and the third ola Dubh I've had and probably my favorite. Expensive price tag means I won't go crazy to tey it again, but it is worth trying at least once

04-17-2014 00:51:39 | More by BradC
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.