Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by heygeebee:
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-01-2014 11:03:53 | More by heygeebee
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
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
3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
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
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
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
4.19/5 rDev -1.6%
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
Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.