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Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Ola Dubh 1991Ola Dubh 1991

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.28%
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)
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

brother_kenneth, Jan 19, 2014
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ygtbsm94, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottle #01212. Pours like motor oil with just a bit of ruby sunlight passing through the edges. No head whatsoever. Aroma of dark rich chocolate, peat, booze, smoke, leather, tobacco. Smells pretty intense. Flavor is big smokey peat and some sweet dark chocolate. Slight dry oak, salty soy sauce, and a lingering scotch on the palate. A bit more harsh than the 16 I had. Thick but with a bit of prickly carbonation. Was hoping for a little more thickness but overall an interesting sipper.

BMMillsy, Jul 28, 2013
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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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 15, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Quite an expensive little bottle but I had to have it and pours midnight dark black hue with a half finger brief head and a touch of lacing but not much at all really,the smell is oak,whiskey and chocolate malts and suprisingly the whiskey is not as dominant as expected,the feel is full bodied with minimal carbonation and from the feel it gives the impression that its not one for ageing and the tastes are chocolate malts,herbal hops and oak aged whiskey all synced in a beautiful harmony and overall it's quite the drop but very exxy cheers.

ADZA, Nov 29, 2013
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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.

tectactoe, Jul 25, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Bottle No. 03675. Bottled April 2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, roasted malt, peat, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet smoke, cocoa, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice barrel aged and smoke qualities all around.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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ParlayHard8, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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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Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.