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Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Ola Dubh 1991Ola Dubh 1991

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BA SCORE
93
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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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metter98

New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 02:38:31 | More by metter98
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 23:06:38 | More by bluejacket74
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champ103

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 01:20:42 | More by champ103
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 01:27:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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ADZA

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 16:14:55 | More by ADZA
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:08:02 | More by BMMillsy
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small, but rather expensive bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep, dark black in color, with a short, sturdy cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Boozy dark chocolate
Taste-Shape-shifting qualities of smoke, dark chocolate, spiciness, wood, leather and warming alchohol. Rich and complex but very smooth for the strength. A perfect "cigar beer" to relax with.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 19:57:35 | More by hosehead83
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dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a black color with almost no head.

The aroma is huge of barrel character, more than many other beers I’ve tried. It’s smokey, oak, leather, tobacco, earthiness, vanilla.

The flavor follows with the woody and smokey notes from the aroma. There is not much sweetness, but instead more earthiness and dense bourbon notes. It’s quite a huge and boozy beer despite being 10.5%, or smaller than some other barrel aged beer options.

A lovely beer that really just show what whiskey barrels can do to a beer. Tons of complexity and huge flavors in this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 18:58:45 | More by dar482
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 16:26:59 | More by tectactoe
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heygeebee

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 11:03:53 | More by heygeebee
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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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Francepants06

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is a very typical beer from their Ola Dubh line. They only made 20,000 bottles of this special 1991 limited edition. It smelled of oak and light smoke. It tasted of vanilla cream, oak, smoke, char, and some dark fruits as well. It was a medium to full bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer, I wish I would get to taste it side by side with the other Ola Dubhs. All I need is a bottle of the 40 and I will have completed my collection.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 22:16:25 | More by Francepants06
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RockAZ

Arizona

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG! 1991 Vintage on DRAFT! Smooth whiskey/scotch taste and smell, one of the best beers I have ever had. Black as ink, firm brown foam, heavy consistency to liquid but not oily. Many brewerys have tried to do a whisky barrel aged beer but this one is done right.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-14-2013 15:54:38 | More by RockAZ
Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.