Ola Dubh 1991 - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of Damian
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of BradC
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of heygeebee
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.