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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of champ103
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Photo of hosehead83
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RockAZ
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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