Ola Dubh 1991 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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4.26/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
harviestoun.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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.

Added by Francepants06 on 07-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
110
pDev:
7.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BradC
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of heygeebee
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of champ103
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.

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Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 110 ratings