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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Bottled, special
limited release of 20,000 bottles
Consistent with the core Ola Dubh range, the 1991 Vintage is deep dark brown, dense and oily; the nose is redolent of soy and molasses with winey overtones and a gentle, earthy, hop aroma. The 1991 Vintage is somewhat sweeter than its counterparts and has delicious smoky-sherry notes on the palate, the flavours deriving at least as much from the whisky-infused-wood as the spirit itself. As expected from its higher strength, this is a bigger and bolder number than its siblings.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (3578) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Sweet malty, chocolate, coffe, vanilla. Similar taste with a noticeable bourboun touch. Also a bit boozy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdan (260) - USA - OCT 1, 2013
Black with nice creama.Aroma roasted malt, mocha, Taste rich and sweet mocha, roasted malt. Full body, text smooth, carb low, finish bittersweet.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cool_Bond (1586) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2013
Heavy aroma of raisins, oak and tar. A little sweetness, very light taste anyway. Very good taste of oak with a long and good taste of dark, strong coffee. I really liked the aftertaste. Surprisingly easy to drink for being so strong. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (751) - örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2013
Svart öl med mörk brunt skum. Doft: Kaffe godis, rågbröd, mörk mjölkchoklad, vanilj, lätt bränd marmelad, körsbärs pralin, wiskey. Smak: Samma som doft fast + lite lakrits och mjukare och rundare.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of whiskey, caramel, vanilla, porto, dark dried fruits, sherry, smoke and oak, molasses, dark chocolate, yeast, roasted malts and soy. Very complex to say the least! Very dark brown that sits black as night in the glass. Small light tan head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery soft. Overall a very intense brew that really feels and smells like it’s been aged for a century. Very complex and a pleasure to sip.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1504) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Tasty Beverage Company, Raleigh, NC. Dark brown to almost black pour with a slight tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, soy, Earth, wood, and faint floral hops. Taste is of bitter espresso, smoke, damp oak, cocoa, and surprisingly light whiskey. The whiskey, however, lingers on the palate and there is a gentle warmth from the alcohol. Sherry-like rich mouthfeel. This is a very interesting, complex beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ripley93 (26) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2013
High level of barrel aging in this one. Aroma is brimful of sugars, chocolate and licorice, notes of wood and dark fruits. Silky smooth mouth and and a complex finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1619) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2013
Pours black with no head. Aroma is tar, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, muscovado sugar. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, tar, dark red berries, coffee. Very well balanced and really really good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2013
Small brown head. Opaque black body. Earthy chocolatey roasty aroma with whisky and toffee notes. Sweet-dryish earthy roasty toffee taste with chocolatey spicy notes. Fullish body. Mild, soft, smooth, rounded mouthfeel with slight heat. Dryish earthy smoky whisky taste with toffee notes. Perfectly balanced and harmonic, but perhaps a little more earthy and raw than the other Ola Dubhs. Lacking that lovely bitter-sweet edge running through it. Still an outstanding beer by any standards. (0.33l bottle, from Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2013
12 ounce bottle from Belmont Station. Pours a murky dark mahogany color with a small brown head. A light but robust nose of wood, char, smoke, sweet malt profile. A really good subtle and complex brew: wood, scotch, peat, bitter roast, chocolate, vanilla, some creamy mocha. Age. This tastes old. Done perfectly as usual. These series of beers are great.


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