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

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
Bottled. Almost black coloured. Dense light brown head. ARoma: Herbs, sweetness, caramel, roast. Flavour: Spice, liqourice, fruits, sweetness, roast, caramel. medium bdoied. Ends roasted bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20580) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle at yespr. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and light roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, soy sauce and whisky. Sweet and light roasted flavour of caramel, dark chocolate, earth and whisky. Roasted finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2013
Bottled. A black beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and alcohol.the flavor is sweet with notes iodine, roasted malt and straw, leading to roasted malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (10736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2013
pitch dark, small light brown head. aroma is roasted malts, booze, mild hops.flavor is roasted malts, faint smoke ,wood, whiskey, supernice not so heavy stoutish flavor, smoke, wood and booze work very well together.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30765) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2013
33 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is dense chocolate and smooth caramelish to vanilla. Thick malty, light tarish, dense dark chocolate. Bitter and lingering roasted malty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 29, 2013
Tap at Tørst. Pours a thick black with a big offwhite head. Smells strongly of Highland. Taste is a big chocolate malt, with some sea salt, and a big boozy whisky finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmerz (693) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Draught from Tørst. Pours deep black with big dense tan head. Aroma is soy, sherry, toffee, lightly smokey. Taste had distinct Scotch flavor though well balanced, cherries, smoke, charcoal,dark chocolate. Feel is creamy and lively but also the roast sits heavy. Light cooling astringency and charred wood. Really big but balances with enough complexity to keep it interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1278) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4635) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, smoke, peat, tobacco, and light molasses. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and vanilla. The finish has light-moderate roast, smoke, and a touch of tobacco. It’s medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle # 01483 and served in my Iechyd Da snifter: Pours a nearly black colour with a fading frothy beige head and minimal lace but some oily tears. The aroma is a symphony of smoke, oak, roast, char, leather, pipe tobacco, bakers chocolate, star anise and peaty earthiness. The taste supports the nose completely with lush malty overtones, fantastic barrel added complexity, smoke and ash, chocolate and sweet pipe tobacco. Hint of nutty and dark fruit appears as well. The mouth feel is slick and lush, warming of course but still remains shocking drinkable. This is a world class beer and a perfect match with almost any rich and heavy Maduro cigar. Get ya some before they are gone.


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