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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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34334) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

Clear dark black - red brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly to fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, peat, dark malt, dark roasted, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, peated, dark roasted, coal. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130629]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (4956) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2013
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.5%. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. The aroma has moderately roasty and oaky notes (more sherry than whisky), hints of soy sauce, liquorice and blackstrap syrup. The flavour is not to sweet, roasty with coffee and liquorice notes, distinct oaky notes, you get an idea that this beer has been matured in a whisky barrel, hints of sherry again. Just a hint of peat smoke. Warming mouthfeel. Very good..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Number 03183 from April 2013. Black pour with a short, tan ring of foam on the surface. Aroma is soft soy, treacle, light peat and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is smoky wood, peat, molasses, hints of soy sauce, bittersweet chocolate and oak notes. Body is medium with a light carbonation and mild warmth. Ends with more smoky notes, oak, light peat, molasses and sea salt with hints of booze and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (10642) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Almost black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, wood and whisky. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Smooth. 290613

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (10824) - DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown with tiny beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Flavour is roasted malts chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, little liquorice, hop, little peat, whiskey, wood and medium bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (13833) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Small head with short duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, coffee, wood, molasses, caramel and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1324) - - JUN 27, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Bottle. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Aroma is peat, roasted malt, soy sauce and a touch of chocolate. Taste is very boozy. Scotch is prominent and some sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a touch light for the style and has a strong carb. Pretty unique. The scotch is really a nice touch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1861) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle #1439. Pours black with very little head that collects at the edges and grabs the glass well. Nice complex aroma of soy, smoke, earthy hops, vanilla, roasted malt and light whiskey. Taste is moderately sweet with lots of soy, whiskey barrel notes, and smoke. Spicy and earthy hop kick in the finish. Well balanced beer. Thin to medium body, oily slick mouthfeel. Overall, it’s really good stuff. A little thin but goes down so easy for the high abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3059) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Bottle number 02771. Pours a dark cola brown with a thin tan head,. Aroma of leather. Flavors of licorice, dark fruits and some smoky notes from the whisky cask. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beersiveknown (2781) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle at home courtesy of Ewan at harviestoun, cheers sir!
Dark coffee with tan head. Fairly sweet nose, caramel, sherry, lactose, camp coffee, on swirling some meaty umami and iodine. Thick, mouthfilling with gentle carbonation and sweet red berries up front followed by a cornucopia of flavour. Dry toasty malt, astringent wood, meaty booze sweet vanilla, coconut appears on nose, dark cocoa, latte, both sweet and savoury, iodine whisky, dry woody notes, rich caramel. The booze very well hidden but creeps up on you with a knockout blow. Long rich dry finish. Fab

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