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


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1763) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6621) - 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.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6926) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14266) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Oiley, fruity, smokey, high malty, sweet notes, light oxidation, dried fruits, ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (1769) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of sweet molasses, dried dates, cold coffee and oak.
Appearance: A dark black colored beer. A brown head with some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet dark bread, bitter coffee, dark cocoa and burned oak.
Palate: Low carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body with a somewhat dry finish.
Overall: Very sweet, very potent. Overwhelmingly dark.
Note: Bottle 330 ml. (Vintage 1991) Reviewed 2013-09-03.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody whisky caramel and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody whisky and weak smoky chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty woody smoky whisky and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (578) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 330ml bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, smoke, dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Taste is similar and very complex, malt, smoke, dark cholate, coffee, vanilla, liquorice and whiskey. Nearly flat carbonation, full bodied with a slightly creamy texture, smooth and well balanced. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2675) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, port wine, wood, peat, ash and light sweet alcohol. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of port wine, wood, peat, licorice and ash. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (5598) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle 3064, bought at Systembolaget. Black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of light roasted malt, chocolate, wood and whisky. Quite sweet with a long finish. A nice perfect to sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSkull (1361) - SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 (Bottle). 737414. Sweet scent of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses and soya. The flavor has a distinct hint of vanilla with flavors of roasted malt, raisins, dried fruit, peat and whiskey. A bit too much caramel and vanilla flavor for my taste! -- (Bottle, 2013). After around one and a half years in bottle the flavors has matured and softened and become more balanced. I like the beer better now than when it was fresh bottled. Nice sweet flavors of roasted malt, raisins and molasses, also notes of smoke and peat and the vanilla flavor is damped.

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