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

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (483) - SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Gorgeous restrained dark chocolate and treacle nose. Full bodied but not sappy. Black with a deep brown tan whispy head. Complex earthy chocolaty body which is full but in no way sappy and unravels and caresses the mouth before making contact with a smokiness and the strong whisky barrel element. Beautiful, restrained and still pretty young. Will love to see how it all integrates in the coming years.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4168) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to coat surface. Molasses, caramel and smoke aromas. Thick with peat and molasses front to back. Warming whiskey finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong peat, smoke and toffee notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lo tot smoke and peat notes as well as some chocolate and toffee. There is a bit of sweetness but what really stands out are the Scotch-aged notes. Fairly boozy. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Tastes like the chocolate made with Laphroaig that you get at Dude Sweet Chocolate in Dallas. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1055) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle at Sheffield Tap. Black, oily looking, no head. Boozy, chocolate roast, tasty. Boozy aroma, with sherry notes, fruity. Pretty good sipping beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2166) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
Bottled. Pours dark, deep brown with a medium sized, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, wood, smoked notes, earthy hops and alcohol. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with bitter notes. Medium to full bodied, oily carb. and soft carb. An excellent brew.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (61) - - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a dark brown body with almost no head. Rich of bread tones and other interesting flavours.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (116) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Sweet whisky and chocolate nose, chocolate and liquorice, rich.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (2179) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with a tan head and lacing. Aromas of fruitcake and chocolate. Taste has an earthy quality, and subtle whisky notes. Of the three barrel-aged we had this was by far the best. Beautiful balance between the beer and the whisky. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (5934) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
330, capped. Thanks j and a! Pours a murky ebony with a scant tan ring. Big oily smoky peaty and mildly iodiney nose. The promised soy and molasses are there as well. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Oily, peaty, molassesy and iodine-rich mid palate. Long toasty molasses finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3065) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2013
Small tan head dark pour mild carbonation and aromas smoked noted whiskey the oak vanilla note molasses dark fruit coffee rich chocolate the flavours a dryness gritty cocoa dark chocolate molasses rich coffee medium bitter dark fruit plums a salty note sweet caramel oak and whiskey a vanilla taste smooth the finish wonderful ale good body best tastes rich malts dry note oak influence hops lasting bitter sweet taste cracking ale


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