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

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RATINGS: 127   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (295) - USA - MAY 26, 2014
Poured from a April 2013 motor oil a touch of head. Aroma is dark fruit soy molasses. Flavor is quite the same.as previous Ola Dubh but more carbonated. Still impressed.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (120) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Aroma is smoke chocolate dark fruits and some booze. Appearance is black like old engine oil with a small tan head. Palate is slightly viscous with good carbonation. This beer is best aged. This bottle has been sitting around for months and significantly better from when first tasted. Overall excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zita (4606) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
sweet chocolate and tar aroma,black, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice soft harmonic finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6575) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2014
Almost black, has a tight, light-brown head, medium duration. Heavy roasted aroma, old medicine, and wood. Flavor starts sweet and roasted, some smoky notes and nice crisp whisky. Creamy, dry texture.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10480) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy nice aroma. Heavy bitter strange but nice flavor. Smoked, barrel; viníus. Long complex finish. Creamy palate. Wonderfull.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshwoodward (566) - - MAR 26, 2014
Had a glass from a bottle at a tasting at The Anderson’s. Still plenty of foam. Sweet toasty chocolate nose. Wow, fairly dry, fresh-ish, caramel, no whiskey flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle ought @ Systembolaget. Pours viscous blackish brown with a small dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is malty with caramel, liquorice fudge, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, peat, charred wood, raisins, alcohol, prunes, roasted malts, and smoldering hay. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, smoke, charred wood, vanilla fudge, moist soil, minerals, peat, liquorice, alcohol, bitter chocolate, burnt raisins, prunes, burnt caramel and hay. Mouthfeel is round, roasted astringent, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter with caramel, burnt raisins, bitter chocolate, charred wood, peat, whisky, hay, soil and alcohol. Solid stuff that pairs great with a piece of chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerenberger (1423) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2014
The aroma is pure heaven! Peat, roasted malts, dark fruit sweetness, cheese (nice), chocolate, and suggestions of molasses. Pours as black crows eye with a thin non-lasting espresso head and minimal lacing. Smoke, fruit sweetness, rich roasted malt, chocolate, with a strong peat finish and aftertaste. Bring on the Scotch! WHOA! Full body and moderate carbonation. Rich oily mouthfeel. Overall, this is an exceptional beer well worth the price and well worth buying again and again.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1595) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pours opaque brown with a thin off white head. Nose is huge on dark fruits! Prunes. Flavor starts out strong with lots of sweet prunes. But finishes somewhat disappointing. Slightly smokey. Very sweet. Overall great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (4440) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
330 ml bottle @ Cardinal. Black body with a small brown head. Nice, relatively mild aroma of black, roasted malt, peat, whisky and liquorice. Flavor is pretty much identical with aroma with some dry fruit in addition, moderate in bitterness. Fine body and pleasant aftertaste. A bit rustic in flavors, but rather mild at the same time, nothing is overdone. All in all a very nice one.


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