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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2013
The biggest thing about this beer is just how subtle and balanced the beer is. Yes you can taste the whisky but its a passing note, you can taste the beer that is the basis of the bottle. Its sweet its deep its lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft dark roast ... dark chocolate malts ... luxurious deep rich chocolate ... dark malts... chewy malts ... sweet malts ... dark roast ... little over whisky ... nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a small tan head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, caramel, peat, chocolate, alcohol.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Smokey, chocolate, whiskey, caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2013
DØE tasting, Århus, Dk. Bottle, 201113. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor with chocolate, alcohol and caramel

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (1744) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Pours a deep burnt umber with a trace of khaki foam. The nose is spicy whisky soaked wood, chocolate syrup, herbal cola and earthy toffee and leather. The palate follows the nose with ripe dark fruit mingling with dark chocolate roast, really complex spicy booze and some soft coconut roundness lingers with the sweet finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (2581) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Tap at the birch. Pours opaque black, small brown head, some lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, peat, smoke, coffee. Flavor is the same, quite peaty, but the stout flavors comes through as well. Light sweet, light plus bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Nice balance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aenima (208) - Askim, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
Aroma of dark dried fruits, chocolate, whiskey, wood, vanilla. The flavour is very much the same. Very well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle from Eileen. Poured an oily pitch black body with a smaller creamy deep beige head. Aroma sweet smoke, sherry, wood, dark berries, dark molasses and soy sauce. Full bodied with average carbonation and some heat. Flavor is smoke, sherry, cask, soy, black olives, bad dark chocolate. Interesting sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (718) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 On tap at Mekong, pours black with low head, aroma is roasted sweet bourbon malt. Taste is very smooth roast with a nice whiskey finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (993) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2013
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tiny tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, peat, liquorice, chocolate, and a little vanilla – with a bitter and peaty finish.


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