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


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2234) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
August 4 2014. Bottled april 2013. Pours black with a very small tan head. Aroma is peat, chocolate, oak, licorice, vanilla. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter chocolate, peat, light salty licorice. Finish is light bitter roasted, peat and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7928) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
33 cl bottle. Bottle #3264. BBE 04/2016.
Pours black color with a small off-white head. Licorice and dark malts on the nose, dark chocolate, faint vanilla and some mild earthy notes. Lots of licorice on the flavor also, malts, oak notes, chocolate, faint coffee and caramel. Smooth bready palate, soft carbonation, lingering sweet finish. Very nice and refined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
33 cl bottle @ tiong, BBE 04/2016
Aroma has sweet whisky tones, peat and smoky notes. Flavour has strong woody tones, islay whisky, peat and some licorice. Also hints of oat. The whisky is rather strong here and even stings a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7466) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour without a head. Aroma of strong roasted malts, peat, saltiness and chocolate. Flavour of roastiness, strong salty licorice, biscuit, tart wooden notes, milk and subtle smoked notes. Full bodied and oily mouthfeel. Soft but maybe a tad too subtle, thin and easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5087) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
330ml bottle from Systembolaget

Bottle #03264, BBE APR 2016 - Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, molasses, some notes of wood, whisky, oak and sherry. Taste is smooth and oily, heavy with whisky notes, oak and sherry. Finish is warming, smooth and sweetish with some roastiness and whisky notes. Pretty heavy and oily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4169) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle as part of an Ola Dubh vertical. Pours a very dark brown color. Nose has quite a bit of wood in there, with some nice roasting and scotch to it. Taste is very roasty with some scotch. Feels very smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle:   More roastiness, less ash and peat.   More iodine for sure.   Body seems to thin out a bit, but its not thin.   A little warming.   More scotch like than all the rest, soft peat lingers.   Still good.   Thanks Matt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2014
Very delicious black beer with distinct whiskey notes and light smoke. Its incredibly that it is 10.5%. - Dangerous

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11041) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle at Bobby’s tasting. Pours black oil with tan head. Nose/taste of brownie, oak, whiskey, roast chocolate, molasses and wood. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4929) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan pour. Peat, smoke other barrel aromas. Chocolate, roasted, smoke, peat other barrel flavors.

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