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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2122) - 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 (3135) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (6111) - 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 (3216) - 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

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 (14187) - 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 (3103) - 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 (5346) - 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 (2139) - 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 (3093) - 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.


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