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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1190) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from Tim. Also with 30 yr old as well. Smells better than the 30. 50 degrees. Black no head. Hot with alcohol but smooth. Enjoyable beer but not sure its worth whatever it cost ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1246) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Near-black body, not entirely opaque. Minimal head, if any.

Smokey (but not too much), barrel is prominent but still in balance, right at the limit of my peat & smoke threshold. Solid.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chribban (165) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2013
THIS is my type of beer! Almoust black beer with less than one finger high beige head. Nose: Single malt whisky, pine, roasted malt, leather, dark syrup, nuts, brown sugar, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste: Sweet malt, pine, tobacco, dark bread, roasted malt, caramel, date, honey, and dark chocolate. The alcohol is hidden perfectly! Full body with almoust no carbonation. Very complex. Pure love!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5750) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Black-colored with a light brown head. Whiskey-ish aroma, woody, malty, roasty, a bit ashy, with some dark chocolate and nutty notes, a bit alcoholic. Sweetish roasty flavor, ashy, with whiskey, burnt wood, a bit of dark chocolate and a slightly alcoholic finish. Full-bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Dancing Camel Pub Florentin. Pours black with a beige head, aroma is smoked with chocolate, burnt wood, coffee, butterscotch, some peaty notes, flavor of charcoals, chocolate, coffee, brandy, scotch, cigars, full bodied, big one

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (2746) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
Sample from bottle at the Cardinal stand at Nærbø, Ølfestivalen 2013. Black with a light brown rim. Whiskey notes and roasted tones on the nose. Full bodied and pungent beer that drinks smoothly. Sweet and malty flavors with whiskey barrel notes and plenty of roasted dark fruits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (3145) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Bottled, bbe. apr 2016. Bottle nr 02243. Almost black color, brown thin head. Intense woody aroma, dark fruits, whiskey, tar, dark chocolate notes. Sticky, very intense aroma. Flavor is as intense as the aroma, whiskey, smoke, sweetness, wood, tobacco, smoke, roasted malt... Very complex. The finish is long with ash, alcohol burn / warmth and smoke lingering. The barrel notes is taking over too much, hiding the characteristics of the beer. Still highly enjoyable due to it’s complexity. A slow sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
From notes: Poured a deep, opaque black, with a 1-finger dark tan head and moderate bubbling along the wall of the glass. Aroma is woody with a nice roasty note, and maybe a touch of leather as well. Full body with a pleasant thickness. Long finish with a touch of booziness that I would expect to mellow with aging. Nice woody flavor with a light note of caramel, and a pleasant amount of char from the barrel and some leathery notes as well. Very good now, and I would expect it to become better with age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5267) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2013
From bottle at Nærbøfestivalen 13. Pours thick and oily black, no head. Aroma is weak peat, liquorice and light roasty. Taste is sweet,thick oily liquorice, weak roasted malts and coffee, the peat shines thru at the light dry and bitter end. Very good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1310) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2013
11.16 ounce bottle, bottle #00678, April 13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like Scotch whisky, peat, dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some tobacco. It tastes like roasted malt, Scotch Whisky, peat, vanilla, dark fruit, wood chocolate and smoke. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and smooth with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty tasty brew, I liked it. It’s pricey at $15.99 a bottle, but if you like Scotch Whisky barrel aged brews then you should definitely pick this one up. That and pretty much any Ola Dubh beer will be a good one!


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