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


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Valgreen (766) - DENMARK - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle @ døe meeting. Pitch black, no head or lacing. Aroma, roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, alcohol, dark fruits, wood/oaky, .Taste, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, whiskey, smoke, wood. Oily mouth feel. Roasted malt, smoky aftertaste. Nice warming feeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2643) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a chocolate Brown head. Heavy cocolatey brew, some coffee stout like, but some vinousity remides that it is an old ale. Good body but slightly too much peat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (5419) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle from SB cons 2013-11-22 Göteborg AR: coffey, bitter dark chocolate, tar, tobaco, peatiness from a Islay whiskey? checked and it was Highland Park;) AP: soot black, wee traces of dark brown head F: soft wee bubbly carbonation, dark bitter high cacao %ish, heat from the alcholic level - well hidden, thai coffey pastilles, wee peatiness, full bodied, wee sea salt, tar, tobaco, wee sugary sence Heather: ginger spiceinss sense,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (8402) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ DØE Århus S meeting. Pours very brown with a small brown head, leaving some nice lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, oak, light earthy, chocolate, little whisky. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, wood, oak, dark chocolate, tartness, whisky. Medium body, soft nearly flat carbonation, alcohol very well hidden. 201113

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2013
(bottle 20/11-2013) Low light brown head, dark brown almost black color, roasted slightly alcohol aroma, smoked slightly dry wood taste, smooth taste. BB date apr 2016, bottle #07433, bottled apr 2013.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (3046) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle, 14C. Black with a small tan head that doesn’t last. Aroma of blackstrap, PX sherry, chocolate, seaweed, chestnuts, hazelnuts, blackberries. You can obviously _believe_ whisky but it doesn’t stick out as a separate element (which is good in my book). Oily, full bodied. Whisky is far more obvious in the mouth. Sweet with dark berries, molasses, PX sherry, earthy nuts. A bit of peat and/or seaweed. Still sweetish at the end, but there’s a surprising lightening there, so I guess it dries out discreetly. They keep cranking variants out and I keep liking them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Black with tan head. Meaty aroma, some chocolate and whisky. Taste is full on whiskey, like someone’s plopped a shot in my beer, some chocolate. A bit thin and quick to finish. Decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle thanks to Josh. It pours cloudy dark brown with a medium beige head. The nose is woody, earth, wood, medicinal notes, vanilla, marshmallow and nougat. The taste is wood, soft roast, toast, vinous, jam, plum, earth, cocoa, molasses, oily and whisky. Medium+ body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Smooth, well-balanced and pretty tasty. Another winner from Harviestoun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melker (244) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2013
Very dark brown, almost no head. Aroma of smoke, dark fruits, earth, tobacco, cocoa, wood. Not sweet at all. Medium bitterness and some whiskey smokiness and alcohol heat. Oily texture which is nice but the body is way too light and there’s just a little bit too much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s. Dark brown pour with a small khaki head. Nose is dry cocoa powder, moderate peat, earthiness, wood and some light spice. The peat is never too over the top in this. Balance is very good. Light medicinal notes in the taste, peat more prevalent, dry and earthy, smoked and wet wood, leafy. Not my type of beer but I can see the appeal and it is done very well

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