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


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RATINGS: 154   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.

Melker's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melker (253) - Göteborg, - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6726) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2016
Bottled from Systembolaget Black with a small, beige head. Rather light, roasted aroma with notes of oak. Surprisingly lit body. Dry oak and whiskey in the flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4131) - NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle at Hopyard, november 13th 2015. Black body with a tiny brown head. Aroma of toffee, tobaccoo, wood and smoke. Taste is strong black licorice and coffee, with a sweet toffee and whisky presence, burned, leather, pleasant roast and peat finish. Excellent malty fullbodied aftertaste. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicke80 (502) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
33 cl bottle from systembolaget. 2013 edition. Pours black with little head. Smokey whisky aroma with sweet smokey liquorice and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle..Pour is black with a tan head..Nose is chocolate, roast, spice, dusty, heavy barrel..Taste is barrel, spice, musty, oak, smoky..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Black pour with surprisingly decent one finger brown head. Indistinguishable in appearance from the others sampled at the same time. All had the same basic notes of licorice, tar, tabacco, and leather. This one was significantly hotter and more abrasive than the others. Very smokey earthy finish, and kinda like licking a stick of wood. It was like someone just poured whisky into my beer. Definitely not that great a beer imo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (747) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 22, 2015
Negra, turva, espuma marrom de pouca formação e média persistência. Aroma defumado, amadeirado, cacau, chocolate, licor, pudim de doce de leite, alcoólica, complexa. Paladar caramelado, adocicado médio/intenso, baixo amargor residual torrado. Aftertaste intenso e duradouro, amadeira, defumada, adocicada. Uma das melhores que já bebi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (732) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2015
Aroma: malt, sea air, iodine and caramel App: black with no head Flavour: big whiskey smoke and rich carbonised malt Palate: warming whiskey finish with lingering iodine and malt ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerRenter76 (834) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
The beer pours thick and black body with a thin, quickly dissipating milk chocolate colored head. The beer has a mild alcohol aroma along with some vanilla, oak, leather, dark chocolate,and some smokiness. The beer has a nice smokiness up front with plenty of flavor from the oak. I get some vanilla and dark chocolate notes. I do get some alcohol in the flavor, but its not strong. Some dark fruits come out more as the beer warms. Dry earthiness, leather in the finish. The body is medium with low carbonation. The beer goes down smoothly for such a big beer. This is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inbreak (4722) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2015
15.05.2015, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Small light brown bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich, dark malts, dark sugar, leather, minerals, caramel, licorice, vanilla, butterscotch, oak, grass, hints of peat. Taste is slightly dry mineraly, dark malts, licorice, hay, oak, leather, minerals, whisky, grass, caramel, salt water, hints of peat. Medium bitterness, slightly watery mouthfeel. Nice enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
s_hartshorne (2636) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle boxing bottle share may v pac. Black ok tan head. Aroma is dark fruits mollasses good oaky whiskey notes taste same nice vanilla good smokey whiskey really nice sweetness throughout nice long bitter finish. Good oily mouthfeel. Very good this much sweeter than other olah I have tried. Very good.

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