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

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1687) - - JUN 27, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Bottle. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Aroma is peat, roasted malt, soy sauce and a touch of chocolate. Taste is very boozy. Scotch is prominent and some sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a touch light for the style and has a strong carb. Pretty unique. The scotch is really a nice touch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7154) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a murky deep molasses brown with a tan head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma has a strong molasses and bitter dark grain note with a bit of soy and a some whiskey tones underlying. Flavor has lots of molasses and bitter dark grains, soy and roasted malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle shared by Derek and Sarah - thanks! Dark deep reddish brown pour with a smaller head. Smoke and wood, soy. Rich. This is really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5050) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from Haskell’s, Minnetonka. Deep brown with a small tan head. Rather mellow nose. Some roasted malts, peat, dark chocolate. A bit of soy and oxidized forest fruits. Slight boozy heat.t Taste of dark chocolate. More peat. Pretty rich. Plenty of umami. Some salt. Ashy cranberry. Full body, viscous. Overall, very nice, but not a game changer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20164) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Dark brown, small head. Peaty whisky aroma. Mid sweet with medium-full body and rounded mouthfeel. Molasses and sugar, peat and whisky. Low bitterness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redtechnj (226) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Appearance- Thick dark black with a small brown head. Not long lasting with little to no lacing. Aroma- dark chocolate, smokey peat,deep roasted malt. Flavor- smokey, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, nice balance of sweet and smokey bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2508) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Black hole black, total collapse of all nearby light. Oily, thick, viscous. Wow. Fine bubble, tan colored foam with a nice heft at the outset of the glass. Lots of blunted smokiness & peat in the aroma, no mistaking the Scotch barrels, here. Burnt wood, tobacco, mild char, worn leather, peated malt. Smells like roasted Scotch sans the harsh alcohol & fusel notes. Straight up liquid smoke with the first sip. Both meaty & peaty with heavy undercurrents of leather, spicy oak, charred tree bark, campfire smoke... Very rich, robust, & super smoky. Leafy tobacco & vibrant earthiness towards the finish with subtle hints of peppercorn, wood, leather, & of course, more smoke. Lightest touch of sweetness, but mostly pretty ashy & moderately bitter. Fans of smoked beers will love this. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2903) - Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2014
330 ml bottle into snifter; bottle #06105, bottled in 4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, toffee, dark bread, oak, whiskey, leather, light tobacco, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, dark bread, toffee, oak, whiskey, leather, light tobacco, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, dark bread, toffee, oak, whiskey, leather, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible old ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1788) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6685) - 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.
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6149) - 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.


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