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


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackafholmes (993) - - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from sheffield tap. Pours like dark brown oil with a short lived tan head. Aroma is peaty smoky whisky, oaky wood and soy. Taste is sweet and spicy with alcohol, finishes with an ashy dry bitterness that makes you immediately want another sip. Thick and oily with subtle carbonation. Probably the best beer Iíve ever tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beersiveknown (4974) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle at home courtesy of Ewan at harviestoun, cheers sir!
Dark coffee with tan head. Fairly sweet nose, caramel, sherry, lactose, camp coffee, on swirling some meaty umami and iodine. Thick, mouthfilling with gentle carbonation and sweet red berries up front followed by a cornucopia of flavour. Dry toasty malt, astringent wood, meaty booze sweet vanilla, coconut appears on nose, dark cocoa, latte, both sweet and savoury, iodine whisky, dry woody notes, rich caramel. The booze very well hidden but creeps up on you with a knockout blow. Long rich dry finish. Fab

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mike5326 (1565) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Poured from tap. Thick dark brown color, slight tan lacing. Licorice and alcohol smell, very faint malt. Sweet, smokey, syrupy malt flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abrakarl (417) - SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle 3203 out of 20 000. Doesnít say anything about being a RIS but certainly smells like that. Very exclusive looking. Not too intrusive like sometimes IPAs can be when the bottle has just been opened. But when dipping the nose in it you can feel the rich, smoky aroma of quality scotch. Lovely rich intimate taste and aroma. Have to say itís elegant and a bit different from a lot of other overpowering imperial stouts. Luxurious! Canít have it every day but want it again and would make a lovely present.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (182) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Aroma is smoke chocolate dark fruits and some booze. Appearance is black like old engine oil with a small tan head. Palate is slightly viscous with good carbonation. This beer is best aged. This bottle has been sitting around for months and significantly better from when first tasted. Overall excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerRenter76 (719) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle # 01483 and served in my Iechyd Da snifter: Pours a nearly black colour with a fading frothy beige head and minimal lace but some oily tears. The aroma is a symphony of smoke, oak, roast, char, leather, pipe tobacco, bakers chocolate, star anise and peaty earthiness. The taste supports the nose completely with lush malty overtones, fantastic barrel added complexity, smoke and ash, chocolate and sweet pipe tobacco. Hint of nutty and dark fruit appears as well. The mouth feel is slick and lush, warming of course but still remains shocking drinkable. This is a world class beer and a perfect match with almost any rich and heavy Maduro cigar. Get ya some before they are gone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (549) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aenima (333) - Askim, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
Aroma of dark dried fruits, chocolate, whiskey, wood, vanilla. The flavour is very much the same. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pours opaque brown with a thin off white head. Nose is huge on dark fruits! Prunes. Flavor starts out strong with lots of sweet prunes. But finishes somewhat disappointing. Slightly smokey. Very sweet. Overall great beer.

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