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


on tap


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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (6195) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
330 ml bottle @ Cardinal. Black body with a small brown head. Nice, relatively mild aroma of black, roasted malt, peat, whisky and liquorice. Flavor is pretty much identical with aroma with some dry fruit in addition, moderate in bitterness. Fine body and pleasant aftertaste. A bit rustic in flavors, but rather mild at the same time, nothing is overdone. All in all a very nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TylerGreenDC (850) - - FEB 12, 2014
On draft. Aroma of whiskey and cocoa. Mouth feel is heavy, as if I was drinking a rich cupcake. Lots of whiskey flavor with undercurrents of raisin and molasses. Boozy as it warms. A winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (2025) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Very unique but Im not sure I would have another. The aroma was wood and whiskey. It had a very dark viscous color. The palate was not overly heavy as expected but smooth an oily. Carbonation was not high nor should it have been. This was a complex beer. It was dry and woody with earth and whiskey tones. Smokey flavors were also very present. There was a dry bitterness which completed the oak. It had some sweetness but not overly so. Im interested in trying the other versions to see how different they are.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ekstedt (6608) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with beige head. Heavy tar and salmiak roasted malt aroma, cloying salty and smokey whiskey. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Semi dry, medium salty bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2014
12oz pours a dark black with a small tan head. Peat oak and chocolate aroma. Taste is the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (930) - SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Gorgeous restrained dark chocolate and treacle nose. Full bodied but not sappy. Black with a deep brown tan whispy head. Complex earthy chocolaty body which is full but in no way sappy and unravels and caresses the mouth before making contact with a smokiness and the strong whisky barrel element. Beautiful, restrained and still pretty young. Will love to see how it all integrates in the coming years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5730) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to coat surface. Molasses, caramel and smoke aromas. Thick with peat and molasses front to back. Warming whiskey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong peat, smoke and toffee notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lo tot smoke and peat notes as well as some chocolate and toffee. There is a bit of sweetness but what really stands out are the Scotch-aged notes. Fairly boozy. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Tastes like the chocolate made with Laphroaig that you get at Dude Sweet Chocolate in Dallas. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1533) - ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle at Sheffield Tap. Black, oily looking, no head. Boozy, chocolate roast, tasty. Boozy aroma, with sherry notes, fruity. Pretty good sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (4434) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
Bottled. Pours dark, deep brown with a medium sized, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, wood, smoked notes, earthy hops and alcohol. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with bitter notes. Medium to full bodied, oily carb. and soft carb. An excellent brew.

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