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


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RATINGS: 159   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aenima (335) - Askim, - DEC 9, 2013
Aroma of dark dried fruits, chocolate, whiskey, wood, vanilla. The flavour is very much the same. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3435) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nuts, peat, smoke and licorice. Bitter finish with roasted malts, licorice, smoke, peat, smoke, chocolate and nuts. Exquisite brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (2098) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget, cellared for a couple of years. Pitch black with almost no head. Oily texture. Boozy, peated aroma with molasses and oak. Peat is a little bit overpowering. Taste is similar with roast, earth, molasses, soy sauce and salt. No smokiness at all in the taste which is a big plus for me. Slightly bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vjohans (742) - SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2017
chocolate, toast, caramel, black, hazy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter, whiskey fudge taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (1166) - Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Shared bottle. Pour is dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, soy sauce, alcohol, licorice, chocolate, and wood. Oily with a heavy body. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darbeer75 (793) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Aroma: lots of soy sauce and molasses; Appearance: pitch black with creamy tan head; Taste: smoky and fruity; very complex and malty; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish and an odd aftertaste that I cant quite place; Overall: delicious; would definitely get again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6917) - 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 (4227) - 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 (642) - Sdertlje, 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 (4050) - 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.

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