Different for sure. I can see why some really can‘t stand this. Yeasty, musty, sulphury, farmy, cheesy. Funnily enough, some bottles of this bear traces of peat smoke, while others don’t. I’d say the smoke improves it; unfortunately my current bottle appears to be smoke-free.
You can‘t deny the quality of the sherry-cask maturation involved here, though. Nice, rich, "old-style" oloroso notes create a savory impression, somewhere between Chinese plum wine and Worcester sauce (umami). The more unlikely aromas appear to subside with continuous nosing, the whole heads more and more in the direction of some dark, gamey broth.
However, the low strength indubitably hurts it. Watery body, but even at 40% ABV you can detect the underlying, substantial character. Dry, nutty, dark fruity sherry attacks first, then come some (subdued) sweet notes and finally a serious, oaky, prickly bitterness, which, again, may be too much for some. That being said, I kind of dig what it does and can see this as a dessert dram that would stand up well against some strong cheeses or heavy fare like dark mousse-au-chocolat.
An outlier in the field of entry-level OB‘s, but can you really criticize character? I think not. Solid 82-83 points.