Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18

Posted: March 7, 2011 in Harviestoun Brewing Ltd., Old Ale, Reviews

Another long day. I thought I would come home early and take a nap, but as I should have expected, this didn’t happen. Although, I am attempting to go to bed early and hit the gym tomorrow. This is a brew that I’ve been waiting to try and this one was bottled in 2009, so pre aged. Nice! Well, let’s get to it.

ABV: 8%

Style: Old Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Harviestoun is a small British brewery founded in 1985 by Ken Brooker in a 200-year-old stone barn on a farm on the Harviestoun estate near Dollar. It moved in 2004 to Alva Industrial Estate in Alva, before being bought by Caledonian Brewery in 2006. It became independent again in 2008, when Caledonian was bought by Scottish & Newcastle, and the new owners didn’t want to take on Harviestoun. Harviestoun produce cask ales and filtered bottled beers. The most notable brands are Schiehallion, Bitter & Twisted and Old Engine Oil.”

Random: This is another brew I’ve heard good things about. I’m also all about beers that are aged, especially in whiskey casks.

The beer poured a dark brown, almost black with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. Needless to say, no visible carbonation on this bad boy. This definitely looked like more of a stout than what I’m used to seeing from an old ale. On the nose, I definitely get the aging from the whiskey casks. I definitely got a lot of smoke, maybe some scotch and vanilla. There was a lot going on with this nose. Wow, a lot of smoke was apparent on the taste. This was very intense. I also got some roasted malts and a hint of bitterness, but this brew was all whiskey. This was also a lot thinner than I expected with very mild carbonation. The finish had a slight alcohol burn on the end. As the beer warms, I also got some peat on it. Definitely a unique brew that is really enjoyable, given that you enjoy a smokey brew.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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