Sunday, July 8, 2012

Harviestoun's Ola Dubb Special Reserve 16


Months ago, while doing some bar-hopping, I stopped by Golden Gopher to pick up a few bottles of beer from the little shop right in front curated by The Beer Chicks

One of the bottles I picked up that day was this mysterious looking one.  It was the smallest cask-conditioned beer I had seen and it was also one that had been aged the longest - 16 years.  Apparently, they released a 12 year and a 30 year edition as well, but I'm sure the latter of the two was way out of my league.

This beer poured a much darker color than I had anticipated - it was a seductive charcoal black and had about ½" of chestnut head.  The nose, if I may say so, had traces of smoke, scotch, wood, chocolate and faint hops.  The flavor was also a surprise to me.  At a petty 8%, the whiskey is subtle with a lot more of the malt shining through.  In terms of mouth-feel, very little carbonation and a little viscous.  Overall, I found this beer to be a nice little treat but a bit pricey for what you get.  I'd be interested in trying the 30 year (if I ever see it priced under $15) to contrast the two.


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