My #12BeersOfXmas – Day 12 – Ola Dubh 18 by Harviestoun Brewery

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“On the twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love sent to me….” (and I loved her all the more for it!)



Ola Dubh 18 by Harviestoun Brewery

This special porter is derived from Harviestoun’s own Old Engine Oil Porter (see Day 2 here) and is aged in wooden casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 18 Yr Old Single Malt whisky. I got it in a case of 12 that my two youngest got me for Fathers Day – and I have held onto it for a night like this! Gotta love my kids!!!

This is as black as Hades Cellar and slicked into the glass like North Sea crude having a short-lived beige head that quickly dissipated leaving behind an aroma of smooth dark chocolate, treacle, burnt toast and a light smoke edge. A magnificent start in my book!

Another Beergasm alert is in order! Hugely bodied this. The first thing that gets you is the slightly viscous texture. The flavours reveal themselves slowly, firstly the dark chocolate, crooking its finger and drawing you in.

Then something that resembled caramelised soused vine fruits, sweet yet toasted. Then a touch of bitter coffee opening your eyelids and your taste buds to receive the woody warmth of that whisky barrel. OH this is SUCH a special beer! If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m off to a NYE party, I’d be putting my feet up nd sliding down my leather armchair!

Decadent, warming, potent and uniquely Scottish. A proper beer for Hogmanay. I can’t think of a better beer with which to welcome in 2014.

On that note….’til next time…

Slainte! And a very Happy New Year to you all!