Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special 18 Reserve (Scotland)

Ola Dubh Special 18 Reserve – Harviestoun Brewery, 8.0% ABV, (Hillfoots Village, Scotland)

On the stringed ad around the bottle:

“Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is so named because it is gloopy and viscous. This limited release has been matured in casks from Orkney’s award winning Highland Park distillery and to add complementary whisky notes to what is already an amazing brew. It is chocolatey with a roasty, bittersweet aftertaste.

Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was named Best Spirit in the World by F. Paul Pacult; it offers toffee sweetness, almond nuttiness and a prolonged, smoky aftertaste.”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: controlled sweetness and subtle flavours
  • Where I got it: Keg n Cork
  • How much: $8.50, June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: mm…no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Tasting notes: pours jet black, small head, micro CO2. Dark malts on the nose. Thick heavy roasted malts up front, followed by a friendly gentle toffee-chocolate sweetness (4/10), while in the background there is a persistent smoky woodiness, mixed with soy sauce, and light ash. Finish is dense and light bitter (3/10). Medium-high complexity, high depth, great transitions, great carry, good drinkability. I think this one needs a touch more sweetness to balance out the thick and heavy flavours.