For my 5th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…
Harviestoun ‘Ola Dubh 18’ Whisky Cask Matured Ale (8% ABV / 330ml)
I’m doing this one ‘live’ today as I drink the beer. Now I’ve gone on record on the show a number of times in the past to rave about both Harviestoun and the Ola Dubh series and this was the reason that this particular bottle earned the honoured place of ‘Xmas Eve Beer’ in the run down.
The initial aroma was of smoked cheese (yes, really) and this soon gave way to the dark roasted malt laced with the whisky that this original ‘Old Engine Oil’ has been maturing in. It’s a very dark, viscous liquid that oozes out of the bottle and leaves a wonderfully creamy coloured head.
The first mouthful tastes like absolute heaven. It’s thick, warming, roasted, boozy and smooth all at the same time. It leaves a lovely smooth finish and almost no bitterness on the aftertaste – this is such a well balanced beer that you can pair with cheese or chocolate (or both) – as Shaun Voss from Harviestoun proved recently at the event that I attended at The Gun in the Docklands.
As it’s warming in the glass, the boozy aroma is becoming more prominent, but if anything the flavour and finish is becoming smoother.
This really is a great beer, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every occasion I’ve tried it.
Tomorrow, it’s time to take on the big man – Magic Rock ‘Strongman’ will be taking pride of place on day 6 of the #12beersofxmas
#12BeersOfXmas – leave a review of your beer for today below (or a link to your blog) and your Twitter name so we can give you a shout out. Merry Beermas!