Ola Dubh Special 30 Reserve – Guest Review!

Ola Dubh Special 30 Reserve
Harviestoun Brewery – Ola Dubh Special 30 Reserve

Editorial note: The following review was written by my good friend Andy. This is hopefully the first of many guest reviews that I will have!

We tried this somewhere in the middle of a tasting spree – both of us looking forward to the ‘fancy beer’ that was dressed up to look like scotch. Thankfully, we drank this while we were both still fairly sober and able to differentiate between dark and light, up and down, etc., so my memory is pretty clear about this one – not so much the beers we tried later. (Side note: by the end, I was unable to spit out coherent sentences, finish any songs in Rock Band, or stay upright).

This Scottish brew is an ale matured in oak whiskey casks, which formerly held Highland Park 30 Year Single Malt Scotch. 8% ABV, 11.2 fluid ounces. Each bottle individually numbered, this particular bottle being number 24,952 of… dunno how many, although the box (yes, very fancy, this bottle comes in a box) claims in bold font that: “This limited edition ale is brewed in very small batches.”

Dark like a porter, although falling somewhere between porter and stout as far as heaviness. We could instantly smell the whiskey, although the actual hints of scotch taste were minimal. Surprisingly smooth. It starts with a roasted chocolate malt taste, evens out into a very nice oaky taste, and finishes back with the chocolate malt. All throughout there is a subtle hint of raisins, which is not surprisingly, really, given the color.

We both agreed that it was a very nice drink, but certainly not something you would be able to drink too much of – not a session beer. Very good, though. I would not refuse it.

Author: Joshua Dion

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