Blue Dawg Wild Blue, Hofbrau Hefeweizen, Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18

Hofbrau Hefeweizen

On Tuesday Melissa held a photo-shoot for Ecolissa. Our close friend (and Ecolissa model) Michelle stayed after the shoot for dinner, drinks, and a sleep over party!

Hofbrau Hefeweizen

I was coming home from a church event when I got an excited, but anxious phone call from Michelle. She was at the liquor store and needed help picking out beer.

I’m thinking: “OH YES, IT’S ON!”

Hofbrau Hefeweizen

I was a little unhappy because the first three beers that I wanted to get were out of stock: Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, and Founders Breakfast Stout.

Hofbrau Hefeweizen

It was all good though, because we came home with some great beers and reviewed three that I have never tried before. The first (as you can see from the pictures already) was Hofbrau Hefeweizen. I was introduced to Hofbrau earlier this spring and I really enjoy their stuff.

Hofbrau Hefeweizen

The hefe comes in a green bottle, and some of that skunky green bottleness comes through in the aroma. The flavors are citrusy and a little sweet.

Michelle, who you should know has never reviewed beer before, had the following to say:

“Light up front, but has a full body finish”
“No bad shot in the back of the throat” (referring to lack of bitter aftertaste I think, with an intended innuendo thrown in)

We agreed that we both enjoyed the beer with Michelle adding in that it is a perfect fall beer.

Blue Dawg Wild Blue

Next up, we tried a beer that Michelle picked out. Wild Blue from Blue Dawg brewing is a unique blueberry beer in that they really worked on the color of the brew. Real fruit juice is used for coloring and it really shows; this beer looks like grape juice.

Blue Dawg Wild Blue

We thought it tasted a lot like sangria. I personally think you could fool a lot of people by putting a few of these beers into a pitcher and letting people guess as to what it was. Michelle and Melissa (yes, she tried it) pointed out that that it had the zest of sangria with the aftertaste of beer.

Blue Dawg Wild Blue

The ladies loved the beer, and thought it would make a great bridge-beer for someone who doesn’t drink beer.

Blue Dawg Wild Blue

I thought the beverage, although interesting and unique, wasn’t very beer-like at all. It was pretty tasty. Michelle would definitely buy it again, I definitely would not.

Blue Dawg Wild Blue

We capped things off with a real special treat – Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18. The 30-year version is a beer I list in my top 5 all time beers, so I was REALLY excited to give the 18-year a whirl.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

This stuff is stored in oak barrels used to store whiskey. To be more precise, the whiskey was in the barrel for 18 years. The flavors of the booze seep into the wood, the barrels are drained of booze, reused for beer, and the flavors seep into the beer. YUM!

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

The aromas are oaky and vanillay. If I wasn’t so pumped to drink the thing, I might have just sat there and sniffed it for hours.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

The flavors are of oak and just a hint of smoke. I think it had some of that “peat” flavor I hear so much about…this is the first time I’ve ever used that term in a review. Hoping it doesn’t sound beer-douchey.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

Michelle, who at this point was happily buzzed, really liked the beer and commented that it was full bodied, and “tantalized her tastebuds with a wintery zing”.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

My final thoughts on the beer? FREAKING fantastic. Not quite as smooth and delicious as the 30 year. At $10 a bottle, I probably won’t be buying it again soon though.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

Our evening of impromptu co-reviewing was a great time. Always love to review beer with newbies…I still very much feel that I’m a newbie. :)

-Lost

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.