Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 yr old Sherry Cask

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Strong Dark Ale
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6 to 8 °C
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Famed for the great but more common Bitter and Twisted and Schiehallion, we believe Harviestoun's best beers are their darker Porters and Stouts. It's either in the pure Scottish water of the Ochi hills or something in the Scottish Malts, either way we love 'em. Their icon and mascot is a "fractious mouse" which appears on each of the labels and was apparently the inspiration for the first brew. Ola Dubh (‘Black Oil’) is the unique lovechild of Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park distillery and a development of their Engine Oil Porter, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first beer to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery.

Brewery Info

Harviestoun are about as Scottish as you can get - based in Clackmannanshire, they’ve been brewing small batch craft beer for over 30 years. They’re extremely innovative, and successful - rather impressively for a UK brewer, they’ve been a well-respected player on the US craft scene since 1999.

One of their most famous brews - Old Engine Oil Ola Dubh - is aged in whisky barrels and they’ve also created a special edition beer - Bitter & Twisted Zymatore - aged in gin and Pinot Noir barrels. For delicious session ales and lovely Scottish heritage, you can’t go wrong with Harviestoun.


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Poor... bottling issue?!
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A big fan of the standard 12 (and the 16 & 18 too!), I opened this sherry cask aged version with much anticipation! However, I was let down by a faintly metallic taste on the first few sips, and after that the rest of the brew was pretty dull & lifeless - a thin-bodied porter with very little going on :( Unsure if it was a bad bottle, bodged batch, or an expedited (rushed) experiment but I'll be sticking to the tried & tested versions for some while yet!!
Velvety smooth
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Dark with a fast diminishing head. A very rich and silky stout with a subtle taste and a strong after taste from the whisky barrels.
Dark and delicious
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I absolutely love Harviestoun and this is probably their best beer I've ever had. Hands down, an absolutely incredible drink and well worth the little bit extra (plus at 8% you only need a few!)
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