Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special 12 Reserve, brewed to 8 percent abv by the Harviestoun Brewery in Hilfoots Village in Scotland, is a fine ale aged in whisky casks from the Orkney’s Highland Park Distillery that held its 12-year old single malt. It pours a glassy black colour with a mocha hued dense head of foam.
Aromatics of dark chocolate, alcohol, chocolate malt and roast flavours vie for attention. On the palate, black licorice tumbles forth from the midst of roast and lightly charred toast. The finish delivers alcohol, roast and licorice in an intriguing tussle of flavours. For a bottle dated best before June of 2014, this beer has stood up remarkably well. http://www.harviestoun.com/