Saturday, March 8, 2008

Harviestoun Ola Dubh is here.

We've got some exciting new beers here, the first of which is our first-ever import, which we've chosen for damn good reasons. Harviestoun is a great Scottish brewery that just collaborated with Highland Park, a great Scottish distillery, to create a beer called Ola Dubh. They took Harviestoun's award-winning Old Engine Oil, a rich, dark 8% ABV beer, and aged it in 16-year-old malt whisky casks. It's the first ale to be aged in casks from a named distillery, and with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the first with genuine provenance. Retaining the appearance of used motor oil, from which the beer gets its name, it's deep dark brown, dense, and oily, with burnt and bitter notes and fragrant smoke. It was launched in the US in February 2008. It'll set you back $14 for 11.2 ounces due to its rarity, but it is worth it.

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