Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12. Alva Industrial Estate. Clackmannashire, Scotland, United Kingdom. Old Ale 8% ABV.
Served semi-chilled from a 12 oz bottle and poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black with no head. Smells of caramel, coffee and an intense smokiness. Carbonation is light with a medium to full body. Taste is of coffee, raisins, figs and other interesting flavors. The aftertaste is incredibly smokey, oaky and peppery. To be honest, it is an indistinguishable aftertaste to that of Oberto or Jack Links beef jerky. Not at all what I was expecting but I grew to enjoy it.
A few weeks before I sampled the Ola Dubh 16 (which knocked this out of the water) but this was still a good beer. I love their Old Engine Oil, and this makes 3/3 for this brewery for me now!