Ola Dubh 12 pours black with a modest spattered head that reduces slowly, leaving behind textbook lacing. The aroma is delicious; smoky Worcestershire sauce, leather, iodine and grilled steak. Flavours of smoky-sweet malts, roasted peat, coffee beans and a well-bittered finish. Overall this is a rather exotic brew with a defined barrel influence. It’s refined rather than over the top and very delicious indeed.
A dense, bituminous, oily brown with a gentle tan-colored, espresso-like head. Appetizing toasted cereal notes underscore the gentle tartness of dried fruits. Orange oil and a suggestion of vanilla. Immediate, cleansing bitter hops are reinforced by richly toasted malts; finely balanced with raspberry coulis-like acidity. Long, with hop bitterness complemented by gentle oakiness. Some cocoa and hints of peat.
|Mackerel pate on toast
An oatcake with some delicious Anster cheese
Or why not sip it quietly whilst basking in the glow of a warm fire