October 4, 2010
Every once in a while the LCBO brings in a beer that totally shocks me. And its not necessarily the beer itself that gets my attention, but the fact that the LCBO had the you-know-what to actually bring it in! Last year the LCBO proved their worth to me by bringing in the Ola Dubh 12 and 40 – while the 40 was grossly over priced at $18.95 for a 330ml bottle, I was still excited to have it here. As well, it is a rare and pricey beer, so you can’t completely blame them.
This year the LCBO has again shocked me, and more so beyond last year. Not only are we getting the 12 and the 40 back, but the reaming Vintages in the Ola Dubh line are coming! That means soon we will have access to the Ola Dubh 12, 16, 18, 30 and 40! This is not yet reflected on the LCBO’s system, but was confirmed to me by beer services employee at the Sumerhill location. Read the rest of this entry »
March 23, 2010
“Ola Dubh” means “black oil”, and is a fitting name for this beer. The Ola Dubh is a beer which I had been aware of for some time, however it had only first crossed my path at the end of the summer 2009. I had done some reading about this beer previously, as well I have had a few of Harviestoun’s other creations. So knowing that this is a Harvieston Imperial Stout aged in 12 year old Highland Park Single Malt Whisky Barrels encouraged me to buy several bottles.
The Ola Dubh is a bit different than other cask conditioned beers aged in oak whisky barrels; its not aged in fresh oak barrels, but rather the barrels in which the Imperial Stout is aged are previously used 12 year old Highland Park Whisky Barrels. The Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park Distillery have formed an alliance ensuring that this will be the only beer aged in Highland Park Barrels.
The 12 year is one of four expressions of the Ola Dubh. Harviestoun also ages their beer in 16 year, 30 year, and 40 year old Highland Park Barrels. These bottles do get pricey jumping to upwards of $20 for the 40 year old. But consider that the Highland Park Cask Strength 40 Year Old bottle is $800. It is a different beast, but that is the type of prestige that we are living in here. Read the rest of this entry »