Thursday, March 20, 2008

Man do I love Scotland!
Here is another beautiful bottle from the land of sheep and malt. Ola Dubh (think Oila-Doob) is a super dark-roasted malt stout called 'Old Engine Oil' that has been finished in ex-Highland Park barrels. The Expression I sampled was from a 12 year old barrel and it was great. It pours heavy, almost gloopy with a fairly intense nose of toast and caramel, but drinks effortlessly with a very restrained body. There are the faintest whispers of peat which may even be my imagination, but I honestly don't care.
We have been pairing it with sweets and cheese with much success and am hoping fervently that more comes to the US. The Brewer's website,, says that more bottles in the same line are in the works. I can't wait.

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