Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40

Thanks go out to pghlee for saving a growler of this from the recent cask at The Brick Store. He saved this for some of the stragglers that couldn’t make it on the previous day for the cask tapping.
Jet black, still pour with no sign of life in terms of carbonation or head or lace. Perfectly still. The beer is actually nowhere near as viscous as the pour might suggest. I’d even go as far as to say it is relatively “light” compared to what it could have been.
The nose reveals the spirits, but it’s not especially potent, rather it is a smooth, almost brandy like smell rather than a massive sinus clearing alcohol note.
The beer drinks very smoothly and lacks the alcohol heartburn that I was half-expecting. It’s pretty much as you would expect from the original Old Ale with sweet smoothness and a simple classy, malt based experience.
Very tasty, excpetionally smooth and a great choice to sip and savor at the end of the evening. Much more drinkable than I was expecting too.

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02/21/2009
Style:
Old Ale
Format:
cask
ABV: 8.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 5
Smell: 5
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.38
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