January 24th

Based on the price (over $18 for the bottle), my bottle of Harviestoun Ola Dubh 40 was reserved for a special occasion. As Sunday was the last day I would ever be a page, a job I had held for most of the past eight and a half years, that seemed like a good enough reason to celebrate. With my life in a big transition right now, it seemed proper to welcome adulthood by enjoying a frivolous treat that can described as ridiculously expensive. The road to middle class is lined with classy booze.

The key to trying any super-expensive beer is to forget how much you paid for the beer, especially if it’s a dud. Is there anyway the 40 can live up to the price point? Not really, so put it out of your mind. The 40 poured with a bit of a tan head and lots of scotch aromas – much more than the 12. The beer itself is a really great combination of scotch and chocolate, but not as much oak as the 12. It doesn’t sound appealing, I know, but it was absolutely fabulous. The peat really came out of the older casks and it was evident that they previously held some really fine scotch. Overall, a fantastic beer and I wish I had more. Price justified.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh 40 on Ratebeer

Today: 330mL. Year-to-date: 52.48L.

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