This Scottish brewery does things a little differently. Starting with an Old Ale-style beer, it takes things up a notch by aging it in oak casks that formerly held Highland Park 16-year-old single malt Scotch. This lends the brew some aspects of a stout, without much of the heaviness. The subtle flavours of roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee, plus hints of smoky peat, make Ola Dubh 16 a very unique sipper -- best had around room temperature.
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Haley Forest is a food and booze writer who loves beer with ice cream, and believes if you haven’t tried a Guinness Float, you haven’t lived. Follow her at @HCForest.