Oskar Blues Brewery out of Colorado makes a number of fine brews, including the famous Dale’s Pale Ale and Momma’s Little Yellow Pils (Pilsner), all of which are great brews.
However, this post is going to be an homage to a brew that is near and dear to my heart:
Scotch Ale is a variety that I especially love. If I’m honest, it might have something to do with the fact that it is Scottish…and I’m Presbyterian. However, I doubt it. This brew stands on its own.
Scotch Ales, sometimes known as Wee Heavy’s, are made by boiling the wort for a long time to allow for more caramelization. This is what gives it its distinct, copper color and sweet flavor. Also, they tend to be higher in alcohol content than your typical ale. Old Chub is 8%ABV.
As you can see in the image above, Old Chub pours a beautiful, thick head. Aromas of peat moss and black tea jump out on first sniff. The caramel and toffee flavors are not sugary sweet but balanced nicely with the earthy finish which characterizes these brews. One imagines oneself in a Scottish fjord, moss growing along the rocks, sheep grazing on the tall grass of the valley, shepherds smoking their pipes while conversing with one another about the chief end of man.
This is a fantastic brew to have in rotation any time of year and is a common staple at the Inn. I have paired it with a Scottish Psalter, as this is the kind of beer that gladdens one’s heart while singing the Psalms.
For that reason, it gets 5 Knoxs out of 5.