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Tuesday, November 30th 2010

Cold Smoke Scotch Ale
(Kettlehouse Brewing Company)

Hoo-ray! I can't even tell you how long I've been trying to acquire some cans from Kettlehouse Brewing Company. I finally managed to acquire some these past few weeks and I am stoked. Cold Smoke is their most popular canned offering and thus I decided to begin my sojourn through the world of Kettlehouse cans with that one. Cheers!

From the Kettlehouse site:

"Cold Smoke® Scotch Ale earned a gold medal in the 2007 & 2009 NABA brewfests, respectively, a bronze medal in 2009 at the GABF and a silver medal at the 2010 NABA brewfest. Formulated with Montana grown 2-row barley, northwest Goldings hops, and lotsa love, this hearty ale drinks very smooth. Not bitter at all and not too sweet either. Novice beer drinkers have been known to take a taste and then say, “WOW! That’s not what I expected… that’s GOOD!” A hint of roasted barley lends a slight coffee-like smoky finish. With a 6.5% abv, this beer is perfect after a day of rippin’ lines on area or your favorite back country getaway."


Here we go...

Pour - the can very clearly reads "Canned on Sept 3 10". Love that! I wish more canning breweries made it that easy to see when they filled their cans. Anyways, this one pours a very, very dark amber with a inch of thick, yellowish-white head on top. This looks great, I am ready to dive in.


Aroma - brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, caramel, honey...all the sweet things in life basically. Rich and malty smelling as a good Scotch Ale should be.


Taste - smooth on the lips and tongue with a good bit of malty sweetness clearing the palate...for more malty sweetness. Like most other Scotch Ales the malt is the dominant flavor. Plenty of that biscuity flavor associated with malty brews as well as caramel and honey. As it warms I get some fruity apple cider-y flavors as well. Very tasty stuff. 


Overall - sweet but not cloying. Actually, this is more of a juicy, malty brew if that makes any sense. Its refreshing like a lighter brew might be. Sort of hard to explain. Its easy to see why this is their flagship brew, its easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. If you like Amber Ales, ESBs or Brown Ales (or other Scotch Ales obviously) you'll certainly enjoy this beer.


Would I buy more of it? - hells yes. Great stuff in a great, big, awesome-looking can. Loads of malty goodness and just about perfect on a cold night in front of the fireplace. 


Note - If you happen to live in the Missoula-area, where Kettlehouse is found on draught, you might be lucky enough to try "Cold Smoke® on Nitro"!

Can Scale:
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Cold Smoke Scotch Ale
Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Brewery: Kettle House Brewing Company
Missoula, Montana  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 11
Date: November 30th, 2010

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Friday, April 2nd 2010

Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

The maltier side of Oskar Blues, Old Chub will surely satisfy your thirst for something a little deeper and darker. 

From the Oskar Blues site:

"This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features a skim-milk mouthfeel, semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a kiss of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer."

Here we go...

Pour - dark and foreboding. Old Chub pour a maroon like auburn color with some red highlights that make it crimson in the light. A nice off white head tops it all off and leaves some nice lacing as it shirks its way back into the boozy depths.

Aroma - lots of dark sweet fruits, apple cider, malty malt malt, pancake syrup, brown sugar and caramel. Basically, lots of sweet delicious smells emanate from this glass. I'd like to dive right in!

Taste - one big sip and my tongue is bathed in sweetness. Lots of flavor going on here. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, prunes, raisins, a bit of smokiness, ripe apple and some biscuity/bready notes. The finish is a little dry and I can't get enough. 

Overall - excellent beer. Tons of flavor and the opposite side of hoppy and bitter. This is the ying to the hop yang. Loads of malty sweetness, a touch of smokiness and an overall enjoyable experience that leaves the head a little light and the stomach a little warm. Cheers!

Would I buy more of it? - sure, I think this is one of the Oskar Blues brews that I like the most. Don't get me wrong, I love me some hops but there is just something about this brew that hits me the right way. 

Note - Oskar Blues also produces a lip balm made with Old Chub beer. You can order some from their website and impress your friends by having lips that reek of good canned beer!  

Can Scale:
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Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
Lyons, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 2nd, 2010

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