I was really intrigued by this beer when I first heard of it a few months back. A collaboration between Stone, Pizza Port and Green Flash sounds like it'd be a really great idea. Each of these breweries makes some interesting beers and a collaboration between the three of them, a beer that showcases each of their strengths, would be really cool. Well, then I heard this was going to be a Scotch Ale... Now, I really like Scotch Ales, but mostly when they conform to my idea of what a Wee Heavy should taste like. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. I don't think of a Scotch Ale as a platform for brewers to innovate or really even collaborate
Everyone has their own Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel to a certain degree. This is a brewery that I really wanted to enjoy. Their bottles have a cool late 19th century style to them, the contents are brewed with interesting ingredients and they have crazy French names. What's not to like? Well, for me, the flavor of their beer. I've reviewed a handful of their beers and sampled a few more on tap to see if there was a noticeable improvement. My conclusion was that I should stop wasting time and money on these beers. That was a little over two years ago. Last week I saw this bottle of Scotch Ale brewed with maple syrup and all was forgotten.
Old Chub. It just sounds familiar, not to mention hilarious... Oskar Blues is yet another brewery that doesn't distribute to my neck of the woods. I had to make a trip out to Longmont a couple months ago in order to get my hands on their beer. I've heard a lot of good things about Oskar Blues and I was really looking forward to picking up some of their beers. I'd heard a few people say Oskar Blues' beer is pretty pricey so I planned on only picking up a few of their more highly regarded beers. The first Oskar Blues I bought on this trip was a case of Old Chub.
O'Fallon is a brewery I want to like. I want to like them very much. O'Fallon is located a little west of St. Louis, it's a small brewery with fewer than 10 employees last time I checked. They make some really interesting styles of beer, a Peach Wheat, a Hemp infused Rye, a Cherry Chocolate Christmas seasonal and a Smoked Porter. Cool stuff, and it doesn't taste half bad... or at least that's how it was before O'Fallon got a little too popular and couldn't support the added capacity in-house. The result was a contract with Stevens Point in Wisconsin that'd allow O'Fallon beers to be brewed/bottled on a larger scale. Sounds great, but O'Fallon's brewers couldn't get the recipes right for the longest time and quality took a big dive. I've avoided most of O'Fallon's beers since then because they really weren't any good. I've returned from St. Louis with a bottle of their Wee Heavy and a glimmer of hope that things of turned around.
I've had samples of Founders Dirty Bastard at several beer fests and tastings but I've never really bothered to bring home so much as a bottle. About two months ago I saw a couple bottles of Dirty Bastard sitting on the shelf of a build your own six pack section and figured it was time to give this beer a formal review. Recently I've been on the look out for more Scotch Ales and found this bottle sitting in my basement so I chilled it, poured it into a nice tall glass and here we are... Founders beer are a bit pricier than the competition so I tend to expect a bit more. Previous experience has taught me that Founders beers don't always meet those expectations, so I'm trying to keep an open mind with this Dirty Bastard.
I first decided to pick up a bottle of SkullSplitter because it's got a righteous picture of a proud Viking warrior on the label. This son of Thor is decked out in a winged helmet, fur cape and a pretty sweet beard. I was sold the second I saw this label. Maybe it was buyers remorse but as soon as I got home I started planning for the worst. I thought this beer is probably all marketing and it just a light lager in a cleverly Vikinged bottle. As it turns out, this beer is definitely worthy of the label.