Tasting: September 17, 2012
Style: Scottish Ale (Wee Heavy)
(c) 2012 pops on hops
Wee heavy is a style of beer and no kidding — it’s Scottish in origin. It’s a wee bit darker than your normal Scottish ale and it has a wee bit more alcohol in it as well. Oskar Blues’ take on wee heavy is an offering called Old Chub. Great name, isn’t it? Not quite fat, just a wee heavy. I also love the quotes on the rim of the can. “It’s like sputnik” and “A virtual planetoid.” If you don’t recall, these are phrases used to describe the size of a character’s head in the 1993 movie, “So, I Married an Axe Murderer”. Can’t you hear Mike Myers’ Scottish accent delivering the insults?
Pours a rich brown as you’d expect and the nose is quite sweet. Real chewy flavor of caramel and toffee. No roasted bitterness or any hop bitterness here. The story is the malts here and it delivers a pleasant experience. I like it 88 points.
Speaking of old chubs, I came across this quote and thought it was worth sharing:
“Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, “It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”