Thursday, May 24th 2012
15th Anniversary Abbey Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)
A very limited canned offering from the folks at Oskar Blues. These pint cans were hand labeled with love in celebration of the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew's 15th Anniversary, which took place at the end of April. This was the location where Dale's Pale Ale and friends came into being and it was only steps away, in an old barn, that cans were first hand filled and seamed with sheepish grins. Cheers and a Very Happy, and a little belated, Anniversary!
Here we go...
Pour – a beautiful dark amber, almost maroon color with a creamy, rich off-white head that looks like it could belong on a pint of Guinness. This is a great looking beer!
Aroma - lots of tree fruit aromas like apples and pears along with plums and red grapes. Some faint hints of leather and tobacco. Very aromatic and hard to get your nose away long enough to bring your mouth to the glass. It smells that good.
Taste – smooth, sweet and crisp. Lots of those dark fruit flavors as well as toffee and caramel. The finish is semi-dry and leaves you licking your lips as you follow up with another sip. As it warms the flavors become more pronounced and the yeast flavor begins to develop. The apple flavors eventually take on a baked apple flavor and each sip is a little adventure.
Overall - this is an absolutely fantastic beer. We're blown away by just how good this beer is and really, really implore the folks at Oskar Blues to somehow bring more of this to the masses. If only we had more of these, one was certainly not enough.
Note - This year Oskar Blues celebrate 15 years of slinging food and drink at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, 10 years of canning Dale's Pale Ale and the opening of a new brewery in North Carolina! You guys are making 2012 one hell of a year! Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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Labels: Pint Cans/Tall Boys