Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
American Brown Ale
3.81 | pDev: 8.92%
Sep 01, 2017
Dec 13, 2005
Very Good
Notes: None
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville.
Pours with a dark reddish-brown colored body that has good clarity. It’s topped with a tall, durable, creamy, beige head.
Aroma: hmm ... a bit odd.
The flavor has a touch of that aromatic oddness but mainly has a pleasant, mild, maltiness. Very mild bitterness.
Sep 01, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by chuckt62 from Texas

Nov 07, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by Knobs303 from Colorado

Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by RyanCrawford from Colorado

Jul 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

Dec 30, 2013
Rated: 4 by ste5venla from California

Aug 12, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Brewsed from North Carolina

Apr 18, 2012
Rated: 3 by jophish17 from Georgia

Dec 24, 2011
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Reviewed by claytong from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
impressive making a 5.2 brown ale this tasty.

Appearance - light brown, hint of amber

Smell - sugar, caramel malt

Taste - floral, caramel malt

Mouthfeel - one of the biggest downsides for me is the light body. just doesnt do much for me. is sessionable.
Jun 07, 2011
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Reviewed by emmasdad from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours from the tap a medium amber-brown color with a bit of off-white foam on top. Aromas of roasted nuts, milk chocolate and a little roast. Light bodied and decently carbonated, with flavors of roasted nuts, milk chocolate and a hint of earthy hops.
Jan 23, 2011
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Had on tap at the brewery

Appearance: amber, minimal carbonation and head

Smell: sweet caramel malt

Taste: sweet malts to start and over the body folled by a hoppy earthy finish

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter finish, super smooth, light body, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: Oskar Blues seems to take common styles and make them taste extraordinary and this is no exception. This is one of my favorites in the style. It is super smooth and very sessionable. I love the mix of the malt and hops. They need to can this and ship it out here.
Oct 31, 2009
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Reviewed by glid02 from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got this on-tap at Brick Store in Atlanta. I'm not sure if it's an old keg or if they've begun brewing this again.

Pours a clear brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of caramel malt with biscuity and nutty undertones.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt up front that's not lacking in robustness that goes along with subtle nutty flavors. Not very complex but everything is done very well.

Mouthfeel is good. Very good thickness with subdued carbonation that makes this slide right on down my gullet.

Drinkability is good. I polished one off pretty quickly and if I didn't have other good options I could've easily had a few more.

Overall, browns aren't my favorite style, but this is a very good beer. Very nice malty flavors, and everything goes down oh-so smoothly. I'm hoping they're bringing this one back.
Nov 15, 2008
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Reviewed by gford217 from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown with hints of red around the edges. The off-white head lasts for a long while and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is pretty subdued with a strong sweet malt presence along with some nutty tones as well. I picked up very little hops in the nose at all.

The nuts actually come out a little stronger in the taste and balance the big sweet malt base. Again, there is little in the way of hops and the finish is slightly sweet with a fairly strong roasted character.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with good carbonation.

This is a very good brown and much more of an English brown in my book due to the seemingly small amount of hops. Either way, it's very drinkable. Big thanks to Dave at the Brick Store for scoring this one.
Nov 15, 2008
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Reviewed by Crosling from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Draught @ Oskar Blues. Lots of character for a brown. Ruby brown color. Long lasting foam. Creamy texture and very mouth filling. Roast and toast character with hints of toffee, fruits and brown sugar, which leads into a dry, hoppy finish. Fairly nice nose as well. It's a high quality, well made brown.
Jul 04, 2008
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Reviewed by Domingo from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Had this on tap at the Grill/Brewery itself.

Arrives a medium to deep brown with a about 1/4" froth on the top. Looks as expected, although per the style there's nothing wrong with that at all.

Smells nutty, caramel-infused, and malty. Compared to their other brews, I expected a huge hop hit, but this one is true to style and really only has a little bit of hops.

The flavor starts off smooth and creamy, with a nutty cocoa flavor. Reminds me a little of Nutella. Hops are there, but are fairly mild and really only come through in the finish.
Quite tasty, and because it's not that strong, it's extra quaffable.

Texture starts off thick and creamy, but it's thin enough that you don't feel like you're drinking a meal.

I had a pint with some fried jalapeño strips and it was a great companion. I certainly could've had more, and the lower potency ensures that you can with no issues.

A pretty terrific brown ale that stays true to the style. One of the best in the region along with the one from Santa Fe.
Feb 19, 2008
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Reviewed by MarineHokie from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours dark brown with deep red highlites. Medium off white head.
Fresh chocolate malt aromas with notes of sweet not quite citrusy hops. Malts stand out, with hops in a decidedly background role. While slanted toward maltiness overall, the layered flavors of the different malts play well with the light hopiness to delivering a flavorful, complex experience to the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth without being slick. Fairly quaffable brew, though at 5.2% I could drink too many very easily.
Sep 28, 2007
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Thin off-white head on top of a dark brown beer. Light lacing.

S - Chocolate malt. Buttery.

T - Earthy. Nutty. Chocolate malt and butter are present in the flavor as welkl as the aroma. Definitely malt driven -- hops are there but in hiding. Balanced enough so that it does not finish too sweet.

M - Medium bodied with a lively bit of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability and paired well with beer-can chicken at the brewery.
Jun 17, 2007
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Reviewed by benito from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Leroy...the king of Colorado brown ales? If not the undisputed winner, it's certainly close.

This is a light coloured rendition of a traditional brown ale. This has a wonderfully fruity bouquet, with distinct peach aromas. The flavor is a nice mix of typical malty sweetness with a slight floral, chamomile bitterness. There's a nice hoppy presence across the front of the tongue
that gives way to a deeper and dryer finish: a good length overall; to boot, the fruitiness gives this brew a complex, unlikely, and pleasant flavor set for a brown ale.

Though this may not be as immediately likeable or sturdy as the other quality Colorado browns on the market (Avery, Breckenridge, Tommyknocker), its subtlety is a major assett. This is designed to be an easy-drinking and light brown. In other words, this would be a great session beer. Hopefully, Oskar Blues will find a way to market this full-time and lower the price for a six-pack.
Apr 16, 2006
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Reviewed by sweethome from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pour dark brown with light tan head. Nutty nose with plenty of hops present.

Light fluffy mouthfeel.

A chocolate malt sweetness, followed by a pleasant hop flavor with bittering to provide balance. There is a little nut charachter. Not very heavy and as the can implies - quite a session beer. The flavor of the hops is excellent.

The can also mentions it as a little Old Chubb. This has more hops than expected based on that. Very well done.

Obtained from Hopmut - Thanks!
Jan 20, 2006
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz can. Pours a murky dark tea color with a big creamy off white head that goes to a wispy film that laces the glass.

The aroma is earthy chocolate, a little dark fruit, and some peat.

The flavor is slightly smoky chocolate malts with a little grassy hoppiness. It's medium to full bodied.

Overall, this would make a nice session beer. It's pretty mild but tasty. It tastes like mild scottish ale (a mini version of the Old Chub).
Dec 21, 2005
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