Oskar Blues Mash Appeal

This was another beer that I grabbed from the cold case of the craft beer bar. It didn’t come highly recommended, but I was curious about this one and cracked it open in the hotel. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5%

Style: California Common/Steam Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In celebration of Cleveland Beer Week, we’ve partnered with Oskar Blues Brewery and Lagerheads Brewing Company to create Mash Appeal, a Kentucky Common-style lager. Inspired by a once popular pre-prohibition style established in Louisville, Kentucky, Mash Appeal has a rich malt flavor with a tart finish.”

Random: This beer comes in at 19 IBUs.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of light brown head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a very dark brown with some carbonation visible. The nose had some caramel malt along with diluted pine cleaner. There were also notes of dark molasses. The taste was unlike any beer of the style that I’ve had. It had a certain rye note along with a lot of sweetness from the caramel malt. It had chocolate and some smoke too. The body was on thicker side with a decent amount of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with syrupy sweetness. I was not a fan of this beer at all. The flavors just didn’t work together for me. This was a one-off collaboration with Great Lakes, so I doubt I’ll see it again, but if I did, I wouldn’t grab this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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