Oskar Blues “Old Chub Scottish Ale” Review (#035)

Oskar Blues
Old Chub Scottish Ale
Lyons, Colorado

From The Brewery:

This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features a skim-milk mouthfeel, semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a kiss of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer.
While Dale’s satisfies our hop addiction, Old Chub takes care of our deep affections for malt. The cola-colored beer (almost black) features a tan head, a creamy, skim-milk mouthfeel, and rich, semi-sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate throughout. The addition of smoked grains gives Old Chub a delicate kiss of smoke on the finish.

Old Chub is the beer equivalent of a lightly smoked single malt scotch, or your favorite dark chocolate. We call it Rocky Mountain Mutha’s Milk. People who tell us defiantly, “I don’t drink dark beer,” often fall deeply in love with Old Chub. We can’t blame them.


Appearance: This dark striking ruby red was poured into a Sam Adam pint glass, capped off at the top by a chunky tan head.

Smell: It gave off a mild aroma of sweet Scottish malts, yeast esters, and faint alcohol. Very inviting.

Taste: Roast and chocolate with a smooth sweet finish. This is a very malty beer with little hops to be found. Sticky sweet.

Mouthfeel: A full bodied creamy beer; weighty, with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability: High; this brew goes down very easily with no hesitation.

Notes: Best Scottish ale in a can; from the first American craft brewery to use cans. Always use a glass.


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