Oskar Blues “Old Chub” Review


Oskar Blues
“Old Chub Scottish Style 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.

Review

Appearance: I enjoyed this Scottish style ale in a pint glass, pouring hard from the can to give it a nice, thin but solid off-white head. It is a rich chocolate brown with hints of ruby; translucent.

Smell: Big and bold smelling; starts with sweet toasty malt, a good amount of caramel, and hints of esters and heat.

Taste:Full flavored beer; creamy caramel with toasted Scottish malts and toffee finish. There are pleasant notes of yeast esters such as dried fruits. There is a bit of hops in the background, giving support to round out the malts sweetness as it shows up more on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, full bodied, heavy beer. This has a nice weight and leaves a sticky residue in your mouth.

Drinkability: Medium; a very smooth drinking beer, but is quite potent and weighty.

Notes: Awesome; an exemplary American version of a Scottish beer.

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