Malts: North American 2-Row Barley, Munich Malt, English Crystal Malt, Belgian Special B, German Smoked Malt, English Chocolate Malt
Sampled: 12 oz. can
Description:"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." — Oskar Blues Brewery
The tasting: Dark brownish red with with a tan head that dissipated VERY quickly. No lacing on the glass. Aroma was not as strong as I expected, but I noticed malts and molasses. As typical in the style, hops are subtle. Flavor of dark roasted malts, caramel, smoke, and whiskey-like alcohol. Medium bodied with an effervescent mouth feel. It finished with a lingering taste of sweet smoky malts and tobacco.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I'd drink this if someone gave it to me. I tasted Kilt Lifter yesterday. Old Chubb is a more "aggressive" Scotch Ale. It has a darker and heavier malt base as well as a higher alcohol content. I was really surprised by the range of flavors in this beer. At the end of the day, the heavy malts and the smoky flavor were a bit much for me.
Have you tried Old Chubb or any other brews by Oskar Blues?