Review: Old Chub, Oskar Blues

Old Chub
Oskar Blues Brewery — Longmont, Colorado

  • Style:  Scotch Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 8.0%
  • Malts:  North American 2-Row Barley, Munich Malt, English Crystal Malt, Belgian Special B, German Smoked Malt, English Chocolate Malt
  • Hops:  Nugget
  • 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

Random thoughts:   I visited Oskar Blues in November when I was in Boulder.  These guys makes some great beer!  I'm planning to attend Cascade Brewing's Scottish Ale Festival this weekend, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity for me to taste Oskar Blues' Scotch Ale.  

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?

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1 comment:

  1. Had Old Chub on the nitro at Suds & Suds in Corvallis. Very creamy.


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