I poured a 12oz can into a mug. It was canned on 5/29/13 and cost $2.75 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep ruby red to brown/mahogany/chestnut hue. Translucent.
Forms a small, tan, foamy head which mostly evaporates and leaves trace
lacing on the glass.
Smell: Sweet confectionery aromas of toffee and butterscotch. A strong peat or mossy character as well.
Taste: I’m not usually a big fan of Scotch Ales because they tend to be
too intense. A lot of breweries like to go heavy on the smoke, and not
strong enough with everything else. Oskar Blues Old Chub is the exact
opposite since the malty sweetness is clearly the star of the show here,
but with enough peaty/smoky rusticness to give it that classic Scotch
The base flavor is not all that far from a doppelbock, actually. As soon
as it hits the tongue I taste chocolate, toffee and butterscotch - but
they’re all well-restrained, not sickly sweet. It’s also a completely
authentic taste - nothing artificial here. There’s a noticeable hop
bitterness at the crest of the swig, though it’s fairly well restrained
and makes a great transition to the smoky/earthy finish. It’s well
balanced with the rest of the palette so as not to be distracting or
overwhelming (smoke in beer is best used sparingly). There’s some
chocolate and coffee on the aftertaste, and while drying, it is not
annoying. This beer is definitely a malthead’s delight.
Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Oskar Blues Old Chub was
how smooth and comfortable it was. It’s thick with a smooth, almost
creamy texture not unlike a strong stout. It’s a beer that actually
feels good to drink because of its delivery and not just its taste. At
8% ABV it’s technically a big brew, but there’s no alcohol presence, nor
is the body intense or abrasive. It’s tempting to drink this in large
quantities, though one serving is satisfying.