Friday, September 20, 2013

Oskar Blues Old Chub

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (971) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2013

 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 Ale taste.

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. 
Grade: 8/10

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