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Old Chub Scotch Ale

Rating: 4.1

Old Chub will be my fifth beer from the Oskar Blues Brewery based in Longmont, Colorado and I’m especially looking forward to this can given that I’ve enjoyed the previous four I’ve tried from the brewery. This one is a can that I ordered from the Brewdog online shop recently having spotted it on a number of occasions in the past (along with the Nitro version) but I’ve always been reluctant to pick it up as the price is usually quite high but I finally relented though and added one to my cart when ordering. Hopefully the beer will live up to the previous offerings from Oskar Blues despite the fact I’m not the biggest fan of Scotch ales in the world and it’s not a style of beer I try as often as I really should; maybe this one will change that going forward.

Old Chub Scotch Ale

Appearance (5/5): Pouring a dark, opaque brown with a few red tinges in the middle, this one has a thumb sized head that is quite creamy looking and holds particularly well given the strength of the beer. There is some good lacing left on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a creamy beer on the nose with some strong malts coming through early on alongside plenty of caramel sweetness and some sugars as well. There is a surprisingly good hop presence to this one with a few raisins and touches of vanilla in there as well before some smoky patches and a slightly nutty aroma see things out; and overall the balance is quite a good one.
Taste (7/10): Strong malts and some caramel kick things off here before some toffee starts to come through soon after and I could detect quite a lot of sweetness from the beer as a result. There was some vanilla and bread mixed in with some darker, ripe fruits such as prunes and raisins as well as some roasted flavours. The hop presence from the nose is also apparent here with some touches of floral hops and a bit of bitterness too.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and full bodied, this one is definitely a creamy beer with a nice bitterness throughout and slightly more hops that expected. There is a lot of sweetness throughout and carbonation levels are quite soft but the balance is an excellent one.

Overall (16/20): This one was another excellent beer from Oskar Blues, it was definitely a lot more hoppy than I had been expecting and there was a huge amount of sweetness in there too but the two seemed to work well together and the balance was a good one. Overall it was an easy beer to drink despite the 8% abv. and the texture was a smooth, creamy one with surprisingly little of the alcohol showing.

Brewed In: Longmont, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
First Brewed: circa. 2003
Previously Known As: Oskar Blues HYA
Type: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £4.00

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  1. March 16, 2016 at 20:45

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