Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Beer Review: Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale


This is an unusual beer: a strong Scotch ale brewed in the U.S. It’s also unusual in that it’s only available in cans as it’s from Oskar Blues. (Read my article about beer in cans and check out my beer page for additional reviews and thoughts on beer.)

It’s a beautiful color, dark brown with ruby highlights. It’s got a rusty brown head that dissipates quickly, and actually has some “legs” (unusual for a beer and indicative of strong alcohol content). It has a surprisingly light aroma with a slight fruitiness, not what I’d expect in a Scotch ale. I get a hint of caramel but generally cleaner smelling than I’d expect.

It’s thick on the tongue, as a strong (8.0% ABV) Scotch ale should be. The taste is malty and sweet, with the alcohol apparent (even though I don’t usually like this, it is characteristic of this beer). Complex as the taste seems to change in the mouth.

This is not a style I normally favor as it’s a bit too sweet for me, but all in all, this is a very good example of this style.

8.5/10 (note that this score is for its style – I would score it lower just by itself as I’m not a huge fan of this style)

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