Oskar Blues Old Chub – Scottish Style Ale

Last night, I got my ass back in the gym. I’ve been running more, but really lagging on the weights. I got in there and had a really good workout. After that, I headed over to Stop and Shop and did some food shopping. I came back and cooked up a bunch of chicken to bring for lunch for the week. After all that excitement, I finally got to sit down and watch the Olympics. What better to go with the Olympics than beer, right?

ABV: 8%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. While Dale’s satisfies our hop addiction, Old Chub takes care of our deep affections for malt. The cola-colored beer (almost black) features a tan head, a creamy, skim-milk mouthfeel, and rich, semi-sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate throughout. The addition of smoked grains gives Old Chub a delicate kiss of smoke on the finish. Old Chub is the beer equivalent of a lightly smoked single malt scotch, or your favorite dark chocolate. We call it Rocky Mountain Mutha’s Milk. People who tell us defiantly, ‘I don’t drink dark beer,’ often fall deeply in love with Old Chub. We can’t blame them.”

Random: I was watching synchronized diving at the gym and it was really enjoyable…shockingly.

I’m not hugely familiar with this style of beer, so I’m not exactly sure what to expect. It’s actually been over a year since I’ve had a beer of the style. I popped open the can and it poured with a one finger, tan-colored head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark mahogany color with a lot of visible carbonation. I stuck my nose in the glass and got roasted malt and smoke. This was definitely not what I expected. The taste was interesting…sweetness up front with the same smoke following that I got in the nose. I really didn’t get anything else because I just kept smelling the smoke. I didn’t get any hops to it either. The body was thick with too much carbonation. The booze wasn’t noticeable on this one and the brew finished quickly. This beer just didn’t do it for me. It was definitely drinkable, but not something that I would reach for in the fridge if I had other choices. I think this is the first Oskar Blues beer that didn’t floor me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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