Happy Thursday, Beer Leaguer! This weeks beer is from the great state of Colorado, and while the brewery didn’t make it on the list years ago when some Beer Leaguers went on The Great Middle Coast Beer Tour, the Captaineers did give it a visit a few years ago when visiting. I’ll start out with a few things:
- The brewery itself is huge
- The tasting room itself is huge
- Oskar Blues makes some great beer
Ok, so nothing really groundbreaking there – Beer Leaguers go to other states to try beers with little distribution, enjoy Colorado, and enjoy trying beers with little distribution in Colorado. What impressed us the most was the amount of aluminum that OB goes through – they love their cans. Love them. More than any other microbrewery, we think – they even made a growler system that is canned on-site! Dang, that thing is cool.
But you care less about canning, and more about opening cans – so let’s talk about Old Chub from… yep… Oskar Blues. Straight up copy / pasted from the OB website, they describe Old Chub as:
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 semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a wee-bit of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer.
What’s not to like about that? Well, not much – except you better watch that 8% tag on there (looking at one person specifically) – as most beers with that much rich dark flavors tend to mask that high ABV in sweet, sweet flavors, Old Chub being one of them.
Over at Beer Advocate, a reviewer named breakingbland says, “I’ll look for it again!“:
Poured from a can. One half finger head: deep cream color with irregular bubbles. The beer itself is an opaque black with ruby highlights. The aroma is a distinctive roasty coffee with a slight sweetness. The taste is like the aroma but more pronounced, resulting in a very deep and rich flavor. There is no hops presence. The carbonation was perfect as was the medium full body. Overall, this is a great beer and may very well be my favorite for this style. I’ll look for it again!
Rate Beer has a reviewer named Bosco who wasn’t ready for the Old Chub and said:
chocolate, spruce, earthy, smoke, Handed out as a freebie on Jam Cruise 4…I should say up front that I don’t really enjoy Scottish style beer, but hey…it was free so. Drank from a can, didn’t see in glass.
So there you have it – a big ABV, big flavored Scotch Ale for a cool early Spring STL day. Ask Jimmy nice and he might just get a fire goin’ tonight.