Oskar Blues is a well known and fairly well liked brewery out of Colorado. You’ve probably seen their cans out and about, like the green Old Chub, the red and blue Dale’s Pale Ale, and don’t they have a pilsner in a yellow can? And more to be sure. Speaking of, I got a chance to meet Dale of Dale’s Pale Ale when he was down in Texas doing some kind of junket with a bar down there. He turned my attention to the mash bill of Old Chub, where you can see even in the brewer’s description smoke is mentioned twice, so this felt like as good of a candidate for review (as any other non-smokebeer). I even stopped by the original Oskar Blues brewery the last time I was in Colorado… well over 37 pieces of flair stapled to the walls of that place. It’s a cool place. I don’t remember what I ate but I know I felt like a hippy when I ate it (perhaps due to the recreational marijuana wafting in from the dispensary down the street). But what about the beer you ask? This beer smells like a good scotch ale to me. And it tastes like a good scotch ale from the tap, not too surprising coming from a can. It registered with a medium darkness metric (4 smokestacks out of 7), and delivered a malty and dry swig. I’ve had this beer before and I’m familiar with their beer. They’re pretty consistent, and every time I have Old Chub, I think there’s just a bit too much carbonation in there. Thousands of tiny bubbles, which is somehow different from most every other beer, at least to me it is. But that’s no big deal. I like this beer. Overall score = 4.4 out of 7. I wonder who the Old Chub is?
|Beer Name||Old Chub|
|Brewer’s Description||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.|
|Food Pairings||Big juicy hamburgers|
|Brewery Location||Longmont, CO|
|Alcohol content by volume||8%|
|IBU (International Bitterness Units)||25|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||3.75|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||2|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||2|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||N|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||3|
|Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy)||4.4|
Their website is cool, works, phone and desktop.