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Old Chub (Canned Beer Week follow-up)

Old Chub is a Scottish Ale from Oskar Blues and, I believe, is the second beer they canned (after their Dale’s Pale Ale). Like the Dale’s, I received this can in a promotional package but fell too far behind to get it written up last month for my Canned Beer Week.

One thing I noticed with these canned beers from OB, and especially with this beer… there was no "hiss" of gas under pressure when I opened the can. Which seems weird, because you can see in my pictures that there’s a full head on these… but no. No pressurized hiss.

8% alcohol by volume.

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights. Thick, light tan head. (Website calls it "cola" in color and that’s fairly true.)

Smell: Malty and rich—buttery, toffee, a hint of smokiness and something spicy like cinnamon. Brown sugar.

Taste: Tasty Old Ale character with some alcohol heat. Dark sugars, molasses-like, a hint of that spiciness I noticed in the nose. Some dark fruit—plums, maybe prunes, like that. Earthy, spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with firm body… a little dry finish thing going on from the alcohol, I think.

Overall: Very good, it’s rich and warm and pleasant and you just want to keep sipping it. Definitely another beer I wish I had access to all the time. I think it’s my favorite of the three Oskar Blues beer I tried.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores a grade of A-. On RateBeer, it scores 3.69 out of 5 and is in their 93rd percentile.