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Today I’m reviewing a beer from Oscar Blues Brewery. This brewery is known for their use of cans for their craft beer. This wasn’t a popular trend until only recently. All Oscar Blues beers are only canned, no bottling. This helps to protect the beer and best of all, aluminum is far more recyclable than glass!
Today’s beer is their Old Chub; a great example of a Scottish Ale/Wee Heavy. Remember from the last post what this designation means. It’s an 8% ABV beer that means business. Let’s take a look at Old Chub.
- Brewery – Oscar Blues
- Beer Name – Old Chub
- ABV – 8.00% ABV
- Style – Scottish Ale / Wee Heavy
- Serving Type – Can
- Beer Advocate Rating – 90
- Brewery Location – Colorado
- Availability – Year Round
- Color – Dark Amber, similar to cola
- Head/Retention – Good head formed with initial pour. Very low retention and slight lacing.
- Aroma – Strong aroma of sweet malt, raisins, and slight alcoholic smell.
- Taste – Earthy, sweet and heavy on the malt flavor. Hints of toffee hide in it as well. Complex taste with a definite boozy character.
- Finish – The heaviness of the mouth feel fades to an aftertaste of alcohol and an after-aroma of sweet alcohol.
Overall I really love this beer. The can helps to keep out light and oxygen, and it seems to get better with age. This could be used as a dessert beer, or a beer for a cold winter night. It feels filling and has enough alcohol to give a nice warm feeling. I am not the biggest fan of most Scottish style beers, but this one hits the nail on the head for me. I like the sweetness of the huge malt backbone and the balance this gives the higher alcohol level. Without a strong hop character, this balances very nicely.
Craft Beer Academy Score
Craft Beer Academy Score (out of 10) = 8
I gave this beer an 8 out of 10 based on the strong performance in all 5 categories listed above. The only thing that keeps this from being a 10/10 is the slightly boozy finish and very low head retention. These are not bad things as a whole, but I feel it would be perfect with those improved upon.
A lot of winter warmers, stouts, and Christmas beers come out in the winter, but I think this is a perfect winter beer, as well as for the rest of the year as well!