Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
3.49/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A 355ml can with a packing date of April 2013. Acquired a while back from the Brewdog webshop. Described on the label as a Scotch ale, along with a Sputnik reference that I don't understand.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark ruby-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Some floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a small head of tan foam that settles rapidly and dissipates within a minute or two. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with hints of caramel/toffee, faint brown sugar, mild dried fruit, subtle pine, fruity ale yeast and stewed hops. A warming whiff of booze in the background.
Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a mildly bitter finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, grain, a twinge of brown sugar, faint roasted malt, dried fruit, pine, ale yeast and stewed hops. A touch of alcohol in the background. Quite sweet, followed by a restrained yet hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and good body. A lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel, grain and faint pine.
I'm never quite sure what to make of this style, but a decent brew nonetheless. Looks a bit lifeless - shame the head disappears so rapidly. The aroma and flavour are replete with sweet caramel and hints of sugar, along with a touch of pine-laden hops. Nice, smooth body. A solid effort, though I can't say it blew me away. Worth sampling if you stumble across it, but I probably wouldn't go hunting for it.
Serving type: can
04-05-2014 23:29:01 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.94/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I wanted to like this beer, but my initial reactions were not positive at all. I gave it a 2.50 rating within the first two minutes. Obviously I deleted that rating. I'm somewhat new to the craft beer scene, and I found the taste syrupy and bitter and kinda gross. But as I approached the bottom of the beer, I started to warm up to it and the beer seemed to settled down. I don't think it was simply the alcohol taking effect and me growing acclimated to the new taste, though I'm sure that played a part. But the beer seem to change consistency midway through. I found it quite good at the end. I definitely want to try again
Serving type: can
07-21-2014 03:09:24 | More by SampsonOfRaleigh
4.69/5 rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
For a Scotch ale, this is the perfect apperance. Dark reddish brown, big fluffy head, extreme lacing, etc. Great color. Not that appearance matters anyway!
Smell is sweet, caramelly, fruity, incredible rich malts. I do love Scotch ales already but this is one of the better smelling ones that I've had. There is a bit of alcohol on the nose.
Taste: YUUU what wild depths of flavor! Entry is somewhat sharp, "mid-palate" is super sweet, finish is just bitter enough. There's an incredible blend of dried fruit and caramel flavors that is absolutely wonderful. It's rich and complex, but not so sweet and heavy that it becomes too much at any point. The 8% ABV is really not detectable at all. Incredibly well balanced while hitting all the right notes for a classic Scotch ale. I'm a little irritate that I never tried this before.
Mouth feel is just right. Carbonation level is moderate, the body itself is heavy and sticky but not overbearing, yet still large and in charge. Some beers are insecure and feel the need to tell everyone how strong they are; this one is confident but restrained. Okay that was stupid, but hopefully you know what I mean.
Overall this is a waaaayyyy better beer than I expected. I shouldn't be surprised considering how much I love Ten Fidy. It's just that most of the discussion I've seen was about either that or Dale's Pale Ale and the latter is sort of panned, so I thought Ten Fidy was maybe a one-hit wonder sort of thing. That was not the case and I will now try any Oskar Blues beers I can find. I can't believe this is year-round and less than $10 a six pack! I'm also glad I got this with regular carbonation because I really don't care for nitro at all. Just tastes flat to me.
Serving type: can
07-18-2014 04:29:38 | More by krustster
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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