DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown, rust color with a small, frothy tan head. Very malty aroma, both sweet and roasted with a little bit of coffee. Very creamy body. Flavor is a little light, mainly coffee with a little smoky wood flavor. The finish has a slightly oily feel somewhat reminiscent of scotch.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
big yeast and bread aroma right after the pour ... yeasty aroma stays with the beer ... roasted malt taste ... watered down scotch whiskey without the alcohol ... so far Iím not a huge fan of this style; but this is the best so far ...... Iíll go back to it eventually
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark opaque brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is malty with some caramel and chocolate and a strange smoky finish. Creamy mouthfeel.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
While not the last word in complexity, Old Chub is still a balanced, vastly enjoyable brew! The aroma resembles a good chocolate cake right out of the oven. It pours a dark but clear brown with a reddish cast and ample head retention and lacing. The flavor celebrates malt without overpowering viscosity or sweetness. The smokiness lingers in the finish, along with a slight alcohol burn. Well done.
pkbites (864) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oskar Blues can do no wrong. Like ALL (yes, ALL!) their other offerings this is truly the nectar of the Gods. Pours a beautiful color, nose of chocolate cake batter. What I love about this is itís not over powering in any of itís flavor. Smooth, pudding like chocolate taste, but not a hit in the face with a pie. Very light, light, LIGHT smokey flavor. But, once again, only lightly so. The chocolate, smoke, and malt come together in a swirl of delicat delight. Nothing over-powers anything else. A slow sip and push on the tongue is recommended, but you actually could chug this if you wanted to.
This is the first time Iíve come across a craft brew I could say both of those things at once. I have seen the future of brewing excellence, and Oskar Blues is itís name!!!!!!!
janelso3 (7) - USA - APR 10, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Itís like drinking a Hershey bar! Heavy malt aromas of chocolate, moderate caramel and cola, light chicory and smoke. Light fruit on the nose. Full mouth feel; very long finish. Pours with rich cocoa head, despite its very light (almost flat) carbonation typical of the style. COMES IN A CAN (plus 10 points for originality)!!! I think the only better canned beer is Oskar Bluesí other offering, Daleís Pale Ale, although Iím partial to pale ales. But if you like Scottish dark ales, you will like this one. Never thought Iíd find an American-made ale this true to the traditional Scottish style. Enjoy!
Note: Although this is one of the finest American-made Scottish Dark Ales, it is not as good as any Scottish-made ales Iíve tried. Subtle notes of licorice detracted from the final score. Still, highly recommended.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Dark brown pour with a red tint. Nice white head. Smells like sweet chocolate or cocoa. Really intense chocolate malty aroma. Some grain and yeast undertones as well as sour fruit. Delicious creamy chocolate malt flavor. Like chocolate milk. Smooth and creamy. Slight bitter hoppiness and a tiny bit of alcohol on the finish. Good body.
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark flavorful malty scottish ale. Nice aroma and has a suprisingly nice kick. Creamy with nice heavy flavors (malt, choco, caramel). Nice beer.
drjay44 (3404) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is good. Somwhat light in mouth feel. I like a thicker liquid in this style, but, that said, good flavor, balance and, particularly, not overly sweet on the finish as are many in this style. And it is out of a can!!!
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer. Poured dark brown with a thin head. Aromas of coffee and malt. Taste of malt and sweet caramel.