Your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a can on the table next to me. Oskar Blues out of Lyons, Colorado, is one of the few craft breweries that actually can their beer. And don’t let the can fool you, this stuff isn’t PBR. According to their website, in 2002 they became the first microbrewery to can its beer. And why, you ask? “The idea of our bold, hoppy pale ale squeezed into a little can was hilarious. It made us laugh for weeks.” Good enough for me!
Old Chub is a Scottish style ale. Aside from having one of the coolest names of any beer I’ve come across, (don’t you just love saying it? Old Chub…) this is a very tasty, malty beer. The color is very dark, almost like a stout, but it has a little tinge of deep amber. The body is not quite as thick as your typical stout, especially considering this is 8.0% ABV, so it’s a little lighter on the palate if you don’t generally like “dark” beers.
This beer is very malty. Not much hint of hops. The flavor is very chocolatey with a hint of caramel and even smoked flavoring. If you read my blog much, you’ll know that I’m much more partial to hoppy beers over malty ones, but I definitely enjoy drinking the Old Chub. It’s got a nice twist at the end and enough body to give it that extra umph. I probably won’t be slamming many of these at my 4th of July cookout, but I might have one with dessert!