Old Chub Nitro Scotch AleSeptember 12, 2014
Oskar Blues Brewery
Lyons, CO and Brevard, NC
This is the first nitrogenated version of a canned beer from Oskar Blues. Our panelists tasted an 8% version of the beer, but future releases will be 6.9%.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1068
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Deep mahogany robe has reddish highlights and is topped with an amazing mochalike head that, like a genie, can’t wait to escape from the can. Fresh, very subtle nose leads to a rich, malty flavor with a slight acidic finish that keeps the beer from being too sweet. That said, it is exceptional with candied nuts, blue-veined cheese and black bread infused with cherries. When the head does dissipate, it leaves a gorgeous lace.
- Charles Finkel
The opening notes offer plenty of evidence about what’s inside. With a hearty pfffffffffffft, a cloud of nitrogen-infused foamy richness gently peeks through. Pouring is soft and easy. A rich head graces the surface and red darkness emerges beneath. Rich and malty aroma and flavor typical of a Scotch ale soothes the senses. Alcohol at 8% is warming. It’s an extraordinary collage that achieves balance. It’s as though the nitro was intended for this particular beer all along. Who would’ve thought to get it this right?
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.