And what a fantastically timely bump that this thread was replied to earlier today. Why? Because today I tapped beer #11 into my kegerator!
After 2 months (to the day) of having Left Hand Milk Stout on tap, I was still in the mood for something dark and flavorful. I finally settled on:
Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale.
This beer is FANTASTIC! If you have followed my "kegerator" posts closely (which I assume approximately 0 of you have), then you'll know that I prefer stouts #1 and then wheats/whites mixed in to break up the monotony of stout after stout. I am LOVING this choice.
The simplest way I can describe this beer is, it has the flavor of a stout without the weight. A few pints of a nice stout really weighs you down. It's really hard to drink a hearty stout back to back to back. That is what I love about the Old Chub. It has a FANTASTIC, COMPLEX flavor without being heavy! I've had 3 already tonight, and I'm not full like I would be with one of the stouts I've featured in earlier posts.
This beer is nowhere near as dark (in color) as a standard stout. It's like a mix of an amber and a porter (in color). Red hues really show through, but VERY dark. The taste is wonderful. But again, what amazes me is that for a beer with so much FLAVOR, it does NOT fill you up and bog you down.
But be CAREFUL! Old Chub is 8% alcohol, so while you're sure to enjoy the drinkability and flavor of this brew, it will really sneak up on you as far as the "drunk" factor goes. Overall...this beer immediately (and quite easily) climbs into my top-5 favorite beers.