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First Posted: 2/16/2015

Glassware: Old Chub Nitro is best served in either an English tulip pint glass or a traditional nonic pint glass. However, it is also suitable for the beer to be served in a dimpled English pint glass, especially if you are receiving the beer in a traditional English pub.

Description: Old Chub Nitro pours a hazy mahogany brown with a ruby hue and a cascade of stunning nitro bubbles that leave a creamy tan head that hangs around and laces fairly well. The aroma is most certainly malt forward with hints of roasted malts up front and cocoa, coffee, dark fruits and a touch of smokiness. Upon the first sip, the incredibly smooth body cascades over your palate and seems to calm the palate and brain instantly. The taste follows the nose with a veritable malt bomb hitting the palate. Strong notes of toasted malts, cocoa, coffee, caramel and a touch of smoked malts intermingle throughout this beer. While the hops are not front and center they do add a touch of earthy notes. The full body and light carbonation make this beer an incredibly smooth drinking experience. Old Chub is great to give to friends who claim to not like dark beers. It offers a wonderful roasted malt experience with balance and incredible drinkability.

Food pairing: The juicy sweet malts in Old Chub make it a dream to pair with a variety of meats. Try pairing this with roast beef or lamb. The light hoppy and nutty sweetness enhance the natural sweetness of the meat while melting into the flavors and textures. Game birds also make a wonderful pairing with this beer, after all it is Scottish tradition and game birds are a plenty to eat in Scotland. Pheasant, partridge and quail are especially good matches. The natural flavors of the meat have hints of the bird’s diet which consists of nuts and berries which would be highlighted by the beer’s dark fruit hints and sweet nutty malt profile. Venison is tasty with Old Chub, especially when it is topped with a tart cherry sauce. This is also a beer that can happily find its place on the dessert table and goes excellent with crème brûlée and of course Scottish butter shortbread cookies.

The Final Word: Oskar Blues was one of the first craft breweries to begin putting their craft beer into cans. They are a brewery paving the way for great beers served on nitro. The nitro truly imparts a very smooth easy drinking experience and makes a delicious beer even better. While the Scotch Ale style may not be one that is typically sought after by craft beer newbies, it is a style with a rich tradition and full of flavor. This is a beer that is excellent for a cold winter night by the fireplace and one that will certainly make you think twice about not liking darker beer. Old Chub is available not on nitro and trying a side by side tasting really opens your taste buds to what nitro can do to a beer.

Where can I get it? : Currently available in 16 oz. cans at: Backyard Ale House- Scranton; The Tomato Bar- Pittston; Aurant’s- Duryea; Wegman’s- Wilkes Barre and Dickson City; and Joe’s Six Packs to Go- Dunmore.

Remember, enjoy responsibly!