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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 1,562
Hads: 4,735
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 192
Gots: 808 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-13-2003

From the Oskar Blues website: "This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt."
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Photo of Kuaff
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cellar-ish temperature in a tulip.

A very smooth two centimeters of tan whipped cream has settled over pretty much the darkest ruby hue an ale could have. If your lighting is poor, 'twill appear black. But unholy blood of Cthulu! What a pretty, devilishly dark crimson.

The aroma is completely caramel-centric, and is rounded out temptingly by vanilla, raisins, cherries, and maybe a hint of red apples and cinnamon. A souser I savor sniffing.

Well, the flavor drapes my palate in melted caramel. This cannot be ignored, nor should it be. But embraced with a gleeful sweet-tooth. Next comes some herbal, somewhat earthy hops, and the finish fitfully throws a reverberating splash of toasted nuts that carry the whole victoriously home until the only echo remaining is some rich, dark earth.

I love the feel. The carbonation is kinda high, but the thick body negates the ability of these mischievous bubbles to bamboozle my palate with their fizzy entropy. As an over-exaggeration, imagine air bubbles rising through the maple syrup.

I approve of this ale's antics. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Smokey, malty, followed by caramel. This is what I call a malt bomb. It's sweet, and tasty. This hits a sweet note that I haven't had in some beers. This roasted flavor is awesome. (181 characters)

Photo of headlessparrot
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a dark brown, approaching ink-blank, topped by two fingers of slightly beige head that recedes quickly to a flat milimetre of head and some lacing.

Smell is coffee, light smoke, roasted and toasted malt. Faint bitter greens, vegetal hopping. Faint hard water? Light chocolatey notes. Taste is lightly smokey, woody, almost peaty. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Initial sweetness turns quite dry. Lots of coffee notes--did I mention that? Carbonation moderate-low, body is surprisingly light and drinkable.

Maybe because it's summer, and it's not quite what I have in mind for a summer sipper, but I'm not absolutely blown away. Still very, very good. (674 characters)

Photo of krbrevard
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can to a pint glass.

a- about a 90-100% brown, can barely see through it. With a pretty aggressive pour, has about 3 inches of head that overflows on to my kitchen counter top. Lacing ends about an inch from the bottom.
s - malts galore, sweet bready malts.
t - malt, malt, and more malt. A twang of alcohol but this is pretty high gravity so makes sense. Getting some of the smokiness in the aftertaste from the beechwood.
m - a very sweet
o- this is spot on in the style and rather complex for a pub ale. Oskar Blues brews some outstanding beers these days, although i'm more inclined to drink the hoppier variety. This one is pretty dog gone good. (673 characters)

Photo of K_STAR
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of can into Belgian tulip.
A: dark, can't see through
S: toffee
T: sweet, roasty, toffee, stone fruit finish
M: sticky, heavy, full bodied
O: overall a good representation of the style but not my style
Goes incredibly well with spicy foods like jalapeño poppers due to the heavy malt to balance out spice. (318 characters)

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours very black for a scotch all with a thin half inch head.

Aroma is caramel toffee malt with a slight astringency.

Taste is a malt bomb with hop bitterness right at the end.

Not a huge fan of the style but this comes across great. Like a sweet malt dark beer minus a roasty flavor. (335 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a mug. Canned on 7/02/15.

LOOK: A slightly hazy, very dark reddish brown (but not quite black) with a fluffy, two finger tan head.

SMELL: Sweet roasted malts. Caramel and toffee, burnt toast, licorice, molasses, slight cocoa and cola, gingerbread, vanilla, dates, figs, and raisins.

TASTE: Very roasty upfront, way more than I expected. Initial taste is toffee, chocolate, and even a little coffee. Then it turns to cake-like sweetness in the middle, gingerbread and velvet cakes with vanilla-rum icing, with notes of prunes, raisins, and Coca-Cola. Balances out in the finish with earthy and grassy hop character, and some coffee bitterness.

FEEL: Medium-plus body, with average carbonation. Slightly sticky on the finish. The 8% abv is very well hidden.

OVERALL: While I'm not normally a fan of malty beer, this one nailed it pretty darn well. Complex and flavorful. Very enjoyable. I would certainly buy this again. (957 characters)

Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I admit to being a bit of a sucker for a good Scottish Ale and after having an Old Chub this afternoon I remembered why it is one of my favorites. For starts it has plenty of malted barley to satisfy even the most discerning of malt heads and has a nice hint of coffee and cocoa. While many of you are tired of hearing about beechwood aged beer Oskar Blues has a much better use for beechwood and that is in the form of a beechwood smoked malt that adds just a hint of a smoke taste to this fabulous Scottish Ale. A word of warning though is Old Chub goes down so smooth you are likely to forget it has an 8% ABV so be careful. (630 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
This beer gets a lot of love from craft beer enthusiasts, however I am not a huge fan of the flavor. I am not a huge Scotch Ale fan so that should be the simple answer. It has a great look and a nice caramel aroma. I love the other Oskar Blues brands but this is just above average for me. (334 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy nice Scotch ales so I picked this one up in a can and chilled it down real good in the fridge. I poured into a tall glass to let it aerate better and for the head to blossom. This variety has a nice 8% ABV and lots of flavor so let’s take a look!

Look-Solid black darkness comes with a light red copper shimmer in a strong backlight. The head blossoms full and is two fingers thick, but then settling down to one finger or less later on. The head is silky smooth and has a noticeable creamy off-white color with a caramel base.

Smell-The aroma is subtle yet with many smells. I get caramel and molasses smells singing high above the hint of grassy spices and malts. This beer was brewed with lots of malted barley and beechwood-smoked malts as well!

Taste-This brew tastes of caramel, molasses, and licorice immediately and a pleasant smokiness like smoked oak. The alcohol bite comes through nicely at the end to cut the mild sweetness. The carbonation leaves a nice tinge on the tongue immediately at the beginning and then some spicy black pepper mixed with a pleasant tartness. The hops manifest themselves in a subtle fashion, relying on the grassiness that you get in the middle. This is very medium-bodied and fine-tuned. All of the attributes are so perfectly presented and nothing is overwhelming or distracting from the other flavors and qualities. Excellent!

Mouthfeel-The feel is medium-bodied and effervescent and has a nice creaminess to it. This brew has a tinge of tartness, but is not bitter at all. It has a thin consistency to it which is almost watery, but not watered-down if you know what I mean. You might expect a thick syrupy quality to this Scotch Ale, but it is pleasantly on the opposite side of the spectrum. It finishes clean and moist with a mild lingering sticky coating to the tongue that is almost imperceptible.

Overall-I love this beer! It is so well-balanced and fine-tuned that, as I’ve said, allows all the flavors and qualities to shine through individually without anything overpowering the other. The feel is particularly pleasant, because I was dreading an overwhelming sweetness and thick syrup feel, but as I’ve described above, it was far more inviscid and moist. Great beer! (2,249 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a really fresh (canned about two weeks before I bought it) mixed 12-pack from Oskar Blues that I took camping last week. Poured this one right from the fridge into my Red Eye pint glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque crimson-tinged cola color with about an inch of tan head that dissipates after a bit to a healthy film and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. When held to the light, the brew is clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Nice malt profile on this one: plenty of sweet caramel and more roasted/toasty malt notes coming through. There are earthy, grassy, and cracked pepper spice. Just a bit of black licorice and molasses poking through.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, though the more roasted malts are present almost immediately. Just a bit of molasses and black licorice. There's a building smokiness into the middle and back. The middle also brings on a little clear alcohol flavor. The back end has more smoke and alcohol, along with a good bit of the caramel and toasty malts. There's a cracked pepper spiciness that accompanies more of the molasses at the close. There's some nondescript tartness at the close from the hop presence.

F: Medium-bodied and quite effervescent, lending it a nice creaminess. There's just a bit of astringency, but this one is far from bitter. If anything, I wish this brew was a bit more syrupy/less watery than it is. Though it finishes quite cleanly, there's some lingering stick to it.

O: This is a very tasty Scotch ale--one that I would consider a go-to. It brings a lot of great malt flavor, well-executed spice, enough smokiness without going overboard, and a considerable ABV without really showing it. I definitely recommend. (1,698 characters)

Photo of slusk
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep garnet with a tan, short lasting head.

S: Little to no hops. Dark fruit, raisin and dark caramel. A bit of chocolate covered cherry and a subtle earthiness. Nice dark bread underpinning.

T: Dark fruit and burnt caramel in the forefront with a decent smoky, dark chocolate flavor. The malt flavor is big with almost no hop flavor other than a well hidden earthy note and toasted breadcrumb. There's a brightness to the malt I wasn't expecting, not dull at all. Sweet finish.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation. Smooth.

O: One of my favorite Scotch ales. Very well done. Perfect amount of smokiness, not overpowering. Light aftertaste and not too sweet. I will drink a lot of this. (707 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours Brilliant garnet crowned with a clingy tan 3” fluffy head
S: Spicy heirloom malts, kettle sugars.
T: Rich and malty, caramel, roast barley, vanilla, dark fruit, traces of banana.
F: Smooth, low medium carbonation, high medium to chewy body
O: Big, easy drinking Scotch Ale and a perfect excuse to bring out the thistle glass. (340 characters)

Photo of mbrehne
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very very good beer. Extremely flavorful. Really get a taste of the chocolate flavor. It looks similar to a Guinness because of its head, but the taste is entirely different (173 characters)

Photo of irrevjim
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can, pours opaque cherry chestnut, almost black. beautiful frothy light coffee head that starts at about 2 inches and hangs around a while

smells; 1 caramel ,2 scotch,3 a little toasted caramel, tiny bit of burnt rubber/ burnt sugar

taste; sweet malty roasted caramel, milky milk chocolate, finishes still sweet but also bitter, hops and burnt rubber

feels like drinking the coke from an ice cream and coke float after it's melted for a while. a little more carbonation than i expected but smooth and creamy

maybe not the perfect classic scotch ale but very much a scotch ale, just a little desserty... i'd get it again, and i don't even like scotch ales, relatively speaking of course (703 characters)

Photo of Gadzook
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very deep and dark amber, slightly hazy

Smell: Very slight caramel, sweet malt and brown bread, light toffee

Taste: Strong malt, nice caramel, excellently light and delicate sweetness, just a hint of booze, an elusive smokiness, and a very tiny hint of hops on the back end

Feel: Creamy and full-bodied at first, nice carbonation and dryness at the finish

Overall an excellent scotch ale. A great ale for winter. (427 characters)

Photo of Beer_I_Am
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours chocolate with a wispy head. Smells of malt, caramel, chocolate. Tastes clean, chocolate, smoke, oak. Mouthfeel not as good as flavor. This would be a great fall beer I like it (183 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Very little light gets through. Deep deep dark brown. Two fingers of head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasty caramel malts. maybe a little currants

Taste: Really well balanced. Honestly a little more bitter than I was expecting. Fairly sweet malts; caramel and currant. Hop profile is very subtle.

Feel: High alcohol and decent carbonation are always a winner for me as far as mouthfeel goes. Big body goes well with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I think I like the Nitro a bit better but this is a very solid Strong (527 characters)

Photo of JoLight
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: dark body, with ruby hues, and a khaki, soapy head that dissipates into a small ring. Spotty lacing.
Aroma: strong dark roasted malt. Some fruit is detected later on.
Taste: slightly sweet; dark roasted malt; dark chocolate-covered fruit, like prunes, or raisins. Pleasant hop background; floral.
Mouthfeel: light to medium, carbonated.
Finish: semi-dry. (368 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer here.

Dark, dark ruby--a beautiful color when held up to a light. Taste is of brown sugar, burnt sugar, sorghum molasses, brandy, and a lingering aftertaste in the back of the mouth--there is where the minimal hops reside along with some bitter qualities from the malt--anise, smoked peat, and bitter malts.

This beer changes taste from start to finish and everywhere in between. It's a delight to experience. (423 characters)

Photo of sokol_1993
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, mahogany. Not much head.
Smell: some dark fruity smell, maltiness,
Taste: sweetness of malt, some roastiness, a hint of hop at the end but not much, more bitterness for the roastiness.
Medium body. Some aftertaste in the throat.

A great brew. Won't deny it if given the chance to drink it. (312 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark ruby brown with a average tan head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Not picking up a whole lot - gentle caramel
Taste: Long caramelly tootsie-roll cola-like sweet and lightly acidic maltiness with a hint of roasted malt and smoke in the finish.
Feel: Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Old Chub is what I generally think of when I think of a scotch ale - a sweet, strong malty brew with a bit of complexity in the malt but not much. In the same price range is Founders' Dirty Bastard, which I find superior to Old Chub in most respects. Part of that may be that it has a bit more hops to balance out the malt, but I also prefer the malt character of the Dirty Bastard, which is almost like a barleywine. (728 characters)

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Knocked my proverbial socks off. Hides the 8% well, and the smoked malts are prominent, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is exceptional, like a frothy root beer float. Speaking of root beer, it pours a deep root beer black with an Amber glow when held to natural light. It has a nice beige head to match, and minimal carbonation: think molasses. My first wee heavy and I'm intrigued. Taste wise is sweet up front, smoky, with a little bitterness in the finish. Hard for me to describe when compared to my usual brown ales and IPAs. (530 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1-30-2015. Threshold pint glass. Canned on 11-13-14.

Appearance: Darker than expected. Dark brown with translucent ruby-brown edges. 1 finger khaki head. No visible carbonation. Little retention, a little ring of foam. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Malt Bomb! This is the maltiest-smelling beer I have had in ages. Sweet, sticky smelling. Molasses. Candy. Chocolate. Werther's original candy.

Taste: Sweet arrival. Molasses like on mid-palate - phosphoric. Finishes with flourish; tart, then just enough bitterness to stop it from being cloying. This tastes like an 8% Malta Goya, or carbonated molasses.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation. Slick, but not totally oily. Like a molasses milkshake. This must have 400 calories.

Overall: You have to be in the mood for this, but fortunately I was tonight. Less roasty than a RIS, but on par in terms of body, sweetness and character. Lighter than 3 Floyds Robert the Bruce and less drinkable than Brooklyn Winter Ale. I would not buy a sixer, but I would order it if the mood strikes. (I just ran, and that may be influencing my judgment). (1,115 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown that turns to black in the glass. Some red shines through with a one finger mocha head. Aroma is roasty, coffee and some malt sweetness. Taste is more of the same with some earthiness and a richness. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a nice style and a good representation of it. (298 characters)

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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