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

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BA SCORE
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4,545 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,545
Reviews: 1,564
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 174
Gots: 668 | 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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Ratings: 4,545 | Reviews: 1,564
Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of breakingbland
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. One half finger head: deep cream color with irregular bubbles. The beer itself is an opaque black with ruby highlights. The aroma is a distinctive roasty coffee with a slight sweetness. The taste is like the aroma but more pronounced, resulting in a very deep and rich flavor. There is no hops presence. The carbonation was perfect as was the medium full body. Overall, this is a great beer and may very well be my favorite for this style. I'll look for it again!

Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Call me crazy, but I just didn't feel there was that much going on; definitely very drinkable, but not something I would seek out like some of the other Scotch Ales out there

Photo of shroyer5
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I expected . Not strong enough flavor

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, with a opaque cast that is only slightly penetrated by light, hazy and red-tinted, with a hint of gray, a light tan head that persists as a thin cap, and lacing that is moderately full.

S - A bit of malt sugars, caramel and toffee, acidic notes, and a strong kick of alcohol.

T - A very drinkable blend of grains, sugary malts, hints of molasses and charred smokiness. The end is just bitter enough to close the deal, keeping the beer from overpowering with its sweeter elements.

M - A nice medium feel, not too heavy or cloying, and brisk enough to keep the sweetness scrubbed. A bit of warmth on the close is the main sign of the alcohol that made its appearance in the nose.

O - Does not fall into some of the more common traps of a Scotch Ale, keeping things lively and bright while staying true enough to style, with big malt and a nice sweet open. The close keeps things rolling, inviting another drink.

Photo of SanRaphael
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty, strong slightly smokey ale. Dark rich red brown color. Great price for the flavor. Wee good.

Photo of Rutkiller
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An excellent scotch ale! Super smooth and creamy. I had this in nitro from a can. It pours pitch black and has a nice tan head. Smell is chocolate, coffee, and all things dark. Feel is like silk in the mouth. Not a heavy ale; easily drinkable. Excellent beer.

Photo of Furlinator
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malt forward with a subtle hop presence. A solid Scotch ale.

Photo of cwilds01
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent with great scotch taste that doesn't overpower the beer.

Photo of boblee
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first time I drank it way too cold and I did not like it,
at 55 deg. And above it's very good!

Photo of founddrama
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Compared to Dirty Bastard: tastes more like a beer. But I get that same overall flavor profile; same lineage there w/in the style. But given the 4 stars I gave to Dirty Bastard, lowering to 3.5. Which is not a knock on Old Chub by any means. Just trying to compare the two.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/12/15 (Draft - Iron Horse Ale House) - Very dark black beer with nice thin brown head and light carbonation. Smokey malt and chocolate aroma. Nice dark coffee and chocolate taste, texture firm, solid feel, nice taste and kick going down. Overall excellent beer!

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 1-22-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a dark brown color with one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: roasted malt, smokey, brown sugar, chocolate.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then the roasted and smokey flavors dominate, some chocolate, the 8% alcohol is clearly present.

PALATE: creamy and smooth, lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a really good Scotch Ale, a little too boozy for my liking but otherwise very enjoyable, I would not have more than one in a sitting due to the ABV.

Photo of Wobbly
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Wee Heavy. Not as good as those I tried in Scotland, but still very good. It amazes me that folks here rate numerous examples of this style above Traquair House, the clear exemplar of the style.

Photo of olduo2
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pretty smooth; nice aroma; looks above average

Photo of IPA1978
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Would be great without the smoked flavor which is a bit distracting. Would be good with chili but not by itself.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark mahogany pour with tiny tan fine foam. Light aromas of malty chocolate and some alcohol. Sweet flavors of chocolate and caramel are so smooth and dangerous. Slightly smokey finish per commercial desc is accurate. This stuff is dessert, but I could enjoy several. Fantastic.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Deep dark red with a big tan head.

S- Sweet malt aromas; vanilla and caramel.

T- Caramel sweetness, slightly smokey maybe?

F- Thick, smooth, creamy.

O- Good scotch ale.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ Can
“Canned On” December 9th, 2014
Reviewed on March 4th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Poured a brown body with a mahogany glow. A light tan head, roughly half an inch thick, formed, collapsed, and left a fair amount of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

Nose
Sweet, dense malts. Molasses. Caramel. Toasted grains. Faint trace of alcohol.

Mouth
Big hit of sweet malts up front. Caramel. Toffee. Butterscotch. The malts as a whole had a subtle woody/smokey theme. Bitter floral notes flared up towards the finish. Minor hint of alcohol in the finish. Full-bodied. Moderate/light carbonation.

Overall
Certainly an enjoyable beer. Big, sweet, and grainy.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.85/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep hickory brown, and forms a massive tan head with both good retention and crazy lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Toffee and caramel malts, and more than a hint of something floral.

Taste: And yep, that'd be what I imagine floral perfume tastes like. Faintly, under the barrage of rancid garbage runoff - sorry, I mean hops, it's just reflex to type the other thing - there's something that vaguely resembles toffee and chocolate malt. But any hope of getting any malt complexity died when the bushels and bushels and bushels and bushels of hops were poured into the tun.

Mouthfeel: Odd. This starts out feeling medium-bodied, and transforms into a soda-like thinness by the end.

Overall: Nope. I drink these styles of beer expressly for the malt. As soon as enough hops to start coming forward join the party, I'm out.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a big tan head that settled to wispy lacing.

Smell: Roasted caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt up front, into moderate bitterness. Some booze towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good on it's own, if you're in the mood for something sweeter. This beer is really amazing with any dairy or caramel dessert.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with ruby highlights in the light. Lacy khaki head.

Toast, roast, chocolate, and smoke.

Smooth drinking medium body.

Photo of ranger7
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark red, nice carbonation, and good lacing.
S: Malt, chocolate.
T: Malt and chocolate. Almost a milk stout sweetness.
F: Smooth. Medium feel.
O: Good. Not as many flavors as the Iron Thistle, if you like some bitterness in this style then go for Rahr's offering. Otherwise, this is a good choice.

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled with toasty and nutty feeling

Photo of imdabuzzard
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 4,545 ratings.