Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

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

Not Rated.
Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,601 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,601
Hads: 4,916
Avg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 207
Gots: 959 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

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."
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,601 | Hads: 4,916
Photo of MACrist
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Dark brown, ruby up to the light. Big tan foamy head with ok retention. Not much for lacing.
AROMA: Bit of smoke, bready, lots of dark dried fruit, and some caramel.
TASTE: Exactly like aroma, sweet overall, but it has a nice bitter bite on the finish that helps balance everything out.
FEEL: Good solid carbonation to move the flavors around. A little slick up front and then more dry in the finish. Medium thin in body.
OVERALL: Very nice ale. Not two dimensional, you get the dried fruit, smokiness, caramel and bready qualities. The body is a little thin but still decent, almost makes it refreshing. Very good brew.

 627 characters

Photo of Jsteez
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice sipper; pours a deep and dark brown that is thick; a beige cream head on top with some sticky lace. Smells of roasted malt and that's about all I can sense. Tastes like earth, moss, roasted and toasted dark malt, dark brown bread, figs, and burnt sugar; alcohol taste is quite strong. It's very chewy and full-bodied; the alcohol warms my belly. Good to drink if it's freezing cold outside.

 402 characters

Photo of EMH73
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with reddish hue with a two inch head. Smells of roasted malts and toffee. Tastes of roasted malts, some sweetness from from fruits, the alcohol is noticeable. Medium carbonation. Another good beer from Oskar Blues, not my favorite, that goes to Ten Fidy, but a solid scotch ale.

 302 characters

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

These guys make great beer!only recently tried hotbox,ten fidy n death by coconut and all have been excellent.this one is too....looks very dark for a scotch ale, smells wonderful due to the butterscotch aroma.taste is absolutely the same,malty, bready, caramel goodness all the way through, but perhaps just as good is the feel, its thick and creamy, an absolutely excellent beer.

 381 characters

Photo of TLWalsh
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a red tint, dense vanilla colored head. Smells a bit chocolatey, hints of fruit, perhaps date, plum or fig. Has a big malty flavor and a thick almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is one fine beer, a perfect example of a really solid scotch ale.

 262 characters

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

Pours a very dark ruby brown with a thick head and good lacing. Nose is all burnt caramel and dried fruits. Flavor is massively malty, deep and rich, dates, and sugars. Would be a 4.5, but is a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is full and not too carbonated; as I said, a touch cloying. Overall, a damn good beer that pushes scotch ale a bit towards barleywine.

 355 characters

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep mahogany color with a little red tint nice caramel colored head that lastes about a minute or so leaving a thin head with decent lacing.

Smell you get the boozy notes as well as sweet malts and a little spice.

Taste I get the alcohol for sure a little dark fruit and some sweetness.

Feel little burn from the alcohol surprisingly not very heavy and very smooth.

Overall I really like this and will enjoy many more!

 429 characters

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, dated as canned on 06/2015.

I had this in a side-by-side with Founders Dirty Bastard, and this one was not quite as good as the Founders. The Founders had a slightly better aroma, and, overall, was better.

 217 characters

Photo of twage04
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby with medium carbonation. I'm not big into roasty flavors and although I don't like roasty flavors there is enough going on here that I could get over it. You get some smoky flavor up front with the roastiness followed by dark fruit and some sweetness. This beer is very sweet but again this isn't enough to make the beer bad, there is enough balance going on that no one aspect of the beer dominates. Overall I enjoyed this even if I have had limited experience with scottish ales.

 504 characters

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 year old can appears amber in color with a khaki head.

Nose is pretty simple and enjoyable, it smells of caramel and toffee-like malt sweetness with light alcohol inclusion.

It tastes more like the nose with caramel and toffee leading the way, then booze and an aftertaste of toasty bready malt and slight herbal/raisony touch.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A very nice offering thats good to go fresh or aged. A must have in the style.

 459 characters

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/6/15, 09:57 Morning Chub
L - Dark ruby pour with lighter highlights around the edges. Small carbonated head while h disipated quickly. Not much lacing throughout.
S - Heavy maltiness.
T - Sweet and caramel-y. Tastes of alcohol and slight smoky/roasty taste.
F - Smooth like bourbon
O - A good slow drinker for me, that packs a good punch. Might be a style I can grow in to.

 391 characters

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This is a dark brownish/reddish color almost black towards the center; the outer edges are deep brown hues but clear. The head is thick and dense and a light tan color. This is a very creamy sexy head and the look overall is very inviting.
Smell: Sweet roasted malts, a little raisin and mild spices to tag along. There’s a hint of chocolate bitterness!
Taste: Sweet roasted malts over all, lightly bitter around the corners of the mouth, where the raisin comes out too. Spicy alcohol, plums appear as it warms up.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a semi dry aftertaste.
Overall: This is a terrific beer overall and nice warmer for the winter months.

 661 characters

Photo of TBonez477
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/amber with some red tint. A finger and a half of pale head that recedes quickly.

S: Aroma is toffee, raisin and a bread/biscuit quality.

T: Flavors immediately of toffee/caramel sweetness and raisins. No bitterness at all.

M: Light and crisp for the style, fairly high in carbonation.

O: A really nice, value driven Scotch ale. I would not hesitate to lean on this one again.

 393 characters

Photo of akolb
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 1/7/16 from a 12 oz. can, canned 11/23/15.
L: Impenetrable brown-black. Could be mistaken for a porter at first glance. Tall, dark beige head that thins quickly. 3.75/5
S: Caramel malts, dark fruit, spice, toasted bread, raisins, a little chocolate. Malt-dominated aroma, as it should be. 4.5/5
T: Sweetness, some alcohol. Complex. Plums and bourbon. A suggestion of spicyness. Bitterness down the back of the throat. Hidden dark chocolate. 4.5/5
M: Full bodied, rich, creamy. A virtual planetoid, indeed. 4/5
O: A complex, delicious dessert beer. Almost tastes like a lighter Ten Fidy. 4/5

 599 characters

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

A very well put together Scotch Ale. Effortless blend of bonfire toffee, caramel malt and peaty smoky back end. Some butterscotch in here without being overly sweet. Fantastic full mouthfeel without the stickiness. Almost feels like it has cream or milky elements to it.

 270 characters

Photo of aussieyank
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap - nitro. Had a half inch head, tasted very creamy. Light on the flavor for a Scottish ale and not as full bodied as I had expected - still very drinkable though.

 177 characters

Photo of otzhorse
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark ruby colorored beer with a 2 finger tan head with a lot of lacing
S: Smells of Caramel, malt and spices
T: The alcohol does come through in this beer which was the only bad thing, nice caramel and chocolate flavors
M: Smooth and full
O: This was a good beer right out of the can, I would certainly try it again.

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass

 364 characters

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper body, aggressively carbonated, dense pockmarked light tan head. The nose has toasted malt, slight floral/hop character, caramel and roasted nuts that adds smoke. The flavor is rich but drops some of the nuances, and adds an unpleasant chalk/alcohol finish. Mild sweetness prevails over the more mild opposing bitterness. The body is great; full, creamy with the long lasting head, lively but understated carbonation, sticky and slightly viscous/oily, while still being highly drinkable.
Great feel, very good nose, good but flawed taste. I think it fell a bit short of being viewed as a (domestically brewed) style standard, but very enjoyable nevertheless.

 669 characters

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Old Chub.

Scotch Ales....ahhhhh yes, a style that despite my years of advocating always tends to ellude my purchases. I've had less than I'd like of these styles but good ones seem to be far and few between. Scotty Karate has thus far remained the undisputed king of this style for me. The only few I've had this year left me quite disappointed. But, enough filler, let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce can poured harder than Ron Jeremys dick into a dimples pint glass. This beer is a nice attractive deeper shade of garnet with a massive frothy slightly off white head that fills out the glass perfectly and starts leaving immediate stick upon departure. Carbonation doesn't seem to show. Thus far this is a pretty beer, like an Asian hooker. Let's hope it doesn't end up having a wang bigger than mine wink wink*. Head retaina throughout the entire drink and leaves a good bit of sticky lace.

Smell - The nose is mostly dominated by caramel malts ( surpriseeeee...okay not really ). Bit of a ' cheap beer ' thing going on as well that I can't quite put my finger on. Nice whiffs of toffee and a touch of cream. Not much else to speak of. Doesn't smell complex but it doesn't let me down either. On to the taste eh.

Taste - The flavor profile starts off with a medium to high dosage of caramel maltyness to nobodies surprise and it is met in the middle by a cherry fruitcake like level of breadyness. Alcohol is only lightly present and does not burn or make you gag. A bit of smokeyness on the afterburners and just a touch meaty.

Feel - The feel on this beer is right between light and medium with a low level of carbonation. The overall feel in the mouth is quite creamy and the flavors all remain though get a but sweeter. Alcohol presence is all but gone at this point and it swallows very easily and leaves a lingering sweetness all around the mouth.

Overall - I thought this was a pretty solid beer overall however it may be too little for the heavy scotch ale lover. If a ' session ' Scotch ale were to ever exist, this would be it. I could easily throw back a few pints of this stuff, but it won't exactly blow anybodies mind. At $9.99 a sixer of 8% beer, I may just pick it up again. Easy drinking without too much to think about..

 2,268 characters

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark appearance, thinner creamy brown head. Smoky smell, little caramel, little malt. Tastes similar, less intense smoke. Overall, pretty good brew. Thin on mouthfeel I'd say.

 175 characters

Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 8/17/15 into pint glass. Murky dark ruby brown with a thin tan head that dissipates rapidly. Sweet malts, some caramel, and a tiny hoppiness somewhere near the end, but maltiness dominates. Medium mouthfeel - given a choice, I'd opt for a little more body. Alcohol is well hidden. Not my favorite for the style, but right up there with the best. Yet another quality offering from OB!

 399 characters

Photo of Voldigar
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A regular pickup at the local bottle shop or on tap at Lot 3 in downtown Bellevue, WA.

Look:Lovely, nearly opaque brown beer with ruby tones, almost purple. Thick tan head with hints of orange. Loud prominent head that settles to a thin creamy layer.
Smell: Strong alcohol nose, let's you know you're in for something. Truly smells like whiskey. Something subtle I can't quite detect through the kick, but yeast is certainly making it through.
Taste: The powerful smell travels right into the flavor. Grassy, with hopiness that manages to come through the malt. It takes some getting used too as it's much richer than most ales. Vanilla and caramel middle.
Feel: Great scotch ale mouth feel. Lives up to the genre. Nice balance of effervescence and slipperiness.

Overall: This one is a mainstay for a reason. One of the best and a unique experience. Delivers a serious punch.

 877 characters

Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I compare all scotch ales to dirty bastard. Not sure if that is fair/right or not, but so be it. This one was nice, but maybe a bit more roasted malt forward. I like the tea like taste in DB, and Chubb isn't quite that subtle. Chubb leans more toward stout/porter land for me. Still a very solid brew, and I'd gladly order another in the future

 344 characters

Photo of citizencane
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark reddish brown with a thick head. Smell is faint, but Interesting enough. Taste follows. There was a hint of what I'll call rubberiness that I sometimes detect with darker beers, but somehow this complimented the smell and taste instead of ruining it, as it melded well with the bitter end of hop flavor on the palate. Solid beer, though I'm not really familiar with the style.

 399 characters

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a go-to beer in the Scotch ale department. Tons of sweet malt, balanced by a boozy finish. Old Chub and Dirty Bastard are the standards in this category, IMO. You can't go wrong here. Well done, Oskar Blues.

 215 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 1,601 ratings.