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

Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale

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3,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 3343
Reviews: 1460
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%

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:
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 added by: Todd on 12-13-2003)
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Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper


3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mmm Mmm, do I ever love a good scotch ale. . . And "Old Chub" proves to be a nice commercially available go-to that doesn't give up a lot of quality for how much more mass-produced it is. . . It pours a lush dark colour that is remarkably consistent in its carbonation and has a really crisp bite for its first taste. After the first impression, the notes of oak, caramel, and a really sweet & smokey finish let it stand out. . .

Is it the best scotch ale I've ever had??? Not by a long shot. . . But damn do I feel comforted that I can go to a Trader Joes, World Market, or novelty beer selection of Whole Foods and find an easy pack of these bad boys to indulge in without breaking the bank. . .

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 00:19:48 | More by Valley_Town_Sipper
Photo of Rifugium


3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not really sure why I never rated this one. Picked up a can at Pin's, just because I haven't had it in a while.

Cloudy, rusty brown pour, with a inch or so of off-white head that lasts a while, leaving some lace on the glass. Aroma is pretty much full-blown malts and dark sugars, light phenols. More of the same in the taste, caramel malts, toffee and brown sugar, sweet chocolate notes, lightly smoked peat, some earthy hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly sticky aftertaste, medium body. Pretty much appropriate all around for the style.

Serving type: can

04-14-2014 22:07:31 | More by Rifugium
Photo of DenverHopHead


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

Poured from a can with a "canned on" date of 2/20/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a surprisingly dark mahogany with a thin, beige head. Lacing is brilliant!
Smell - an interesting aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, candy, cinnamon, spice and booze.
Taste - flavorful brew with a mixed bag of sweet, creamy and roasted malts!
Feel - medium, creamy body; some bitterness on the finish, along with a mild and welcomed alcohol burn.
Overall - packs a bit of a punch and is available at a pretty good value.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 02:49:19 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

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

Pours a thick dark brownish black with an impressive creamy tan head that slowly settles to a film with a fat ring around the edge of the glass. Okay retention; bits of stringy lacing.

Woody, dark, and fruity. Rotting cherries, vanilla, hard water, leather, and creamy earth aromas.

Rich, round, and cloying. Cherries, musty malts, caramel, molasses, black tea. Very dark and sweet.

Medium-full bodied with nice carbonation and a cloying, sticky, coating mouthfeel. Slow finish with lingering stickiness.

Good take on a Wee Heavy as far as I can tell.
This is not my favorite style by any means, but I don't mind Old Chub one bit.
It is a pretty nice-looking beer with a strong, diverse nose and a rich, full flavor. It is a malt bomb if there ever was and you'll find lots of nice roasty and fruity malt elements in the beer as a whole. It is a pretty heavy beer and by the end of one it can feel kind of daunting what with how incredibly sweet, rich, and sticky it is. Really, to me that is its one major drawback. That said, it is a fine beer; it is worth trying; and it is nice to see big beers like this in a can.
Would have again; well worth trying (especially if you are a fan of Scottish style beers).

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 21:50:02 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of TreyIsWilson


3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a two-finger tan head. Sticky lacing.

S - Toffee, vanilla, caramel and smoke.

T - Taste starts out sweet with caramel malts and vanilla. There is alson a good amount of bourbon in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry sticky mouthfeel.

O - A nice Scotch Ale. A very easy drinker and a good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 03:14:27 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml can with a packing date of April 2013. Acquired a while back from the Brewdog webshop. Described on the label as a Scotch ale, along with a Sputnik reference that I don't understand.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark ruby-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Some floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a small head of tan foam that settles rapidly and dissipates within a minute or two. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with hints of caramel/toffee, faint brown sugar, mild dried fruit, subtle pine, fruity ale yeast and stewed hops. A warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a mildly bitter finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, grain, a twinge of brown sugar, faint roasted malt, dried fruit, pine, ale yeast and stewed hops. A touch of alcohol in the background. Quite sweet, followed by a restrained yet hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and good body. A lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel, grain and faint pine.

I'm never quite sure what to make of this style, but a decent brew nonetheless. Looks a bit lifeless - shame the head disappears so rapidly. The aroma and flavour are replete with sweet caramel and hints of sugar, along with a touch of pine-laden hops. Nice, smooth body. A solid effort, though I can't say it blew me away. Worth sampling if you stumble across it, but I probably wouldn't go hunting for it.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 23:29:01 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Almost opaque dark copper/cola color with a two-finger tan head. Decent ringlets of lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, and dark fruit.

T - Matches the nose, with caramel/toffee leading the way. Surprisingly fruity, with esters of prune and date, but in a "candied sugar" sort of way. Faint smokiness underneath. Not terribly complex, but the flavor is tasty. Lacking some "peatiness" that I would expect from some of the better Scotch ales. Excessive sweetness becomes a little cloying after a while.

M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Creamy and viscous feel. Slightly syrupy.

O - A decent effort, but lacking in some key elements. I almost found this to be closed to an English Strong Ale than a Scotch Ale. Probably wouldn't rush to buy it again.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 02:09:27 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of BTodd


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into pint glass.

A-less than 1 finger of fine bubbles, dissipating quickly. Deep red-brown in color.

S-smoke, roasted grains, coffee, toffee, caramel

T-smoky, vanilla, boozy, with some spiciness to it.

M-full-bodied. This one sticks around, taking several swallows to completely clear.

O-Not my favorite style, but a solid representation of what I think a Scotch Ale should be.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 23:16:58 | More by BTodd
Photo of titty_mcbitty


4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mocha dark brown. Not much of a head, but a small tan one. Lacing is left.

S: Toffee, caramel, honey, and creme.

T: Mocha, vanilla, toffee and nuts, big caramel, faded taste of coconut, some chocolate, plums and cherries, pumpkin pie, pecans, cream, and some roasted malt. Awesome flavor.

M: Thick for the most part, but it has that can thinness. It is not bad by any means, but could be better.

O: Such a great scotch ale. Oskar Blues makes good brews- this is one of the top.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 00:30:56 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of hoppyturt


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

Served in a room temp glass

Appearance is dark caramel color

Nose is very pleasant and forward. Smells of coffee and roasted toffee, with a hint of vanilla

Taste is appealing. Strong notes of coffee and mocha with hints of vanilla and roasted barley come through at the end.

Very well done Scottish Ale and a pleasure to drink. Easy to sit back and drink multiple glasses

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 22:27:30 | More by hoppyturt
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a dark, dark mahogany that has a beautiful ruby tint to it. A cream colored head recedes to a wisp while foamy lines if lacing make random artwork on the glass.

The aroma is barely graced with any boozy presence while rich syrupy notes of vanilla and bourbon barrel wood come through.

The taste starts out malty and sweet with rich vanilla bean, dark roasted malts, and and hint of hop bitterness. The finish gets a little bit spicier from the alcohol content, with woody notes coming in as well.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and very smooth.

Overall, a decadent sipper from start to finish.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 18:13:24 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of vkv822


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz : tulip

Pours near black, with deep, cherry wood highlights and a short lived, fizzy, toffee colored head.

Caramel, dark fruits, cocoa malts in both the aroma and taste. Very faint smokiness.

Full bodied, lightly viscous with mild foamy carbonation.

A very well done Scotch Ale! Big, robust, yet smooth malts and a complimentary mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 08:15:57 | More by vkv822
Photo of jfromnj

New Jersey

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

Poured into a tall beer glass

A. Nice very dark brown with a nice head.

N. Malty and sweet aromas, chocolate and nuts.

T. Initially, I didn't like the first sip as it tasted a little sour. I let it sit in the glass for a few minutes and the flavors really blossomed and the next sip was incredibly inviting. Chocolate sweetness, Excellent scotch ale taste.

O. That first sip shocked me but after letting it sit and air out, the flavors exploded and I fell in love with this beer. I am now a big fan and introduced it to friends who felt the same way initially but also fell in love with this scotch ale after letting it breath.

Serving type: can

03-17-2014 15:59:42 | More by jfromnj
Photo of 01001111


2.55/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: A deep, clear mahogany with ruby tones and a wisp of white lacing.

S: Caramel.

T: This is a strange one. Woody notes, drier than the nose lets on, and an almost meaty aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: Quite let down by this one. Very little complexity and what flavor it has is off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:28:12 | More by 01001111
Photo of Gwalchgwynn67

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark, dark brown ... almost black, with nice red edges when held to the light. Foamy one finger head, when poured with some vigor, that fades to a thin sticky lace. Delicious aromas of caramel and toffee! Malty, but not markedly sweet, with enough hops bitter and carbonation to leave a fairly clean and dry finish. Flavors of burnt toffee, roasted coffee, bourbon and vanilla are present on the palate and finish. Not a big fan of the style, a bit too malty for my taste, but this one is good nonetheless.

Serving type: can

03-17-2014 03:10:06 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
Photo of brewskifan55


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown, opaque. A tan half finger head that turns to a bubble ring. Thick lacing.

S: Malts and peat with a nutty backbone. Bourbon-y, too.

T: Ooh, this is a good one. Heavy malts slide in with a bourbon-y sweet, sultry finish. Oskar got this one on the nose.

M: medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: I could drink this one all the time. A fine example of a Scotch Ale. So smooth. The bourbon backbone makes it all the better. Recommended.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 15:29:04 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of HopHog87


4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- What a great looking beer! From the can this pours fantastic. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby around the edge of glass when viewed in the light. About a half inch of a vintage white head. Dissipates pretty quickly.

Nose- Boozy. You can smell the presence of this high gravity beer but in a good way. Mixed perfectly with the whiff of dark, carmel and chocolate. Also there are hints of raisin, and dates.

Taste- Wonderful. Just wonderful. Mouthfeel is spot on, which is thick but not motor oil. What a good stout should feel like if this were a stout. Caramel and Chocolate. After taste of some dark fruit.

Overall- This is what I think of when I image an archetypical Wee Heavy. I really can't fault this beer. It drinks so easily. For such a high gravity beer, the sweet malts don't overwhelm the senses because of the wonderful balance of bittering hops. If you like Wee Heavies then you will love this. Guaranteed. If you haven't tried one but enjoy robust porters and stouts, give this style a try. I bet you'll really enjoy it.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 00:52:26 | More by HopHog87
Photo of Bone53


3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 50°F

Appearance: Dark brown with a tent of ruby red when put up to the light. One finger soapy off white head.

Smell: Malts and dark fruits.

Taste: Very malt forward with some dark fruits thrown in. Perhaps a bit sweeter than I prefer in a beer. Needs more smoke to take away from the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Hides it's abv. well as I don't pick up much alcohol.

Overall: I've only had a few scotch ales and haven't completely developed a taste for them yet, but this is on par with what I've had in the style, although I think it needs to be more smokey. Solid beer nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 06:11:56 | More by Bone53
Photo of jsprain1


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Garnet to brown. Head is a thin, tanned head. A moderate amount of lacing.
S- Smell is sweet, caramel, a bit of smoke, a bit of vanilla.
T- Sweet up front. At first it is almost too sweet, but pretty soon tastes of toast, vanilla, a bit of booze, particularly in the finish. Simple up front, complex and enjoyable in the finish.
M- Carbonation is a bit aggressive up front but smooths out. Medium-full. A little sticky.
O- A good Scottish Ale. The finish was a high note for me.

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 02:15:59 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Josh012012


4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

A: Body is the darkest of amber reds, but looks dark brown or black at a glance. Body more clear than cloudy. Mid-size tan head fades in minutes to leave some lacing. Pleasant looking.

S: Not the best, Nondescript roasted malt, hard water, faint booze. Flat; stale water.

T: Smooth balanced.. Roasted Malts then sweetness then faint smokiness then faint booze. Not offensive at all. Little if any hops. very enjoyable.

M: Excellent, spot on for scotch ale. More full than thin. plentiful soft carbonation and luxuriously smooth.

O: drinkability is off the charts. Tasting on week night, planned to have one (off six pack) now finishing off fourth. Could be the Chub speaking but this one a keeper.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 04:15:05 | More by Josh012012
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4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a thistle glass.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, with reddish highlights the only color getting through. Not opaque, but close. A bit darker than expected, but not enough to be put off by it.

The nose is wonderful, full of vinous malty aromas and the faintest hint of smoke. No hops in the aroma. Smells sweet and inviting.

Flavor is as beautiful as the aroma. Hints of chocolate and plums, with that sweet maltiness taking over. That hint of smoke is still there, but almost imperceptible. There is bitterness as well, enough to keep this from being an overly sweet brew. Not much hop in the flavor, though, nor should there be. Surprisingly easy to drink, especially at 8%. I get no hint of alcohol burn. Just a well crafted, malty Scotch ale.

Mouthfeel is a surprise as well, being less than one might expect. It keeps the brew from being oily and clinging to your tongue. Not super crisp by any means, but light and clean enough to make you want more, drink after drink.

I'll repeat myself: Overall, this is a well crafted Scotch ale. Meaty and hefty without making you work to drink it, just bitter enough to keep it from being clingy and heavy. The malt shines here. In a world full of IPA this and IPA that, it's nice to have a relatively big, bold, malty brew to turn to. This one fits that bill nicely. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 20:28:56 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of lou50rp


4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown color with a quickly dissipating head
Malty smell, nothing alluring
Clear, crisp, sweet malty taste, touc of bitterness at the end
Good mouthfeel. Not watery, but too heavy. Slides down nice.
Overall, a very good scottish ale and not too pricy. I will have more of this ale.

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 20:53:16 | More by lou50rp
Photo of Jay_Ulreich


3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Very dark reddish brown color. Decent amount of head, disappears quickly.
S- Lovely smell, theres a lot going on here. Really malty/hoppy. Nice.
T-Tastes great! True to the style. It says it has some smoked malt, I barely pick up on that, but it is there. Very malty, and I like it very much. Hops are there but not overpowering. Very malt-forawrd and thats why I like it. It is a bit sweet, but it works.
M-It is good for the style and ABV but the taste begs for it to be thicker/chewy-er. Pretty good though.
Overall, I would totally buy this again and I really like it alot. Oskar Blues never disappoints!

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 03:27:03 | More by Jay_Ulreich
Photo of BastardKing24


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a thick head that falls fast, leaving moderate lacing behind.

Smell is of yeasty fruits and smokiness. Some dark malt and fruit components also.

Taste is like the smell with lots of specialty malt flavors, caramel, toast, minimal bitterness, a sweet yeasty quality to it.

Feel is good, works right along side the profile. Medium carb and plenty of flavor per sip.

I like this, its a bit on the sweet side but its great.

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 00:42:52 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of BrewViking


4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale is a dark brown, with a moderate head. The whiskey notes are strong in the smell and taste, with a toasty malted taste to boot. The highly-carbonated beer is aromatic, heavy and tastes alcoholic.

A heavy beer, but pretty delicious.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 04:21:44 | More by BrewViking
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