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

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Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale

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3,876 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,876
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 132
Gots: 321 | FT: 5
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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Reviews by JackMcAwesome:
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4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

Look: It pours a light brown, but one it's gathered into the pint glass, it's a very dark brown. With a mild pour, it still generated a very decent three finger head that so far is leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: This smells like whiskey almost. Lots of wood, a bit of molasses. A bit of "dirt" to it as well. Earthy some might say. I'm loving it. I already have a decent idea of what this will be like.

Taste: Sure enough, it taste like it's been aged in a barrel, with the wood notes. The molasses is present as well, and give it a very sweet finish. As it warms up, I'm getting a bit of caramel in there as well.

Feel: Full bodied, medium carbonation, and a bit of warmth when it goes down. I'm severely disappointed I'm not a lumberjack in the middle of winter drinking this in my cabin. Maybe next year.

Overall: A extremely good beer. My first in the "Scottish Ale" category, so I can't compare to others as of yet, but who would want to? This is everything I want it to be. With that being said, I took a hard look at my ratings and asked "Can it truly be improved upon?" And I said "No it can't" to Taste and Mouthfeel. So I upped them to 5s. Looks: I'd like a bit more lacing. Smell: A bit more than just the wood/molasses that I was getting.

02-14-2014 23:05:39 | More by JackMcAwesome
More User Reviews:
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz can with no freshness date.

A- Deep brown hue with bright reddish highlights when held up to the light. The mild carbonation brings a thin but sticky lace.

S- Chocolate malted milk balls, so malty rich ... faintly cloying with a clean alcohol in the nose.

T&M- Full bodied, creamy smooth mouth feel. The palate is full of unsweetened chocolate, caramel and "Breakfast Blend" coffee. Big maltiness is matched by a slow warming alcohol that gleans a bit of spice. Ghost-like smokiness. Hops are mild or at least meek in comparison to the malt. Very rich with a sweet finish.

D- Very easy to sip, I still would not drink it out of the can ... a beer like this needs a glass no matter what. One of the most amazing beers in a can ... I'd easily have this beer around all of the time.

03-04-2006 01:12:04 | More by Jason
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

First try of a Oskar Blues brew new to NC.Poured a nice rich clear burgundy with a tight creamy slight off white one finger head that had some lasting power.When first poured the aromas seemed muted but after a minute nice caramel and chocolate infused fruity aromas started to stick out with a hint of smoke.True to form flavors for the style in my opinion,quite fruity and caramelly sweet,a sugar cookie typ flavor came on with a semi sweet chocolate note,finishing with a hint smoke.I think a good stab at a Scottish ale more like a wee heavy in its alc% and bigger chewey mouthfeel,very well done.

03-30-2006 23:50:51 | More by oberon
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance – This one came out of the can a very dark brown in color with some ruby highlights. The head though was solid and very thick. It clung to the inside of my drinking glass. In other words, Old Chub has a nice head.

Smell – This one has an intensely strong maltiness in the nose. It is heavily sweetened and carries a bit of peat.

Taste – Man, is this big. The malts are very complex. There are some dark notes, but mostly this is rich, caramel-laden malts with intense sweetness throughout. There’s a hint of peat in there but not enough to wax on about your favorite scotch. It's just a whole lotta malt.

Mouthfeel – This is between medium and full-bodied with a heavy sweetness at the front of the tongue. The carbonation is very light and the cheeks experience a smooth, creamy feel when drinking this Scottish Ale.

Drinkability – This is a thick, satisfying ale that is well worth the $1.49/can price tag. I won’t make any comments about “swallowing old chub all night long,” but suffice it to say that this is more than a gimmick.

01-24-2005 01:39:57 | More by RoyalT
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-17-2013 21:58:07 | More by aszatk01
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3.15/5  rDev -21.3%

Sweet with plenty of chocolate and a nice acidic finish.

Body is near black with port highlights. Mild carbonation, nice creamy tan head that shrinks to a lasting skim. Smells like a chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is full, burnt, and lightly acidic. Taste is bakers chocolate and coffee. This one is more porter like than Scotch Ale like. Rich and sweet. Drinkability is average.

Good beer but not particularly representative of the style.

05-21-2006 01:49:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-11-2013 22:01:10 | More by DanGeo
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-04-2014 12:18:22 | More by Allenicomp
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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

Based on the rating here, and my experience with their "Ten-Fidy", I grabbed a 12 pack of cans.

The brew was okay but not great. I've been trying Scotch Ales when I can as a change from IPA's. Scotch Ales are a good bridge for me when I can't get an Imperial Stout.

ABV% was standard for the style, and that was good. But I was put off a bit by something I smelt and tasted. Seemed too floral?? Maybe it was just me? I also thought the mouthfeel coud have been a bit more heavy.

Overall, it was something I would buy again but only if better options weren't there. I was hoping for something more, like I get from a Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale.

06-09-2012 16:02:43 | More by ExtraStout
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a mirky dark mahogany with a 3 fingers of sticky tan head which leaves patches of lacing on the glass and settles at 1/4". Smell is of chocolate and crystal malt, with very little hops. Could be a bit more potent I guess.

Taste is just as malty with a silky smooth moutfeel. This may be the best Scottish Ale I've ever tasted! The malts are heavy and sweet, toasted and smoked. A faint hop finish balances things out a little, but drinkability takes a hit due to the density of the beer. I'd feel bloated after more than a couple.

The more good beer I drink from cans, the more I like them. Props.

02-20-2008 02:52:53 | More by boston2bburg
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-27-2013 01:56:00 | More by OhioBobcat
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4.2/5  rDev +5%

Very dark brown with ruby highlights.

The aroma implies it will be fairly sweet and malty. It has a really nice cocoa note with licorice, nutty raisin, and the faintest hint of smoke.

Malt, malt, and more malt on the palate with loads of dark, dried fruit, nice dose of caramel midway, and a chocolaty fade. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth and the body not too heavy.

I thought it kind of lost its gusto about halfway through the glass but it's still a winner.

01-16-2010 23:49:51 | More by brownbeer
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Old Chub from Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons, Colorado 8.0% alcohol. Served in a Scotch color theme and big white letters "OLD CHUB" on the front. Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a near opaque brown fluid that creates a half inch tan head that falls to a very tightly bubbled quarter inch froth. Lacing is slick but there.

S- Rich caramel, expresso cream, and dark malts dominate.

T-M- Upfront roasted dark malts mixed with sweet toffee and cream. Fuel like alcohol creeps up with style in the backbone making a very interesting flavor meld. Mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable with a lasting slickness on the tongue.

D- Drinkable in the aspect of the alcohol level with excellent notes of a Wee Heavy ale.

12-26-2010 03:40:35 | More by wesbrownyeah
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

01-30-2013 23:46:42 | More by woodchipper
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-30-2012 19:48:15 | More by Shakerman
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4/5  rDev 0%

11-26-2011 23:20:55 | More by Parke
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Dark brown. Mahogany shows through against the light. Head vanishes almost immediately.

S: Sour malt, black-currant, plum and some bitter molasses.

T: Hint of whiskey accompanied by a toffee, coffee and smokey molasses. The fruit of black-currant and prune kicks in toward the finish and takes you into the aftertaste. The alcohol burn shows itself again in the aftertaste.

M: Light side of medium body. Light, delicate carbonation. Fairly thin and light drink overall.

D: I liked the sweet tangy fruit play with roasty toffee type flavors and then a bit of whiskey alcohol. I thought it was well done. I am not a huge fan of this style but this brew was enjoyable. I really need to drink this style in the winter time to get into the spirit of it.

09-02-2009 00:58:55 | More by sgoodship
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

This beer pours a nice clear dark brown. The aroma has caramel and toffee present. It has a good body and great flavor, with lots of malt and a nice, sweet finish. This is definitely one of the better beers you can find in a can. Then again, I guess you can say that for the entire Oskar Blues line.

09-30-2008 01:15:37 | More by explosivebeer
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-10-2014 18:34:48 | More by joemetric
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

09-02-2012 03:00:41 | More by dacubz
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

09-03-2013 23:43:19 | More by SuomiHobbit
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-22-2014 23:45:25 | More by sabitu
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3/5  rDev -25%

03-06-2014 20:02:49 | More by bulldogg915
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

01-27-2014 02:27:53 | More by markmo
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-12-2014 21:13:32 | More by Joebraggot
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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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