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

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BA SCORE
90
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1,565 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,565
Hads: 4,743
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 193
Gots: 813 | FT: 10
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."
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,565 | Hads: 4,743
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 05-18-12.

Appearance: Mahogany brown on the table - doesn't let a lot of light through. When held up to the light, copper and ruby red highlights at the edges. 1/8" light tan upon pouring died back to leave a thin ring at the edge and very thin skin across the top. Occasional strand and island of lacing noted, but they had a tendency to slowly slide back down the glass.

Smell: Rich - scotch whiskey, toffee, caramel notes, and just a hint of smoke that is almost tobacco like. The tobacco is easier to pick up when it's warmer, but not as easy when it's first poured.

Taste: Toffee - rich and deep malt here. Some smoky notes toward the end along with a slight hit and burn of alcohol. The finish is roasted bitter malt with something mildly sour and woody at the end. A very interesting malt bomb of a beer, but definitely not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, but not fizzy. It's there on the tongue and then its gone. A bit creamy, but not super thick. The mouthfeel I think is the only thing I'm not impressed with here.

Overall/Drinkability: Due to the high ABV, I find that this is a sipping and savoring beer, with one being enough. What I find odd about this beer is that each can is different. Some cans are "wow!" and others are not quite the same. I almost wonder if it is some sort of temperature issue, but I've tried to keep the cans all at the same temperature before pouring. What I describe is usually always there, but the flavors that pop out are strong in one can and weaker in another. The aroma is consistent though - go figure. So not highly drinkable, but good. Not sure if I'd go out of my way to get it again based upon this can, but maybe the next can will have me crazy about it again. Interesting and worth trying though. (1,810 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (797 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 Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours an almost black, ruby mahogany brown. Forms a nice thick and creamy 2 finger, medium tan head. Whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - Malts, chocolate malt, peat smoke, caramel, and pipe tobacco.
T - Sweet malty smoke, toffee, caramel and a slightly bitter finish which perfectly balances the sweetness.
O - A perfect representation of the scotch ale style. 5 star scotch ale. If you're a fan of the wee heavys, definitely give this one a try, its highly sessionable.
V - Great value, comes in a six pack of cans. (538 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber color, and is topped by a good light brown head. Sticky, malty, candied notes waft from my glass as I pour. When I go in for a deeper sniff, I get toasted malt notes and a hint of roast malt at the end. Wow, this has a good solid mouthfeel and a nice rich body. There are lots of malt flavors here (caramel, biscuit, quite chewy actually). Perhaps a hint of roasty smoke in the finish. This beer is also subtly fruity with notes of raisins in it. This is a damn good beer in a can, certainly the best I have had up to this point. The hop perception is appropriately quite low, with only a hint of balancing bitterness in the finish. This is damn taste, for any beer, and it really hits the spot right now. (730 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (601 characters)

Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (441 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Allenicomp
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (655 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boston2bburg
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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. (605 characters)

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brownbeer
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (465 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Cheers! (713 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Parke
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ldennis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sgoodship
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (755 characters)

Photo of explosivebeer
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (299 characters)

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