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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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4,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,222
Reviews: 1,515
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 140
Gots: 432 | FT: 7
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 rosmhuire:
Photo of rosmhuire
2.4/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Dark brown coloring, rather small head.

S: Mostly malt on the nose, but not much else there.

T: The sweetness is a bit overpowering. Not quite sure what else is there causing me to dislike it - maybe a weird licorice aftertaste? This is definitely a malty beverage. Another reviewer said the taste was chalkiness - maybe that's what I'm getting.

M: Rather thin-bodied. Low carbonation.

D: I would say that this was not very drinkable for me - I had to work to take down the whole beer. Honestly, I don't have much experience with scotch ales, so I can't tell if I don't like the style, or I just don't like the beer.

I'm a little disappointed - this has been the only Oskar Blues beer I've tried that I haven't liked.

rosmhuire, Jun 02, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Jason, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

oberon, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

RoyalT, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

aszatk01, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

DaPeculierDane, May 21, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

DanGeo, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Allenicomp
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Allenicomp, May 04, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

ExtraStout, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of boston2bburg
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

boston2bburg, Feb 20, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

OhioBobcat, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +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.

brownbeer, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Dec 26, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

woodchipper, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Shakerman, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Parke, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of sgoodship
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

sgoodship, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of explosivebeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

explosivebeer, Sep 30, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

dacubz, Sep 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

SuomiHobbit, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

sabitu, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -25%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

markmo, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Joebraggot
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Joebraggot, Feb 12, 2014
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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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