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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4,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,645
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 178
Gots: 756 | FT: 8
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."
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Ratings: 4,645 | Reviews: 1,581
Reviews by stonermouse:
Photo of stonermouse
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours cola-colored with a solid, light brown head.

Aroma is a potent combo of leather, rum, and earth. One of the more complex aromas I've experienced, helped by the fact that it practically burns your eyes with its potency.

Wonderfully complex flavor here, but not for the faint of heart, and only for a certain palate. Mimics chew tobacco- pure tobacco leaf flavor, but sweetened and earthy. There's a bit of detectable booze as well, but with such a robust flavor, it fits right in. The earthy, compost-like flavors here are very interesting.

This brew leaves a nice aftertaste, but is just a bit sticky for my liking. Leaves a sugary film on your gums that's a bit too Mountain Dew for my liking.

High scores overall for this one, especially considering the fact that it's canned. This may be a go-to brew from now on for cold weather camping/hiking trips. I'm bummed it took me this long to give it a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of sgoodship
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of explosivebeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer to enjoy on a cold Saturday with a ton of snow on the ground.
In a pint glass the beer was a red/brown color with a thin tan head and a tiny bit of lace.
Caramel malt aroma. Sweet.
Caramel taste, maybe more on the toffee side. Some whiskey. Hops late.
A full-bodied, enjoyable beer.

Photo of NWer
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Chub never disappoints and it's about time I reviewed this beer.
Poured deep brown quickly fading head into a tulip. Nice caramel notes in the aroma and taste. Very smooth malt/milky smoothness.
The perfect alternative to give the palate a rest from hop attacks.
Very enjoyable and would be a great session beer for football season except for the 8% abv.
So, I have to sip. No big deal.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown, almost burgundy in color. not much head retention. Smells of malt, notes of dark fruit, maybe a little wood.

Tastes pretty much how it smells, big flavor up front, with a hint of the booze. At first, it feels like it's gonna be a palate killer, but it actually finishes surprisingly clean.

This like many other flavor rich, malty ales, goes great with one my new favorites, Achadinha Capricious aged goat cheese.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 3/29/11

A - Pours a deep red/brown with almost two fingers tan head. Head. doesn't last too long, and leaves only spotty lacing.

S - Big caramel malt aroma, with some bubblegum, some chocolate and toffee and faint notes of smoke and roasted malt.

T - Similar to smell, big malty taste caramel leading the way and more chocolate in the taste tan the smell. Definitely a bit on the sweet side, but not overly so, and the sweetness seems to fade near the finish. A bit of warming alcohol, toffee and subtle smoke round out the taste.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel starts off sticky and gradually starts to dry out somewhat on the finish.

O - Enjoyable Scotch ale that I would definitely have again. Sweet, but it doesn't get in the way.

Photo of Beaver13
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Old Chub pours dark brown with deep red highlights. It has a good sized, tan head that quickly goes down to a film.

Its aroma is roasted malts, with hints of chocolate and figs.

The taste is sweet, chocolate malts initially with some hints of fig. It has a bitter, slightly acidic, coffee-like finish. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, leaving a sticky residue.

Overall, a nice, well-balanced, scottish ale. Definitely the best beer I've ever had in a can.

Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. The info listed on the can includes only its ABV. (8%)

Appearance: The body has a deep dark brownish color with deep ruby highlights. It appears to have good clarity thought the highlights. On top there is a light tan head. It is about two fingers tall and fades slowly. Lacing is slick and spotty.

Smell: The aroma has a pleasant sweet caramel, candy and roasted malt character.

Taste/Palate: Its light to medium body has a slightly thin texture. The overall flavor profile is sweet and candy like. There are plenty of caramel and toffee notes with some toasted bready maltiness and a slight fruitiness which reminds me of grilled peaches. Hop flavor and bitterness are very mild and the finish is sweet but quick.

Notes: Overall this is a nice easy drinking and tasty beer.

Photo of wlevando
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Can into pint glass:
Color/Appearance: A vigorous pour elicits a firm looking, creamy white head. Somewhat resilient, dying away in ~2 minutes. Cool rusty bronze color! Reminiscent of old scotch whisky.

Nose: Mellow but not mild. Old wood, a little musty with some toffee.

Taste: A little vinous. Oddly sweet with a sticky toffee taste. The kind of flavor that a beer should feel like, not taste like.

Mouthfeel: Clinging, lingering. Viscous with the lightness of saltwater taffy, which is pretty viscous itself, I guess.

My take: Caveat, I'm still looking for a wee heavy that I like. The smell is VERY interesting for the style, and the mouthfeel is quite nice. But the alcohol content seems to be a hindrance to the taste, whether it was intentional or unwitting inclusion of unsavory volatiles, I imagine that this would be better at 6.0%. Man, that sounds blasphemous...

Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark, when held up to light, maroon hues come through. Rich, creamy, tan head that sticks around for the long haul and leaves nice lacing behind in its aftermath.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, cream, vanilla bean, dark fruits...very complex nose. Beaut!

Taste - Deep caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, creamy, hop balance, finishes nice and roasty, woody, and not too too dry. Slight alcohol warmth after it goes down.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy, and perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - If it wasnt for the 8% abv tag, Id drink a lot of these bad boys. One of the best Scottish Ales I have had the pleasure of having. Hats off to Oskar Blues!

Photo of Guden
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very syrupy dark brown with ruby highlights. One inch creamy off white head slowly fades to a thick film leaving some lacing.

S- Lots of complexity with raisins, smoke, chocolate, brown sugar and walnuts. AWESOME! There is also some toffee like sweetness around the edges. Its like a rich malty cake with a little bit of alcohol heat creeping into the mix.

T- Different from the smell but with some similar characteristics. The sugary caramel and light grape/raisin character still shows but the light smoke and alcohol of the nose are lost in the sweetness. Earthy bitterness in the finish hint at hops and keep this from being cloying. A good flavor to be sure, but not quite as complex as the smell. As it warms a black cherry presence begins to show up in the mix as well.

M- Syrupy and light in carbonation this one wants to be sipped and contemplated and I appreciate that. While it isn't hard to drink it doesn't fly past the tongue, probably a good thing on a beer this big.

D- This is a really nice beer both for the style and in general. It proves that canned beers can be awesome and was reasonably priced (I bought the single can for a buck fifty). I see myself buying this again for sure and it seems like it would go well with lots of meats and desserts or as a nice sipper alone.

Photo of Schmit
2.54/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I see this everywhere and finally gave it a go when I saw it was a well-rated exemplar of a style I haven't tried. I mostly like IPAs, so this is an Indian Lover's take on a Scottish ale.

Looks like cola in the glass, which is kind of a cool trick. Couldn't really smell it. It took me a few sips to adjust to the flavor, but unfortunately I found I didn't really like it. Something earthy and fruity like dried figs, can't quite put my finger on it. It has a tangy sweetness around the edges, but the earthy bitterness is strong, and not a kind I like. I can really taste the alcohol, and there is a definite warming effect as it goes down. The whole combination is a bit reminiscent of taking cough syrup.

I can see how someone with a different palate might like this, but it's not for me. I don't think I'll be coming back for more any time soon.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good Scotch Ale in a can. Weird name, odd package. This pours a dark, but clear, mahongany body with ruby accents when held to the light. One inch beige head holds well, and some impressive patchy lace is left behind.
Malty aroma, with lots of toffee and caramel burnt accents in the nose. Some subdued, charred malt aromas aren't quite peat, but close.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation enlivens a medium body, with a faint tin metallic note.
Taste is of a well mannered Scottish Ale. Caramel and toffee malt dominate, with some distinctively smoky, fired, grain. Hop bitterness balances just right, but is not immediately identifiable. Alcohol is cleverly concealed throughout. Finish is malty, with a touch of campfire smoke.
This is an excellent American rendition of a strong Scottish Ale. Tasty, and quite drinkable. I'm impressed with the smoked maltiness and masked abv. More impressed, that this comes out of a can.

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Pours dark as molasas amber, Minor tan head and some blotchy lacing left behind. Nose is richly of peaty, sweet malt. This is a rich, flavorful scottish ale. Bold, full flavor and tasty. Fine brew indeed out of a can. Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth, with a long soft finish. Well worth a try and at 8% this one packs a punch as well. Nicely done Oskars!

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 4,645 ratings.