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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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Reviews: 1,570
Hads: 4,779
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 202
Gots: 842 | FT: 9
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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Reviews: 1,570 | Hads: 4,779
Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate malty and alcohol aroma. Great brown colour with lace and mocha slight head. very much concur with the promotional markings, chocolate more than malt in the smell. Very smooth drink, caramel, chocolate, smoke, I would drink this on a regular basis. Missed it in Atlanta, found it in Buffalo.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 9/29/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasty malt and some caramel/toffee aromas. Taste is of toasty malt, caramel, and some slight smokey flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some pretty nice flavors. I am really digging the slight smoke I am getting after each sip.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, almost black with little head. I was waiting for a coffee whisky nose based on expectations and I was wrong...I got a light nose full of licorice...I waited for coffee, malt undertones and got....licorice..period.

Medium bodied and a bit out of balance. Or, perhaps the flavors were just such that they were not to my liking. Again, I waited for that roasted malt, coffee, malty whisky Scottish Ale character. The flavors were overwhelming licorice...black licorice flavors and character in the extreme; nothing subtle here...huge licorice character with a soap flavored back palate.

This was a very distinctive ale; I've tasted nothing like it and it certainly wasn't typical of a Scottish Ale. I wouldn't have minded the licorice character if there was something else...some coffee, some sweet malt, some other flavor complexity. Sorry to say such wasn't the case. Interesting for the experience; maybe it was just my palate as those drinking it with me were a bit more foregiving.

We tried this with BBQ and by itself. Not my style.

Tried again 8/31/09
Pours black with an initial very thin head that never makes it to an actual head. Nose of rich sweet plum with malt undertones. Mouthfeel is medium creamy with decent body and character. Flavors are rich, layered and complex. Sweet prune, to cooked fruit, to sweet chocolate cake flavors to a carmel chocolate plum finish. Best beer I've had in a can, to date, although a bit like an adult carmel/chocolate/plum soda character. Nice.

So, either my tastes have changed; my palate was in a different shape or I just got a better can.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured rather dark amber with a creamy beige head. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of sweet, toasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there is lots of malty sweetness in the flavors in the taste, which is very well balanced and also has some notes of toffee. Hardly any bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very rich and creamy on the palate with just a light amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is extremely drinkable and is perfect if you're looking for something rich and creamy with a good amount of flavor. I would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a really dark brown with very little head. exactly how i want and expect my scotch ale to look. smells unremarkable except for a nice peat/alcohol aroma wafting from the glass, more organic mattery than smokey, but alluring. taste is strong for one thing, really robust malt profile and alcohol backup. woody and slightly fruity, rich and mellow. this is a fine ale indeed, one of oskar blues best. mouthfeel is just right, a little undercarbonated and thick, but thats all okay in this style. could imagine this one going off the charts after a few months in a bourbon barrel. solid solid beer, but a tough session

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head. The nose is caramel and a slight touch of earthy hops. A bit of toffee and slight roast there as well. The taste is mostly a light caramel/toffee flavor with a bit of light fruits and some dry hops. The feel is nice and creamy; a bit heavy, but not overly so. Drinks quite well and is a really nice example of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown color with a tan head that leaves some wands of lacing here and there

Smell: Extremely malty, with wafts of burnt toast and smoke arising from the brew

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit flavor that builds in complexity after the swallow and becomes very smoky and chocolatey with a touch of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Once it warms up, this beer displays all of its complexities; very nice

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Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep reddish copper color with a thick foamy white head on top. The clarity of the beer was nice. The smell of the beer was earthy, a little smokey and kind of sweet like caramel. The taste was just about the same, there was a nice amount of sweet malts in this brew and just a touch of some earthy spice in there too. The mouthfeel was creamy and had a medium body to it. Overall this is a really nice Scotch Ale. I would recommend this one to friends how haven't tried it before. Really nice stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hands down, the best canned beer I've ever had. The beer does indeed prove that good beer can be followed by smashing its container in your forehead (not recommended, by the way). The beer is promising right from the git-go. A sturdy, deep mohogany color with ruby highlights, supported by a 1" lightly tanned foamstand that lasted the session. Moderate aromas of toffee, cocoa, molassas, caramel, and a light smoke scent turn into very bold, rich flavors of strong, toasted malts, caramell and toffee, a hint of coffee and peat-moss. A complementary hop flavor increases into the finish. Bold alcohols ride just behind the sweetness, providing a nice distraciton. The body is full and rich, but rests just before becomming chewy. Bready and earthy flavors and textures provide a lot of complexity well into the sweet toffee lingering. Folks, this is a good beer!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of shp555: Poured an hazy dark brown color ale with a big thick foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt with subtle touch of peat smoke is quite interesting. Taste is a nice balance between smoky malt with some sweetness. Body is above average with a creamy texture and some medium carbonation. This is a very good example for the style with some very good balance.

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

12oz can, garnered somewhere in Montana, Idaho, or Oregon this past summer - I've forgotten exactly where. "Chub at 1st sight" - heh.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and playfully bubbly beige head, which wisps away quite slowly, leaving some loosely webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel and toffee malt, a bit of toasted wood, light boggy peat notes, and nutty milk chocolate, all underwritten by a simmering booze warmth. The taste is somewhat astringent woody caramel malt, treacle (or molasses, for all ya 'mericans), bittersweet chocolate, ethereal cold black coffee, a bit of sour fig and date fruitiness, and earthy, floral, and spicy vegetal hops.

The carbonation is average, just a wee prickly frothiness for our trouble, the body a hefty medium weight, and smooth as can be amongst that edgy booze. It finishes still kind of sweetly malty, but of a sort increasingly overwhelmed by an emboldened drying push from sly meaty smoke and equally sneaky alcohol.

Well, this puts the 'Scotch' in Scotch Ale, it does, without going overboard with all that Islay wankery. Sweet? Aye. Cloying? Nae. The wood, smoke, peat, and booze, all in their relatively minute amounts, contribute to the balance in this offering, and weirdly make it all work. Chubalicious!

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

Nearly opaque ruby-rimmed dark walnut that becomes uniform dull maroon when backlit. The several finger golden caramel-colored head is thickly creamy and looks great atop the beer. As it melts, the foam leaves behind solid sheets of lace that aren't sticky enough to last, but look good while they do. This one looks the part.

It smells the part too. Equal parts chocolate and dark caramel, this is unquestionably a malt-first beer. It smells darker and richer than most Scottish Ales, but not as dark and as rich as most Scotch Ales. Tough to appreciate the 'dash of' beechwood-smoked malt that the brewery has included. I hope that smoke will be more of a contributor on the palate.

Old Chub is much more of a lighter end of the spectrum Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy than it is a Scottish Ale. Plenty of malt on hand with chocolate-covered toffee flavors leading the way. It's a little brown sugary as well without much of a molasses vibe. There are a few tendrils of smoke, but no hint of tangy peat. Perhaps Oskar would have been better off using some peat-smoked malt (and even more beechwood-smoked malt).

The beer is sweeter and stickier than expected; not necessarily a negative. Hops don't provide much of any flavor--perhaps a mild earthiness--but they do their best to counter sweet with a modicum of bitter. This is unquestionably tasty beer, but it lacks the depth and complexity that the very best versions of the style possess. Very little evidence of the 8% ABV.

Like the flavor, the body is light Scotch Ale rather than Scottish Ale. It's medium-full in the mouth thanks to all the malt sugar, but doesn't quite hold its structure all the way through the finish. A little chubbier yet would be ideal. There's an enjoyable mouthcoating stickiness and an 'active without being too active' degree of carbonation.

Even though Old Chub isn't as good as Dale's Pale Ale (relative to style), it's still the best Scottish/Scotch Ale that one is likely to find in a can. I'd like to see a more complex flavor profile before I jump on the Old Chub bandwagon with both feet, but if I was a camper, I'd load up on both this beer and Dale's so that my malt moods and my hops moods would be equally well-covered.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, one-finger head. Left great rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and caramel.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, sweet caramel and some grassy hops.

M - It was very crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - The best beer I've ever had in a 12 oz. can. Great caramel and malt flavor.

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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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick dark ruby brown with a huge tan colored head. A great amount of lace was left down the glass, and the settling of the beer was a fantastic site, grat pour, looked perfect. Smell was sweet right away. Lots of sugar and caramel smells, hints of grains and breads and even a light hop presence rounded this put nicely. The taste followed right away, but was alot more hoppy then I had envisioned. Lots of caramel and sugar flavors, and more then a hint of alcohol made up the bulk of it. Big hoppy finish which suprised me in a good way. The taste and feel were both very full, smooth and creamy. This was a very very good brew, I enjoyed it tremondously and very glad I have a bunch more!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a deep, dark mahogany color with a soapy off-white head.

S: A very sweet and malty aroma with plenty of caramel. A lightly peaty note as well, which is always nice is this kind of beer.

T: Again, this is quite sweet with notes of caramel and brown sugar. There is a slight watery quality to the flavor as well, unfortunately.

M: Somewhat flat and watery, which is really disappointing. Slick on the tongue.

D: Really not a great offering from Oskar Blues. I would rather pick up a can of Gordon or Ten Fidy.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is one I've never before seen available on a nitro tap, so, I thought I'd give'er a go. I'll preface the review by saying I'm generally skeptical of the nitro treatment. It was also available in cans, so I opted for a side-by-side comparison.

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a very deep brown body with an inch to two inches of lasting, faintly beige foam. Yes, nitro beers can look pretty, but, so do glossy beer adds in magazine and they don't taste great either.

Smell: A very, very mild aroma, OC has been robbed of its rich maltiness in favor of foam.

Taste: A taste of iced tea flushed with caramel and a teeny pinch of cocoa dust. Modestly sweet. Fruity accents of cherries, berries, and, maybe, candied apple. Lowly herbal, bitter hop character. A pillow soft, creamy finish with a bit of light, lingering sweetness. Again, the can comes out far, far ahead. Perhaps the hypnotic quality of the cascading head is there to toy with your mind, to repress past memories of bland beers and the thought that you're being bamboozled out of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, though fluffy and smooth from the nitro infusion.

Overall: Each beer from a nitro tap pushes me further away from the gimmick. Though, before I give up completely on the idea, I may give that new nitro saturated Left Hand Milk Stout in the bottles a try.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of medium tan head on top of a clear, dark brown body with amber highlights. Good retention and good lace.

S - Malty with a good bit of oatmeal. Notes of coffee, tobacco, and a bit of caramel.

T - Sweet and malty up front with a distinct oatmeal cookie character. Darker flavors come forward in the middle with some coffee and licorice tempered by lactose. The finish displays moderate malt bitterness and a smooth, sweet finish.

M - Heavy, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Pretty drinkable, though the thick sweetness gets a bit monotonous after a can or two. A good example of the style, overall, though it leans a bit towards a milk stout in flavor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a dark, seemingly murky brown, with some dark auburn highlights and a minor bit of light ecru head. The smell is piney, sappy, sweet, and has a small hint of breadiness as well. The taste holds plenty of malty sweetness, with the sap and pine from the nose coming through as well. The medium body is lightened a bit by the nice amount of carbonation, allowing this brew to maintain a good level of drinkability.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues' Old Chub pours a clear, very dark mahogany body with glimmering ruby highlights beneath a full head of creamy tan foam that slowly dwindles to a wide collar. The nose suggests cocoa and a touch of roastiness with the initial whiff, and then some darker chocolate and a mild fruitiness appear. It's full bodied and creamy-smooth across the palate with a restrained carbonation. The flavor is richly malty with notes of chocolate-flavored toffee, caramel, a hint of coffee, and more dark chocolate. The bitterness is restrained, but firm enough to balance it; and it's never cloying. A touch of bitterness and some mild roastiness linger in the finish along with a note of peat-smoked malt. Overall, it may be a bit chocolatey, but other than that, this wee heavy is dead on! Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can. Deep clear ruby with a foamy mocha head. Rich ringing and a robust looking cascade of spotty lace. Smells of rich sweetness in the nose, with toffee, brown sugar, cocoa, a dash of fruit and some smoky accents. This is nice. The taste pretty much matches that, with a rich smoky sweetness on the palate that includes notes of caramel, cocoa and brown sugar. There is also a light herbal bitterness present that combines with the roast to help offset some of the sweetness here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bubbly crispness that fills up the mouth. There is some warmth on the tail end of each sip but this is otherwise very smooth for 8%. Scotch Ales are admittedly not one of my favorite styles but this one made a believer out of me in this instance. This is just packed with flavor and very drinkable for the size. I won’t be ignoring this one on the shelf any longer.

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

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large foamy light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, some smokiness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel. There are background flavors of dark fruit & bourbon, with a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, kind of filling, very good representation of style, good kick, this is a good beer to drink as a sipper. I think it’s a little too heavy to a whole lot of them in an evening, but it’s still a very good beer.

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

Coppery reddish brown with a beautiful foamy cap. Nice sudsy mouthfeel. Sweet and smoky are the flavors. Ends with a bitter edge to get you ready for another sip. So malty, it's like a cookie in the mouth. Candy, like dark caramel with a bitter aftertaste. Just enough smoke and peatiness to underscore the Scotch profile. Really rich, but I've never had trouble drinking one of these. Butterscotch with a rum chaser.

Deservedly popular beer. This has been one of my favorites for years. Handy cans in the luggage for voyage to beer deprived lands.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this for $8.99.

My first stab at a scottish ale and I liked it a lot. Pours a dark, ruby red with a nice little white head to it. Smell is a bit lacking for me, don't detect much of anything in the nose. Taste is very good though.. the caramel malts show through and has a nice smokey taste to it. It has a nice body and is very creamy in the mouth. Definitely glad I gave this beer a try.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium light brown head slowly settle to a 3/8" froth above a clear dark burnt brown colored beer.

Big aroma of dark malts, dark fruits, and light alcohol.

Dark fruits taste with stuff like apricots and maybe dates blending for a rich taste with nothing in-particular sticking out more than anything else and just a touch of alcohol coming through as well.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the taste sticking around with this medium bodied beer.

A nice little warm alcohol added nicely to a slightly darker tasting beer makes for a pretty good drink.

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