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

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Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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."

Added by Todd on 12-13-2003

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Chub is a translucent, effervescent dark brown beer with ruby highlighting; its giant pebbly tan head shows moderate retention and leaves behind sparse, complex caverns and cavelets of lacing. The aroma is medium in intensity, leading with cookie-dough malt that slides into dark, dark caramel over toasty malt, backed by dark fruit, a more subtle peppery spice and modest boozy undertones. The flavor is a seamless blend of bittersweet dark caramel, more modest plum notes and a hint of cherry, riding atop a style-moderate undercurrent of alcohol. The finish is surprisingly clean, just a flash of dark fruit, but is pretty boozy- the booziest part of the whole beer, in fact. The linger is a modest tart cherry-skin flavor that lasts for a little while. Mouthfeel is on par with the medium-full body and is slightly astringent; the texture is medium creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. For the style, the caramel character is not very complex, but the flavor taken as a whole is pleasant enough and the alcohol is well hidden. Pretty fast-drinking for the style, as a result. (12 oz can, 77 days after pkg)

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - high clarity. Dark little fizz. Minor lacing. Not unlike flat coke.2.75

S ー sweet chocolatey bits of anise and ripe blueberry. Fizzy despite no head. 3.25

T - bitter almost tart. Very roasted initial flavours. Faint syrups. Better the second time but after taste is a bit too bitter-sharp. 3.25

M - not as watery as I expected 3

D - perfectly fine not reasonable because better ales in same price range and not in cans 3

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 04/06/16

Pours clear dark maroon red with a creamy light tan head. Smells lightly of dark fruits, dried fruits, plum, sweet malt, mild chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, oaky wood, with earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like dark fruits, sweet malt, some smoked wood, chocolate, caramel, molasses, dried fruit, brown sugar, with earthy grass and floral pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really well crafted Wee Heavy Scotch ale.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark red, nearly black, and with little lacing. No head to speak of. Smells like dark fruit, tobacco, and alcohol. Nice, complex smell, which is by far the best component of this beer. Taste is super rich, so rich I couldn't finish it. Raisins, plums, and caramel dominate the palate, with minimal hops. Definitely a very malt forward beer. There's a smoky, leatheriness to the taste also, like a high quality whiskey or scotch. The taste is a little too sweet and heavy for me. Feel is also heavy; this beer feels syrupy and sticky in mouthfeel, which only makes the super rich flavor seem more intense. Some noticeable alcohol burn also, felt a lot higher ABV than it was. I found this tough to drink and couldn't finish the last couple of ounces, so I don't think Scotch ales are for me. If you're obsessed with the darker and richer flavor spectrum of beer, you might like it, but I was left craving even a whisper of hops.

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Photo of Squire123
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful reddish brown with thick tan cap.

Aroma: Rich dark malt with a hop accent. Can't tell much from the hops except they are present.

Taste: Full on dark rich malt, dark dried fruits, a sense rather than a taste of sweetness, just resounding solid roasted malt with hops occasionally singing a lyric line above the baritone solo.

Texture: Full as bagpipes which we all know is not an indoor instrument.

Overall: From what I recall of Scottish Ales I've had in the past, Belhaven, Traquair, and others, the taste of the Auld Hame is in this one. A drumroll should announce the opening of this one and even if I weren't of Scottish descent I believe I would've rated it just as highly.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, but not a standout in any particular way. I will say that it does a great job of hiding its hefty ABV. You won't feel like you're drinking an eight-pointer until you get done.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low aroma on a dark pour with some ruby highlights in the color. Surprisingly smooth, roasted & chocolate flavors with some stout like qualities. Very high drinkability & well hidden ABV even when drinking this at cellar temperature.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a surprisingly dark shade of blackish brown, coffee colored with a tan head.

S- Maple syrup, coffee roast, sweet malts and burnt sugar.

T- Follows the nose, but the sweetness is balanced by a kind of smoky bitterness.

F- Medium body, almost syrupy and creamy for the ABV.

O- Love a good scotch ale, being a malt fanatic. This is an excellent representation of the style, second only to Founders' offerings.

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Photo of Nferry2
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sniffer glass. Color is cherry red to black. A nice off white head fades and lighty laces the glass. Aroma is faint but slightly sweet with a ghostly cherrywood smokiness. Not much alcohol is present. Mouth feel is meduim bodied. Carmel notes immediately greet the palate which transition into an elegant peat witu cherry smokieness. The session finishes sweet with a light earthy bitterness. A fine example of the Scottish ale style.

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Photo of erk0607
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: malt, chocolate and faint alcohol

L: dark... If you hold it up to the light its a red brown but otherwise I'd say its black.

T: chocolate, malt, smoke, fruity esters, coffee

F: a bit on the thicker side, but not stout or porter thick. Creates a nice creamy foam on the tongue.

O: excellent, would get without hesitation

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Photo of Eric_Booga_Boyles
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Scottish style ale. It has a deep red color and the taste is out of this world. I am not a huge fan of the darker stuff, but I could get this one every time. Great flavor and it went down very smooth, almost like a fine scotch.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear brown producing a 3+ fingers of tan, frothy, moderately lasting head leaving a streaky wash of webby lace. Aroma is roasted dark malt, chocolate, molasses, smoke, some butter & nuttiness. Taste is chocolate/caramel/toffee/molasses, dark fruit, butter & a hint of spicy hop undertones but little bitterness. Smokey throughout the sip Finishes chocolatey & buttery with little spiciness that fades to a smokey Tootsie roll-like aftertaste. Almost no alcohol prominence. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, silky & smooth.

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Photo of billythepoet
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Completely opaque. Dark brown/black. Color of iced black coffee.
Smell: Roasted nuts and malts with dark chocolate.
Taste: Dark chocolate with light hints of smoke.
Mouth: Creamy full body but not as heavy as one might think.
Overall: Reminds me of dark chocolate ganache and smoked nuts. Creamy head slightly still visible even when the beer is half finished. High ABV and big mouth feel makes this one a meal.

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Photo of MrDell
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Oskar Blues Brewing – Old Chub
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy – 8.0% - 330ml can – Canned 16.10.2014 - Best Before Unknown

From Wikipedia:
Old Chub is a Scotch ale brewed with seven different malts, including crystal and chocolate malts. Old Chub also gets a dash of beechwood-smoked grains imported from Bamburg, Germany.

Appearance: Pours dark brown – deep brown with a solid 3 finger light brown head. Lots of carbonation moving up the side of the glass. Excellent had retention,a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: Classic wee heavy aroma of liquorice, tobacco, sweet dark fruits, black jack sweets, demerara sugar. Fruit cake / dark sweet bread - like a malt loaf, fresh from oven.

Taste: Sweet fruit, strong hit of liquorice, sweet malt and a very long sweet, then just turning slightly dry, finish. Perfectly balanced and very complex.

Mouthfeel: Quite full bodied and very smooth although it does keep moving around the palate thanks to the lively carbonation(would love to try the nitro version to see how that compares).

Overall: I'm really enjoying these wee heavy / scotch ales at the moment - both the classic/traditional styles and these craft brewery ones. This is up there with the best of them. For overall enjoyment this gets a very well deserved 4.75. Fantastic, complex, malty beer.

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Photo of Jtbennett
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this in the fridge. Been there for a while. Dated 8/15/14. Poured into a shaker pint glass. Dark, like motor oil. Still a good beer. Dark fruit, raisins, and nice finish. Sweet and sticky. Good beer. Surprised at how well an 8% has held up.

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Photo of mac31
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet entry, cinnamon, dark fruit/fig, bready up front. Following is caramel, toasty notes, and a touch of copper/metallic in the finish. I get faint chocolate notes from time to time as well. The alcohol is well covered. There is a touch heat (fusel alcohol fumes) in the finish. The body is slight. Almost non existent are the hops. I get some bitterness about the 3/4 palate. The hops are soft with a little nondescript spiciness. Finish clean and sweet with a touch of grains present. A very rich beer. I have little point of reference when it comes scotch ales. I would have to say this is a good beer. While it's not cloying, it is a tad sweet for me. But drinkability is huge for me and this beer is just that, highly drinkable. If you buy this it will not disappoint.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Very, very dark red with a tan head. Fairly thick. Looks like light bubbling. Extremely dark though, I could mistake it for a stout.

S: Malty and a faint scent of the ABV. Chocolate tones along with some fruit.

T: Rich malt that goes well with a smooth and faint taste of alcohol. Fruit flavors come through, but very softly. The malty, thick and bready, is the main event here. Creamy and sweet, I want to say I taste chocolate and caramel aftertones.

F: Thick body, very robust. Leaves a pleasant mouthfeel for such a high ABV, its very impressive.

O: I'm not a big Scotch Ale guy, but this one is on point. I'd heard good things and finally trying it more than confirms those allegations.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful dark, dark red to almost black depending on the light. Smells actually like a chocolate covered cherry in a way followed by malt. Nice medium to thick body. Taste is amazing! Nice rich chocolaty and over ripe cherry. Amazing!

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Photo of willic
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark, Rich, Intense looking dark copper color with a full head
Aroma: Sweet, caramel, rich malt
Taste: Intense, yet balanced. This is what a Scotch Ale should be!
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy in body, with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Phenomenal, Phenomenal, Phenominal

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Photo of EMV
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a dark mahogany color. 2 fingers of tannish head. Mild lacing.

S: Malts and baked goods. Caramel and molasses.

T/F: Malty and rich with a very tempered sweetness. Dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel. Plum and molasses with a mild hop presence at the finish which is nice... prevents it from being too one-dimensional. Smooth and creamy. Sticky on the tongue.

O: A solid wee heavy... and one of the standards for the style. Not the best of show, but a very solid and reliable old friend. Always welcome in my fridge.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly black, ruby-burgundy. Head is medium thick and beige, with a good deal of lacing left behind. Smooth malty aroma is supplemented with spicy yeast and peach. Taste opens with smooth, sweet malts and then moves into some more sweet toffee, hard candy flavors. Mouth feel is smooth and filling, but easy to drink. Overall, a fantastic scotch ale. It has a good deal going on, and is readily available (at least around here). It's easy to drink while remaining sweet and warming, and canned, so a good solid fall/early spring camping beverage, and at 8%, you can save some cooler space for grilling supplies.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of RocketRaccoon88
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had hummus so I'm taking that into account. Other than that setback, feels and taste really good. Looks creamy and dark. Really good brew to sit and enjoy.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Two finger brownish head, red tinged very dark brown body.

Smell: Smoked wood, dark fruits, and caramel.

Taste: Same as above, but includes toasted bread, a note of coffee, and a touch of nutty hops.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium-full bodied, small but pleasant alcohol burn. Very nicely balanced.

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Photo of MACrist
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Dark brown, ruby up to the light. Big tan foamy head with ok retention. Not much for lacing.
AROMA: Bit of smoke, bready, lots of dark dried fruit, and some caramel.
TASTE: Exactly like aroma, sweet overall, but it has a nice bitter bite on the finish that helps balance everything out.
FEEL: Good solid carbonation to move the flavors around. A little slick up front and then more dry in the finish. Medium thin in body.
OVERALL: Very nice ale. Not two dimensional, you get the dried fruit, smokiness, caramel and bready qualities. The body is a little thin but still decent, almost makes it refreshing. Very good brew.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice sipper; pours a deep and dark brown that is thick; a beige cream head on top with some sticky lace. Smells of roasted malt and that's about all I can sense. Tastes like earth, moss, roasted and toasted dark malt, dark brown bread, figs, and burnt sugar; alcohol taste is quite strong. It's very chewy and full-bodied; the alcohol warms my belly. Good to drink if it's freezing cold outside.

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