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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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1,581 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,581
Hads: 4,829
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 207
Gots: 891 | 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: 1,581 | Hads: 4,829
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Very dark for the style. Short dark tan head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is dryer than many scottish ales. Fairly light aromas of malt and pie spices, amd maybe a slightt treacly smell as well.

Taste is quite nice. Malty, but dry. Almost the flavor of an old ale on the front, without the alcohol burn. Chocolate and sherry notes on the finish. Not sticky at all, and absolutely no offf taste from the can. Good job.

The mouthfeel is very soft and creamy. No alcohol attack, and no stickiness at all. The finish has a little more bite, but of the dry slightly spicy variety.

Due to its softnesss and dryness, very drinkable. Interesting enough to hold the atteention of your palate as well. Really a quite fine beer.

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Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour from the can - decent tan head.
Sweet malts up front, a hint of raisin, cinammon, and lots of chocolate. A bit of peat too. Somewhat earthy. A slight hop bittering - to satisfy the american palate. Flavors are well developed and clean.

Yeah, great - big -beer in a can.

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Photo of ellisdee97
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a red hue, light off white head which dissipates quickly leaving a nice bubbly ring and some light bubbly lacing.

S: Dark chocolate malt, toffee, caramel and vanilla. Very light hop nose. Smoke and toast as it warms.

T: Thick smokey chocolate and toasted malt up front with a piney resinous hop bite. Warm alcohol occupies the smokiness yet is hidden exceptionally well.

M: Very smooth and oily with a dry, bitter hop finish and a smokey bite.

D: Very drinkable brew, not heavy but enough body to find complexity. Much better taste poured into a glass than straight from the can. The alcohol is hidden so well it just shows as a warm feeling in the stomach.

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

A- mahogoney w/ red hues, two finger tan head with good retent and lacing, head settles to a tiny ring of foam

S- malty, caramel, chocolate, and pine

T- caramel and chocolate malt tug of war with a pine hoppy backbone. intensity of choclate fades as warms and alcohol becomes evident

M- nice, smooth and creamy, medium body, great carbonation

D- nice take on the style but the chocolatey taste didnt rub me right, as it warms it is easier to take. Worth a try, but once will be good for me.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this on location, but I don't feel jiped by not trying this in the can. The pour is a darker shade of brown with limited clarity. A decent off white colored head that had good staying power.

The nose is malty with mostly caramel and some lighter astringent notes. Some chocolate touches as well as hints of plums and raisins as well. No really hops that this is per style. A good aroma overall.

The taste is sweet with a good malty flavor. Caramel is the strongest flavor coming out but definite darker malts and astringency are perceptible as well. Some chocolate notes as well as roasted flavors leaving an almost woody or peaty perception. There is a sweet honey like finish as well which accentuates the caramel finish.

The body is closer to full feeling. A rich, malty feel that lingers. Light on carbonation but acceptable. The higher ABV isn't really noticeable but leaves a warming feeling as you go along. Overall a great example of a Scottish ale.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can and poured into a mug at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade from DavidEddie - thanks!

A - Pours a very dark red with a 2-inch head; good lacing the whole way down.

S - Smells of raisins, malt, and other sweet flavors in the background that I can't put my finger on.

T - Complex taste that begins with almost a milk stout taste, combining chocolate with a sweetness. Eventually it leads to a malt flavor with a hint of raisins and a biscuity feel. Finishes with a dried fruit taste. All the flavors work well together.

M - A little flat, but I'm afraid it had something to do with coming from a can, as bad as that might sound. Other than that, a medium body and a creamy finish. If this is available, I'd love to try it from the tap.

D - I just hope my opinion wasn't swayed by the fact that this comes from a can. Great flavors that finish very strong, but it seemed a little on the flat side. But you know what...I can honeslty say that this was much better than I expected, so who cares about the serving type.

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Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great looking beer poured out of a red-and-blue can. I don't get canned beer very often, but I read this was a good one, so...

Poured a dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights and a solid head. Again, very good looking beer. Aroma is caramel, bread, chocolate, and roasted malts -- pretty typical of the style, but well done.

Taste was disappointing -- alcohol is WAY too prominent in this beer, and overwhelms what otherwise would have been a relatively tasty malty beer. Underneath the alcohol burn, smoky, bready, and very sweet malts are discernable.

Aftertaste is OK, but surprisingly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth but not too heavy, which is probably good considering the issues with the flavour.

Overall, this beer was not bad, but the taste didn't live up to the looks/smell.

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Photo of xoqx
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark brown, nearly black, with garnet highlights around the edge. There is a massive tan head that has nearly the same kind of amazing retention as Dale’s Pale Ale. The smell conveys amazing malty sweetness and mocha aromas. The taste is fantastically big and sweet without any cloying finish, a great example of this fine balance of the Scottish style. The focus is totally on the malt here, with the hops not standing out as much more than bittering. The taste is of heavy malt and chocolaty roasted barley. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and creamy. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of maltedmilk
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chub pours almost black into the glass with a nice frothy head that quickly dissipates. The carbonation is heavy with plenty with bubbles rising ,lots of lacing on the glass.

This beer smells delicious sweet and malty.

The taste is chocolate and coffee mixed.

At 8 % abv, it’s an excellent beer for a cold and rainy night.

Dale makes some fine beer. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into room temperature Morimoto tall pilsner glass.

Poured this one a bit fast, head overflowed the glass. Don't think the head would be that diminished if I'd poured slower, about 3-4 fingers worth here. Head poured medium brown in color.

HUGE chocolate aroma, with coffee and molasses notes. Thinner than expected mouthfeel, but still nice.

Taste is mostly cocoa, with slight smoke and good balance. Pleasant, lasting aftertaste.

Overall, a good drinking dark beer, will buy this one again.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was 100% pure barley.

The taste was liquid Grape Nuts. An excellent raw grain profile with a hint of caramel sweetness. Truly an experience.

The mouthfeel was full and grainy.

Overall a very robust Scottish Ale. A good ABV as well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rabsten
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a pint glass. Dark brown with dark head. Good carbonation. Looks like a flat cola after about 2 minutes, though.

Sweet roasted malts in nose. Toffee or some other savory candy in the background.

Flavor is a sugary, toasty malt base with strong alcohol presence. Not a hop in sight. Very representative of the style, I think.

Kinda thiick mouthfeel; Smooth drinking but with a serious alcohol hit. This beer can make you loopy fast.

Good beer in a can.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, man it's good to be drinking beer out of a can again.

I split each of the two cans I had, filling up a Koelsch spike (.2L) with this very fine elixer I get to enjoy thanks to the ever-generous ColoradoBobs, drinking and reviewing the beer from the glass while also getting to kick back and drink a fine beer from a can.

Now this is a decadent bit of malt here. I'm not gonna lie, I've often found Scottish style beers too malty in the past but this beer works so well on so many levels. Rich layering of sweet caramel malts swooshing together. A rich deep fruit flavour dominates this brew. Mmmmm.

And the head is a beautiful little guy, taking a little time to build up speed on the pour, but once it gets going it lasts and lasts and lasts.

But the mouthfeel -- so thick, so juicy. It's like a fine steak in my mouth. Honestly, I can only compare the balance between the alcohol and malt in this brew as being on par with many fine Doppelbocks.

Wonderful beer and the can makes it a joy to kick back with. Yum!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep ruddy ruby brown very cola esque forms a large overflowing tan head leaves nice even bands of lacing with each sip. Aroma great herbal hop presence but the big malty chocolate cocoa powder layers is where it's at in this brew. A creamy edge of caramel malt notes is also notable with a mild current of alcohol going through this brew. Flavor contains heavy chocolate notes almost lactic quality comes about sweet heavy with caramel and fruit soaked alcohol notes maybe some raisins and plums. Mouthfeel is medium bodied full syrupy feel even carbonation does the trick. Drinkability a solid brew that I could definitely bring to family around the holidays and enjoy with some festive dinners...very tasty stuff but sort of filling and hard to drink in number.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up six of this on a recent trip to Helen, GA. Opening the can lets out a pssst more like a coke than a beer. Pours a dark ruby cola brown with a thick light brown head. Nice lacing. Sweet aroma of chocolate and caramel malts and alcohol. Taste is rich and malty with just a hint of smokiness. Hops are faint but apparent. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. At 8% ABV not a session beer, but one to savor slowly. Imagine great beer,,, from a can!

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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 ghostwalker
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a thick, dark tan, head.

Nose is smoked malt with sweet chocolate.

Flavor is deep, dark bittersweet smoky malt. Tons of dark, rich flavor; smoke, chocolate, raisins, molasses. Intensely wonderful.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, like used motor oil. A truly impressive achievement coming from a can.

Drinkability is good, for the style. It's kind of a sipper, due to the intensity of the flavor, but does not become overwhelming.


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

a - poured a one finger thick toffee-colored head into a tumbler. body is dark mahogany with red hints.
s - lots of stuff going on here. hints of chocolate, toffee and caramel. really nice start to this one.
t - same as above but the maltiness really comes through most.
m - very creamy and smooth with a medium mouthfeel. really coats the tongue.
d - nice fall/winter brew. oskar's does a great job and having some beers in a can to choose from is nice when you're tailgating or camping.

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a thick, foamy head that descends to a thin covering. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of caramel and chocolate, dark fruitiness and some earthy breadiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, dark fruits wrapped in chocolate and a touch of earthy grains. The malt is definately in charge, as expected for the style, but does not become overly sweet. Just a hint of metallic tinge is noticeable. This is a hint of a non-interfering alcohol note present throughout, but it is non-interfering.

The feel is rich, creamy and very smooth. The medium to full body holds up well and the flavors hang around for a reasonable amount of time.

It's incredibly smooth and easy to drink. It's a hefty brew, but I had several of these over the past summer, and found it to be drinkable even then.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark deep reddish brown color with red hues at the bottom of the glass. Frothy one finger caramel colored head with good retention. Decent amount of lacing.
S: Dark fruit and burnt sugar notes. Sweet caramel and chocolate malt. Many different smells all blending together. Simply delicious smelling.
T/M: Wow--where to start? Extra creamy and smooth on the palate. Caramel malt notes mingle with dark fruit. Nice burnt sugar notes can be detected in the aftertaste and finish. Medium to full bodied with and very well balanced--also complex. Sweet maltyness fades away with the softness of the mouthfeel as if the big maltyness was never even there.
D: Excellent tasting Scottish ale. High abv is there but very well masked by the creamyness. Only one or two of these in a sitting for me.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Big brown pour with a creamy tan head that left sticky lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, almost candy like aroma, mostly caramel.

Taste: Malty as can be, again mostly a caramel taste with a bit of alcohol. Tastes like a scottish ale to me. ;-)

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick/chewy mouthfeel/body.

Drinkability: The alcohol doesnt really keep me from having a couple but the overpowering caramel does. Its just a bit too malty and thick for me to have several.

Overall, if for some reason you dream of having a decent craft brew or if by some reason you lay awake at night thinking of a good scottish ale in a can this is probably your best bet. It was cool to try, I don't think I will get it again however, just a bit too much for me.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, poured into a thistle glass. This one is very deep amber color with a 3 finger tan head that falls to a half-finger after a short wait. There is pretty good clarity on this. Taking a sniff, there are big, thick caramel notes, with some light phenolics that are nice and smokey. There is a lot of caramel maltyness, but it is not exceptionally sweet. The flavor is vert full. Very solid deep caramel and even a touch of chocolate. There is a moderate smokeyness that is really tasty alongside the sweetness and maltyness. Mouthfeel is on the border between moderate and thick, with a fairly light carbonation that makes it feel more full. There is no tell on the alcohol in this brew from either the nose or the taste. It has a very solid aroma and flavor, and really keeps me coming back to the glass without any problems. This is a very nice Scottish ale.

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

Pours gorgeously into a 20-ounce pub glass: deep ruddy chestnut body with an enormous, creamy beige head. Caramelly-sweet malt all over the nose with a slight hint of peat. Mostly a foretelling of a major malt-bomb, however. The taste is indeed on the sweet side, with the malts strongly resembling an apple-less caramel apple (does that make sense?). I also detect a hint of bitter chocolate and only a wisp of smoky peat flavor before an assertive earthy-mineral finish. Medium-full body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, bordering on slick. This isn't exactly my favorite style, but from what I've experienced, this is a rather exceptional representation of a Scottish Ale. Definitely recommended, at least for fans of the style.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours dark, dark brown, with a little bit of red hints of color throughout, cream colored head, not too much retention, laces nicely

S- Smells of rich chocolate and caramel malts, very sweet aroma

T- rich malted taste, complements smell, and I taste a little bit of bannana in there, but maybe its just me

M- not much carbonation, moderate thickness, coats mouth

D-a very drinkable beer, high ABV so not really a session beer, but since it is in a can it will get my vote anytime I camp,etc (anywhere bottles are not too convienent) wish there was more craft brew in cans

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Photo of mjc410
2.24/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour into my Hobgoblin tulip raises a nice 1 1/2 finger light tan head, which is the epitome of the beer. It sits on an opaque ruby-brown body. The nose is strong of burnt brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. It's over-burnt. The taste is dry brown sugar, and a bit of dark fruit. Really, pretty simple. The mouth is too thin, lowly carbonated. Needs more heft. This beer is far too dry and simple. I bought an entire case of this a while ago, and have had 3/4 of the case before a review. I don't know why there's any hype around this beer at all. McEwan's does a much better job.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 1,581 ratings.