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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

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 msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. aluminum can to a pint glass; label claims 8.2% abv. This Colorado treat made it's way to Oregon by way of Virginia, thanks to Metalmonk.

A: Dark mahogany brown, clear when held to light with just a few streams of slow-moving carbonation. Capped with a pillowy tan head, about 1-finger high, which retains its shape well and leaves behind some good-looking sticky lace rings.

S: Lightly fragrant sugary sweet maltiness, with bits of cocoa, caramel and smoke notable. Served a little too cold perhaps, but the aromas never really amplified even as it warmed...

T: Upfront peaty smoke (tasty!) with some caramel and milk chocolate to follow. At first all I tasted was malted grain and sweetness. then a strange thing happened and a richer nutmeg/cinnamon spiciness emerged with a not too subtle evergreen pine hoppiness. Scoring reflects this evolution...very good.

M: Smooth and creamy. Despite an ABV above 8%, alcohol stays hidden. And despite a high level of malty sweetness, it never becomes sticky. Just bittering hops to produce a clean finish.

D: Terrific, easy-drinking stuff! I definitely recommend grabbing some Old Chub if you see it...hey now, did I just write that? Unfortunately I only had one can of it, but I can imagine after a couple more the old chub/junk innuendo is HIGH-larious!!! Again, thanks to Jeff for sending this...and look for the emailed photos coming soon...

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

Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with faint ruby red highlights. Produces a fairly massive, tightly bubbled, thick tan head. Great head retention throughtout the entire glass with some spotty lacing.

Moderately assertive, but very complex aromas of peat smoke, burnt caramel candy, roasted malts, raisin, figs and cocoa greet the nose. Medium mouthfeel; fairly full and chewy but with a light fluffy texture.

Flavor’s a bit more assertive than the aroma profile. Rich, complex notes of burnt caramels, peat -smoked dark roasted malts, dark brown sugar, spices, dark dried fruits, cocoa powder and earth are pleasantly expereinced. Some faint charred oak bourbon notes linger in the background. Alcohol is really an afterthought here with just a hint of warmness. Finish is long with a slight hop/charcoal bitterness.

If you enjoy this style, it’s worth seeking out for sure. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of atsprings
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served a deep black, not quite opaque like a stout, but deep enough. There was a thin head that slowly diminished and left a little spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by black malts. The beer was nice and smooth with black malts dominating. There was the slightest amount of hops WAY in the background, as the case should be with a Scottish ale, this provided for a very enjoyable beer, even for a hophead like me; I must admit, I love a good Scottish ale as a change of pace every now and then. The beer was nice and crisp and the alcohol was slightly present, but not overbearing. This is a very good beer when I want a break from hops.

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Photo of
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can.

Deep mahogany in color with ruby highlights. Crystal clear. A modest, light tan head formed after the pour.

Aroma is a malt bomb to the nose! Caramel, dark fruits - raisins & figs. Where are my hops? Smoke & leather. Alcohol.

Taste brought the alcohol again, not obnoxious but clearly there. More sweet than bitter, back to the raisins and dark fruits. Smoke. Blackstrap molasses. Herbal hop finish.

Heavy body, with medium carbonation. Drying.

Not my favorite style in my current hop phase, but a hell of an impressive beer. Seemed very true to style, and one I will return to in between my hop fixes.

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

Pours out a dark brown that almost looks black from some angles. Tan head is thin and settles to a rim above the glass. Leaves some scant lacing. Smells of a mix of chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, stone fruits, and ever so faint smoked malt. Flavor starts off very fruity with a mix of grape and apples. The middle brings more of a chocolate and roasted character. Finish is dried fruits, tobacco, alcohol, and smoked malts, which all linger on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel leans a bit toward heavy, has an almost sticky quality , and has a smooth, light carbonation. Really good American version of a Scottish ale. A sipper, but still rather drinkable.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark ruby closer to a brown when not against light. Nice lacing and a thick full head. Crystal clear.

S: Such an exceptional smell, I find chocolate and coffee up front as expected with toffee and smokiness in the back. Superbly done with a smell of alcohol present, but very minute.

T: Smoky and rich with a weak taste of chocolate and a milder taste of coffee. I am normally not a big fan of smokiness, but this possesses enough that I can enjoy it without it overpowering the taste.

M: Lighter than I thought it would be, but still a heavy beer compared to the typical. Although it isn't an overpowering heavy feel, it retains the consistancy of a good chewy beer.

D: Pretty good, Im not a huge fan of this style but Oskar Blues has once again make a quality beer and allowed me to buy in cans again without feeling like a total loser. Thank you OB.

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

Poured from the can into a Duvel glass. Ample head, dark color almost opaque. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel. Flavors are a bit more restrained. I was expecting more of a wee heavy type of ale due to the 8%abv. Malts are there, but not as over the top as some other brands. Good dose of hops as well. Highly recommended. Craft brew in a can. What will they think of next?

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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 Erdinger2003
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big head, I poured to rough and had a double pour. The head is fluffy like ice cream and leaves behind a grand lacing. The color is very dark, I can barely see through to the other side. About 7 minutes after the pour the head has gone down into a layer just above the beer, still a little thick in the middle, but no beer exposed from the top. Smell is spicy and aromatic, I smell cinnamin and some other spices. The taste has some clove and is a pretty darn good scottish ale. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and a bit smooth. Overall I would/will have another one of these fine beverages.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a dark appearance, almost black. It glows a deep ruby in the light. The head is slim, made of tan foam that tops it off nicely while holding steady. The aroma has a strong smokiness with notes of caramel and chocolate, plus a raisin/plum fruitiness to compliment. Quite sweet and subtly alcoholic.

The flavor is also quite smoky with plenty of bourbon-like, tawny malt character and hints of coffee and chocolate. Slight hint of bitterness at the finish does well to balance the malt. Smooth, full body with perfect carbonation for the style.

I am less familiar with Scotch Ales and am usually less intrigued by them, however, this brew seemed very enjoyable. Despite being strong on malt, it didn't get overly "sweet" and I was glad for that. Good balance, and complexity of flavors. Recommended...

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

A 12 oz can from a trade with todd1.

A: The ale pours with a dark, coffee-like color with some lighter brown highlights thrown in. The head was large on pour and has laced sporadically.

S: The scotch ale has a thick malty aroma, primarily toffee and nuts, with a hint of smokiness.

T: The flavor is undeniably malty, thick with grainy goodness. It primarily showcases nutty and toffee malts, showing an occasional caramel sweet note. The smokiness in the ale is not intense, but does add a noticeable flavor throughout the sip.

M: The mouthfeel is very filling, full of malty strength from the get go. The slight smokiness adds a nice switch in the profile.

D: Very drinkable, especially from a can! I genuinely hope that more brewers begin to can more of their offerings, as this one can do no wrong.

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

Pours an opaque brown with ruby hints when held to light. Has a 2-finger head that fades relatively quickly, leaving rings of lace. My first experience with this one - hard to believe it poured from a can. The smell is what I expect from a scottish ale - sweet, earthy, hints of caramel, earth. I seem to get a little chocolate in the nose as well. Taste is a nice sweetness up front that fades to an earthy, slightly smokey finish. Avoids the scottish ale trap of finishing overly sweetly - very drikable for its style and ABV. A very solid brew.

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

Wow. By FAR my favorite Scottish Ale in a can... Ok, enough with the sarcasm.

This is a very good beer, the fact that it's in a can puts it even further away from the pack. The appearance, when poured into a glass, is very nice. It's a proper color for a Scotish ale, even if it is lacking a bit in the head department. The smell is a nice, malty affair with perhaps a hint of chocolate nose. The taste seals the deal, a faint undercurrent of smoky flavor comes through, just enough to qualify for the style but not enough to scare off the masses. Good mouthfeel, and for a 8% beer VERY drinkable. I'll try to keep a six of this around.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown, two-finger tan head with good retention and lacing

s - big sweet caramel flavor, roasted malt, dark fruits, not much alcohol evident in the nose

t - quite sweet at the start with a big caramel flavor, some brown sugar, roasted malt, slight bitterness, raisin flavor, once again, not much alcohol in the taste

m - medium-to-full-bodied, creamy, low carbonation, would like to see a tad bit more, slightly dry finish

d - this can went down pretty fast, does not taste like an 8% beer, perhaps the sweetness would limit drinkability somewhat

Solid brew overall, though this isn't one of my favorite styles. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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

Canned...just like everything Mom's spring house.

Nearly opaque brown with some garnet highlights. Inch high tan head slims down to a coating that lasts 'till the end.

The smell is an earthy, roasted aroma of caramel, chocolate, peat, light smoke, raisins and other dark fruits. Smells like you could slice off a chunk and chew it.

Smokiness comes out a touch more in the flavor...but it's not overbearing. Nice roasted malts, smoked peat, dark fruit, and some sweet caramel. Yum.

Almost full bodied, yet light on the carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste let's you know that they did throw some hops in there. Another great canned beer. Hopefully, other breweries will follow suit.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown brew with a tan head. Nice trails of lacing. Smell is very malty. Faint alcohol note. Taste is somewhat sweet but not over the top. Malt has a caramel note. Also some smokeyness in the finish on the taste. Little bit of a grainy mouthfeel and some more of the alcohol note in the finish. Overall a very nice beer. Big thanks goes out to Cisco for passing this one along. Was pleasantly surprised to find this one in PA.

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Photo of Gatch
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally went out and found some Old Chub. At $5.99 a 6-pack, I'll be drinking this much more in the future.
A - A deep brown w/ a wicked thick, tall head.
S - Roasted malt & molasses. A lot like a brown ale.
T - Sweet, roasted malt. Molasses, brown sugar, and subtle hops show up as well. Only a slight alcohol bite, but it's nice after the sweetness of the malt.
M - The alcohol creates a warm mouthfeel. The sweetness is not overwhelming at all and the malt has a nice smoky feel.
D - Incredible drinkability. Now that I've drank Old Chub in a glass, I can't wait to crack open a nice cold can of this great beer. I drank it at a pretty warm temperature and it was outstanding.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite the off the wall presentation, this ale was a great surprise. It poured a glossy amber brown with some nice lace and sticky malt aromas. Smooth going down, not mild at all- very strong malts, sugary but not too sweet. Sticky on the back end, with some watery hop to bite at the sweetness of the malt. All around very decent and it hides the relatively high ABV very well.

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Photo of pavandal
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into my pint glass a nice crimson, almost purple color with a 1 inch creamy head on top.

Smell reveals lots of roasted smells, with a nice soft fruity hop profile.

Taste. Oh yeah! This is great stuff. A nice fruity start, with some roasted malts and a crisp finish. Lovely.

I'm picking more of this up. right away!

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Photo of Neehan
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've poured one from the ole can...

A- Very nice, good thick head with nice retention. Head is fluffy with good character and along for the entire ride.

S- Definite malts on the forefront. Light in character with an ever-so-slight burnt component. Minimal spices-- not enough to fill the nose, but just enough to let you know they are there.

T- Very smooth, light at first with a nice complementing bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste. Quick transition from sweet to bitter.

M- Very mild and easy. Watery in character due to the very low carbonation but with a bit of fluff added due to the remaining head.

D- Good due to the light texture and smooth finish.

Pretty good stuff here. A perfect choice of a six-pack to split between 2-3 friends in a sitting... just make sure everyone has a ride afterward.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can

Pours a rich dark brown with reddish highlights. A medium cocoa head forms and thins. Spotted lacing on the glass.

Aroma has distinct toasted nuttiness and molasses with a light smokiness and herbal hop smell.

Taste is nutty with lots of molasses flavor, but not very sweet. A mild smokiness appears along with a medium bitterness and light herbal hop flavor. Bitterness lingers.

Full body, creamy texture.

Another solid craft beer in a can! I'm digging this new trend. Anyway, this is a nice Scottish ale I had no problems consuming. I like that it's on the dark end of the style (or beyond), but would prefer just a few less IBUs and a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of umfskibum
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany body, nice sized creamy tan head. Quite a beautiful beer from this little can.

S: This sucker is all malt in the nose. Chocolate and caramel come to the fore. Slightest note of alcohol.

T: Big ol' malts, just like the aroma suggested. No bitterness and very little hop flavor, but caramel malt and some smokiness come to the fore. Slightly sweet. Tastes quite a bit like an nut brown ale.

M: Creamy, thick and chewy. This beer feels awesome in the mouth, and has a lot of body to it. Sparse carbonation tickles the tongue, but isn't overpowering.

D: Quite a drinkable brew. Has some nice warmth and mouthfeel, and a full enough taste to want to go back for more. If not the best beer I've had, a really enjoyable and drinkable beer I'd get again.

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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 adowney523
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a can. Almost jet-black with a big tan head.

Smells of brown sugar and molasses.

Huge malt body in the taste. Sweet molasses and chocolate fades to a slight hop bitterness and some alcohol burn.

A great beer. Deceptively strong. Love the can!

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Photo of Atlas1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn. I never knew canned beer could be so good.

Poured into a little belgian snifter from the can. Wow. A deep ruby-black color with a thick and creamy one-finger head. No real lace as the beer dissipates, and the head thins out quite a bit, but I am really pleased at how nicely this pours from the can. Malty, sweet, bitter aroma. Caramel with some vanilla and molasses. Sweet, but with a pungent hoppy, coffee bitterness in it. This smell has lots of character. Tastes sweet and hoppy and delicious. Raisins and prunes with a tart accent. Coffee finish. Man, this beer is done right. Even tastes good straight from the can. I think this is the first beer I've ever reviewed that I've given a straight, across-the-board 4 to. Old Chub, indeed.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.