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: 1,553
Hads: 4,690
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 184
Gots: 773 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of Litterbean
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with a large, off-white head.

The smell is sweet and full-bodied. A bit of smokiness, but hard to detect. Hints of creaminess, bready notes, and black cherries, plus an alcoholic scent.

Sweet, malty taste, thick and packed with flavor. Silky smooth on the palate, with an alcohol spiciness that imparts a cherry-like flavor. Damned easy to drink and a very good beer. (395 characters)

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

Got lucky and found a sixer of this beer at a grocery store for 6.99 and couldn't pass it up after reading the reviews on this site. The beer poured a very dark brown color with a 1 finger head that dissipated only slightly. The aroma was very malty and chocolatey with a slight whiff of smoked malts too. Taste was malty sweet and caramelly with notes of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, smoke and a faint hop spiciness in the finish. Hops were very subdued as they should be for the style. The beer had a medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability was high. 8% alcohol was not evident. Another winner from the canned beer microbrewery. Now, if only I could find "Gordon", their DIPA. (689 characters)

Photo of LeeMarvin
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I still have my reservations about the health issues associated with drinking from aluminum cans, I generally forget those when I get my hands on a six of Old Chub. It's worth the risk.

Scotch Ales are generally not something I can drink in excess of two in a sitting, but not so with this beer. It's drinkability is amazing for such a thick, hearty beverage. It's taste is complex and satisfying but the can prevents you from taking it so seriously that you have to drink it in a special ritual. It's a fun beer that's easy to get your Bud/Miller/Heineken drinking friends to try. (591 characters)

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

"Psst" goes the can. Our pours a muddied garnet brown body with a finger of sudsy, medium cocoa brown head. Good lacing. Nose is caramelly with brown sugar dates, and lightly smoked, peaty edge. Toasted, caramelly, mapley, brown sugary malts up front. Peat malt detectable. Rounded, bitterness mellowed out by dates and meat in the finish. Nice! Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Another good can of beer from Oskar Blues. Now I just need to find me some Gordon! Perfect for that ski yurt trip. (497 characters)

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

12-pack of 12-ounce cans from Vineland Liquors in Westminster, CO, for $11.99: a surprising bargain!
Sensational looking beer, with darkest amber/opaque cola color and only a hint of red around the edge with a thick and chunky two-finger light tan head that settles into a solid rocky long-lasting lid with good lacing.

Great smell of dark chocolate and figs, espresso and malted malt. Overt malty aroma is noticeable from several feet away. Wow.

Taste is chocolate malt, espresso, more caramel malt and a hint of pepper and spice. Very very nice. So smooothly maltalicious.

What a great sticky slurpy mouthfeel.

Perilously drinkable: 8.0%?!?! No way.

What a great beer from Oskar Blues. Get some if you can find it. (732 characters)

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

What a great beer! It's reasonably priced and portable because it's one of the few great craft beers in a can.
Pours a dark brown color. I'd actually compare it to a porter visually. Still has the typical Scottish red highlights, but is darker than most.
Smells like brown sugar, alcohol, smoke, and a little bit of cherry-like sweetness. Funny enough, it also has a vanilla smell that is usually only present in oak aged or vanilla-flavored brews.
Flavor is outstanding. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had, period. The depth of flavor reminds me of a really nice doppelbock, but with a smokiness and a thick chocolate overtone mixed in. Lots of sweet fruit and sugars spring up in the finish. There's also kind of a cigar or tobacco flavor in there. Absolutely wonderful tasting.
Mouthfeel is great for drinking any time. It goes down easy and isn't too thick, but the flavor lingers like very few beers can.
Drinkability is HUGE for a beer this potent. Compared to the other brews in this genre (or Scotch Ale, which this brew feels closer to) this one feels like it's 1/2 strength in spite of it being a supercharged 8%.
Not only is this arguably the best canned beer in the world...it's one of my overall favorites, too. I keep this on hand at all times and is one of the few beers I just keep buying over and over.
HIGHLY recommended. (1,355 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with no freshness date. It pours with a thick, dark (unfiltered?) brown body and a small brownish head that reduces to a collar, leaving little lacing. The smell is smoky and earthy/woody with peat malts, toffee, buttery/butterscotch diacetyl, caramel/chocolate malts, and hints of whiskey. Overall soft, inviting, and quite aromatic. The taste follows suit with the addition of coffee and a mild bitterness from the leafy/green hops, on top of a medium body that is smooth and drying, leaving a medium finish. Oskar Blues has impressed me again... and ya gotta love those cans. (589 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very a very dark brown to mahogany color. A creamy off white to tan head gives some great lacing. What a wonderfull suprise to see a beer look like this out of a can.
Caramel, chocolate/toffee aroma with a hint of roasted malts.
Taste definately has some roasted malt quality. A bit of bitterness hits the back of the mouth, but it is more of a coffee like bitterness.
Medium to full bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Okay traction to this one, but a bit chewy.
Higher in ABV, but this one is a drinkable beer. Again I say what a nice suprise to see something like this out of a can. (594 characters)

Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a can a very dark brown, with a creamy two finger head. Foam slowly dissapates, leaving behind abundant lacing.

Aroma is hugely malty, with notes of fresah bread, caramel, and burnt sugars. Quite nice.
Flavor is full of caramel and malt sweetness, with a bit of roasted malt bitterness on the finish. Seems to be almost devoid of hops, but is quite pleasant. Only slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is chewy and full. Despite the 8%, this is very easy to drink.

Oskar Blues once again shows that it's possible for good beer to come out of a can. (554 characters)

Photo of jaluria
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Though I do enjoy Scottish ales, they have never been one of my favorites. Well, that has changed since having this beer.

Poured a dark brown (almost black) color with a soft and relatively thin mocha colored head. Just a touch of carbonation seems to have been added to this beer; giving it a slightly higher viscosity and consistency. Rings as well as spots of lacing were left behind in my glass. Aromas of chocolate, freshly ground coffee beans, blackened toast, and syrup seemed to come out. These aromas blend together so well, they almost create a singular scent; one of roasted or smoked sweets; absolutely enticing. The taste was just incredible with the roasted/smoked flavors pushing through ever so slightly behind the sweet malt flavors. A touch of hops added balance and contrast. Over time, the chocolate flavors (dark and milk) seemed to intensify, adding another element of sweetness. The texture was creamy and smooth without being overly porous or milky as is sometimes the case. Neither from the taste nor the aroma would I have known the ABV of this beer was 8%...completely hidden in the sweet flavors. Having had one can, I longed for another one, but decided not to since this beer is not available in my area.
I'm definitely going to have this again and again; perhaps next time with a biscotti or semi-sweet pastry. (1,345 characters)

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

Served in a pubglass. Pours with a nice crimison/chocolate brown color and a thick beige/tan head that lasts throughout drinking. Moderate circular lacing. Medium body. Looks mighty sharp.

Smells strongly of carmel/toffee maltiness, coffee and smokiness.

Taste as smells. Very malty and smooth. Slight overoasted coffee taste that was not offensive. Very little hops present in taste. It had a cracker jack carmel/vanilla/toffee presence to it.

It has a very nice mouthfeel to it, it could have been a little chewier for my preferences. Not oily. Not very dry on the backtaste. Deceptively drinkable. It goes down very easily and I wasn't aware of the alcohol content until after I drank it. A very nice scottish ale indeed. (733 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can. No best by date.


Pours a brilliant deep brown with hints of claret. A thin quarter inch tight tan head sits adrift on top.


Smoked peat bog, old scotch malt with hints of sweetness.


Chewy, sticky mouthfeel lead off this sweet malty ride. Some notes of burnt caramel along with a touch of coffee due to roasted malts. Slightly bitter finish. (408 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wasn’t sure this one would measure up to the hype, but it actually exceeded my expectations. From the can, it pours a garnet-like, brownish, shimmering liquid with a shallow but blanketing tan head. Nice lace. The aroma explodes with toasted malt, caramel, and toffee smells. A bit of wood and some smoke qualities round out the smell. The taste is full of malt, but not too sweet. It’s exceptionally well done. Toasted malt and bread-crust flavors mingle all the way through the experience, and into the finish. The finish is lingering and full of roasted character. Very clean and extremely drinkable. (607 characters)

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

I had heard good things about this one, and so I decided to pick one up when I saw it. I wondered if the can added or decreased it's novelty as a beer.

The appearance is dark with some reddish overtones. Light head that remains as you sip.

The taste didn't have much in the line of hops, which suits the style of beer. There was caramel and chocolate flavors with some smooth alcohol present. Very easy to drink for it's ABV. Creamy mouthfeel that is quite pleasant.

Overall, a great beer. Far superior to many other canned options, especially non-nitro options. Worth trying more than one. (599 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber/brown, Has a very malty nose, no real hop prsence to speak of. Also has a tanish head, very frothy, that laces rather nicely.

Taste is malty, and don't you forget it. You can get the chocolate/carmel matls, mixed with the smoked peat aftertaste, howeve, this baby is matl city. Makes a nice winter/fall bee Like I siad, has a nice smokey prcence, mixed with vanilla and malts. Has a kind of a chewy mouthfeel.

For a can this is damn good. I have had cans from DG Yuengling & Sons, as well as slyfox, and this definet;y rates up there can-wise (567 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark amber coloration. The beer has a thick tan head with major retention. The beer leaves rings of lacing on my glass.

Smell: The beer is majorly malty. The beer smell consist of caramel, chocolate and smoked malt. Hops really arent much of a player in this beer.

Taste: The beer is taste like the smell. The beer is a serious malt bomb. The beer has a nearing butterscotch combo of caramel, vanilla and chocolateyness. The beer has a good smoked prescence. Hops again play almost no part in the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer is even slightly chewy. This is a dam fine malty beer. This beer is highly drinkable. I didnt have a clue about ABV of 8%. I wouldnt drink this from the can as it deserves a glass. (825 characters)

Photo of edskirk3
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 12-pack of 12oz cans last weekend, and I've been drinking about a can a day since then. Each can, including the one I just now opened, has opened without a hiss of carbonation. To produce any kind of head, I've been pouring straight down the glass.

The color is dark cola, with a beige head. The head wears down to a thin layer and appears to be sticky, with a small bit of lacing. There's an aroma of dark malts (mostly chocolate) and smoke.

Don't expect any hop presence when drinking this stuff. It's quite malty. And again, it's all dark malts. Chocolate, caramel, and smoked malts. After a few sips, there's a cigar-like aftertaste. This sort of hides the 8% alcohol. Mouthfeel is like light syrup.

It's the middle of June, so right away I'm thinking this isn't a good ale for the summer. This was also my first Scottish-style ale, and I do see some whiskey similarities in the palate but this isn't as complex. It's pretty much smokey chocolate. (971 characters)

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

Chestnut/cola colour, dark and clear, with a dark tan head composed of fine bubbles. Plenty of lacing and decent retention, even after the foam fell to a ring. Aromas of caramel and toffee dominated, but a mild chocolate and roast completed the malt profile. Peat and charcoal character grew as it warmed and were very well balanced with the malt. Very malty and sweet, caramel and toffee, with low bitterness. Light smokiness and dried fruit as well, with chocolate growing in the finish. Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation, creamy texture with light alcohol warmth towards the end. A solid beer all around, enjoyable and easy to drink. This complemented my dinner very well (BBQ brisket). I'll recommend this to some friends who enjoy Scottish-style and smoked beers. (776 characters)

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

Thanks to hoppedup for this can!

Appearance: Dark beer with ruby highlights. Superb head that lingered and laced throughout the pint.

Aroma: Roasted sweet malt. Caramel, laced with a slight hint of chared wood chips. Maybe a touch of vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste: Nice full mouthfeel. The malt flavor comes through very solidly, but there is a hint of hop presence left on the tongue to balance out the sweetness. The flavors of toasted bread and carmellized sugars make for a very nice balanced beer.

Notes: Someone put Scotland in a can! Very nice beer. The alcohol doesn't show through like I expected. This could be a very dangerous beer to drink a sixer of, because it would sneak up on you. (709 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scottish Style Ale in a can... you gotta love it. I had tried the Dale Pale Ale a few weeks ago and had to give Old Chub a shot. It was worth it. Even though it came in I had to pour this one into a glass to try.

Pours a deep mahogany in color with a tan head that settles. Decent nose with aromas of chocolate, raisin and caramel. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth and not quite as "heavy" as I was expecting. That chocolate from the aroma is very apparent in the taste. Awesome milk chocolate flavor dominates the palate. A little unusual for a Scottis Ale, but incredibly delicious non-the-less. Some brown sugar and molasses. Plenty of malt sweetness here. I didn't detect the smokiness as much as I have in other Scottish Ales, but that's not a huge detractor.
Great offering and it's availability in a can, makes in even more interesting. (850 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can nearly black. In low light I'm sure it would appear as black. Held to the light it's reddish brown, the red gleaming like a ruby. Head is almost brown as well. Nose is a wave of buttery diacetyl. I like diacetyl, but this was just a tad too much. There's a hint of caramel sugar but it's lost amidst the butter. Taste isn't as sweet as I'd like my scottish ales. I get a bit of barely sweet caramel, butter, and that's about it. I long for more in the taste dept since I love this style. The lacing all the way down is a nice touch though. It's heavenly carbonated but the bubbles feel almost delicate. Very nice. It glides over the tongue. Drinkability isn't so high. Even though I'm far from Scotland I can find better alternatives locally for this style. (777 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.16/5  rDev -21%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is dark brown in color with a tall tan head that retains and laces well.
Its aroma mostly of caramel malt with a bit of chocolate as well.
The flavor is very sweet with chocolate and crystal malt flavors which seem to stick to ones tongue just a little too much for my likings. There is also a bit of roastyness as well.
Mouth feel is on the verge of syrupy and is generously carbonated.

Overall, this is made of quality, but it is just too sweet for my likings. The aftertaste just seems sugary. (513 characters)

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

I was surprized to see this at my local grocery. More surprized that it is 8%ABV. Even more surprized that it is only$7.50/6-pack. Most surprising is that this Scottish Ale in a can is one of the best I've ever had!

Very dark mahogany brown pour supports a dense 2 fingers of wheat-hued fluff that retains nicely and leaves delicate spiderwebs of lace.

Aroma is dark and roasty, with plenty of toasted grain notes, lots of bittersweet chocolate notes, and a delicate, but definate presence of peat-like smoke. Nose is actually quite complex as it warms.

Flavor is an impressive medly of sticky, roasty malts, scorched caramel, brown sugar, chocolate pudding, chewy black bread, stewed raisins, and wonderfully subtle smoke. There is a nice hop finish with notes of grass and earthy herbs.

Body is damn near large on this one, with tiny bubbles of carbonation supporting a creamy, slick, dextrinous mouthfeel. Not a trace of the 8% until my second can, when I get unexpectadly relaxed and docile. Great beer in a can, let the revolution begin! (1,054 characters)

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

Poured from an aluminum can into a pint glass.
Dark brown to ruby in color with copious sticky tan colored head that retains for the entire session.
Caramel and smoke aromas.
This beer is malt heavy with a nice mixture of flavors. Chocolate, roasted, and caramel malts. There must be some hops in there somewhere to balance all this out, but I don't taste them. A very nice smokey finish and after taste. This would be a five if a small bit of the sweetness was replaced by some hop bitterness.
Very thick and heavy in the mouth. Very filling. Drinkable b/c it's tasty, but I could only drink one or two b/c it's so filling.
I have finally found my camping beer!!! (669 characters)

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