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: 183
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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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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to sampling some of the Oskar Blues stuff after hearing pretty good things about their brews, but I have to say I wasn't that impressed overall with the Old Chub.

It pours a nice enough brownish amber colour with a medium sized frothy head that leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is primarily malty, with chocoalte and earth being the primary culprits. There'sa hint of caramel sweetness as well, and also a somewhat unpleasant aroma of what I can only describe as sweaty socks/dirty feet. It really took away from the other aromas present here.

The flavour is a pretty good mix of chocolate, caramel and earth with a touch of caramel and a faint hint of roasted malt as well. Hops make a brief appearance here and there as well, but this one is basically all malt all the time. The "dirtiness" that is present in the aroma is only mildly apparent in the flavour. I wasn't crazy about the mouthfeel at all: it's full bodied but also very oily and greasy at times and just didn't sit right with me.

Overall, this could be a good brew if some things were changed up a bit. I have a can of Dale's Pale Ale in the fridge and am hoping it's better than this one, which wasn't bad but just didn't hit the mark for me. (1,266 characters)

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

Old Chub poured clear mahogany topped by a tall, thick, light tan head. It had a sweet aroma of maple, vanilla, and orange sherbet. Flavors notes of toffee and butterscotch were balanced with a little tartness and bitterness. Body was in the middle range with medium-low carbonation.

Old Chub is a malty, flavorful beer. Bitterness is just a minor player here. If you are a hophead, this won't make your top ten list. Don't let the can scare you, you're pouring it into a glass anyway. (488 characters)

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

It came to me a dense mahogany, ruby in lighter spots. A finger of light tan head soon dwindled to a film of froth. Lacing was liberal inside the glass.

The aroma was rich with the sweetness of roasted malt, wafting caramel and a lighter note of cocoa. Also, way in the back, was the merest feather of smokey peat.

Upon sipping, the malt came fast and heavy, strongly sweet and washing along swirls of caramel, toffee, and a lesser eddy of light chocolate. The center was wound around a rather gentle bit of alcohol, along with an understated peat character. The finish dried nicely, with the hops sensed on the palate more as a sensation than a flavor. It's quite simple, a well-blended malty scotch beast.

Medium bodied, it felt heavier still due to the syrupy malt sweetness, and do coated softly.

The aroma set the stage for some serious malt assault, and the flavor came through. In no way complex, it used the KISS method to deliver a sweet, malt-bomb experience that was pretty much nothing but enjoyable. The hops were there as behind the scenes mitigators, and did their job admirable. It went down hella smooth, and welcomed an encore. Though, the ABV is quite well disguised, and I could see an issue for the uninitiated. It may step off the reservation a bit style-wise, but it's well worth it. Good beer in a can...this is a trend one has to like. (1,376 characters)

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. (2,223 characters)

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

Pours a deep red-caramel color. Huge 2 inch head. This actually had foam coming out of the can as soon as I popped it, so maybe I handled it too aggressively. Beautiful lacing. (Note: often a head like this results in a flat beer and that is definitelty not the case here now that I've been drinking it.)

The smell is all caramel. Not a burnt caramel smell or a citrus malt smell, but just a rich butterscotch/caramel. Smells great.

Maybe the tastiest scottish ale I've ever had. A very rich, very buttery caramel, with a mild and very tasty alcohol finish. I can't stress enough how buttery and rich the flavor is. Aweomse. There's a peaty (hops?) flavor as well, reminding me of my favorite single malts scotches (Lagavulin, Talisker, etc.).

Mouthfeel is a nice and thick, full bodied, the soft but full carbonation making it very creamy and warming throughout due to the alcohol content.

I am kicking myself for not having tried this before. I will be stocking up on this stuff at every chance. The verdict is in now that I'm half way through this- hands down the best scottish ale I've ever had. Highly recommended! (1,132 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't sure what to expect from this one when I spotted it in the store, seeing that it's a canned Scottish ale, maybe the only one of its kind. Taking a chance on a six pack, it proved to be decent enough. Not the best but not bad by any stretch. I tried it both from the can and poured into a pint glass, and the glass is certainly better though the can is serviceable. The nose is caramel and malty as might be expected. The taste of roasted malt combined with a little smokiness upfront makes for a nice flavor profile, but it ends up just a little too sweet. Not sure if I could drink a few of these in a row, but one or two are quite agreeable. (650 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very exciting to see Oskar brew in North Carolina and even better that I saw it yesterday in my local grocery store. First time I had an Oskar beer was at the World Beer festival in Durham while I had this one Saturday at the Hickory Hops festival. Also, hear these guys have been visiting the local beer supporters in this state. In other words, I'm showing a strong support for this brewery, and the great beers have helped in the decision.

Nice Coca Cola color and malt characteristics. (501 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a dark brown to deep red color with a smaller tan head and moderate lacing. Smokey nose with a bit of a cocoa edge to it. Slight scotch alcohol burn. Taste has more of that cocoa powder maltyness in it. There's an intensity of malt flavors up front. Lots of variation of chocolates in here. Sweet honey bread taste and dark fruits compliment the chocolate. An earthy hoppy flavor and peat smoke slip in. Not too strong but they add another element to the flavor profile. Finish is a bit smoky, slightly alcoholic tasting, but still quite sweet and more caramelly. This is dessert in a can. I would love to have this while out on Lake Michigan or golfing. (673 characters)

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

Old Chub

Appearance- thick reddish black with a head that overflowed the glass. Extreme lacing and the head lasted til the last sip.
Smell- peat moss, fresh cut grass, and burnt caramel malt.
Taste- sweet smokey/ burnt caramel malt with an equal balance of prune/ raisin/ cherry flavor.
Mouthfeel- Very thick and sweet up front but tapering of to a fruity sweet creaminess.

Overall- The best, if not only, Scottish Ale in a can. For a canned beer this is phenomenal! I think this beer should be poured in a glass and drank. Good sipping beer! (551 characters)

Photo of AndrewCrestline
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I would have to say this was quite a bit darker than I thought it would be. When she brought me a 20 glass of very dark ale I was very happy. I think that the smell was a great indicator of what I was in store for. It had a rich coco smell with a very earthy undertone. When I drank the first beer I thought that the legs where very nice considering the low carbonation for this beer. As I drank the second one I noticed how boozy this beer is. I had just started my second when I felt a little buzz. I will be going back soon for another. (539 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker than I expected, but a dark, opaque color that was very appealing. Rich texture to it. Medium head.

S: Light roasted smell, like coffee. A lot of depth to it.

T: Rich notes of chocolate or coffee. Strong but not overpowering. Could really taste the grain in it, too, which is what I like about this style. Slight bitter finish that didn't show up until halfway through the pint. The bitterness balanced well with the sweetness of the grain and coffee.

M: Slightly creamy texture. Rolled nicely on the tongue. Poured at the perfect temperature for an early spring evening.

D: Great for heavy sipping. I went back to the pub the next evening and ordered another Old Chub. (691 characters)

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

I found this surprise at Oak Knoll public golf course here in Salem being sold in 12 oz. aluminum cans. I poured mine into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a deep amber with big craggy head that let great, large bubbled lacing down the side of the glass. Nose was big brown sugary malt. Excellent smelling beer. Upon trying the first sip, the temperature at which the beer was sold to me manifested itself as being too cold. I waited five minutes...

The beer improved after warming. The flavors were big malts with a subdued smokiness among them. The alcohol slowly makes its way to the service.

Notes: A high quality scottish ale available in a can. If berweries more breweries were willing to start putting their products in cans, the stigma that follows cans might finally start to wane. (805 characters)

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

This beer was a deep, intense clear ruby-red with a dense, creamy one-finger head. Very nice.

Aroma was of rich darker malts, hints of roasted malts and a mild smokiness being apparent.

Taste was of rich dark malts, with a nice light roasted malt aftertaste. No bitterness to speak of... and of course, no hop character.

Mouthfeel was smooth, and it felt much more carbonated than it looked.

Drinkability was pretty good. A nice quality beer, and as the brewer believes, if you put a good quality beer in a can, you'll get a good quality beer out. (560 characters)

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

Perfect upon pour. Deep dark brown in colour, with a 1" resilient beige rocky head. Tons of lacing... fabulous.

Huge chocolate tones. Much larger than I was expecting from this style. Lots of nuttiness and roasted malt. A smooth caramel is also perceptable. If this tastes anything like it smells and looks, it will be a winner.

Big rich nutty taste and large mocha tones dominate this brew. While not as complex as I could have wanted, it is still quite nice.

Big, thick and chewy. Low carbonation levels.... just immensely thick and creamy.

The drinkability is impaired somewhat by its thickness, but as for quality, this one is a new favourite. The 8% is nowhere to be found amid the rich tones of this brew. Absolutely stellar. (744 characters)

Photo of marinobrew
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Oscar Blues is outstanding!
This is a well balanced scotch wee-heavy ale.
Appearance is deep mahogony with some red hues, the head is a tightly laced off-white to light tan head, but it dissipates quicky. Leaves thick lacing in the glass.
Nose is subtle with blends of sweet caramel malts light smoke, and chocolate.
Mouth feel is smooth and medium thick. Big flavors are structured over a medium carbonation. There are hints of chocolate, cashews, coffee, and licorice in this glass. You are relaxed with a soft chest warming from the alcohol, a lingering soft bitter and coating on the tongue. Smooth as silk!
I cannot believe this is in a can. (671 characters)

Photo of seedee17
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice suprise to find a craft beer in a can other than a nitro-type ale. But the fact that it comes in a can is not that important when compared to the quality of the brew. The color of the beer is a deep brick red, with a nice tan head that sticks around until the end of the beer. A huge aroma of roasted malty caramel, cocoa, and a hint of alcohol to let you know this is a fairly big beer. Great flavors you'd expect from a quality Scottish ale, sweet smoky malts, with a little bit of a tang, alcohol is pretty well hidden. I look forward to bringing these on campouts (579 characters)

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 (498 characters)

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. (601 characters)

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

A very dark brown beer with deep mahogony highlights. Has a big thick (spoonable) foamy dark beige head ( there was always a thin creamy bit of head all thru the glass). The aroma of sweet caramel malty goodness erupts from the glass. With just a hint of smoke in the background. The sweet caramel note hug the tip of your tongue while the roasted malt bitterness nips at the sides. The finish is a nice combo of easy bitterness and a smooth smokey note. Tasty. (461 characters)

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

Chocolate soda flavored with caramel. There's a slightly metallic thing going on that I don't think has anything to do with this having come from the can. Something to do with crystal malts? Whatever the case, there is a decided, slightly discordant twang in here that I found a bit annoying.
The over all flavor profile is about right for the style, more towards the Wee Heavy side. This may be more drinkable for the style than I am giving it credit for but I wasn't too impressed.
Good to see another craft brew in a can, though. (534 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. No freshness date.
It pours a nearly impenetrable root beer/mahogany color with a fast fading beige head.
The typical Scottish Ale sweet malty aroma fades too quickly. A light damp grain bin smell is in the background.
Tastes of brown bread and molasses dominate, making the brew a bit overly sweet. A light metallic tang and slight tea-like bitterness is no match for the big sweet malt. A pleasant rummy fuminess provides a nice alcoholic breath. (461 characters)

Photo of joeskirkie
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Right away this is the darkest beer I've poured from a can without a widget. It's a thick cola black with a respectable biege head.

Aroma says dry caramel breadyness I would venture to say burnt toast with cinnamon and even malted milk

The flavor tells me carmelized sugar, it's very malty alright, chocolatey and such. Theres a light bite in the finish that carries some of that cinnamon malted milk aroma I was try to describe. Boy this is interesting.

It's a medium to full body. I like it and do want more of it, not the most wise of sessions, but oh well.

Well done Old Chub. (593 characters)

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

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a complex malt scent that boasts of crystal, chocolate, and peated malts. It has a sweet malt aroma with a smokey, peated feel; very nice. The taste is good. It has a smooth and rich malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes roasted with some sweet burnt toffee aftertastes. This beer comes in at 8% abv., but it hides it well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the aroma and taste. It has just enough peated malt to give it that slightly smokey edge, but it is dominated with sweet crystal and chocolate malts. (702 characters)

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

Brown black color lets a little bit of light through. Completely unexpected out of a can. This beer proves a can...can be good. Great sheets of tan cream colored lace cover the glass. Smells nicely malted with thick malts and caramel, toffee notes. Taste and mouthfeel are what make this beer so awesome. Rich smooth texture loaded with milky malts and nice roasty bitter. A little bit of sweet smoke mingled into the creamy caramel, coffee and chocolate. Layers of malts create a rich velvety mouth. Low carb and great mouth feel make this very drinkable.

So easy to drink I'll have to drink more. (601 characters)

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

Dark ruby-brown with a smooth creamy light tan head. Rich caramel malt aroma...lightly toasted. Intense malty sweet flavor - caramel and light roasted chocolate malts. Creamy, full, and smooth in the mouth with a dry finish.

I saw the cans and I couldn't resist. Suprisingly good...very full and rich. Don't fear the can...the can is good. (342 characters)

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