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: 1,569
Hads: 4,778
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 202
Gots: 843 | 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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