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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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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 cbak999
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dale's big brother - the Old Chub Scottish Ale. In my opinion, this is how a Scottish Ale should taste - sweet but not too sweet, just enough to hide the 8%ABV. Pours a dark brown, alomst black, with a light brown head that lasts.
Smell is of many sugars and sweets.
Similar to Dale's Pale, it under carbonated for my liking - but must be the can thing.
Taste is awesome! This beer is very drinkable - and they sneak up quickly on you! Beware!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown, light black with brown highlights and a 2 finger tan head.

S - Chocolate, toffee and caramel. Nice and malty.

T - Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, slightly nutty, a hint of bitterness from the hops rounded out by a touch of smoke on the finish. The different flavors blend together nicely.

M - Medium to heavy bodied and slightly creamy with a dry bitter finish.

D - The ABV is well hidden. Another fine Oskar Blues beer in a can. It it nice to have good beers for tailgaiting or boating where bottles don't work as easy.

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

You can drink this right from the can and it tastes great! This time around though i poured it into my pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown color with a nice tan head. The aroma is very rich. Chocolate, caramel and loads of malt.The taste is fairly complex, kind of like a very flavorful stout. The caramel, chocolate and coffee flavor works very well together. The mouthfeel is moderate to full and is incredibly smooth.Virtually no bitterness is detected as the hops are covered up by the dominating malt. The alcohol is barel detectable. VERY drinkable.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drink beer from a CAN? You must be mad, sir! Or so I thought, when I saw this staring unobtrusively from the beer cooler at Lone Star Liquor Company in Breckenridge (cool name, by the way). But the guy behind the counter swore by it, so I bought a sixer. Whoof. This is one damned fine brew. Pours that deep, satisfying ruby-mahogany color you'd expect. You can smell the malt. Tastes delicious, malty, sweet, just a background trace of hops (those Scots emphasize the malt over the hops). But be careful: at 8% abv, this beer will sneak up on you! I can now safely say, Drink beer from a CAN? Why yes, I believe I will, thanks!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The almost stout-like aroma features a lot of malt and a bit of smoke. The taste is much like the smell with a lot of dark roasted malt flavors and a nice smokey and bitter finish that features some warming from the alcohol. Overall, this is a rather enjoyable brew that does a pretty decent job of hiding its high alcohol content. I would recommend and certainly have no objections to trying this brew again.

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

Bottle Inspection: It’s a can! Lists 8% abv., very mild carbonation release at opening, but foamed nicely on the pour.

Aroma: Rich malt, some mild peat, and a bit of maple syrup.

Appearance: Thin cover of tan with an interesting darker inner ring along the edge of the glass. Good clarity in the dark brown glass.

Flavor: Earthy with chocolate, peat, chocolate malt and a mild hop note. Really nice blending of all those flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a mild chew, firm carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable brew. Hard to say it’s better than Dale’s Pale, just different. I’d take either one any day.

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

Popping the can and pouring reveals a liquid of a very dark, rich brown, almost coffee-black, with a collar of foam. Aromas are rich and balanced, and evocative of chocolate, fudge, and vanilla. Very smooth and silky on the tongue, with subdued carbonation that's only big enough to add a touch of sharpness to an otherwise thick, could-be-sludgy beer. The taste is just right for the style, with robust chocolate malt and vanilla notes balanced by moderate bitterness. Very well done. Not exactly sessionable due to the high ABV, but certainly a very good beer for a special occasion or even every day drinking (in small amounts).

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Photo of jhicks12
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish black color. with dark tan head

Smell: Nice roasted malty with some chocolate notes

Taste: Taste like it smells very nice malt flavor and just enough hops to balance.

Drinkability: Very nice Scottish Ale Nice malt character and nice warming from alcohol

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

Poured beer into tumbler from can at 48 degrees. Beer was black with a nice brown head. Beer smelled really good like a nut brown ale that had been made right in front of ya. Nuts and toffee and Chocolate oozzed from this brew. Taste was good, but a wee bit tight on the alcohole. If it had a wee bit less of that I think the flavor would reall jump out. I will say that I will try this brew again.

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

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this one.

A: What chocolate coke would look like. Not a lot of light is getting through this one. Carbonation seemed weak at first but the quality quarter inch tan head that has maintained is doing it justice.

S: Peat, ruby red fruit, bakers cocoa, smoke and licorice.

T: Starts with a really nice balance of gentle milk chocolate and a lick of smoke in the center of the tongue. Marion berry tickles the tip while salty peat slides across the sides. As the beer warms, the flavors become much more pronounced with red fruits, malt balls and caramel coming on strongest. Finishes with a small hop bite, earthy characteristics and plum sweetness.

M: Medium body, thin mouthfeel for a scottish ale.

D: Nice beer, especially for one in a can. Good balance, not overwhelming in any one direction. And the alcohol does a great job of hiding itself.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown, with very thin tan head that lingers shortly and then dissipates to little lacing. Aroma is a very pleasant malty caramel-chocolate combination, with hints of coffee and licorice, and as the beer warms, alcohol. Likewise, the taste is a sweet chocolate-caramel, with the 8% alcohol becoming more dominant late in the drink. Tingly mouthfeel, and a warming finish, make for a good beer.

I must admit this beer grew on me somewhat

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Photo of Drew966
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale pours a dark brown with a big tan head from a twelve ounce can. Chocolate malts and toffee are most noticeable in the aroma. Thick mouthfeel, nice toffee and chocolate flavors, a bit of coffee too. Wow, good stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep dark mahogony with a giant tan foamy head. A pretty good looking beer with good lacing. The smell is pungent with dark fruit,alcohol, and a strong "bisquity" aroma. The taste is very like a porter, coffee, dark fruit,alcohol, and bread yeast. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. This beer is the best canned beer I've ever had and it really is a top quality brew. It's tough getting over the can,but man it's good.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep mahogany in color. Clarity is exceptional. A clean pour down the middle of the glass results in a thick 3.5 finger head. The beautiful caramel colored head lingers a while until forming a nice lace that coats the sides of the glass.

Smell: very malty, earthy with a slight alcohol undertone

Taste: A bit complex, Sweet, malty, chocolaty and even a bit smoky. Alcohol is also apparent.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy with light carbonation. There is no denying that this is a hearty Scottish brew

Drinkability: This is a slow drinker but at 8% ABV who’s in a hurry. Savor the flavor.

I enjoyed this beer with a coulpe of friends on a -10° night needless to say we stayed warm and really enjoyed the brew. Nice work Dale and crew! I think the Scott’s would be proud.

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear brownish burgandy color with a very thick 3" head that lasts a while. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell: very soft caramel and chocolate tones are not overly exciting.

Taste: nicely balanced roasted malts and caramel with softer chocolate and nut tones. Nice bitterness for the style.

Mouthfeel: smooth from the start, and there is a bit of dryness at the finish. Short aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: surprisingly flavorful and quenching beer. Don't let the can fool you - this is a nice beer.

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

12 oz aluminum can.

This Scottish style ale poured a clear, very deep red-chestnut color with tall, fluffy, brown foam that persisted, and clung to the glass in rings. There was a good carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was richly malty with a hint of whiskey and a touch of cocoa. The taste was malty with a very light caramel sweetness that built to the finish. There was a light hoppiness beneath the malt, and perhaps a touch of peat smokiness (?). The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with full body and medium carbonation. It was warming. This was a very smooth and easy drinking beer for an 8% ABV brew. Probably one of the best beers available in a can in the US.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good Scottish Ale. One of my favorites in fact. Many thanks to dogfooddog for all the beers he sent me, this being one. If I can finish the review and still have a decent amount left, I look forward to drinking this alongside a nice glass of scotch whiskey.

The beer pours to a very rich and dark nutty brown color, almost black until held to the light. Has a very nice head, though it could stand to be a little more retentive. Lacing is excellent.

The smell is quite good. Has some thick caramel malts and a hint of gently roasted malts, such as chocolate. Even a small hint of Bamburg beechwood smoked malt is evident, remniscient of Aecht Schlenkerla.

The taste intensifies the experience. Everything found in the nose is magnified tenfold to create a very rich and robust ale. Has a nice earthy, nutty, roasted malt flavor to it with a nice caramel flavor. The beechwood smoked malt is a brilliant addition. Not too much to where the beer tastes like smoked ham (Aecht Schlenkerla), but just enough to make my mouth water for another taste. Even seems to be a fair bit hoppy for the style, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing for a hop head such as myself.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Only a light carbonation. Rich lingering malt flavors keep drawing me back for more. Also has a fairly hoppy finish with a lingering bitterness. Just enough to balance out the malts. Yummy.

At 8%, this is still very very drinkable beer. The alcohol cannot be tasted or sensed, though I bet it could be felt after a few more of these, particularly at the speed at which I'm drinking it. The whiskey will have to wait until the next time I have one, because as I wrap up this review, my glass is also almost finished. Cheers to Oskar Blues, as well as dogfooddog.

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

12 oz can

Pours creamy tan head over a deep dark brown body with ruby edges. Good head retention. Light aromas of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate and a hint of peat. Malt complexity abounds in the flavor. Caramel and chocolate flavors dominate. A bit of roasted barley to boot. Substantial sweetness, but not cloying. The alcohol is barely perceptible. Just enough bitterness to keep things in check. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

What a surprise from a can. Definitely a higher shilling Scotttish Ale (think Scotch Ale). Inconsequential issues of style aside, this is ale achieves great complexity with a fairly simple palate of caramel, chocolate and a touch of smoked malt. The name rocks too.

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

This is a heavy hitting Scottish ale, from the checkered tell-tale can that has made Oskar Blues so well known.

A: Dark brown with a fluffy, off-white head.

S: Heavy caramel and rich malts. Little to no hops--as I would expect for the style--and a touch of sweetness.

T: The flavors are as malty and sweet as the aromas. It's a veritable fiesta of caramel and syrup flavors, matched with hints of tea and barley/bread.

M: Very heavy and soft.

D: Excellent for such a strong brew. This is such a well-balanced beer that it almost feels thirst quenching. It's only after having three that I realize I've head a liquid meal and not whet my appetite.

Overall, this is a must-have beer at any time of year. Along with Dale's, Gordon, and Leroy, Old Chub confirms Oskar Blues's position as one of Colorado's most consistent and talented breweries.

Highly recommended.

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

A - Sticky tan head foamed up out of the can. Translucent dark brown with red hues.

S - Smells creamy milk chocolate and roast malt.

T - Very good. Rich earthy malt and roast chocolaty. Creamier than a lot of other Scotch Ales.

M & D - milky smooth and creamy. You're kidding me 8.0 %!?!
Wow, that's well hidden.

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

It's been over 9 years since I had beer in a can. I had no idea great beers are being canned these days! This is a very nice example of the style and one I'd be happy to drink any time!
A - Vry dark brown, almost black with a huge tan head
S - Rich malty sweetness and a touch of smoke.
T - Similar to the smell. Rich sweet balanced malts. Just what the style should be.
M - creamy smooth
D - I'll have another please!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It definitely feels weird popping the top of a beer can and pouring it. The sound alone brings back memories of drinking crappy cheap beer just to get drunk in college. But man, this Old Chub is not just great beer in a can, it's a great beer period.

Brings up a massive creamy head atop a very very very dark brown...ok, it's totally black.

The ultra-malty aroma may not be complex, but it sure smells good: chocolate, caramel, smoke, anise...but it doesn't forget the hops, as they are detected too. Nice.

Flavor-wise this is a super well-balanced beer, everything in its right place. Delicious from first sip to last. The flavors listed in the aroma are here, but not as directly, they're mingled together seamlessly. Chocolate, cherry, peat, smoke, cola, and a very slight booziness thanks to the 8% alcohol. The alcohol rears its head more in the finish, but is still subtle enough, along with anise and a roasted element in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat thick, and there's a softness despite the fairly high carbonation. Excellent feel that you want to keep swimming around in the mouth forever.

Super-enjoyable, ultra-delicious, really glad I picked this up and will absolutely be keeping a regular supply of this on hand.

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

Yet another brew that was graciously donated to me by a fellow BA bro (This brew isn't available in Korea).

Anyhow, I've never tried a Scottish style beer before but none the less, this is a great beer. The aroma and taste are full of sweet and chocolaty malt character. When poured it forms a light tan head, which dissipates into a thing ring. Old Chub is nearly opaque, but reddish hues do shine through. This feels a bit mellow and smooth; not coarse at all.


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

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. can purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Beer in a can? Quite an interesting concept, especially for a Scottish ale. The beer poured a very deep, dark mahogany and looked black on first glance. The two-finger, pillowy, light tan head left large patches of lacing.

Aroma was super sweet, rich and malty. Intense caramel malts and brown sugar came through strong along with dark fruits, including raisins and prunes. The smell became more pronounced as it warmed and notes of vanilla and toffee came out as well.

Taste was similar to aroma yet not as full or rich. Slight alcohol bite initially before the caramel malts became noticeable. Dark fruits were detectable up front as well. The malt character of the beer became more roasty and smoky as it moved along the palate. Alcohol was still quite noticeable and became stronger as the beer warmed. Clean finish with a slight amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel was quite rich, creamy and smooth (almost fluffy).

Drinkability of this beer was moderate. It was a pleasant sipping beer but the alcohol was a bit much against the not-so-strong flavors.

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Photo of sstackho
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My only 12oz can from Bauer Wines in Boston. Sadly this can had a twin, but it exploded in my checked luggage in the flight home. Damn you, TSA! At least now my suitcase smells like Old Chub. Aroma is nicely malty. Appearance is dark brown with very little carbonation and head. First taste is malty and actually a bit crisp, surprisingly. This one doesn't round out the mouth as much as I was expecting. Some might say it makes it "drinkable". Surprised to now check and find it's 8% alcohol - could be a bit of a dangerous combination. A decent brew.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.