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 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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Photo of PEBKAC
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go, cans are making a comeback, let's see that magic in action.

A beige, marshmellow head mushrooms my pint glass. Cola in color & consistancy. Thick, it just doesn't want to let go of the glass. I kill time & browse the forums, cans are indeed "in" again. Good to know. :)

I come back to take a whiff. I find toffee with alot of cream, instant cocoa mix, with the marshmellows. Picture a good snort that actually gets some of the powder into your nose, yeah, we've all had that happen. Let's go cook up some smores, that'd be be nice. Hey, I can bring these camping, another positive about the can. :D

What do you know? It taste good too. Thick, dry, & immensely rich. Has a nice weight to it; coats going down. Sophisticated malt that doesn't make you squirm, but rather nurish & cradle your glass. I was never very good at sharing. :P The carbonation melds with the minimal hops; they're really not there at all. The aftertaste turns dry & swoons me into another gulp.

Hey, someone told me there'd be alcohol in this thing. Very much a challenge to seek out any that didn't hide in the glove compartment; quite sneaky. ;)

In place of my hot chocolate, I picture this brew, poured into a big wide-rimmed coffee glass, alongside a big Colombian breakfast of rice & beans, chorizo, choclo, & scrambled eggs. I wouldn't get up for about four hours, but it would so heavenly.

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

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Very dark for the style. Short dark tan head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is dryer than many scottish ales. Fairly light aromas of malt and pie spices, amd maybe a slightt treacly smell as well.

Taste is quite nice. Malty, but dry. Almost the flavor of an old ale on the front, without the alcohol burn. Chocolate and sherry notes on the finish. Not sticky at all, and absolutely no offf taste from the can. Good job.

The mouthfeel is very soft and creamy. No alcohol attack, and no stickiness at all. The finish has a little more bite, but of the dry slightly spicy variety.

Due to its softnesss and dryness, very drinkable. Interesting enough to hold the atteention of your palate as well. Really a quite fine beer.

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Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour from the can - decent tan head.
Sweet malts up front, a hint of raisin, cinammon, and lots of chocolate. A bit of peat too. Somewhat earthy. A slight hop bittering - to satisfy the american palate. Flavors are well developed and clean.

Yeah, great - big -beer in a can.

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Photo of ellisdee97
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a red hue, light off white head which dissipates quickly leaving a nice bubbly ring and some light bubbly lacing.

S: Dark chocolate malt, toffee, caramel and vanilla. Very light hop nose. Smoke and toast as it warms.

T: Thick smokey chocolate and toasted malt up front with a piney resinous hop bite. Warm alcohol occupies the smokiness yet is hidden exceptionally well.

M: Very smooth and oily with a dry, bitter hop finish and a smokey bite.

D: Very drinkable brew, not heavy but enough body to find complexity. Much better taste poured into a glass than straight from the can. The alcohol is hidden so well it just shows as a warm feeling in the stomach.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- mahogoney w/ red hues, two finger tan head with good retent and lacing, head settles to a tiny ring of foam

S- malty, caramel, chocolate, and pine

T- caramel and chocolate malt tug of war with a pine hoppy backbone. intensity of choclate fades as warms and alcohol becomes evident

M- nice, smooth and creamy, medium body, great carbonation

D- nice take on the style but the chocolatey taste didnt rub me right, as it warms it is easier to take. Worth a try, but once will be good for me.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this on location, but I don't feel jiped by not trying this in the can. The pour is a darker shade of brown with limited clarity. A decent off white colored head that had good staying power.

The nose is malty with mostly caramel and some lighter astringent notes. Some chocolate touches as well as hints of plums and raisins as well. No really hops that this is per style. A good aroma overall.

The taste is sweet with a good malty flavor. Caramel is the strongest flavor coming out but definite darker malts and astringency are perceptible as well. Some chocolate notes as well as roasted flavors leaving an almost woody or peaty perception. There is a sweet honey like finish as well which accentuates the caramel finish.

The body is closer to full feeling. A rich, malty feel that lingers. Light on carbonation but acceptable. The higher ABV isn't really noticeable but leaves a warming feeling as you go along. Overall a great example of a Scottish ale.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can and poured into a mug at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade from DavidEddie - thanks!

A - Pours a very dark red with a 2-inch head; good lacing the whole way down.

S - Smells of raisins, malt, and other sweet flavors in the background that I can't put my finger on.

T - Complex taste that begins with almost a milk stout taste, combining chocolate with a sweetness. Eventually it leads to a malt flavor with a hint of raisins and a biscuity feel. Finishes with a dried fruit taste. All the flavors work well together.

M - A little flat, but I'm afraid it had something to do with coming from a can, as bad as that might sound. Other than that, a medium body and a creamy finish. If this is available, I'd love to try it from the tap.

D - I just hope my opinion wasn't swayed by the fact that this comes from a can. Great flavors that finish very strong, but it seemed a little on the flat side. But you know what...I can honeslty say that this was much better than I expected, so who cares about the serving type.

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Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great looking beer poured out of a red-and-blue can. I don't get canned beer very often, but I read this was a good one, so...

Poured a dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights and a solid head. Again, very good looking beer. Aroma is caramel, bread, chocolate, and roasted malts -- pretty typical of the style, but well done.

Taste was disappointing -- alcohol is WAY too prominent in this beer, and overwhelms what otherwise would have been a relatively tasty malty beer. Underneath the alcohol burn, smoky, bready, and very sweet malts are discernable.

Aftertaste is OK, but surprisingly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth but not too heavy, which is probably good considering the issues with the flavour.

Overall, this beer was not bad, but the taste didn't live up to the looks/smell.

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

This beer pours very dark brown, nearly black, with garnet highlights around the edge. There is a massive tan head that has nearly the same kind of amazing retention as Dale’s Pale Ale. The smell conveys amazing malty sweetness and mocha aromas. The taste is fantastically big and sweet without any cloying finish, a great example of this fine balance of the Scottish style. The focus is totally on the malt here, with the hops not standing out as much more than bittering. The taste is of heavy malt and chocolaty roasted barley. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and creamy. This is a very drinkable beer.

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

Chub pours almost black into the glass with a nice frothy head that quickly dissipates. The carbonation is heavy with plenty with bubbles rising ,lots of lacing on the glass.

This beer smells delicious sweet and malty.

The taste is chocolate and coffee mixed.

At 8 % abv, it’s an excellent beer for a cold and rainy night.

Dale makes some fine beer. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into room temperature Morimoto tall pilsner glass.

Poured this one a bit fast, head overflowed the glass. Don't think the head would be that diminished if I'd poured slower, about 3-4 fingers worth here. Head poured medium brown in color.

HUGE chocolate aroma, with coffee and molasses notes. Thinner than expected mouthfeel, but still nice.

Taste is mostly cocoa, with slight smoke and good balance. Pleasant, lasting aftertaste.

Overall, a good drinking dark beer, will buy this one again.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was 100% pure barley.

The taste was liquid Grape Nuts. An excellent raw grain profile with a hint of caramel sweetness. Truly an experience.

The mouthfeel was full and grainy.

Overall a very robust Scottish Ale. A good ABV as well. Highly recommended.

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

From a can to a pint glass. Dark brown with dark head. Good carbonation. Looks like a flat cola after about 2 minutes, though.

Sweet roasted malts in nose. Toffee or some other savory candy in the background.

Flavor is a sugary, toasty malt base with strong alcohol presence. Not a hop in sight. Very representative of the style, I think.

Kinda thiick mouthfeel; Smooth drinking but with a serious alcohol hit. This beer can make you loopy fast.

Good beer in a can.

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