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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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1,580 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,580
Hads: 4,833
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 208
Gots: 893 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,580 | Hads: 4,833
Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a mug. Canned on 7/02/15.

LOOK: A slightly hazy, very dark reddish brown (but not quite black) with a fluffy, two finger tan head.

SMELL: Sweet roasted malts. Caramel and toffee, burnt toast, licorice, molasses, slight cocoa and cola, gingerbread, vanilla, dates, figs, and raisins.

TASTE: Very roasty upfront, way more than I expected. Initial taste is toffee, chocolate, and even a little coffee. Then it turns to cake-like sweetness in the middle, gingerbread and velvet cakes with vanilla-rum icing, with notes of prunes, raisins, and Coca-Cola. Balances out in the finish with earthy and grassy hop character, and some coffee bitterness.

FEEL: Medium-plus body, with average carbonation. Slightly sticky on the finish. The 8% abv is very well hidden.

OVERALL: While I'm not normally a fan of malty beer, this one nailed it pretty darn well. Complex and flavorful. Very enjoyable. I would certainly buy this again.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I admit to being a bit of a sucker for a good Scottish Ale and after having an Old Chub this afternoon I remembered why it is one of my favorites. For starts it has plenty of malted barley to satisfy even the most discerning of malt heads and has a nice hint of coffee and cocoa. While many of you are tired of hearing about beechwood aged beer Oskar Blues has a much better use for beechwood and that is in the form of a beechwood smoked malt that adds just a hint of a smoke taste to this fabulous Scottish Ale. A word of warning though is Old Chub goes down so smooth you are likely to forget it has an 8% ABV so be careful.

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Photo of ordybill
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
This beer gets a lot of love from craft beer enthusiasts, however I am not a huge fan of the flavor. I am not a huge Scotch Ale fan so that should be the simple answer. It has a great look and a nice caramel aroma. I love the other Oskar Blues brands but this is just above average for me.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy nice Scotch ales so I picked this one up in a can and chilled it down real good in the fridge. I poured into a tall glass to let it aerate better and for the head to blossom. This variety has a nice 8% ABV and lots of flavor so let’s take a look!

Look-Solid black darkness comes with a light red copper shimmer in a strong backlight. The head blossoms full and is two fingers thick, but then settling down to one finger or less later on. The head is silky smooth and has a noticeable creamy off-white color with a caramel base.

Smell-The aroma is subtle yet with many smells. I get caramel and molasses smells singing high above the hint of grassy spices and malts. This beer was brewed with lots of malted barley and beechwood-smoked malts as well!

Taste-This brew tastes of caramel, molasses, and licorice immediately and a pleasant smokiness like smoked oak. The alcohol bite comes through nicely at the end to cut the mild sweetness. The carbonation leaves a nice tinge on the tongue immediately at the beginning and then some spicy black pepper mixed with a pleasant tartness. The hops manifest themselves in a subtle fashion, relying on the grassiness that you get in the middle. This is very medium-bodied and fine-tuned. All of the attributes are so perfectly presented and nothing is overwhelming or distracting from the other flavors and qualities. Excellent!

Mouthfeel-The feel is medium-bodied and effervescent and has a nice creaminess to it. This brew has a tinge of tartness, but is not bitter at all. It has a thin consistency to it which is almost watery, but not watered-down if you know what I mean. You might expect a thick syrupy quality to this Scotch Ale, but it is pleasantly on the opposite side of the spectrum. It finishes clean and moist with a mild lingering sticky coating to the tongue that is almost imperceptible.

Overall-I love this beer! It is so well-balanced and fine-tuned that, as I’ve said, allows all the flavors and qualities to shine through individually without anything overpowering the other. The feel is particularly pleasant, because I was dreading an overwhelming sweetness and thick syrup feel, but as I’ve described above, it was far more inviscid and moist. Great beer!

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a really fresh (canned about two weeks before I bought it) mixed 12-pack from Oskar Blues that I took camping last week. Poured this one right from the fridge into my Red Eye pint glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque crimson-tinged cola color with about an inch of tan head that dissipates after a bit to a healthy film and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. When held to the light, the brew is clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Nice malt profile on this one: plenty of sweet caramel and more roasted/toasty malt notes coming through. There are earthy, grassy, and cracked pepper spice. Just a bit of black licorice and molasses poking through.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, though the more roasted malts are present almost immediately. Just a bit of molasses and black licorice. There's a building smokiness into the middle and back. The middle also brings on a little clear alcohol flavor. The back end has more smoke and alcohol, along with a good bit of the caramel and toasty malts. There's a cracked pepper spiciness that accompanies more of the molasses at the close. There's some nondescript tartness at the close from the hop presence.

F: Medium-bodied and quite effervescent, lending it a nice creaminess. There's just a bit of astringency, but this one is far from bitter. If anything, I wish this brew was a bit more syrupy/less watery than it is. Though it finishes quite cleanly, there's some lingering stick to it.

O: This is a very tasty Scotch ale--one that I would consider a go-to. It brings a lot of great malt flavor, well-executed spice, enough smokiness without going overboard, and a considerable ABV without really showing it. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of slusk
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep garnet with a tan, short lasting head.

S: Little to no hops. Dark fruit, raisin and dark caramel. A bit of chocolate covered cherry and a subtle earthiness. Nice dark bread underpinning.

T: Dark fruit and burnt caramel in the forefront with a decent smoky, dark chocolate flavor. The malt flavor is big with almost no hop flavor other than a well hidden earthy note and toasted breadcrumb. There's a brightness to the malt I wasn't expecting, not dull at all. Sweet finish.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation. Smooth.

O: One of my favorite Scotch ales. Very well done. Perfect amount of smokiness, not overpowering. Light aftertaste and not too sweet. I will drink a lot of this.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours Brilliant garnet crowned with a clingy tan 3” fluffy head
S: Spicy heirloom malts, kettle sugars.
T: Rich and malty, caramel, roast barley, vanilla, dark fruit, traces of banana.
F: Smooth, low medium carbonation, high medium to chewy body
O: Big, easy drinking Scotch Ale and a perfect excuse to bring out the thistle glass.

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Photo of mbrehne
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very very good beer. Extremely flavorful. Really get a taste of the chocolate flavor. It looks similar to a Guinness because of its head, but the taste is entirely different

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Photo of irrevjim
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can, pours opaque cherry chestnut, almost black. beautiful frothy light coffee head that starts at about 2 inches and hangs around a while

smells; 1 caramel ,2 scotch,3 a little toasted caramel, tiny bit of burnt rubber/ burnt sugar

taste; sweet malty roasted caramel, milky milk chocolate, finishes still sweet but also bitter, hops and burnt rubber

feels like drinking the coke from an ice cream and coke float after it's melted for a while. a little more carbonation than i expected but smooth and creamy

maybe not the perfect classic scotch ale but very much a scotch ale, just a little desserty... i'd get it again, and i don't even like scotch ales, relatively speaking of course

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Photo of Gadzook
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very deep and dark amber, slightly hazy

Smell: Very slight caramel, sweet malt and brown bread, light toffee

Taste: Strong malt, nice caramel, excellently light and delicate sweetness, just a hint of booze, an elusive smokiness, and a very tiny hint of hops on the back end

Feel: Creamy and full-bodied at first, nice carbonation and dryness at the finish

Overall an excellent scotch ale. A great ale for winter.

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Photo of Beer_I_Am
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours chocolate with a wispy head. Smells of malt, caramel, chocolate. Tastes clean, chocolate, smoke, oak. Mouthfeel not as good as flavor. This would be a great fall beer I like it

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Photo of Dikfour
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Very little light gets through. Deep deep dark brown. Two fingers of head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasty caramel malts. maybe a little currants

Taste: Really well balanced. Honestly a little more bitter than I was expecting. Fairly sweet malts; caramel and currant. Hop profile is very subtle.

Feel: High alcohol and decent carbonation are always a winner for me as far as mouthfeel goes. Big body goes well with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I think I like the Nitro a bit better but this is a very solid Strong

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Photo of JoLight
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: dark body, with ruby hues, and a khaki, soapy head that dissipates into a small ring. Spotty lacing.
Aroma: strong dark roasted malt. Some fruit is detected later on.
Taste: slightly sweet; dark roasted malt; dark chocolate-covered fruit, like prunes, or raisins. Pleasant hop background; floral.
Mouthfeel: light to medium, carbonated.
Finish: semi-dry.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a surprisingly big sticky head. this a good looking brew for coming out of a can. Smelling of sweet cocoa and malt, the taste follows suit..all the while being gloriously creamy and smooth. I can't believe this came out of a can!

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Photo of takusan1000
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer here.

Dark, dark ruby--a beautiful color when held up to a light. Taste is of brown sugar, burnt sugar, sorghum molasses, brandy, and a lingering aftertaste in the back of the mouth--there is where the minimal hops reside along with some bitter qualities from the malt--anise, smoked peat, and bitter malts.

This beer changes taste from start to finish and everywhere in between. It's a delight to experience.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, mahogany. Not much head.
Smell: some dark fruity smell, maltiness,
Taste: sweetness of malt, some roastiness, a hint of hop at the end but not much, more bitterness for the roastiness.
Medium body. Some aftertaste in the throat.

A great brew. Won't deny it if given the chance to drink it.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark ruby brown with a average tan head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Not picking up a whole lot - gentle caramel
Taste: Long caramelly tootsie-roll cola-like sweet and lightly acidic maltiness with a hint of roasted malt and smoke in the finish.
Feel: Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Old Chub is what I generally think of when I think of a scotch ale - a sweet, strong malty brew with a bit of complexity in the malt but not much. In the same price range is Founders' Dirty Bastard, which I find superior to Old Chub in most respects. Part of that may be that it has a bit more hops to balance out the malt, but I also prefer the malt character of the Dirty Bastard, which is almost like a barleywine.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Knocked my proverbial socks off. Hides the 8% well, and the smoked malts are prominent, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is exceptional, like a frothy root beer float. Speaking of root beer, it pours a deep root beer black with an Amber glow when held to natural light. It has a nice beige head to match, and minimal carbonation: think molasses. My first wee heavy and I'm intrigued. Taste wise is sweet up front, smoky, with a little bitterness in the finish. Hard for me to describe when compared to my usual brown ales and IPAs.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1-30-2015. Threshold pint glass. Canned on 11-13-14.

Appearance: Darker than expected. Dark brown with translucent ruby-brown edges. 1 finger khaki head. No visible carbonation. Little retention, a little ring of foam. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Malt Bomb! This is the maltiest-smelling beer I have had in ages. Sweet, sticky smelling. Molasses. Candy. Chocolate. Werther's original candy.

Taste: Sweet arrival. Molasses like on mid-palate - phosphoric. Finishes with flourish; tart, then just enough bitterness to stop it from being cloying. This tastes like an 8% Malta Goya, or carbonated molasses.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation. Slick, but not totally oily. Like a molasses milkshake. This must have 400 calories.

Overall: You have to be in the mood for this, but fortunately I was tonight. Less roasty than a RIS, but on par in terms of body, sweetness and character. Lighter than 3 Floyds Robert the Bruce and less drinkable than Brooklyn Winter Ale. I would not buy a sixer, but I would order it if the mood strikes. (I just ran, and that may be influencing my judgment).

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown that turns to black in the glass. Some red shines through with a one finger mocha head. Aroma is roasty, coffee and some malt sweetness. Taste is more of the same with some earthiness and a richness. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a nice style and a good representation of it.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. One half finger head: deep cream color with irregular bubbles. The beer itself is an opaque black with ruby highlights. The aroma is a distinctive roasty coffee with a slight sweetness. The taste is like the aroma but more pronounced, resulting in a very deep and rich flavor. There is no hops presence. The carbonation was perfect as was the medium full body. Overall, this is a great beer and may very well be my favorite for this style. I'll look for it again!

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Call me crazy, but I just didn't feel there was that much going on; definitely very drinkable, but not something I would seek out like some of the other Scotch Ales out there

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

A - Dark brown, with a opaque cast that is only slightly penetrated by light, hazy and red-tinted, with a hint of gray, a light tan head that persists as a thin cap, and lacing that is moderately full.

S - A bit of malt sugars, caramel and toffee, acidic notes, and a strong kick of alcohol.

T - A very drinkable blend of grains, sugary malts, hints of molasses and charred smokiness. The end is just bitter enough to close the deal, keeping the beer from overpowering with its sweeter elements.

M - A nice medium feel, not too heavy or cloying, and brisk enough to keep the sweetness scrubbed. A bit of warmth on the close is the main sign of the alcohol that made its appearance in the nose.

O - Does not fall into some of the more common traps of a Scotch Ale, keeping things lively and bright while staying true enough to style, with big malt and a nice sweet open. The close keeps things rolling, inviting another drink.

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Photo of Rutkiller
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An excellent scotch ale! Super smooth and creamy. I had this in nitro from a can. It pours pitch black and has a nice tan head. Smell is chocolate, coffee, and all things dark. Feel is like silk in the mouth. Not a heavy ale; easily drinkable. Excellent beer.

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

Compared to Dirty Bastard: tastes more like a beer. But I get that same overall flavor profile; same lineage there w/in the style. But given the 4 stars I gave to Dirty Bastard, lowering to 3.5. Which is not a knock on Old Chub by any means. Just trying to compare the two.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.