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

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Reviews: 1,564
Hads: 4,739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 193
Gots: 810 | FT: 9
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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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). (1,115 characters)

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. (298 characters)

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! (482 characters)

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 (174 characters)

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. (932 characters)

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. (267 characters)

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. (273 characters)

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

3/12/15 (Draft - Iron Horse Ale House) - Very dark black beer with nice thin brown head and light carbonation. Smokey malt and chocolate aroma. Nice dark coffee and chocolate taste, texture firm, solid feel, nice taste and kick going down. Overall excellent beer! (263 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 1-22-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a dark brown color with one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: roasted malt, smokey, brown sugar, chocolate.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then the roasted and smokey flavors dominate, some chocolate, the 8% alcohol is clearly present.

PALATE: creamy and smooth, lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a really good Scotch Ale, a little too boozy for my liking but otherwise very enjoyable, I would not have more than one in a sitting due to the ABV. (699 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Wee Heavy. Not as good as those I tried in Scotland, but still very good. It amazes me that folks here rate numerous examples of this style above Traquair House, the clear exemplar of the style. (200 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark mahogany pour with tiny tan fine foam. Light aromas of malty chocolate and some alcohol. Sweet flavors of chocolate and caramel are so smooth and dangerous. Slightly smokey finish per commercial desc is accurate. This stuff is dessert, but I could enjoy several. Fantastic. (284 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Deep dark red with a big tan head.

S- Sweet malt aromas; vanilla and caramel.

T- Caramel sweetness, slightly smokey maybe?

F- Thick, smooth, creamy.

O- Good scotch ale. (182 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ Can
“Canned On” December 9th, 2014
Reviewed on March 4th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Poured a brown body with a mahogany glow. A light tan head, roughly half an inch thick, formed, collapsed, and left a fair amount of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

Sweet, dense malts. Molasses. Caramel. Toasted grains. Faint trace of alcohol.

Big hit of sweet malts up front. Caramel. Toffee. Butterscotch. The malts as a whole had a subtle woody/smokey theme. Bitter floral notes flared up towards the finish. Minor hint of alcohol in the finish. Full-bodied. Moderate/light carbonation.

Certainly an enjoyable beer. Big, sweet, and grainy. (681 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.85/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep hickory brown, and forms a massive tan head with both good retention and crazy lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Toffee and caramel malts, and more than a hint of something floral.

Taste: And yep, that'd be what I imagine floral perfume tastes like. Faintly, under the barrage of rancid garbage runoff - sorry, I mean hops, it's just reflex to type the other thing - there's something that vaguely resembles toffee and chocolate malt. But any hope of getting any malt complexity died when the bushels and bushels and bushels and bushels of hops were poured into the tun.

Mouthfeel: Odd. This starts out feeling medium-bodied, and transforms into a soda-like thinness by the end.

Overall: Nope. I drink these styles of beer expressly for the malt. As soon as enough hops to start coming forward join the party, I'm out. (905 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a big tan head that settled to wispy lacing.

Smell: Roasted caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt up front, into moderate bitterness. Some booze towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good on it's own, if you're in the mood for something sweeter. This beer is really amazing with any dairy or caramel dessert. (397 characters)

Photo of ranger7
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark red, nice carbonation, and good lacing.
S: Malt, chocolate.
T: Malt and chocolate. Almost a milk stout sweetness.
F: Smooth. Medium feel.
O: Good. Not as many flavors as the Iron Thistle, if you like some bitterness in this style then go for Rahr's offering. Otherwise, this is a good choice. (300 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4.25) - This beer pours a nice deep brown. Not quite as dark as a stout, but almost. Nice amount of foam on top, too.
S (3.75) - I don't get a lot of aroma. I know this style isn't crazy with hops, but I should smell something. Just kinda smells like beer, with a few roasted and caramel subtleties.
T (4) - I like this beer. A fine malt taste, with some hop hints. I've been into this style lately, and this one is a 'good' example.
F (4) - Again, nothing superlative here, but nice carb, nice drinkability.
O (4) - All in all, a 'nice' beer. I'm not going to wait in line on Black Friday to get this, but I certainly will buy it again. (651 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to pretty much nothing

S: Lots of malt, though with a restrained sweetness. Some dark fruits and hints of smoke behind the wall

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of maltiness with a bit of caramel and dark chocolate sweetness, quickly followed by a nice dark fruit presence, light smoke, and salted nuttiness (although, it's hard to differentiate between almond and cherry). Finishes with moderate sweetness, more dark fruits, and lingering smoke

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice scotch ale with waves of sweetness and dark fruits with just enough smokiness to keep it interesting. Surprisingly easy to drink given the heavier body/maltiness and abv. (765 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, but can see through with red hue when held to light. Pours a lighter big bubbly head.
S- very sweet malty smell. Excites me about taste.
T- What a variety of malt. Roasted barley. The sweet finish lingers and turns to slight hop bitter. Very impressed.
F- Smooth with a nice bitter-sweet balance in the end.
O- Not big on scotch ales, but I like this. (377 characters)

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I wish there were more Scotch Ale's on the market. This is a great example. Malty as hell, and delicious. There are hints of coffee within the intense malt flavor. While it doesn't sip well at the end, it's still a paramount among Scotch Ales. (243 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 2/4/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a very deep mahogany that is almost pitch black in color with a thin foamy head. Sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of malts and caramel for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a very light hint of smoke that actually was pleasant. No bitter or harsh aftertaste and you couldn't taste the higher alcohol content but knew it wasn't a 5%er either. Medium bodied with lower carbonation. A really good brew of this style. (607 characters)

Photo of DeepBrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into tulip glass.

A: Dark mahogany with medium foam and retention, good lacing.

S: Malt and and caramel, fading quickly, then returning as it warms.

T: Malt, caramel, smoky and as it warms the booziness comes out. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-high mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation

O: Well balanced, tasty, flavor develops while it warms. (382 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from a can into an Odell snifter

A: dark dark brown/black with a tint of ruby at the edges; 1 finger khaki head dissipates quickly
S: roasted barley, toffee and chocolate, a little faint bit of peat and smokiness, and some woody notes and vanilla too.
T: follows the nose, though more pronounced and there's a bit of nuttiness around the edges that I didn't get in the nose. The malts are layered, and come in a hearty breadiness, toffee/caramel as well as a touch of chocolate...nothing too sweet, but very flavorful. What really makes it go, though, in terms of taste, is the faint peaty smoke, a little grassy hoppiness, and the oaky vanilla. Again, holds back from becoming too sweet or cloying; really delicious. (721 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/Amber color with a nice one finger fluffy light brown head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smell: The aroma was very sweet and biscuity, with just a touch of caramel and toffee.
Taste: Sweet and malty up front, with some nice caramel and chocolate notes, and just a bit of a dark fruit taste on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and silky, with just a tinge of alcohol burn.
Overall: I really like this beer, much more so than the nitro version - it has just the right taste and feel, but watch out, this angry scot will will club you down if you're not careful at 8% ABV. (612 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours an almost black, ruby mahogany brown. Forms a nice thick and creamy 2 finger, medium tan head. Whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - Malts, chocolate malt, peat smoke, caramel, and pipe tobacco.
T - Sweet malty smoke, toffee, caramel and a slightly bitter finish which perfectly balances the sweetness.
O - A perfect representation of the scotch ale style. 5 star scotch ale. If you're a fan of the wee heavys, definitely give this one a try, its highly sessionable.
V - Great value, comes in a six pack of cans. (538 characters)

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