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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

Brewed by:
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 vickersspitfire
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This is a dark brownish/reddish color almost black towards the center; the outer edges are deep brown hues but clear. The head is thick and dense and a light tan color. This is a very creamy sexy head and the look overall is very inviting.
Smell: Sweet roasted malts, a little raisin and mild spices to tag along. There’s a hint of chocolate bitterness!
Taste: Sweet roasted malts over all, lightly bitter around the corners of the mouth, where the raisin comes out too. Spicy alcohol, plums appear as it warms up.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a semi dry aftertaste.
Overall: This is a terrific beer overall and nice warmer for the winter months.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/amber with some red tint. A finger and a half of pale head that recedes quickly.

S: Aroma is toffee, raisin and a bread/biscuit quality.

T: Flavors immediately of toffee/caramel sweetness and raisins. No bitterness at all.

M: Light and crisp for the style, fairly high in carbonation.

O: A really nice, value driven Scotch ale. I would not hesitate to lean on this one again.

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Photo of akolb
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 1/7/16 from a 12 oz. can, canned 11/23/15.
L: Impenetrable brown-black. Could be mistaken for a porter at first glance. Tall, dark beige head that thins quickly. 3.75/5
S: Caramel malts, dark fruit, spice, toasted bread, raisins, a little chocolate. Malt-dominated aroma, as it should be. 4.5/5
T: Sweetness, some alcohol. Complex. Plums and bourbon. A suggestion of spicyness. Bitterness down the back of the throat. Hidden dark chocolate. 4.5/5
M: Full bodied, rich, creamy. A virtual planetoid, indeed. 4/5
O: A complex, delicious dessert beer. Almost tastes like a lighter Ten Fidy. 4/5

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

A very well put together Scotch Ale. Effortless blend of bonfire toffee, caramel malt and peaty smoky back end. Some butterscotch in here without being overly sweet. Fantastic full mouthfeel without the stickiness. Almost feels like it has cream or milky elements to it.

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Photo of aussieyank
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap - nitro. Had a half inch head, tasted very creamy. Light on the flavor for a Scottish ale and not as full bodied as I had expected - still very drinkable though.

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Photo of otzhorse
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark ruby colorored beer with a 2 finger tan head with a lot of lacing
S: Smells of Caramel, malt and spices
T: The alcohol does come through in this beer which was the only bad thing, nice caramel and chocolate flavors
M: Smooth and full
O: This was a good beer right out of the can, I would certainly try it again.

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper body, aggressively carbonated, dense pockmarked light tan head. The nose has toasted malt, slight floral/hop character, caramel and roasted nuts that adds smoke. The flavor is rich but drops some of the nuances, and adds an unpleasant chalk/alcohol finish. Mild sweetness prevails over the more mild opposing bitterness. The body is great; full, creamy with the long lasting head, lively but understated carbonation, sticky and slightly viscous/oily, while still being highly drinkable.
Great feel, very good nose, good but flawed taste. I think it fell a bit short of being viewed as a (domestically brewed) style standard, but very enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Old Chub.

Scotch Ales....ahhhhh yes, a style that despite my years of advocating always tends to ellude my purchases. I've had less than I'd like of these styles but good ones seem to be far and few between. Scotty Karate has thus far remained the undisputed king of this style for me. The only few I've had this year left me quite disappointed. But, enough filler, let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce can poured harder than Ron Jeremys dick into a dimples pint glass. This beer is a nice attractive deeper shade of garnet with a massive frothy slightly off white head that fills out the glass perfectly and starts leaving immediate stick upon departure. Carbonation doesn't seem to show. Thus far this is a pretty beer, like an Asian hooker. Let's hope it doesn't end up having a wang bigger than mine wink wink*. Head retaina throughout the entire drink and leaves a good bit of sticky lace.

Smell - The nose is mostly dominated by caramel malts ( surpriseeeee...okay not really ). Bit of a ' cheap beer ' thing going on as well that I can't quite put my finger on. Nice whiffs of toffee and a touch of cream. Not much else to speak of. Doesn't smell complex but it doesn't let me down either. On to the taste eh.

Taste - The flavor profile starts off with a medium to high dosage of caramel maltyness to nobodies surprise and it is met in the middle by a cherry fruitcake like level of breadyness. Alcohol is only lightly present and does not burn or make you gag. A bit of smokeyness on the afterburners and just a touch meaty.

Feel - The feel on this beer is right between light and medium with a low level of carbonation. The overall feel in the mouth is quite creamy and the flavors all remain though get a but sweeter. Alcohol presence is all but gone at this point and it swallows very easily and leaves a lingering sweetness all around the mouth.

Overall - I thought this was a pretty solid beer overall however it may be too little for the heavy scotch ale lover. If a ' session ' Scotch ale were to ever exist, this would be it. I could easily throw back a few pints of this stuff, but it won't exactly blow anybodies mind. At $9.99 a sixer of 8% beer, I may just pick it up again. Easy drinking without too much to think about..

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark appearance, thinner creamy brown head. Smoky smell, little caramel, little malt. Tastes similar, less intense smoke. Overall, pretty good brew. Thin on mouthfeel I'd say.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 8/17/15 into pint glass. Murky dark ruby brown with a thin tan head that dissipates rapidly. Sweet malts, some caramel, and a tiny hoppiness somewhere near the end, but maltiness dominates. Medium mouthfeel - given a choice, I'd opt for a little more body. Alcohol is well hidden. Not my favorite for the style, but right up there with the best. Yet another quality offering from OB!

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Photo of Voldigar
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A regular pickup at the local bottle shop or on tap at Lot 3 in downtown Bellevue, WA.

Look:Lovely, nearly opaque brown beer with ruby tones, almost purple. Thick tan head with hints of orange. Loud prominent head that settles to a thin creamy layer.
Smell: Strong alcohol nose, let's you know you're in for something. Truly smells like whiskey. Something subtle I can't quite detect through the kick, but yeast is certainly making it through.
Taste: The powerful smell travels right into the flavor. Grassy, with hopiness that manages to come through the malt. It takes some getting used too as it's much richer than most ales. Vanilla and caramel middle.
Feel: Great scotch ale mouth feel. Lives up to the genre. Nice balance of effervescence and slipperiness.

Overall: This one is a mainstay for a reason. One of the best and a unique experience. Delivers a serious punch.

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Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I compare all scotch ales to dirty bastard. Not sure if that is fair/right or not, but so be it. This one was nice, but maybe a bit more roasted malt forward. I like the tea like taste in DB, and Chubb isn't quite that subtle. Chubb leans more toward stout/porter land for me. Still a very solid brew, and I'd gladly order another in the future

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Photo of citizencane
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark reddish brown with a thick head. Smell is faint, but Interesting enough. Taste follows. There was a hint of what I'll call rubberiness that I sometimes detect with darker beers, but somehow this complimented the smell and taste instead of ruining it, as it melded well with the bitter end of hop flavor on the palate. Solid beer, though I'm not really familiar with the style.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a go-to beer in the Scotch ale department. Tons of sweet malt, balanced by a boozy finish. Old Chub and Dirty Bastard are the standards in this category, IMO. You can't go wrong here. Well done, Oskar Blues.

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Photo of puck1225
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a comforting beer! A nice slightly sweet malty smell and taste that makes you think of a well worn wooden bar in a cozy pub. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Dark brown orange with a brief head and good lacing. Caramel and toffee flavors, a great Scotch ale!

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Photo of J-Calm
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique, especially for a Scottish ale. Sweet but not overly so. Complex flavors... seems I should describe it like a good gin - but it's beer so I can't. There are varied flavors. Not at all your average beer or average Scottish ale!

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

The beer pours a tan and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown with a nice smooth texture. The appearance definitely looks as it has the weight worthy of a wee heavy.

The smell is really nice and good. The strongest notes are the malts that range from a sweet caramel and a light toffee. There is also a light hop presence in the smell that is pretty good. Additionally, there seems to be a light woody note.

The taste is good. Strong malt characteristics with caramel and toffee notes as the strongest. There is also a nice and light smoky finish at the end and a slight woody note.

The feel is good for a wee heavy. The heavy bodied and a little thick with smooth feel is very good. The light carbonation gives it a nice texture.

Overall, a good wee heavy and worth every penny. Recommended.

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

From the can on Bro's porch in Stechoah after a long day on the motorcycle. Pretty good Scotch Ale, but the high alcohol content snuck up on me! Up in NC for the Tail and then to 'Bama for Barber's Vintage Fest.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark Amber color with a thick brown foamy head. Retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma of dark malts, caramel. Alcohol content is evident. Nice smooth dark malty taste with some caramel and a hint of licorice. Maybe some coffee. Slight bitter tinge at the end. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and an alcohol burn at the end. Good beer but can only drink one. More for sipping.

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Photo of Shippy
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Very dark brown with a tan head. Malty, caramel nose. Sweet taste, lots of caramel malt notes, with a little hopiness. Feel is medium with light carbonation and some stickiness, a little syrupy. Very enjoyable beer, might go well with apple pie.

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Photo of cbe1961
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me interested in drinking beer again. In 1979, while cycling through England and Scotland, I was taken with the thick, nutty brown ales I found on top in remote village pubs. I came back to the U.S. but was utterly unable to find anything like those ... until 2009, when I randomly stopped in a local liquor store in Niwot, Colorado and asked the guy if he knew of anything like that. He handed me a six-pack of Chub, and that was the jackpot. Big fan ever since.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - dark black/brown; light creamy head; nice lacing

Pours very black for a scotch all with a thin half inch head.

Aroma -malty, smokiness

Taste - sweet toasty malt, caramel...hint of coffee with a surprising hoppiness

Feel - medium to heavy, but creamy...strong carbonation

Overall - this is one of the first quality scotch ales I've rated...sweet with the toasted malt and coffee feel of a stout/porter, yet a nice hop balance. I like it.

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Photo of stucat
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

God this is delicious. My only comparison in this style is Robert The Bruce by Three Floyd's and Old Chub stands up very nicely. A bit heavier in the malts but that gives it a delicious sweetness that I was not expecting. I could drink a few of these but be careful, the 8.0 ABV is not apparent in the taste. I think I'll have just one more.

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

I'm not 100% sure what the scotch ale style is about, but this seems like what I imagined.

Pours with a lot of head, I had to let it settle before finishing the pour. Very dark brown color, not quite as dark as a stout.
Aroma is a bit caramely.
Taste: there's so much to the taste. So much residual sweetness, and at 8% alcohol, this mash must have been crazy. Tastes a lot like Carmel malts. The taste seems "rough around the edges", I'm not sure of a better way to describe it. I think it is because of the small amount of smoked malt.
This is not the kind of beer that you can drink a lot of, it is a sipper.

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Photo of fishyakLA
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this today one draft at Public School 818 in Sherman Oaks. Since I've liked both Scottish Ales and Oskar Blues products (Ten Fidy = Yaozahh!) I gave it a go. The beer came in a tall glass with a good 1 inch + head. It was a dark brown + deep cherry color. A different and "pretty" beer. The smell was roasty and caramel with a touch of cinnamon. It's a lovely beer. And it goes down too easily for an 8% ABV. There is a lot going on with the beer. As the other comments indicate, there are many elements in the complex flavors but all the pieces play together nicely.

This website just helped me learn the difference between Scottish Ale and this one which falls into the "Wee Heavy" class. The word "heavy" helps make the differences between these two classes of closely related beers apparent. But both style feature more malt and deliver richer, "rounder" flavors. But the "heavies" amp up the alcohol, the roast and the color tending to darker. I am a fan of both styles. If you like these styles Belgium tripels might be your next step on the path.

The other "wee heavy" I had recently was from AleSmith. It was a 2011 cask and had aged very well. There was less alcohol breath in this "wee heavy" and this beer will win the "beauty contest" in a glass. This beer was also slightly more carbonated than the AleSmith version, but I don't know how much of these differences is due to the aging of the AleSmith product. Since this style isn't seen that often in the IPA dominated world on the West Coast, try one to see if you like the style. I do and I will look for this and other similar beers again. It is also nice to know that this product comes canned. I'll keep my eyes open. I wouldn't mind having some available for home use!

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