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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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4,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,446
Reviews: 1,546
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
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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 tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. Half inch of light brown head sits on top with great retention. Caramel malt and roasted malt notes present in the nose. Rich malt character up front in this one; caramely, roasty, toasty. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish. Nice balance, rich, smooth, drinkable; no hint of the ABV.

Great Scotch Ale that's insanely drinkable.

Photo of coalcracker
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep cola-brown with little carbonation.
Smell: Malty and sweet with noted of caramel and roasted malts.
Taste: Deep woody smokiness noted behind a stout wall of sweet maltiness. A trace of fruitiness can be detected amongst other attributes such as caramel, brown sugar, and perhaps a bit of bourbon.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouth-feel. Smoothness carried behind the smoky character of this brew.
Overall: Quite a different interpretation of the Scottish ale IMO. Complex brew that surprised me a bit. Was ok, but not grade A in my honest opinion.

Photo of tommaco
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I first got introduced to beer, a patron at the bar I work at said never to try this beer. Going against what they said became one of the wisest decisions I have ever made. This beer epitomized what I wanted, a strong mouth feel which offered my palate exactly what I wanted.

It's dark, rough, and extremely malty. It has became not only my favorite scotch ale, but my favorite beer overall.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: lots of chocolate, coffee

taste: malt monster, chocolate and caramel

mouthfeel: medium, on the light more than expected.

drinkability: superb.... a new fav of mine. I could have this a few more times.

Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep reddish copper color with a thick foamy white head on top. The clarity of the beer was nice. The smell of the beer was earthy, a little smokey and kind of sweet like caramel. The taste was just about the same, there was a nice amount of sweet malts in this brew and just a touch of some earthy spice in there too. The mouthfeel was creamy and had a medium body to it. Overall this is a really nice Scotch Ale. I would recommend this one to friends how haven't tried it before. Really nice stuff.

Photo of vande
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: as my friend just stated, that's "F'ng dark"... A super dark, almost crayola brown pour with a reasonable thin khaki colored head....which leaves a nice lace retention along the pint...

S: somewhat lighter, but still a presences of malt with splashes of vanilla and caramel

T: holy wow! rich and malty...somewhat sweeter on the palate.. some darker plum type fruit hinted at the back...quite interesting here..watery coffee type flavor

M: Medium bodied and rustic....

0: I'm not a big scottish style ale drinker, but this one could be addictive... Good buy!

Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark amber/brown/purple color. One finger fizzy head that dissaapered quickly.

Smell - Malty, chocolate, vanilla, caramel

Taste - Very rich, smooth and complex. No booziness at all. Malty, complex smokey notes almost like a russian stoudt but without the hop finish.

Mouthfeel - rich and smooth, but kinda flat carbonation

Overall - This is a fine tasting, complex beer. If it looked better with more of a quality head I think it could be a world class wee heavy. Its extremely good though and highly recommend.

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

I've had Old Chub in the can and on-draft. Both delicious, but there's something about the can that makes it better.

Pours a dark brown color with a brownish head.

Smell is malty and sugary, yeast and spicy hops. Very complex and interesting.

Taste is a classic strong ale, with that mix of Scotch thrown in. For a 8% ABV beer, very balanced and easy drinking.

Overall, very nice beer. Just like Dale's Pale Ale.

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had reviewed this previously, with an old can, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this fresh (canned on July 6) at Midtown Wine and Liquors in Nashville, TN a week or so ago.

This is my favorite brew from Oskar Blues. A beer that gets better and better as it warms to room temperature.

Poured aggressively into a Samuel Smith Pint glass and this is one majestic brew, with a head that is three or four times the size of the body underneath, until settling into the glass.

Smell, initially, is some woodiness, but give this beer time to warm up and it's one amazing concoction. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that's really the only negative I find with Old Chub.

I know I'm comparing apples to oranges, but the smell as it warms reminds me of a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. But thank goodness, the taste is anything like GI's BCS, which I found to be a one-and-done beer.. This is my second Old Chub, and even though it's 8 percent ABV, it doesn't seem like it. The alcohol is hidden very well.

The earth tones of Old Chub are overwhelming. This is one awesome beer.

Photo of beerstallion
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass. Apparently a lot of people have qualms about beer in a can. Trash whatever you think. Cans actually preserve beer better than most bottles.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin brown-tan head. No lacing, no head retention.

S: I'm getting a lot of caramel malt with a nice floral hops overtone. It actually smells like scotch on the back end!

T: I didn't think it could but the taste follows the smell. This is a very malty (mostly chocolate, some caramel with a touch of smoky peat) beer with some nice hop in the middle and it actually finishes like it was aged in Scotch barrels.

M: Low to medium carbonation. Old Chub has a nice creamy mouthfeel to it. Even at 8% there is no alcohol dryness on the end.

O: This beer goes perfectly while sipping rye or a highland Scotch. This is a Killians for a beer geek.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a mug

Pours a dark brown with a good, moderately durable, tan head.

Aroma is mainly medium roasted malt with traces of alcohol volatiles and spicy hops.

T - follows nose. No burnt flavor from the dark malt; a trace of hops. Best cold. 3.75

M - near medium body; very good carbonation, light tongue tingle.

O - very good for style, and one of the very few choices of this style available in a can. The wee bit of extra hops in the mix was appreciated. Surprise: went well with a sweet pastry.

Photo of olympicgatorade
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Caramel brown crossed with blood red raspberry. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

S: Toffee, caramel, faint fig or raspberry fruitiness, light booziness.

T: Boozy and fruity up front, chemically sweet and watery end, finishes quickly. Syrupy, faint medicine-y aftertaste.

M: Nice carbonation, lingering cotton-y aftertaste which is a little unpleasant.

O: A decent example of the style. I must admit, this is the first time pouring this beer out, and I have to say I actually prefer it much more drank straight from the can. Not sure what that says about the beer....

Photo of GallowsThief
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz can into my tulip.

A – Pours a caramel brown with just a touch of light tan head that recedes pretty quickly.

S – Nice caramel smell, vanilla, toffee.

T – Caramel like the smell with brown sugar. Almost a bourbon flavor. Vanilla and a creamy milk taste. Coffee but not bittering. Baker’s chocolate. Roasty.

M – Full bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - Really nice in my opinion. Very drinkable with a great taste and mouthfeel. Winner here all the way. Nice.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red/brown color. One-inch tan head. Modest retention, good clarity.

S: Bread crust, vague berry-like fruitiness, smoked malts, and a touch of dark chocolate. A mild floral hop scent too.

T: Raspberry fruitiness up front is a bit jam-like. Sweet bread and brown bread follow. Hint of smoke within it all. Mild grassy hops are hard to pick out. Turns chocolatey toward the finish with tastes of dark chocolate and subtle cocoa. Sweet malts ride it out into the sweet, lingering finish.

M: On the thicker side of medium. Full, mildly chewy and syrupy.

O: A solid representation of the style, though there are others that I favor more.

Notes: A little too estery for my taste. The fruitiness is a bit too forward. I would like it better if the malt tastes had a chance to operate without the fruity distractions. The smoked malt tastes also take on more of that rauchbier campfire character rather than that peaty smokiness I look for in the style. A solid brew, but not the best out there.

Photo of atr2605
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a very deep brown with a head that does not last long
S-tons of caramel, malt, honey, apple
T-everything that is in the aroma comes through nicely in the flavor. hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check and provides nice balance. A little candied plum through in the finish
M-medium-full bodied

Photo of fsvan
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into New Belgium Globe.

A- Dark copper, like a very old penny. Pretty opaque. Two fingers of lacing off white head.

S- Big peaty malts. A bit of sweetness. There is smoked malt used in this, and knowing that I can maybe pick out a bit of it. No hop presence to speak of. Alcohol very hidden. A malt bomb, for sure.

T- Follows the smell. Massive peaty malts. A bigger malty sweetness than in the nose. A slight bitterness, followed by a prolonged sweetness on the finish.

M- Full bodied. Amazingly smooth. Perfectly carbonated. A 5.

O- I really like this beer. One of favorite wee heavys to date, for sure.

Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep brownish shade with ruby highlights and a head with a persistent retention that makes up for its lack of sheer size. Patchy sheets of lacing partially drip back in.

Appropriately robust malty nose full of toffee, caramel and sweet chocolate. A hint of smoke so small that it goes undetected until it warms for a bit. Thickish sticky body with leafy, earthy hops and a touch of tobacco cutting through the sweetness. Smoke is still nothing but a hint; a dash more would really take this to the next level. Still quite tasty, with enough carbonation and bitterness to keep things moving along pretty well. A few tweaks away from the next level, but an easy recommendation.

Photo of bierguru
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep deep dark mahogany color, the head is the weak part of its apperance it pours a thin white head that fades and laces out to quick for my tastes

S - super malty, some evident chocolate flavor and maybe a brush of alcohol

T - taste of rich malty chocolate, kind of like malt balls, you also get hints of hops it only adds a slight bitterness to it

M - perfectly carbonated. nothing harsh in the feel just smooth and light

D - its a very nice and light beer way awesome with a burger
one of the first canned craft beers ive had and it was great

Photo of SykDoc
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. It pours a dark mahogany color and forms a 1/8 inch tan head that reduces to essentially no lacing. Carbonation is visible.

The aroma is rather good with a primarily caramel malt punch and just a bit of booze. Not complex, but good.

The taste is again that upfront caramel sweetness mixed with a bready component and that alcohol hit. Just a mild smokiness hidden in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mildly high level of carbonation for the flavor. Some stickiness lingers, with a bit of bite from the alcohol.

This is an easy beer to drink and has all of the makings of a great scotch ale, but does not break through in the individual components. I also think this is what makes it more sessionable to me.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #38
Served On: 8/18/2011
Glassware: Pint

Grabbed a six-pack on my last beer run and laid a couple down in the beer cellar. I’m anxious to see how well beer in a can will age.

Look: Poured a deep dark mahogany. Tan creamy head that didn’t last long. Signs of good lacing already started.

Smell: Roasty notes with some whiskey mixed in. Also noticed a bland chocolate – like baking cocoa.

Taste: This beer seemed sweet at first; then turned to an unsweetened chocolate with a roasted whiskey burn in the background. The aftertaste was a real bland malt with some roasted qualities that lingered. No real smokey notes like in most scotch ales, but the palate I was getting worked real well for the style. Sometimes the smoke flavor can seem artificial – like in the Sam Adams Scotch Ale.

This was a wonderful beer. It certainly held up to the other high quality offerings from Oskar Blues. It even kind of reminded me of a Dogfish Head Raison D'etre, but without the alcohol burn. I can’t wait to have one after ageing for a year or two.

Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark brown colour with a touch of garnet colour to it. Smooth but small tan head. Fair head retention.

Rich, bready malt aroma with some peat and spicy alcohol. A touch earthy and herbal. Nice.

Rich, caramelised and bready malt with a touch of smoky peat and some alcohol. A little one dimensional actually and not my favourite Wee Heavy.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. A touch fizzy.

This is not the most amazing Wee Heavy ever. In fact, the issue for me is that it is more akin to a Doppelbock than a Wee Heavy with all the bready melanoidins going on. The peat is a nice touch but it doesn't all come together for me.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green can poured into a standard pint glass....

The beer poured a nice dark caramel ruby color. Off white/tan head. The head stuck around for the entire duration of the beer which was an added bonus. Smell was very malty and sweet- sugary. Taste was beautiful. Malt bomb here. Candy, booze, fruits...some grainy aspects. Awesome beer. Such a treat.

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance – Clear reddish brown colour with an average size frothy beige/light brown coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, dark fruits, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, butterscotch, smoke/roasted nuts and some dark fruits. I think there is also a little bit of a chocolate flavour going on. It finishes with a malty and smokey aftertaste.

Overall – The alcohol was well hidden and the beer had a really great balance. I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer but this was definitely one of the better ones that I've had.

Photo of Duff27
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A- Half-inch tan fizzy head recedes fairly quickly into a ring around the pint glass. Color is a dark(!) ruby red, nearly opaque but not quite....and honestly is what is saving the appearance rating for me. No lacing.

S- Nice caramelly malty goodness. Perhaps some booze.

T- Caramel malts, sweetness. A touch of peat and breadiness. Low hops on this scotch. Alcohol is apparent.

M- Medium-thick mouthfeel for the style. Lower end of carbonation as well.

D/O- First Oskar Blues reviewed and I have to say I was a tad underwhelmed. One of my new(er)-found favorite styles, this one falls into the second tier. Thanks for the go MammothBrew!

Photo of obrendano
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

realized recently that I have not yet tried any of the canned craft beers I see every week at the store. can poured into a glass

A - deep deep dark mahogany color, head comes and goes mostly, but some sticks to the glass the whole ride

S - super malty, some evident chocolate flavor and maybe a brush of alcohol

T - overriding taste of rich chocolate, had to double check and make sure I didn't accidentally pick up the Stout and didn't realize it. huge chocolate flavor, malted milk balls, caramel, nary a hop makes its way through save for maybe a slight fruitiness. the name of the game here, as with most great Scotch beers is deep, rich toasty malt tones.

M - a little under-carbonted, but still very good. probably the best beer I've ever had from a can.

D - relatively inexpensive at my favorite store for under $2 per can in a mix and match 6er. this is a great Friday night beer to go along with a burger

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