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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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3,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,848
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 131
Gots: 309 | FT: 5
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:
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."

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-13-2003)
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Photo of ahalloin


4.08/5  rDev +2%

Old Chub pours a cloudy brown color with hints of red. A nice finger width light tan head formed as I poured, fairly slowly.

The aroma is not overly powerful but has a distinctive caramelly smell along with a hint of green apple. Caramelled apple anyone?

The taste is dominated by the sweetness of the malt. Dark, caramelly, maple syrup malt! Very little bitterness, which is typical for a Scotch Style Ale. There is sweet up front with a heavy roasty quality in a back-handed sort of way. A bit of the aforementioned green apple comes up in the back end as well.

Old Chub leaves a dense roasty aftertaste as well.

Man, this is a complex Scotch Style ale. Beautiful stuff.

01-13-2009 02:30:04 | More by ahalloin
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: Dark brown/black with a tan head. Not too much retention

Aroma: Malts, sweetness, maybe some caramel

Taste: The caramel contributes to the sweetness, alongside a decent malt backing. Basically...caramel sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied...kind of syrupy. Goes down well and all too

Drinkability: Alcohol is a bit high for this...ABV is already a high number..but you can just feel the alcohol on this one. Tastes good, but I wouldn't session this. Recommended

01-12-2009 06:34:02 | More by kshankar
Photo of drgonzo3705


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

A: A very cola-ish brown with very little head and slight lacing.

S: Malts with some smokiness going on as well.

T: A rich malt flavor with some caramel and toffee.

M: Medium bodied and oily.

D: Not my favorite of the style or brewery but I could see this being very drinkable. I wish there was a bit sweetness to it, but oh well its still a very good brew!

01-08-2009 03:41:39 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of HeyItsChili


3.8/5  rDev -5%

A - Pours a dark garnet with a thin beige head. Very thick and syrupy coming out of the can.

S - Smells extremely sweet with a powerful caramel brown sugar essence.

T - Tastes like dark caramel and roasted malts, very syrupy.

M - Extremely thick and syrupy. I'm going to try and say syrupy as much as I can in this review. Syrupy. Syrupy.

Notes - Drinkability is low because it's just so darn sweet. And syrupy. Syrupy.

Syrupy count - 9

01-07-2009 00:18:15 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of BARFLYB


2.95/5  rDev -26.3%

12oz can poured into regular plain pint glass, from a fairly new batch. I'm guessing that the colors on the can represent a kilt.

A- Old Chub SSA pours a dark cola like color but is not black. Coming from the can OC has a medium thickness to it. A very aggressive pour yeilded a dismal tan head that was not to appealing to look at. No lacing was present after consuming.

S- A bunch of malts packed together is the dominate smell coming to me, including chocolate malts. A little bit of hops help out but are barely featured. A bit of smoke rounds out the smell. I'm expecting a malt bomb from the smell.

T- While taking some generous sips all i get from OC is malt and more malt with some chocolate tones. Many sweet flavors come forth including caramel and toffee. The smoked grains used leave for a good amount of smoke on the finish. It took a lot of concentration to detect any hops as OC reached room temperature.

M- OC has a creamy ans slick mouthfeel while at times can be chewy. A heavy body and no carbonation present from this scottish ale. It does a good job of coating the palette leaving the flavors to linger for some time. Alcohol is present and I would like a little more carb. OC did kind of leave a nasty aftertaste.

D- Old Chub is pretty popular but it's not for me. It was a chore to finish the can and i tired of this beer rather quickly. The malts just dominated leaving no room for a variety of flavors to come forth, but i believe that's what scotch ales are all about. I have some cans left and will use them for cooking or take them to parties.

Not my favorite from Oskar Blues, but worth a try.

01-06-2009 19:08:46 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of scifan

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from 12oz. can into my fav pint glass. Pours a beautiful dark chesnut brown with a small head that quickly faded leaving behind some nice lacing. Huge amounts of caramel malts along with some chocolate also detecting a small amount of hop aroma with a little alcohol. Cannot believe this stuff came out of a can big roasty caramel flavors, also a nice smoky chocolaty character. Very sweet but not sryuppy and a nice warming alcohol as you swallow. I could drink a couple of these babies pretty easily. Awesome brew.

01-05-2009 02:38:10 | More by scifan
Photo of cpn920

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Second Oskar Blues beer for me this evening and this didn't disappoint. Poured a reddish brown with virtually no head. Big malt smell with no hops that I could detect. The taste was sweet and creamy with a nice roasted flavor along with some caramel. Little carbonation with a dry finish. I would have two or three of these over the course of the evening and not be disappointed.

01-04-2009 04:02:09 | More by cpn920
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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a mahogany brown color with red highlights. Small off white head and light lacing, with no visibly carbonation bubbles. Smell is fantastic! Nothing but chocolate covered toffee in the nose, the lightest bit of roastiness, and a hint of nuttiness. I love it. Taste is reminiscent of Heath Bars. The rich chocolate and caramel flavors mix nicely and hop bitterness is virtually non-existent. This is a malt bomb to be sure. Thick and creamy feel to this one, almost no carbonation bite at the end, which I'm sort of missing right now. If this beer was carbonated properly it would be a winner for sure! Very drinkable for the high ABV, alcohol is well hidden. I enjoyed sipping on this six pack slowly over the last week. When, oh when can we get Oskar Blues in Minnesota??

01-03-2009 06:39:36 | More by KeefD
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2.88/5  rDev -28%

Poured from can to pint glass.

A. Poured deep reddish brown color, not much of a head after

S. Rich roasted malts smell, chocolate, caramel.

T. Weird sweetness up front, almost burnt. Dry finish

M. Medium-heavy body, good carbonation

D. The alcohol is well hidden, thats about all i like about this. Not my type of beer

01-02-2009 01:42:25 | More by Silenus89
Photo of jwinship83


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

thank you yesac for this can in a trade

A- very dark brown with a little red around the edges when held up to the light. almost no head at all.

S- earthy/peaty odors with alot of caramel smelling malts.

T- earthy and peaty with a bit of smokiness in there too. lots of malt. slight warming as it goes down.

M- thick and syrupy with almost no carbonation. what i was expecting when i opened it.

D- this can was a treat. pretty easy to drink and a good representation of the style. something i would buy again if it was available here.

12-29-2008 14:57:01 | More by jwinship83
Photo of biggmike


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

This poured poured dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a very thin off-white head. The aroma was of malty sweetness, but not very dominant. The taste was of caramel and peat. It was sticky sweet, but so very smooth and easy-drinking. Did not seem like it was 8%abv to me, as I could easily drink a few of these. I really enjoyed this one.

12-28-2008 08:45:33 | More by biggmike
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Purchased at Capital City Package in Atlanta.
12oz can.

A- Pours a dark amber with a small tan head that clings to the outer ridge of the glass. Poured rather thick, and yet clear at the same time.
S- Not much going on here. Even after some agitation all I get is a faint hint of sweetness and malts.
T- Despite the aroma (or lack thereof) this is a tasty scotch ale. Very sticky, sweet, with a great caramel malt backbone. It does leave a little bit boozy though.
M- Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with little to no cabonation. Heavy body on this one.
D- This is thick and heavy and does't go down too smoothly. With the ABV I'd have a hard time getting through mroe than one or two.

Overall, a solid beer. Give me more. This would be a optimal beer to take hiking/camping trip, and the best scotch ale I've had in can, hands down!

12-26-2008 03:56:24 | More by mrandypandy
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%

poured from a 12oz can into a guiness pint glass.

Appearance: Agressive pour yielded no head whatsoever. For this style of beer I wouldnt have expected any less, but i did this to airate the beer to get some better aromas. Looked thick and syrupy.

Smell: Smells like smoked malts and bacon a little bit. Some maple and some cured meats came through.

Taste: Very very boozy. It was my first beer of the day and i should have started with somehting a little lighter to build up to this. Tastes like smoked and roasted malts and maple bacon.

Mouthfeel: thick, syrupy, rich and coats the palate very well. Leaves a boozy aftertaste.

Drinkability: I wouldnt session this beer. it was tasty but half of it went down the drain. Nice beer for those one a night beers, but I think it needs some food with it. Alcohol comes through too much.

12-25-2008 22:47:31 | More by Augustiner719
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

Nice very dark brown appearance. Small head to start which quickly fades leaving little lacing. Sweet smells with a little but not enough smoke. Some caramel and dark candyish tastes - again not enough peat for the style and maybe a little too sweet. Hides the 8% ABV very well. Medium to full bodied. You could drink a few of these if your a big malt beer guy. For me, one of these a night is enough.

12-25-2008 01:43:44 | More by roscoehnj
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13%

A: Poured a dark, ruby-brown with a compact creamy light tan head that failed to stay around long enough to enjoy.

S: A light smoked, dry maltiness along with light chocolate and dried raisins.

T: The flavor opens with a big bitterness, light smoked peat and malt with a dried burnt caramel offering is brought by the moderatly strong carbonation. Some alcohol, whiskey barrel notes round things out. Overall was an okay showing but lacked body, and came off a little thin style wise while the carbonation distracted from the smooth creamy nature.

M: a strong fizzy carbonation, dry with some booziness with a medium viscosity.

D: Overall only a slightly above average beer per style and slightly above average drinkability. Much better examples out there.

12-23-2008 00:11:57 | More by beerthulhu
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3.43/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a thick viscous dark brown with a small head that quickly fleets my eyes and leaves little to no lace.

Aroma is sweet with a little smokiness and some earthyy hops way in the back. Sweet dark fruits too.

Flavor is the same as above. Too sweet for my taste, but is good for the style I guess.

Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous.
Full bodied.

Cloying to me, so not very drinkable.

12-22-2008 19:29:21 | More by hoplover82
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3.8/5  rDev -5%

poured a deep burgandy brown with a thick tan head.
getting caramel malts some dark fruits and hops. all on the sweet side
a bit on the sweet side. The caramel malts stand out. getting some chocolate also
medium body and creamy. light carbonation good overal
a good beer overall will enjoy again

12-22-2008 06:03:27 | More by seanpachefddfa
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4/5  rDev 0%

A: This beer pours a deep, amber color with very little head.

S: Although the aroma is not strong, it is pleasant. Caramel and roasted malts shine up front... dark fruits, chocolate and hops are also detectable. It's a sweet smell on the whole, but not overtly so, smells like it has some underlying complexity to it.

T: This beer is rather sweet on the tongue as well, but it's not as prominent as it is in the aroma. The caramelized malts and dark fruit seem to be the dominant flavor, although there are some subtle hop flavors coming in afterwords. Very well balanced. The lingering flavor is a toasted, caramel-malt blend that is sweet and sticky.

M: This beer has some substance to it. I would say it has a medium body. It is not at all watered down and is perhaps even a bit syrupy. The carbonation is there, but not overpowering. Very pleasant on the tongue.

D: Although this beer is a little on the heavy side, it is still rather drinkable. This is probably due in part to it's flavor, which isn't overbearing and doesn't leave you feeling too full. That said, two of these would probably be my limit. Not a session beer, but it's very tasty!

12-21-2008 00:35:38 | More by kflorence
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Enjoyed on-tap at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA. Served up in a pint glass.

Ruby-brown in color with a rather scant, cream-colored head of creamy foam that trails quickly and leaves a few legs of lacing on the glass.

A mild aroma of toffee, dark fruit, chocolate and some alcohol presents itself, but overall the nose is rather subdued.

Nice and full in body, with delicious flavors of roasted and full-on chocolate malt flavors, mixing with a bit of caramel sweetness and a balancing middle of slight bitterness. A big load of warming alcohol intersperses itself throughout, carrying through into the finish along with a pleasant malty, chocolatey sweetness.

Quite delightful in flavor, this one screams for more, but after two pints the alcohol grabs hold of the head and slows down time, meaning any more than that and some memories may be lost -- and a solid review would not be possible.

Overall, excellent, and one I would not hesitate to return to.

12-19-2008 04:29:30 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Just tapped on home system. Kegged date is August with no year??? Not sure if that means consume by Aug09 or Kegged on Aug08?

Appearance is dark red like wine, this could pass for a porter bordering on a stout easily.

Smell is just awesome. Sweet cherry caramel.

Taste is not as sweet as I was expecting with the smell. Definitely get some black currant cherry and dark chocolate malt. Extremely smooth to drink. At 8% ABV not a session beer, but definitely can down a few in one sitting.

Never had this out of the can but after having it on Tap, not sure I want to.

Awesome beer and worthy of its ranking.

12-18-2008 22:41:44 | More by Kolsch
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

12 oz. can poured into an American pint glass

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown; almost opaque. Light was able to get through the very bottom of the glass. Had a short, off-white head that thinned out very quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly smelled of butterscotch and alcohol.

T: Very sweet, butterscotch flavors with a barely-concealed alcohol burn that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M: Thin and a bit tingly, with a strong alcohol presence that warms the mouth and throat.

D: Not an everyday drinker for me, but Scotch Ales are a bit sweet for my tastes. Definitely a good beer for the winter, though, as it has a very warming effect. I probably wouldn't do more than one, though.

12-15-2008 07:25:15 | More by SerieDNo3
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

A - Solid dark maroon. Small head that quickly fades to a thin layer

S - Sweet dark fruits and caramel

T - Right along with the smell.. complex dark fruits and caramel.. brown sugar sweetness to it overall. So smooth.. wicked easy to drink. 8% is very well hidden.

M - Smooth on the palate.. not sticky

D - extremely high.. very smooth and sweet.

12-15-2008 01:31:41 | More by Yesac
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4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

Can at home brew club event.

A - Pours dark brown, 1 fingered head, dissipates fast. Light lacing from pour into glass.

S - Brown sugar, caramel, smoke, and nuttiness.

T - Same as above. Reminds me strangely of coke, but with alcohol.

M - Real viscousy and rich. Good.

D - Real good, wish I could have a few more.

12-14-2008 18:25:51 | More by MisterClean
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Dark brown with nice mild carbonation. Slight tan head but it dissipates pretty quickly

S: Sugary malt balls. This is a seriously malty beer. Slight smokiness to it.

T/M: Sugary malt indeed. The sugar and malt are in great balance, and there's lots of coffee, chocolate and caramel in the finish. Just the faintest bit of smokiness which is good for my tastes since I don't generally like that. Mouthfeel is good, but a little more creaminess would go better.

D: Awesome drinkability despite the abv, which is really the only knock in this category. I could have several. Very solid effort

A great one for the holidays. Given the reasonableness of a six-pack of this in price and availability, this is a great everyday beer.

12-14-2008 03:03:58 | More by abfraser
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4/5  rDev 0%

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Pours murky brown with a short off-white head. Peat, molasses, leather, and smoke in the nose. Rich caramel taste with nuts, followed by the peat/smoke and a bitter finish. Kind of chewy ending. Good stuff. Heard that it is just as good out of the can.

12-10-2008 22:52:08 | More by magictrokini
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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