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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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4,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,481
Reviews: 1,556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 166
Gots: 618 | 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 Paincane
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy cola colored pour into pint glass. Tan head leaves moderate lacing.
S: Aroma of malt and alcohol.
T: Tastes include a hint of caramel, sweet malt with slight warmth of ethanol.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Delicious and very drinkable.

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep Carmel/cola color with a one-fingered tan head that disappears quickly. No lacing

S - Malt, brown sugar, yeast and a little alcohol

T - The taste is coffee, chicory, bitter hops, malt, burnt sugar and alcohol.

M - medium-bodied, abundant carbonation of small fizzy bubbles.

O - I wasn't overwhelmed by Old Chubb. It's bitterness is pervasive and a bit heavy. It's a pleasant drink but not the best in class

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark, almost opaque brown, with a thin head that recedes to almost nothing.

S: Nose like maple, brown sugar, peat.

T: Tastes like more of the same, toasted brown sugar and a little bit of smoke, as well as a bit of Tootsie roll-like cocoa powder.

M: Slightly dry and bitter finish, but malt is the master here.

O: Highly drinkable.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A: Pours deep brown with two fingers worth of tan head. Good lacing

S: Rich milky caramel and sweet grains. Hop bitterness is slightly diserenable along with a little roast.

T: Pretty sweet! Caramelized sugar sweetness and a slight dose of coffee like acidity. Hops balance it out, but work behind the scenes and don't make their flavour apparent.

D: Pretty smooth stuff for 8%. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a bit of prickly carbonation. The price is right with this sixer (unlike their 4-packs) and this is going to be a go-to for me.

Overall: Really solid brew from Oskar Blues. A bit on the sweeter side vs. something like Dirty Bastard, but its a great after dinner beer. Tasty stuff.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep garnet in color with a creamy light tan colored cap. Rather opaque body. Some spider web lacing inside the glass.

The aroma is all malt. Layers of sweet caramel with toasted nuts and a faint hint of smoke. One dimensional, as the style usually is.

All malt all day. Big sticky caramel, some dark fruits and a nice layer of smoke to round things out.

Full bodied, lush and sticky in spots. The finish is sweet and fruity.

This is a nice change of pace beer, but the style is a little on dimensional for my taste.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on Nitro @ Bier Stein into 8oz snifter

A - Pours a deep clear garnet w/ thick fluffy beige head & classic nitro lacing

S - Smells of biscuits, caramel and toffee, dark dried fruits, clean, no hops.

T - Tastes of toffee & caramel, dark dried fruits, light spice could be hops or alcohol, can't tell. Bread dough. Clean & smooth

M - Rich, creamy, smooth, full body, clean finish

O - Deep, robust, smooth, clean, big, perfect. Always love a Chub.

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

Drank 10/30/11. Happy day before Halloween to me.

A: A robust (REALLY ROBUST), almost opaque amber that leaves a nice head. It sure looks like what I'd expect from a scottish ale.

S: Whew. Malt malt malt. Lots and lots of caramely malt. I'm not getting much else at all aside from a wee whiff o' smoke. A little one-note for my taste, but intriguing nonetheless.

T: Huh. Well it's definitely on the sweet side, but not as bad as ig could be. Here, let me take a step back

A strong backbone of caramel-y goodness underlies the gently smoking first sip, with perhaps some ever-so-slight hoppiness attempting to provide a counter. Ok. Now where was I? Oh yes. Sweet. Very sweet. Not a bad thing, but not that great either.

M: Ever-so-slightly weaker than I was hoping for, but it hides all trace of the booze and sits comfortably on the palate. If it were heavier I'd like it A LOT.

O: Good. Very good. Especially in a can. But not quite as good as it could be. Kudos to Oskar!

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

(reviewed from notes; sampled mid-October '11)

Pours a nice deep reddish-brown. Small head sticks around, light alcohol feet. Smells of malt and dark candied fruit. Taste follows nose. Medium body, very lightly creamy mouthfeel. Solid brew, decent price and love the can. Would not seek out like a lost treasure, but would definitely buy again.

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

12oz. can poured to a globe.

Deep walnut brown with garnet highlights. 1/2" of toffee colored head. Left quickly, but thinnest of lace remains.
Richly sweet aroma.  Dark caramel aromas, with the slightest hints of smoked nuts.

Sweet almost burnt caramel up front. Faint hits of date like flavors as it warms up. A very soft roasted malt flavor with a ever so subtle smokey finish.  A deliciously complex malt experience. While slightly bitter, zero hop flavor. Any bitterness seems to come from the darker caramel and toasted malts.

Full bodied, relatively sticky beer that clings to the palate as expected in such a malt bomb of a beer.

This is a magnificent colder weather beer for me. From a guy who loves his IPAs, this is a great malty change of pace. One if the better examples of the style to me, less purely sweet and nicely complex.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear, dark brown, one slightly off white bubbly head.

S: Boozy, malty, and mossy. The scotch smell is strong, smells warm and leathery.

T: Heavy malt and scotch/bourbon flavor. Noticeable alcohol, dried apple and fig.

M: Creamy and thick with a long lingering aftertaste.

O: A strong, satisfying ale. Great tasting and full flavored, could definitely drink on one or two of these especially on a cold evening.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Malty sweet caramal, burnt toffee, just a touch of dark fruits.

L: Dark brown, slightly murky, light tan head that dissipates to a dusting.

T: Clean malty sweetness with some slight fruity notes on the tail end. Low bitterness leads to more residual sweetness before drying slightly. Some sherry notes as it warms.

M: Slick medium mouthfeel, medium low carbonation.

Excellent, very smooth, alcohol low and huge malty flavors. Exactly what i want in a scottish beer.

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

A - Just as Oskar Blues themselves claim - looks just like cola, yet with a nice tan head that keeps a thin surfrace throughout. Very spotted lacing falls ever so slowly.

S - Sweet and smoky malts! Very modest presentation of dark cherry and plum, but not in the Belgian sense. Really enjoying the push and pull quality between the robust and reserved characteristics - hard to find in a Scotch Ale.

T - Think as if a chocolate bar was sitting over hickory smoke for at least an hour. Contains the robust bitterness of mocha, but the sweet malts come through for a delicious and complex balance. Can't forget about the sweet dark fruitiness as well.

M - Milky smoothness alongside a dense modest carbonation. Easy on the palate all the way.

O - This is just a great beer. I was introduced to this in college and have suggested it to so many people looking to explore the craft world. It is accessible to the non-craft drinker due to its sweetness and unpredictable nature, yet complex enough to leave anyone to their senses. Enjoyed many times, and I hope that it will be available for years to come.

Photo of kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/brown with just a hint of head. Smells mildly sweet of caramel, biscuit, mild citrus hops and maybe some dark raisins and dates.
Taste is much like the smell, smooth and a bit thin with low carbonation. It's not an aggressive ale and gets much better as it warms up a bit. Leaves a lingering, slightly astringent aftertaste.

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This is the least sweet scotch ale I've ever had. I find it very strange. The smell was earthy and metallic. The taste is distinctly not sweet for a scotch ale. An astringent taste of hops is also present. Only very light, but it seems the bitterness is not primarily of roasted malts or so it seems to me. The mouthfeel is very thick. It even seems somewhat oily. The lack of sweetness is so striking considering how cloying most examples of the style are. It's hard for me to decide if I like it since it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm going to have to go with no, it's not very good. It's not sweet enough. I want my Scotch ale to be sweet, not a dry maltiness.

Photo of SteveS1
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Translucent dark ruby, large foamy tan head after a vigorous pour. Minor lacing.

Smell: Malty butterscotch, caramel, and cereal grains. Sweet toffee, and a hint of toasty alcohol.

Taste: Rum-raisin on the tongue, dried dark fruits and bitter chocolate at the palate, rich peaty alcohol going down.

Feel: A wee bit heavy? Full-bodied and a little chewy, slight carbonation.

Drink: Like many sweet and malty beers, it's very drinkable, but also like many sweet and malty beers, high abv makes it dangerous. Enjoy this as you would a fine single malt - one that you happen to have a full glass of!

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best beer from a can!

Old Chub is a dark brown color that's quite appealing, but nothing special. It has a toffee like smell, with some sweetness. The taste is a pleasant strong malt with hints of caramel that you can feel all the way to the stomach. Goes fantastic with heavier meals such as a burger or pork chop, and is of course a great sipper.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, garnered somewhere in Montana, Idaho, or Oregon this past summer - I've forgotten exactly where. "Chub at 1st sight" - heh.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and playfully bubbly beige head, which wisps away quite slowly, leaving some loosely webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel and toffee malt, a bit of toasted wood, light boggy peat notes, and nutty milk chocolate, all underwritten by a simmering booze warmth. The taste is somewhat astringent woody caramel malt, treacle (or molasses, for all ya 'mericans), bittersweet chocolate, ethereal cold black coffee, a bit of sour fig and date fruitiness, and earthy, floral, and spicy vegetal hops.

The carbonation is average, just a wee prickly frothiness for our trouble, the body a hefty medium weight, and smooth as can be amongst that edgy booze. It finishes still kind of sweetly malty, but of a sort increasingly overwhelmed by an emboldened drying push from sly meaty smoke and equally sneaky alcohol.

Well, this puts the 'Scotch' in Scotch Ale, it does, without going overboard with all that Islay wankery. Sweet? Aye. Cloying? Nae. The wood, smoke, peat, and booze, all in their relatively minute amounts, contribute to the balance in this offering, and weirdly make it all work. Chubalicious!

Photo of NWer
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Chub never disappoints and it's about time I reviewed this beer.
Poured deep brown quickly fading head into a tulip. Nice caramel notes in the aroma and taste. Very smooth malt/milky smoothness.
The perfect alternative to give the palate a rest from hop attacks.
Very enjoyable and would be a great session beer for football season except for the 8% abv.
So, I have to sip. No big deal.

Photo of RFModeler
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can and poured into a 16oz pilsner glass.

A: Dark brown amber color. Thin head almost a half finger that leaves enough lacing to last between sips.

S: Very malty and sweet to the nose. Also smells of old wood and a similar sweet smell that you would experience from a home brewed beer. A very slight hint of alcohol.

T: Very rich and creamy with a little bit of bitterness that lingers in your mouth for a while. Tastes heavily of roasted barley and definitely alcoholey.

M: A bit heavy on the carbonation and somewhat chewy

O: Great beer that would go well with a rich dinner. I would probably tire after about two beers which is probably good for as high as the alcohol content is. Would easily overwhelm a lighter food dish that would accompany it.

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