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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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4,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,361
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 152
Gots: 531 | FT: 8
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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 jgreenearrow
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly transparent caramel brown color. 1/4' head developed at the top of the pour with some slight lacing throughout the glass.

S: The beer is very sweet in the nose. Some malt presence, but mostly sweet caramel and brown sugar accompanied by raisins, apricots, and plums.

T: The taste follows the nose, sweet. Sweet malts hit the tongue at the outset. A strong raisin flavor enters in the middle accompanied by caramel, plums, and some apricot flavor. Some slight bitterness in the finish followed by some minor warming from the alcohol presence.

M: The mouthfeel is thin on the tongue with a syrupy quality. A little more carbonation would benefit this beer.

Overall, this is a good beer. It is definitely too sweet to be a session beer. I might could drink two in a sitting, but that would be difficult. The flavors are complex and balanced, but overall the sweetness dominates.

Photo of whatthehull
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted April 14th 2011 (from notes)

Poured onto a New Belgium snifter
A - Blood red, half finger, tan head, little lacing

S - Sweet malt, molasses, cocaine, brown sugar, yeast, wheat, barley, maybe an herbal hop? Or just an herb. Chocolate, dark. Oak and a hint of a chit forward red blend

T - Toastiness, the wine nose is in the taste, the herb hop or just herb is very much there. Some brown sugar and/or molasses, the coke flavor is in the finish. Big malty bomb and some chocolate

M - Chewy, sticky, long finish, nice acid and nice bittersweet balance

D - At 8% ABV, this drink like a 4%. Tastes great, goes down well and gives you a nice buzz

Final thought - Oskar blues, you have done it again. Thank you!

Photo of TheBrewo
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark, nut brown- maroon. It allows light through, giving flashes of brighter red, but is by no means transparent. There is a brief, one finger head the color of cream. This dissipates into a ghostly white film across the top, organized by delicate swirls. Spots of lacing are left about the glass. Carbonation appears mild. The aroma is like a boozy, but milder doppelbock. It has nice caramel malts, with clear hints of fusel alcohols breaking through. There is a definite brown sugar sweetness, and a darkened sweetness, of molasses or burnt toffee. We also detect a musk, with earthy yet buttery diacetyls. As we sip, the first thing noted is a cooked sweetness, of sugar glazed carrots, and a grassiness, but not of hops. There are also tannins to it, with the drying similarity of unsweetened iced tea. The malts arrive through the middle, with their darkness and that booze, exactly as they did in the nose. We transition to the finish with a peak of brown sugary sweetness, and cleaner malts. Here, too, we get that earthy, grassy taste, of clean grain stalk. The aftertaste breathes of tea-like coolness, with a bit of lemongrass, caramelized malts, and general cleanliness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium, and nicely contributory. The mouth is left cooled with each sip, with little coating or slurpability, but it has a light calm to it. The tongue is slightly dried, but the mouth is really otherwise unaffected. The abv is within range, and this one drinks with ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the earthiness and musk of tea, which became even more apparent in the mild astringency of the mouthfeel. This was a lighter end beer, but it had all of the nice flavoring of a scotch ale. While it was at times almost too light, it retained enough flavor and kick, giving a tasty and unique brew.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues with another really good beer!!!! This Scottish ale is quite sweet. There is a malt used to obtain this sweetness....and I dont like it per se. In a Scottish Ale I would like to taste more roast and earthy tones. The color of this beer was quite nice...dark amber with thin white head. There was nothing really to smell. The taste was very sweet....the malt used was loaded with molassis or brown sugar or caramel. I would compare this to the Malzbeer served in Brazil. Mouthfeel is fine...just to sweet for me!

Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into a pint glass.

A: Super sexy cascading bubbles are the first thing I notice as I fill my glass. Dark chestnut brown with blood red edges. Solid two fingers of cinnamon hued head. Sticky lace coats the the glass.

S: Rich figgy pudding. Dark fruit, cinnamon, caramel malt, brown sugar. Sweet and inviting. Mild coffee and chocolate as well.

T: Again loads of dark fruit drizzled with coffee and chocolate. Brown sugar and cinnamon. Toasted bread crust.

M: Medium to full body. Mild carbonation.

O: A true meal in a glass. Like a loaf of cinnamon toast. Rich and satisfying.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber color with a light brown head. In the aroma, sweet earth and a hint of caramel. In the taste, caramel, a light roast, and a small presence of earthiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry caramel like aftertaste. Hides the 8% well, and a nice small earthiness.

Photo of craytonic
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut-brown pour, thin head, no lacing:

Smell: Rich sweet malts, figs, dates, booze

Taste: Huge maltiness, caramel, toffee, touch of brandy. A bit boozy

Mouthfeel: Big body, medium carbonation

Overall: Fairly good scotch ail, and neat that it is in cans.

Photo of Jimmys
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark brown, more of a ruby when held to light. reddish hued head died sort of rapid and is not leaving any lace behind.

S: candied apple. pecan pie. dark belgian candied syrup. just a touch of earthy smoke at the tail-end.

T: apricots glazed in a brown sugar reduction. loads of sweetness. similar to the nose, getting the same pecan pie-like flavors. a little bit of that earth-like smoke, but i wish i was getting more of it. really boxed out by the sweetness.

M: medium carbonation on a medium body. actually expecting this one to be a little larger and in charger, but just kind of middle of the road.

D: definitely sweet, but was hoping for something more in this one. got some of that smoke in the nose, but not on the palate, which was kind of a let down. if the abv were a bit lower i may have expected less complexity but that's not the case.

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He hates these cans! Stay away from the cans!! Wait, don't be a jerk... Give it a shot... So I grabbed a 6-pack today at Jaspers for $9.99 because I can. Let's go!

Poured one into an imperial nonic, and Chubs color was a lovely, deep, clear garnet. Head was next to nothing, just a smidge of beige bubbles doing a rim-cling. Lace? Not there either. Like the aroma, which is malty sweet with rich caramel. Chub is fairly smooth, with a medium body tagging along.

Flavor is solidly in the malty-sweet category, with plenty of caramel-toffee coating the palate. There's one characteristic lurking in there that reminds me of some caramelized brown sugar. It's somewhat earthy, and subtle smokiness does become evident after a few sips. Solid, overall. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Photo of n00tz
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep red body, thin but tight head. slow yet constant carbonation.

S - Caramel malts, dark molasses, and vanilla.

T - Sweet molasses, honey, a subtle mild vanilla, bready yeast. Wow. Delicious from a can... who knew that was possible?

M - Heavy and smooth, soft on the palate. Like a root beer float, or butterbeer (if you've been to Universal's Harry Potter).

D - I'm not the type to take alcohol on a backpacking trip, but I'd certainly entertain the idea of keeping a cooler nearby for these on a car camping trip. This would be great with smoked meat or seafood.

Photo of kenito799
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a tall beer glass

Amber with golden highlights. Lots of lacing. This brew smells fantastic, caramelized malt, subtle hops. The flavor has sucha nice bite and balanced complexity between the malt and hops, alcohol apparent but that just adds to the effect. This is an awesome brew. I applaud the use of the can which protects freshness better than bottles. Can't wait to try other Oskar Blues offerings.

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

another Oskar Blues first timer for me. I've actually never reviewed a wee heavy before so this should be interesting

A- pours a coca cola reddish brown look with a head of foam that quickly dissipates. No question that this looks like a malt fest just from the look

S- literally chocolate whoppers with caramel and roasted malt. Sweet sugar is widespread and a slight tingle of alcohol. It's very a very appetizing scent profile

T- as expected, strong bready malt that is roasted and sweet at the same time. Very sweet chocolate in the background with a bit of caramel dryness at the end. This is a malt head's dream brew

M- full bodied and full of syrupy flavor

D- Old Chub is one heckuva canned beer. While Dale's Pale will be my favorite from Oskar Blues, this will always be another one I go to. Very delicious brew

Photo of n2185
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with traces of red shining through when held up to the light. About a finger of off-white head at first that completely vanishes and leaves no lacing. Very flat looking.

S: Lots of caramel malts up front followed by a light, sweet citrus aroma. There are some bready notes towards the end along with a light alcohol aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet caramel malts dominate at first before giving way to dark fruits and a lightly bitter hop flavor. The finish is of hearty bread with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation. This beer is think and fairly creamy with the carbonation providing a little bite on the finish.

O: Overall, a decent beer. Nothing to get excited about, but at only $8 and change for a sixer, it's a good deal and introduction to the style.

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

A: very dark brown. Poured into a tulip glass. Very little head at first so I hard poured it. Lacing stayed around with every sip.

S: Caramel, malt, and fruit take over the smell.

T: The fruit doesn't show up in the taste as much, which I enjoy. Very malty - the carbonation is just right on this.

M: First there is the slight kick of the carbonation. Then the thickness and smoothness take over, leaving quite a bit on your tongue.

O: Very solid beer. Well put together, and one of my favorites in this category.

Photo of aasher
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a stained mahogany in color, looking like a Coke or Pepsi with no head. It smells of sweet caramel malts and that's about it. The flavor is solid, very sweet and of caramel, molasses, brown sugar. Its just not my thing. It is extremely smooth, pouring from the can. Its velvety soft and medium in body. This is a solid Scottish ale in my opinion but there isn't anything to set this one apart. Fans of the style should like it.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love craft beers out of a can! This one comes out a thick mahogoney with a small cream colored head. The smell was lacking for me. There's some faint sweet alcohol smells coming up, but not much more to it than that for me.

Taste is on the sweeter side, but definitely with that signature scotch flavor. Sweet scotch flavors work well with the 8% ABV and leaves an alcohol twinge in the mouth after the swallow. The alcohol isn't overwhelming but is definitely a large part of this beers character. Mouthfeel is on the creamier end of the spectrum, and the alcohol twinge is felt on every sip. If you like sweeter, higher ABV beers then this is one for you.

Overall a good beer, but if I'm going camping backpacking with beer, I'd prefer Dale's Pale Ale. This one is just a little to sweet for my taste.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mews.

A: Very deep, dark brownish red. Looks syrupy, like Nyquil. Really interesting color. Nice tan head, lots of lacing.

S: Pretty much a load of malt and dark fruit. A faint booziness lurking in there. Nothing too powerful

T: It's a full on malt attack. Quite rich, a toffee sweetness. Most noticeable is the heavy fruit presence. Dark fruits and candy apples take over.

M: Medium to full body. Not as thick or syrupy as it looks, but still a big beer. Alcohol is masked incredibly well.

O/D: Can't believe this is 8% ABV. It does not taste like it, there's no real alcohol presence. I was rather disappointed in this brew from a taste factor, but it's a great looking beer. Maybe it's better out of the.

Photo of morebeergood
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of the night last night at the Yard House, Dedham, as my pre-meal drink to start the night off. Served on tap into a pint glass. Dark brown color. Fluffy white head and plenty of lacing. Smell was peaty and smoky, which is something that I am really into right now. Taste was also a winner. Tons of malt, so it had a sweet side to it. But the smokiness gave it a dark side, and both sides seemed to compliment each other nicely. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth. The abv was present but was appropriate. I liked this beer a lot. It's a shame that it's taken me this long to have one. Will have it again for sure.

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

Poured from the green can into my Duvel tulip. Light brown color and nice roasty toasty aroma. The taste was malty with a touch of hops. I didn't get any of the smoky flavors mentioned in the literature. All in all this was a basic scotch ale. Couldn't tell it was canned. Cool. Would try again.

Photo of nightwing002
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass at the Alibi Room in Culver City, CA.
A - Reddish brown in color with a slight amount of head that dissipated rather quickly.
S - Malty and sweet with a hint of fruits.
T - Just like the smell indicated, malty and sweet.  You could also taste hints of caramel and vanilla.  Very balanced in its flavoring.
M - Fuller body than I thought it was going to be.  Just the right amount of carbonation to make a smooth feel in your mouth. 
D - Pleasantly surprised overall with this beer.  Very easy to drink more than one of these, I actually had 4.  I will seek out the cans to see if they are just as good as from the tap.

Photo of sdj5
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark reddish-brown. No real head to speak of. Lacing around the rim. Smells fruity and sweet, syrupy almost. Very robust smell compared to most beers.

The taste is practically a mirror of the smell. Sweet, tasty malts with a small amount of hops on the end that give it a good finish.

A fantastic beer, especially if you love malt.

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

Can poured into pint glass.

A- A pours a rich brown. Some light tan head forms. Sits very dense in glass.

S- A mild snap of hops on top of a rich roasted malt profile. Toffee with faint bitter chocolate notes.

T- Lots of smooth creamy dark and roasted malt. Very mild and pleasing. The dark tones meld well together. No real hop presence.

M- Very smooth. Medium. covers palate but fades and not over powering.

D/O- No alc. A very smooth scotch ale. Really solid and easy to drink.

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

A: Ruby, ruby copper red, shine a light from this poor boys bed (Marc Almond)

S: Intensely sweet malt, a bit of smoke characteristics

T: Very fruity, malty and intense. Not much hop to find.

M: Meaty, a meal in a can (4 real)

O: A great example of the style.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can bought at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear copper-brown body with virtually no head to speak of. Toffee, caramel, chocolate, nut, smoke all waft from the beer. Toffee, caramel, nut, bread, hints of smoke and chocolate in the flavor. Medium bodied with medium to full carbonation. Wow. I'd definitely call this more of a Scottish ale (despite the claim that it was a "Scotch Ale" on the label), but I don't mind as it's one of my favorite styles. Lots going on, all working in harmony to make this a glass full of awesome. Winning!

Photo of impending
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a reddish cola, an aggressive pour required to release a decent head, nearly nonexistent lacing.

Aroma is rich, sweet and malty, no surprise. Balanced with smoked peat moss, nice and earthy.

Tasty long lasting aftertaste. The smoked peat moss is the note that ties it all together, well done. Warms well, nice at room temp. Medium bodied pleasant mouthfeel.

an exceptional value


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