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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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4,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,063
Reviews: 1,510
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 138
Gots: 386 | 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 stoutfiend27
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass

a-deep crimson color with nice ruby highlights...tawny white head that lasted a while...impeccable lacing

s-bread..malt dominates this one..molasses...caramel...toffee..coffee and sweetness ...loving it

t-sweet and molasses up front....coffee and toffee in the middle with some hoppiness in there to hold it all together...finishes on a nice toffee sweet note..alcohol is noticable...

m-thick and chewy..imo perfect...good carb....nice mouth coating and overall just perfect to me

d-could drink this all night if it werent 8% abv..thats the only reason i didnt give it a 5

overall a nice scottish ale...im not a scottish ale fan but this rocked...oskar blues continues to impress me...

stoutfiend27, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of becktone
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 6-28-09

Eye: This guy pours brown in color with garnet highlights when light passes through, crystal clear. Very sexy. Too bad its head retention is just as bad as the Dale's Pale, then again could be the glass. We'll see, after about a hundred more reviews if this glass can't give good head then its not the beer its the glass.

Nose: There's a nice malty aroma to this one, little bit bready I guess. No hints of any kinda peat smokiness though and an overall weak aroma. Sweet caramelized aroma is in there too. No wait, now I'm getting some smokiness. Butterscotch too, kinda reminds me of the smell of Worther's Candy, wow thats exactly what it smells like. Also this other candy that my grandma used to give us...can't remember what it was but it was the size of a tootsie rool and was wrapped in a red and yellow wrapper, blue writing spelling out the name of it, I think it tasted like peanut butter or something like that, but that's what this smells like, I can see both of those candies here. Maybe some hints, just slight hints of coffee beans too, freshly ground. Black patent malt and hints of roasted grain bitterness. All in all nice complex brew with a great aroma. LIttle bit of whisky like aroma in here too, maybe some bourbon type of aroma-vanilla hints?

Tongue: Everything in the aroma is here as well, plus some dark fruit, but not real dark, perhaps like black raspberry-kinda a medium dark fruit, dark red or blue but not like rasin or plum. Whisky and Scotch-like hints close to the finish.

Feel and Drinkability: This is an easy drinking beer, especially for one that's 8%. This could be a very dangerous beer as the alcohol is hidden extremely well...nix that it is completely hidden. Full body with just the right feel and amount of carbonation. Everything is in check for this beer, I don't really think that there's much more I'd want from it. Pick it up, if ya can. I just wish that Oskar Blues was a regular choice of mine and not something I had to go hundreds of miles to get.

becktone, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really attractive pour. Decent lace and nice gold dust cascading effect when the glass is tilted. Nice and malty this was a cross between a wee heavy and a Christmas Ale that was well spiced. Butterscotch showed prominently in the aroma and taste as well as vanilla, caramel, toffee, cinnamon and nutmeg. Lacking the nutty character which I appreciated. Very nice creamy and perfectly carbonated mouthfeel. Alcohol was extremely well hidden.

natelocc787, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of spartanfan
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz'er canned 10/27/08

A: Pours a deep ruby red with a small head from a very aggressive pour

S: Smells of sweet, rich malt, smokiness, and maybe a little coffee too

T: Tastes of chocolate, smoke, malty sweetness

M: There is very minimal carbonation. Just a little less than I would prefer for the style.

D: I'm not a big fan of the style, and I don't think this one is particularly drinkable

spartanfan, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of SargeC
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown colored brew with a golden-tan head. Good carbonation movement.

Smell: Sweet malt, molasses, alcohol, chocolate and dark cherry

Taste: Sweet malt, dark cherries and chocolate. Touch of hops. Very tasty and satisfyingly bold.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Very stick and dense.

Drinkablity: Delectable brew. The size of the can allows this brew to be an everyday drinker. It allows you to drink a big brew in a smaller format. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

SargeC, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear, deep red-brown with a good finger of tan head. Decent head-retention and good lace.

Smell- Pleasant malty aromas, including hazelnut, light caramel, faint alcohol and a faint woodiness. Sweet, with virtually zero detectable hops.

Taste- Sweet malt, more hazelnut, roast, light cocoa. Again, no hops. Faint alcohol is pleasant. Molasses and brown sugar in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy. Slightly sticky on the palate.

Drinkability- Excellent. Great, refreshing flavor leaves me wanting a lot more.

endincolorado, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of MrStark
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a dark coppery red with a two-finger, tan foamy head that receded leaving a minuscule amount of lacing.

Smell is very malty and sweet. There are some nice hints of caramel and slight cocoa as well.

Taste is a distinctly sweet malt! A slightly roasted quality followed by a small amount of bitterness. I noticed a nice spicy warmth from the alcohol as well.

Moutfeel is nice, rich and smooth. A medium bodied feel with marginal amount of carbonation.

Drinkablity is very good for the style as the alcohol is not particularly powering. I wouldn't say it would be a session beer, but I could see myself having a couple at a time. Very rich and pleasant.

MrStark, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Oskar Blues hookup bonsreeb85 for the chance to try this one. Cheers!

A- Pours a deep copper/red color with a thin off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Lots of caramel malt and biscuit aroma with a faint butterscotch scent. Very dark and rich.

T- Loaded with malt and sweet toasted flavor. Serious toffee and caramel taste in the finish with a slight warming effect. A light smokiness along with a bit of grain and roasted nuts.

M- Medium/full bodied with a slightly low amount of carbonation. Chewy and slick with a well hidden alcohol bite.

D- Overall a very nice brew that I wish was more readily available to me.

projectflam86, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ending my reviewing hiatus now.

poured into a pint tumbler. minimal head dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a murky brown body. carbonation is sparse. looks boring but its not too far off stylistically.

the nose is much more interesting, however. sweet malts have hints of cocoa, raisins and other dried fruits and apples.

if this beer once LOOKED dead, it has truly come alive. the tastes are as full as the nose promises. sweet alcohol is warm and inviting.

mouthfeel is creamy. low carbonation and sweet malts can sometimes be syrupy but this beer stops short of that. very nicely done. finish is clean with bright fruits to highlight.

this beer is as drinkable as any 8% beer ive ever had not named pliny. considering the style and the malt package involved here (as malts typically detract from drinkability IMO) this beer could be more drinkable than pliny.

imagineiii, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of popery
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

While Scottish Ales of all sizes have grown on me significantly, I still find Old Chub overly sweet and lacking complexity. The beer pours a darkened umber with a dissipating head. The aroma is malty with some spice and a fairly strong cola character. It's mildly vinous with a strong alcohol note. The flavor is malt forward without much hop character but a fairly strong bitter note. There are some roasted malt flavors present and a strong caramelized cola flavor. It's just too sweet, though. The feel is a lot thinner than I would like. It's not awful, but there are much better Scotch Ales out there.

popery, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass/ no freshness date

P: Deep, crimson-soaked cola brown with barely a 1/2 inch head of soapy bubbles, even after an aggressive pour. That disappeared instantaneously to a paper-thin halo with no lace left behind in its wake. Not off to a good start...

A: Thankfully, the aroma gets this beer back on the right track with heavily toasted/lightly roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke, and booze. What's there is good, but the lack of foam is surely contributing to the lack of power and strength here.

T: Bready malts edge towards 'lightly-roasted territory' instead of 'heavily-toasted', and impart a healthy dose of chocolate and generic coffee. Creamy caramel slathers across the tongue while the hops provide a little bitterness to offset the sweetness, but don't contribute much in the way of flavor; maybe a little earthiness if anything. Undercurrent of smoke stays subtle but becomes more and more noticeable as the glass is emptied, as does the warming alcohol.

M: Old Chub is a medium-full bodied beer with a smooth feel from the extremely light amount of carbonation, but it doesn't have that thick, creamy and chewy texture that other Scotch Ales possess.

Notes: The apparent lack of carbonation really hurts this beer, in my humble opinion, of course. The appearance is very underwhelming, the aroma is good but rather weak, and the flavor is a little more shallow than I would like in a Scotch Ale. Over-carbonation is a bad thing, especially with a Scotch Ale, but a beer this still just fails to bring the flavors to life. Not bad, but not great.

sweetbrew82, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep dark brown(nearly opaque) w/ an nice tan lid. "from a can?" who-woulda-thunk?

S - malt blasted! roasty nearly burnt malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, smoke(slight).alcohol isn't fooling anyone here, this beer smells strong.

T - lemme just say this much flavor packed in aluminum?! Hats off to OB.
Smokey almost burnt malts with notes of chocolate and some warmth from the booze. Short appearance and contributor of some spiciness are the hops, but in the end, malt is the king of this castle made in a can.(sorry, i know that was cheesy, R.I.P. Jimi)

MF - thick and chewy, with a full body -a monstermalt mindfuck!

D - good, but personally i could only handle 12-24 oz of this rich and heavy thing here. not a session brew. that said, these 12 oz. were quite enjoyable.

bonsreeb85, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 9/10/09

Poured from can into pint glass. 1/2 finger, tan head that fades into a thin layer quickly. Clear, dark ruby/brown body.

Smell was toffee, brown malt, caramely and a slight smokey/burnt aroma. Nice malty sweetness as well.

Taste had a good amount of toffee-like sweetness. Nice hints of burnt malt accompanied with a brown/biscuity flavor. Nice heavy, malty backbone with a nicely hopped finish. Subtle hints of vanilla. Hop bitterness in the end seems to lend a nice balance.

Mouthfeel was medium/heavy. Slick mouthfeel. Slightly chewy. Finishes fairly crisp though.

Drinkability was really good for being as heavy and sweet as it is. It finished nice enough to easily drink a few. No signs of ABV.

riored4v, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a slight head. The aroma is of caramel, coffee, toffee, and dark chocolate malts. The taste is much of the same the caramel forms the backbone with the coffee, toffee, and dark chocolate rounding out the flavor. The flavor mask the alcohol very well. There is a little bitterness in the middle that i wasn't expecting though. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall its an okay drinkable beer, the smell and taste are good, but that middle part through me off.

goblue3509, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a foamy tan head that held decent retention and left some decent lacing on the glass as well. Aromas and tastes were malty and sweet - brown sugar, butterscotch, and toffee with a hint of molasses and maybe some ripened fruit - cherry perhaps. Alcohol is also fairly present and prickles the tongue and slightly burns the throat on the way down. Overall, nothing wrong here - good example of the style, just didn't really have that wow factor I was hoping for.

barnzy78, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My very first Craft Beer from a can!

Poured a beautiful brown mahogany with minimal head along with minimal retention and lacing.

Rich aroma's of sweet caramel, toffee, and a decent dash of bitter chocolate. I love malts, and look forward to this malty monster.

Taste was a nice pang of chocolate, caramel, and toffee goodness with a very nice twang of burnt malts mid palate to finish punctuated by decent amounts of brown sugar and molasses. The smoky flavors of this beer really shine because they are not too strong or overpowering. Perfectly balanced with the other notes in this beer.

Mouthfeel was at the higher end of medium, nice and thick due to the huge malt bill.

I found no evidence of its 8% ABV whatsoever. Loved this beer, and would make a great session brew regardless of alcohol.

Foxtrot, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from a relative of my wife's who knows I dig good beer - thanks, Mike!

Big pour with a full inch of head to begin, which slowly recedes and clings to form a solidly creamy cap to this deep ruby brown beer. And the more you drink, the more attractive it becomes because of the trailing beer rings.

Some malts and a bit of pine on the nose, but I'm not getting as much as I think I should - it seems like there should be something more.

Deceptively tasty, with subtle malts and a slow burn of hops - hints of dark fruits and caramel. It's pretty simple, really, balancing the overall flavor profile very well.

It kind of creeps up on you like novacaine at the dentist's - not completely revealed until up to a minute after the first drink. And it hangs on for an eternity - years later, it's still with you.

Highly drinkable, even though it's not my favorite style - I'd really love to enjoy this one on tap.

mdcrouser, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of allboutbierge
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love me some Old Chub.

Color is similar to that of a Belgian dubbel and there's a similar fruity malt sweetness aroma going on here. Head retention is surprisingly high for a canned beer. This is just a malt monster...chewy, bready, some alcohol soaked fruit flavors, most prominently cherry. Some brandy characteristics. It has a very well developed malt character. No balance here at all. This is for malts what WCDIPAs are for hops. Killer.

allboutbierge, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of qchic
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the can, this beer appears dark brown with red highlights. The initial head calms to a very light layer on the surface. Wow, the scent reminds me of a barrel aged beer, even though this is not. Lots of sweet malts, vanilla, chocolate, smoke, wood, and even leather in the nose. No hops that I can detect. The flavor is a recap of the aroma with plenty of bourbon vanilla and wood. Some nuttiness. What is the difference between scotch ale and scotch-style ale? All I know is that this one reigns supreme. Superb value to boot!

qchic, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited to find a six pack of this at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 29 09 after having Ten Fidy and loving it. Consumed at my brother's house near Chautaqua Institute just down the road. Six pack was priced at just under $10.

A Great deep ruby red translucent creamy one inch head very appropriate to the style. 4.0

S Medium roast malt, very little hops to the nose. 4.5

T Nice smooth scotch ale, appropriate to the style but not very complex. Just straight up medium roast malt but done in a very nice way. 4.0

M Medium with some smoothness. Appropriate to the style. 4.0

D Great, as I was able to finish this without too much problem. 4.5

Notes: I enjoyed finding this and drinking it from a can, which I believe more craft beers should be presented in.

adamette, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. Mahogany shows through against the light. Head vanishes almost immediately.

S: Sour malt, black-currant, plum and some bitter molasses.

T: Hint of whiskey accompanied by a toffee, coffee and smokey molasses. The fruit of black-currant and prune kicks in toward the finish and takes you into the aftertaste. The alcohol burn shows itself again in the aftertaste.

M: Light side of medium body. Light, delicate carbonation. Fairly thin and light drink overall.

D: I liked the sweet tangy fruit play with roasty toffee type flavors and then a bit of whiskey alcohol. I thought it was well done. I am not a huge fan of this style but this brew was enjoyable. I really need to drink this style in the winter time to get into the spirit of it.

sgoodship, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of werbeor
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off, it has that nice roasted barley color that reminds me of a mix between motor oil and dark hot chocolate. The best color comparison, outside of the Scottish ales, is an old brown lager. If you had a miniature secchi disk you might be able to lower it a few inches into a vat with out it disappearing, but I doubt it. The foam itself is nice an thick, though the carbonation is low and I didn't get too much head from my pour.

The smell is slightly nutty, Malty, perhaps some toffee with a hint of the strength of this beer right at the end.

The taste is much like the smell. The malt flavors are the main attraction, I could see how one might taste more than I but the the toasty, nutty and maybe some toffee and coffee and black tea flavors are present (with the strength of those favors in respective order). These flavors may be crystal or chocolate malts. I can't detect much hops, if any, and it is certainly more sweet than bitter. As with the nose I can sense that this beer is strong with the last bit of flavor, however, this is not overwhelming and serves as a nice reminder.

Surprisingly light on the tongue for its thickness. It is almost like tea with a bit of milk in it. I would say the carbonation is perfect, as it gives just a gentle tingle but does not bombard the mouth.

Overall this beer is wonderful and for the price it can't be beat. Goes great with Chocolate Cake!!

werbeor, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark & opaque, with only tinges of reddish-brown when held to light. Thick, fluffy tan head.
Lots of caramel malt sweetness to the nose with a light floral hop note.
Tastes just like freshly-made caramel candy apples. Sweet, rich caramel malt with the apparent yeast esters backed by a solid, underlying hop character. Very rich and very nice.
Body is extremely smooth; while carbonated, it is not at all bubbly. Drinks like a nitro-carbonated drink, only not as thin.
Extremely drinkable; possibly the best scottish ale I've tasted. I wish we could get it in Ohio.

Natural510, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of ddtprm
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I will start by saying Old Chub is the 3rd Oskar Blues beer i've had, behind ten fidy and Dale's, and this is my favorite thus far.

Opening the can yields nary a "crack" from carbonation. An aggresive pour leads to a decent 1 finger head. I have always thought Oskar Blues beers were slightly under carbonated...especially Dale's. However, this is not much of an issue with a beer like this.

Appearance is a very dark ruby color and the initially smell is OVERWHELMING malt...so much malty goodness. Can't wait to dive in.

The first sip hits me hard. I can feel it behind my eyeballs. Wow. So...much...malt. Sugar overload! I wonder if i could get a torch and char the top creme brulee-style. However, this is by no means a bad thing...oh no. Definitely one of the better Scottish ales and my favorite Oskae Blues so far hands down.

Hold on...the wife just made some peach cobbler.

Ok, I'm back. Another sip, and my palate is crushed. White flag is waiving. Some outstanding Old Chub and some EPIC sugarfest known as peach cobbler. DONE.

ddtprm, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of jkdrummer
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I for one miss McEwans, a scotch ale that will always be the benchmark for all scotch ales to be judged against. Old Chubb is the closest you'll come to find that McEwan's spiciness and alcohol tang. Smoky and syrup sweet, very malty. Wonderful taste. Nice body too. Here's a tip too, if you like a nice head you must this one directly down the center of the glass. Oskar Blues has had some issues with me in the past, but they've out done themselves in customer service! Recommended.

jkdrummer, Aug 23, 2009
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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