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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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4,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,428
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 162
Gots: 570 | FT: 7
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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 airheadmtrcycle
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color with small head and little retention. No lacing to speak of. Even with a couple of small inadequacies it's hard to give this less than a "good looking" rating. The deep red/copper color is very attractive.

Aroma is of caramel, as it should be. The flavor is the same, but an alcohol type spice puts it over-the-top. It's just delicious. A beer like this could be made too sweet I would think if you're not careful, but not this one. I'll have to watch myself as it's just me and 4 dogs at the house for the day. Listened to the outstanding Grateful Dead 05/01/88 show. A perfect beer for the occasion.

The mouth feel is medium to slightly heavy and just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful beer. Another great one from Oscar Blues. If you like Scotch ales, I think you'll like this one.

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

Thanks to Lee for sending this my way.

A: Pours a very deep mahogany/brown color with a foamy tan head on top, initially 2 fingers in height from a vigorous pour, but remained at 1/2-1 finger for the rest of the time. Some nice sticky lacing.

S: Rather sweet with some sugar and caramel, a little bit of chocolate and dark fruit, and some like spice, mostly cinnamon.

T: Quite malty, with some caramel and sugar, as well as a little bit of dark fruit and a touch of bourbon almost.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, on the filling side with a sticky finish.

O: Pretty good, up near the top for me so far in the style, but not my favorite. Not overly complex, but well done. On the filling side, a definite slow sipper.

Photo of beerdown77
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours very dark brown with heavy tan head and little lacing/retention. I smell a lot of malt, sugar and booze. The taste is toasty and sweet, but not overpowering. I am impressed with the mouthfeel. I was expecting more chew-spit, but this is actually rather medium and drinkable. This has a mild bitter, hoppy aftertaste that adds to the complexity. This isn’t a style that I love, but this beer is a solid representation for sure.

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

Canned on 03-02-11 @ 15:05. Great dating on the can. Poured into a pint glass. Cola-like appearance featuring a dark brown body with ruby red highlights. One finger tan head that had limited retention and just a little lacing.

Dark, malty aroma, with just a bit of cocoa along for the ride. Some additional sweetness that makes me think of a milk stout.

Tasty sweet flavor combination of roasted malt with some toffee and light chocolate. Very little bitterness with a minor note of dark fruit.

Fairly light mouthfeel that is very drinkable and has nearly no notice of the alcohol. Very good offering.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: It pours dark brown with red highlights and a finger of off-white head that laces well.

S: Chocolate, a little peat, caramel, and brown sugar.

T: Chocolate, nuttiness, some dark fruits, brown sugar, and a little scotch.

M: It is medium-thick and has below-average carbonation.

O: This goes down easily but unfortunately, does not have the scotch flavors I've come to expect in wee heavies.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 04-05-11 @15:33 (damn that's specific). Poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Dark, clear ruby brown body with large very light brown head with decent to good retention.

Smell - Chocolate. Nut. Very malty. Brown sugar. Almost reminds me of a Trappist abbey ale.

Taste - Coffee. No off flavors. Strong alcohol, but not overpowering. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel - Smooth.

Overall Drinkability - Great beer. Strong characters with great balance and no off flavors really makes this beer shine. Nothing overpowering, even though there is plenty of strong malt, hop and alcohol characters.

Photo of dcook11
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two inch pillowy off white head from an aggresive pour. Coca-cola hue with just a touch of redness and a faint amount of small fine bubbles rising to the top when held up to light. The smell is supry malt sweetness with just a touch of hops/chocolate and just a slight bit of soy sauce. Some sweet bananna at termination. Claerly malt forward. The taste is similiar. Heavy bodied mouthfeel with loads of malt, some hops, soysauce and chocolate at the finish. Overall a good beer, but not something i wo Alcohol not well masked. would purchase again at this time.

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

A- pored a mahogany color with a tan 2 finger head lots of sticky lacing on side glass

S- was malty ,burnt toffee ,earthy with baked bread,some nuts and a dash of vanilla bean

T- followed the nose .loads of malts .an underlying peat and earth taste. some roasted toffee a touch of chocolate/coffee

M- nice carbonation with a full robust mouth feel

O- a nice scotch ale ,tasty ,malty,hops.it was good

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Scotch Ale.

Appearance-Dark brown/reddish...almost a purple color. One finger tan head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smell-Wow, big time smokey characteristics. Sweet caramel and malts.

Taste-Taste really follows the aroma. Smokey up front and a very nice sweet honey and malty finish. Not alot going on, but very tasty and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Slighty prickly on the tongue. Dry finish. Nice texture.

Overall-Great first impression from a scotch ale. Heavy Malts and nice sweetness. Could sip on a 6 pack of these on a sunday while watching sports very often.

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

Has a dark malt aroma to it, with smokiness present as well. Tad roasted.

Pours dark brown...pretty good head present that dissipated fairly quickly.

Taste follows the aroma pretty nicely. Has the dark malts like you'd find in a good brown ale with smokiness right beside it. Very smooth the way this beer handles that. The finish really features no hops that I can percept....a roasted note hangs around at and after the swallow.

Kind of like a good brown ale with smoke added, with pretty much no hops at all. Hard to believe how smooth this one is for its ABV. Scotch Ales haven't always been my favorite but this is very, very good.

Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy khaki head.

Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Malty, sweet, caramel, toffee, and peat. Smells just like a scotch.

Taste: Peat and tobacco flavors. Very malty. Rich and sweet. Some spice and pepper flavors. Cereal grains, caramel, and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and dry. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, a pretty regular scotch ale, but I found some unique flavors in this one. It was also pretty intense flavor wise.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass

Color: Copper to dark hazy brown. develops a light head, but disappear quickly. Nicely carbonated.

Nose: A bundle of sweet malty goodness. Light smokey textures that pair with some caramelized nuts and sweet bread.

Palate: A bit sticky, but not like syrup. Its definitely a medium bodied beer that is layered with plenty of sweetness. Lots of bready textures on the tounge.

Finish: Smooth, clean, and sweet. Extremely drinkable. Its everything a Scotch Ale should be.

Photo of harrymel
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned 3/21/11

A: Pours a dark brown ale with a single finger of fine foam which falls to a central cap of the same. No lacing. Excellent clarity reveals ruby hues.

S: Yummy caramels, ruddy grains. Vanilla, cream, hints of earthy hops. Good nose. A bit sweeter than I can appreciate, but good nonetheless.

T: So, I took a drink. Then another. Then another! This has fantastic malt profiles - caramel, toasted grains. Really nice flavors. I'm not particularly articulate this morning, but this is great.

M: Medium to heavy body with moderate carb - great for the style. Slightly drying.

O: I'm very impressed with this beer. I've been weary of it for a few years, as I had it back a few years, and it was not my ticket, but this is really good. Oh, how the palate changes.

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer in a can?

Well, yes!

When I popped the top, there was no fizz or release. I poured it roughly and only got a 1 finger tan head.

It smelled a characteristically smoky sweet.

The flavors were of the classic smoky, sweet malts. It was a simple example with no great complexity. But at a $1.49 a can, it scores real high on the value charts. This is the best beer in a can I've had yet (not that I try many).

If you are looking for the best wee heavy on the market, keep looking. If your looking for a good example at a great price, look no further.

I suspect many overrate this because it is in a CAN and you can't help but be surprised by the quality coming in a can. But, put it in a bottle and you have a good example that doesn't exceed expectations.

Photo of Krakistophales
2.72/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a tan had that recedes into a slight halo.

S: Brown sugar, malt, barley, honey

T: Slight malts and brown sugar up front that recedes quickly. Very one dimensional and no aftertaste.

M: Smooth, faint, lacking carbonation.

O: Not a big fan. The nose is pretty simple and it's very hard to pick out anything of note and the taste is very lackluster and one dimensional. I hope all scotch ales aren't like this.

Photo of JayAre46
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz can poured into a pint glass vigorously producing just a finger of light tan head that receded quickly while showing solid retention with coarse bubbles. the color is of a deep deep brown with ruby highlights.

A - sweet aromas, brown shugga! (yeah im a huge fan) cinnamon maybe some touches of caramel malty smoothness. it has some age so the aroma is slightly off from what i recall.

T - Hell Yes Son! this beer has a little age (1 year) on it which got a flag in the aroma but this brew has turned into to absolute smoothness, those sweet flavors have come together quite nicely. Brown sugar, caramel malts no hop presence finishes smooth and away from dry.

M - Creamy, no carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Creamy feel coats the palate well.

O - when i had this can's other 3 bro's, i remember it having carbonation, hops that were present...and now the this beer has evolved quite nicely, which happened on accident. i would only drink this again if it were 1 year or older. my preference from experience, nice surprise. absolute malt grenade and the color of the head is my favorite amongst any

Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had this beer many times and never had the opportunity to sit and ponder a review. The time has finally come. It will be interesting to see how this matches my previous perceptions of the beer.

2 fingers of light tan head form atop the very dark brown beer. A straight brown color indeed. Some light lacing clings to the glass.

Light cinnamon spiced caramel aroma. Definitely some sweetness noted here.

Nice long chewy caramel flavor here. Some light coffee notes in the malt flavors
I am tasting coffee but get a sense of chocolate here as well. The sweetness is perfectly matched to the flavors and just below this there is a touch of fruitiness. Perhaps some dates and figs. The cinnamon from the aroma Is very subtle but something is there.

Nice bold body that matches my perception of a Scotch Ale. Very smooth and almost chewy.

Nice little beer when your in the mood for a malt bomb. I prefer this type of beer in the depths of winter. My timing is clearly off, but I won’t blame the beer for that. Nice representation of the style.

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.

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