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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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3,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,747
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 127
Gots: 277 | 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 throwitallaway


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thickerfreakness for this beer! Decanted from the can into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a one finger head that fizzles away quickly. Aroma of sweet, caramel malts, toffee, and a touch of smoke. Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Starts with caramel and toffee, then ends with a slightly bitter, roasted flavor. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but still creamy. Drinkability is quite high as this is easy to put down. Overall this beer might have revitalized my interest in a style I thought I didn't like. It's not my ideal beer, but definitely good.

Serving type: can

05-27-2008 21:14:04 | More by throwitallaway
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a single can for $2 from the corner store...who knew? Pours amazing - a deep brown color with lighter brown highlights. Cascading bubbles bring forth a three finger cream colored head that sicks around before dissipating to a thick film after a few minutes. Nice lacing as well. Nose is deep toffee malt, lots of spicy caramel and chocolate. Smell's delicious. As the beer warms you get more of the roastedness as well. Taste is also solid - some bitter coffee, smokiness, and then that strong hit of sweet caramel malt. Cookies. Body's a little thin, for such a sweet flavor, but the carbonation's solid and works well with the spiciness. Overall, a very tasty beer, keeping up with all of Oskar Blues's solid offerings.

Serving type: can

05-24-2008 22:05:36 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola like dark brown color with an egg shell colored head that left a sparse cap. A nice smoked caramel aroma with some peat and some chocolate malt. A nice malty aroma. The taste is of bitter sweet chocolate with a touch of caramel, toffee, smoke, and just a hint of hops to round out everything. This is one malty good brew. The feel is moderate to well bodied with softer carbonation. Finishes malty sweet then with a roasted bitterness. A very nice Scottish ale, nice subtle smoke flavor to blend with the bold malt. Bonus for being in a can, nice addition to the cooler for tailgating.

Serving type: can

05-24-2008 03:42:45 | More by Gmann
Photo of loosey

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

poured into a big mason jar.. looked black until i turned on the light, glowed crimson around edges like a tron bad guy... about 1/2 inch of dull head that disappeared in around 20 seconds

smells like truck stop coffee, good rich people chocolate and old caramel

taste like a chocolate malt, egg cream, not hop, hazelnut yum, rich roast like hawaiian pork

courteously leaves a layer of alcohol on your entire mouth

id drink this most times... especially out of a thermos while shoveling snow or at a dinner party with a fireplace. i am happy

Serving type: can

05-22-2008 22:57:28 | More by loosey
Photo of animal69


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep mahogany browwith a thin tan head which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lacing in my nonic ; a moderately strong smell, a mixture of dark fruits, wood, caramel and licorice a bit of alcohol as well ; sweet, rich, big malty flavor up front, a collage of dark fruits, nuts, caramel and wood, a touch of smoke and mineral in the finish ; a full body and moderate co2 level fit the style ; an excellent brew, i wish i had a fridge full...

Serving type: can

05-22-2008 04:31:09 | More by animal69
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep finished oak with a finger tall cow hide leather head that disipates to a sheet on top of the beer. Smell is chocolate roasted malt, some deep cherry, very fruit forward sweetness, acompanied by a almond nutty, earthiness. Taste is bakers chocolate, roasted almonds on chocolate cake, strawberry sweetness, a faint hint of smoke, and some earthy hops that make a pleasantly almost absent appearance. Drinkability is off the charts. I wouldn't have guessed 8% abv given 10 chances. With that in mind, it will sneak up on you eventually.

In regards to style, a bit deeper than a scottish style typically is, but not quite as complex as a true wee heavy. Extremely well put together beer, none the less.

Serving type: can

05-21-2008 00:33:31 | More by RickSawyer
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A blood red/ruby pour, topped with a sandy puff or creamy head, with an almost marshmallow like stick.

S: Caramel and almost a bit of a milk chocolate. Soft and sweet. Perhaps something of an herbal essence to it.

T: A roasted malt and chocolatey flavour... semi-sweet. Something reminiscent of old "Mackintosh Toffee," which has some fond memories. A little zip of alcohol spiciness and a touch of smokiness right on the finish to top things off.

M + D: Quite nice, all around. A rich mouthful, a little chewy. Finishes surprisingly dry considering (that's not to say it IS really dry, per se), which I found kind of interesting. A very nicely done brew, and perhaps one of the favourites from Oskar Blues, to date.

Serving type: can

05-19-2008 02:12:35 | More by Proteus93
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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice, this beer is very dark, with ruby tinting only when held up to the light. Good lacing but the head faded very quickly. Very rich malty nose, sweet and full of caramel notes. Cocoa lingers around the edges with just a hint of roastiness. Deliciously malty flavor, complimenting the nose nicely with milky chocolate, toffee and caramel notes. Bitterness takes some of the edge off the sweetness, but is not a major taste component, and there's no hop flavor at all. Finish leaves with a touch of toast. Full bodied, rich and creamy and smooth as silk.

Excellent Scottish ale.

Serving type: can

05-19-2008 00:28:04 | More by allengarvin
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a jet black color with a large creamy tan head. Leaves caking sheets of lace.

Smell is chocolate and caramel. Very dessert like. Only a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Alcohol is a bit more noticable in the taste, but not overwhelming. Lots of chocolate and some slightly smoky malts.

Creamy and good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a great beer. I've yet to have anything bad from OB, but Old Chub is probably my favorite of their offerings.

Serving type: can

05-18-2008 04:00:30 | More by bluegrassbrew
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another extra thrown in by naproxen in our trade... Thanks for the Chubbies, Aliza!!

Very dark warm brown pour with a long lasting khaki head... This looks really good in the Duvel tulip..

Sweet malty aroma laced with some dark fruit, a touch of smokiness, a tinge of hops, and maybe even a little butterscotch...

Burst of sweet smoky malts that blends into a plethora of flavors: sweet raisins, vanilla, smoke... Yep, its all there...delicious and not a hint of the 8%.

Super glad I got to try this one. Everything Oskar Blues brews is great and this falls right in line with their other offerings...

Serving type: can

05-17-2008 02:33:32 | More by Tilley4
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany, almost an opaque dark brown. Small cream colored head leaves small clumps of lace.

Sweet and roasty malts. Roasted barley, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, fig, apricot and hints of banana and apples.

Sweet toffee and caramel malt flavors predominate, but are pretty balanced by a dry roastiness and mild hop presence. Some banana and buttery diacetyl notes.

Soft carbonation, medium bodied, not quite full to be rated higher. Drinks okay, if you're in the mood for sweet and buttery caramalt pie.

Serving type: can

05-15-2008 07:50:17 | More by BeerZack
Photo of RixBeer


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

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a two and a half finger creamy/frothy head.

Smells of chocolate and roasted [almost burnt] coffee.

You can taste the chocolate right away, with only a slight coffee flavor at all. Very smooth and velvety.

It feels the same way chocolate milk does but with a slight amount of carbonation.

I could drink a bunch of these but if I finished the whole 6er I would most likely end up in a ditch somewhere trying to hail a cab while crawling. This beer is very smooth!

Overall a really great choice!

Serving type: can

05-14-2008 01:39:24 | More by RixBeer
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep, almost opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent ecru head. Rich aroma is like smoky coffee, what I call "stouty." Flavor has coffee and chocolate tones, and a fair amount of smokiness. Texture is jazzy and edgy.

Serving type: can

05-12-2008 02:41:50 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to ignore the fact that this came out a can since I've already tried the Dale's Pale and I know that is some good crack.

Pours a dark amber with a sturdy cream colored head that leaves an impressive fortress of lacing as it retreats. The nose is less dominant than expected but caramel and coffee malt are detectable.

The taste is intensely creamy and smooth, its hard to believe this kicks in at eight percent on the booze o' meter. Obviously malty but filled with an offbeat mix of woody, earthy, and smoky notes that really keep the flavor deep into the aftertaste. Definitely not a traditional stiff, disciplined Scottish ale, this one breaks barriers.

Yeah, it comes in a can and the name is kind of funny and it's getting a little warm for heavy, malty beers, but you're doing yourself an injustice if you ignore this one any longer.

Serving type: can

05-11-2008 04:55:19 | More by daliandragon
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to my baby Melani for supplying me with this brew.

pours up black as black could be. the initial color of the head was freakin yellow!!! it quickly turned white though after about 5 seconds. weird... very deep malt notes in the nose. also some chocolate, vanilla bean, smokeyness in the nose. taste of deep malt fo sho and caramel. not much hop note.

definately the best scottish ale i've ever had out of a can.


Serving type: can

05-10-2008 04:28:35 | More by stumac
Photo of drxandy


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz can to tulip glass - this is my first canned craft beer.

poured a very nice rich shade of deep redish brown with a creamy white head

smells of heavy malt, earthyness (peat), pretty much like an standard scotch ale.

tasted great! very creamy, malty, light bitterness, roasty burnt notes, coffee/caramel sweetness, slightly bitter finish, a complex and tasty beverage.

mouthfeel was outstanding, really coated my whole mouth and the creamy texture was like silk - can't wait to try ten fidy and more of their brews :D

Serving type: can

05-08-2008 15:34:05 | More by drxandy
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer here. Deep deep mahogany brown. some garnet hues when held up the light. Three finger high foamy tan head with decent retention and some sporadic patchy lacing

The aroma is full of Peat and chocolate, malted milk ball a little bit of butter scotch, caramel some smoke, sweet and malty.

The body is a bit thiner than I expected, it's a thin medium that feels a bit bigger as it moves back in your mouth. The taste is pretty in line with the aroma one gets of the nose, no real surprise here. Peat, malted milk balls, milk chocolate, sweet up front and gets more bitter as it moves back and a little coffee after taste. Very light carbonation. Leaves kind of a thick viscous feel in the mouth. I think overall this beer is a little too sweet for my palette

I like this beer a lot, I don't know how often I'd pick it up, the flavor profile is not one I often run for as I like bitter and funky better than smokey and sweet, but that said, if I'm in the mood for that, say early fall, I'll be scouting out a can of Old Chub

Serving type: can

05-08-2008 01:30:30 | More by DaggerEyes
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to 11osixBrew for this.

Pours a very dark amber with a good sized creamy tan-ish head, leaves a very nice ring around the glass.

Smell is controlled by the malt with a strong caramel presence, a hint of alcohol is noticeable.

Taste is very creamy for a Scottish ale and goes down very smooth, all malt and caramel with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, alcohol is only slightly noticeable considering the strength.

Always interesting to see craft brews come out of a can and this is another one (along with Ten Fidy) that proves it's possible.

Serving type: can

05-03-2008 19:22:10 | More by deltatauhobbit
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to wolfsblood for the trade

A- poured a dark brown with light red notes giving it a crystal like appearance. clear body, light brown head on top that built up a little then slowly faded.

S- big crystal and chocolate notes, pretty sweet smelling. low hops but some noble hops lightly earthy character can be detected.

t- first thing to note is how creamy the body is, heavy body delicious light carbonation that melds with the strong malty amber and caramel charachter of the beer, stays slightly sweet due to the intense maltiness. ill forgive it this time because the malty is so good.

D-pretty damn delicious

Serving type: can

05-02-2008 20:45:24 | More by Atron67
Photo of morimech


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that is almost black. A small head forms and quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing left on the glass surface.

Caramel and roasted malt with the smokiness gives off a wonderful aroma.

Full on malt flavors. Very rich and decadent for a Scotch Ale. The typical smokey malt isn't the main player here. It is just hinted at. Some alcohol is detected even with the heavy malt profile.

The body is fairly heavey with moderate carbonation. Has a fresh feel thanks to the can.

The high alcohol and heavy malt profile makes drinking difficult. I really like the can packaging. More breweries need to ditch the bottle and go to cans.

Serving type: can

05-02-2008 19:09:00 | More by morimech
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow--a craft beer in a Can. Tasty Crack Cans (The Brewing Network joke).
This beer pours a dark brown with slight hues of ruby highlights. Quite shocking to those who have only poured yellow beer from a can.

The aroma is roasty, and the flavor is terrific. I'm not a big fan of scottish ales, but this one is quite good. It has a roasty flavor, some balanced hop bitterness with no obvious hop flavors. It has a peated malt flavor, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

Very tasty beer, great to bring to an event where bottles aren't allowed!

Serving type: can

05-02-2008 18:26:25 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a deep dark ruby color with a decent off white/tan head that leaves fine lace. Smell is of dark malts with peat and copper. Taste follows with nice dark malts, slight smoke, good sweetness with a very slight metallic copper taste. Mouthfeel is defenitely on the thin side here, but ok. Drinkability is quite good as the 8% does not show up at all. Overall this is a tasty and very good session beer, it is just lacking a bit in body and strength of flavor for the style. Its on the light side, but certainly a great session ale, and I am glad i got a four pack, as I will defenitely like to drink this again. Defenitely the best canned scotch ale Ive had, awesome portability. Thanks again to SuzyGreenberg.

Serving type: can

04-29-2008 07:27:17 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bottle King in Hillsdale, NJ. Served in a tasting tulip at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- As with all of Oskar's brews in my experience, this spits up upon opening the can... the beer is filled *right* to the top, so that it spills onto the table (or laptop) upon opening. Wonderful... I'm not complaining.

Rich and deep brown, this beer shows just a hint of red (like cognac) where the light peeks through the edges of the glass. The head crests at only about two fingers and laces minimally... it's quite nice though, overall.

Smell- Smoked meat, caramel malt, and chocolate all come together magically under one roof. It's a huge aroma, but absolutely balanced and complementary.

Taste- Rich, luscious, and damn malty... this is a dark turn into the realm of Scottish Ales, where caramel and roasted malts dominate the palate. The hops finish, but only in the background after the swallow... what a great beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Elegant in the mouth, soft and slick with an excellent body. A very well balanced yet daring example of the style, daring to tread where others might not.

Serving type: can

04-29-2008 04:28:15 | More by yelterdow
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrclean for coming through with this on a trade.

Deep dark look like a root beer, slight tan head with no leftovers of lacing.

Not much nose to it, just a hint of roasty malt.

Very smooth in the mouth, chocolate malts there with some sweetness at the end, no hops or ethers. Just nice and malty. Not very complex. Just hits the style nicely.

Again, smooth, just right on the carbonation, well hidden abv, no can taste, lovely.

Very drinkable, a nice start to an evening, but at 8% you would only have 2 of these at most.

Update: Feb 2009, this remains one of my favorite Scottish Ales, very smoky, great malt, easy drinker, upped my score on taste and drinkability, just one of the best of this style.

Serving type: can

04-23-2008 22:37:46 | More by robbyc1
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown color, darker than I had anticipated. Glass had a nice one finger light tan head with a fair amount of lacing.

S- Very malty with a hint of roasted malts.

T - Nice malty taste on the tongue, a little sweetness, nice finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, mildly carbonated.

D - I only had one can, wished I had another. You could session this brew.

Serving type: can

04-21-2008 00:20:57 | More by AgingWarrior
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