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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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3,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,708
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 124
Gots: 261 | 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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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the fridge, popped the can and poured a delicious creamy tan head. Brownish Coffee color with ruby highlights and fair clarity not quite opaque. Looks like a typical scottish ale. Good lace sticking around on the glass.

Smell comes off sweet with caramel and toffee notes. Roasted barley then peaty and smoky malt aroma are there in sufficient quantity.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a full body. Bitter and sweet taste like a good coffee in some ways but thicker. Bready and smoky malts are in the forefront. Nutty flavor with a hint of bitter chocolate in there too. Excellent drinkability. This is now the best beer I have ever had from a can and I give two thumbs up to the brewers for pulling off a well balanced scottish ale in a can.

Serving type: can

03-08-2008 02:03:47 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into tulip glass, poured a dark brown with perhaps some red in there, beige head that goes down fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. The sweet is sweet chocolate, milk, roasted malts, some boozey spice and distant bitterness. Taste is much the same but has a wonderful dry, bitter, chocolatey finish that goes on for quite a while. Maybe I'm being unduly kind to this beer because I so appreciate the unpretentious can, but this is a wonderful brew. Wonderful balance, very complex, insanely drinkable, really unfolds as it starts to warm. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

Serving type: can

03-07-2008 05:41:39 | More by PlaywrightSam
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz can poured into a pint glass.

A = Very dark brown with reddish tint, one finger light tan foamy head, layers of lacing left on glass.

S = Smokey, peaty smells first, followed by maple syrup and fresh baked bread. Very complex and enjoyable.

T = Sweet syrupy tastes at front of tongue and through mid-palate where smokey flavors begin to fuse into it and slight bitterness also appears at side of tongue, long bittersweet almost chocolate finish. As with the smell, quite complex and very good.

M = Medium to heavy bodied, smooth carbonation, lightly foamy in mouth when swished, good mouthcoating.

D = I give this good drinkability (in part because I had 3 the first I had it despite the ABV because I just couldn't stop). I really like this beer.

Serving type: can

03-06-2008 01:50:20 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Lothore


3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Now this is a nice looking beer. Burgundy in color with an ample tan head which sticks around for quite a while.

S- Smell is fairly faint, raisins, yeasty notes.

T- Taste leans toward very dark fruits, raisins, figs, with a very creamy sweet flavor. Almost like a watered down quad but not is a bad way.

M- A little light on the carbonation, medium viscosity.

D- At first I thought this one would easily be a sessionable beer but after a while there is a sticky sweetness that gets left behind in your mouth. Good drinkability in general though, I would have it again.

Serving type: can

03-04-2008 04:38:20 | More by Lothore
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New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet glass. Opened two with one dedicated to chili recipe.

A: Dark dark brown with a very thin head. Not a vigorous pour but not all that creamy as expected. The khaki lacing was holding on throughout though.

S: Mslts and chocolate. Absent of hops, Im guessing that is the tale of a good scottish. Raisiny.

T: Malts, semisweet chocolate and a good kick of bourbon it seems. Not much bitterness from hops but resounding earthiness. Such a bizarre set of tastes to arrive from a can. Molasses and sweet ginger malt, roasted figs.

M: Light carbonation and exceptionally soft and smooth.

D: Very impressed, one did the job but still a pleasure to drink. Still amazed it came from a can? Good job OB.

Serving type: can

03-03-2008 23:51:01 | More by marcpal
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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and copper in color with barely a head. Strong and very malty in smell. Also a definite aroma of alcohol. As it smells, sweet and malty in taste. A good balanced flavor. Also a roasted, yet strong flavor. A good beer. Not as drinkable as I would like or as I've had from other Scotch Ales. A solid beer.

Serving type: can

03-03-2008 02:32:14 | More by jyeast101
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my man JJ for the hook up!

Brownish red in appearance with a dense tan head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Aromas of malt, smoke, and mild dark fruits.

Tastes of chocolate, carmel, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Sweetness is balanced with some citrusy hops.

Mouth feel is creamy. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is good. 8% ABV is hidden well. I could easily enjoy a few of these if I had the chance. Highly recommended!

Serving type: can

02-28-2008 05:22:22 | More by DavidEddie
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to PEBKAC for this brew.

12oz. can poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a very deep ruby brown with nearly no visibility. Maybe 1 finger worth of light toffee head forms and has decent retention. Nice rings of sheeting lace.

S: Nice sweet caramel malts and maybe a bit of chocolate. Nice and dry smelling with some light fruity esters. A bit subtle.

T/M: Nice sweet, yet slightly savory, caramel malts. A hint of chocolate in the back adds a nice depth to the malts. It has a slight woody edge it to. More of the fruity esters but nothing to acidic and no bitterness to be found. Finishes with a bit more of the chocolate note. Body is medium and as smooth and creamy as can be.

D: 8%? Really? Damn tasty and drinking superbly. Lived up to and surpassed my expectations.

Serving type: can

02-28-2008 03:40:29 | More by pwoods
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so my can weirdness is officially gone! Took my first few sips from the can and was surprisingly shocked. I didn't get that unexplained can taste I've been getting from other canned craft beers. Rejoice!

Poured this into a pint glass after initial sips. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with an impressive head that stays present til the final sip. Amazing! Smell is not strong at all and gives off false impressions of a week beer. I have it a 3.0 in that department. But taste and mouthfeel...wow! Here's an odd description for ya, I got the impressions of a root beer float with chocolate ice cream while I was drinking this. Also get hints of caramel and the tinge of brown sugar sweetness...maybe molasses. Remarkable! The flavor changes as it warms with strong notes of semi-sweet chocolate. And where is the alcohol? This beer hides it well. And mouthfeel? Creamy like it was on nitro. Explains the impressive head retention. Lastly, this is a fairly easy drinker. I can imagine kicking back with a few cans of this on a brisk spring or fall night around a campfire.

A truly remarkable brew!

Serving type: can

02-28-2008 00:24:35 | More by BACTAdam
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can from limesmut via a great trade, thanks partner!

Oh wow, poured a very nice deep oak with a great, great tan head that went for the entire quaff from my freebie Sammy glass. Thick sheets of lace, top notch.

Tons of caramel malt in the aroma, just never expected from a can - but why not? Very sweet and smooth quaff, bits of chocolate and even some bourbon in the finish. 8% is no where to be found. I try and slow down with the sips, but they are coming faster and faster. Just a smooth to sweet.

This is where quality craft should head (but with an 16oz can or alum. Bottle).

Serving type: can

02-27-2008 01:48:07 | More by Vancer
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must be honest, I gave this 3.5s in appearance and smell to give it a good grade overall but I didn't pour this into a glass. The reason I gave this a 4.5 in drinkability is this is the rare "college" (read: cheap) beer that is actually pretty good. I did smell it in the can and got a slightly metallic (duh) chocolate/coffee malt smell. This had a generic but great ale Scottish Ale taste; thick and creamy with good chocolate and coffee malts kicking in and a smoothness that makes it easy to just keep pouring them back. The fact that this is 8 percent alcohol shows that they were really able to hide it and it is scary how one can session this. It not only has a sweetness but it is deceptive; a great beer all things considered.

Serving type: can

02-27-2008 01:09:02 | More by clayrock81
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.
A: Tiny crack of a noise upon opening - however, 1 finger of head upon an aggressive pour. Head retention is beautiful - a pillowy, rocky, tan-colored head. Very dark brown with a hint of dark cherry red around the edges. Gorgeous.
S: Molasses, roasted chocolate malt. No hops really. Accurate to style, but very one-dimensional smell. WHat I do smell is good though.
T: Sweet and malty with more molasses flavor. Bitterness too, that must be the hops. Bittersweet chocolate. The big flavor is not sweet but molassesey, which has a sweetness, but is not satisfyingly sweet. Aftertaste is lacto-smooth and creamy sweet like a milk stout. This is delicious once I get 2/3 of the way into it. Hard to get to that point though.
M: Pleasantly smooth, actually a little too carbonated for me despite the eceptive lack of noise upon opening.
D: Only delicious near the end, so I had to "get used to it" Minus points for that.

Serving type: can

02-26-2008 22:24:33 | More by dfillius
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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another OB beer obtained in a trade with jjayjaye, 12oz can poured into a Sam Adams specialty glass

Appearance is mostly chestnut brown with lighter amber highlights on the edge, head is a good 3-fingers of thick brown cream soda-like foam, thick lacing on the glass

Smell is full of chocolate and caramel malts, tones of nuts, roast, and toffee as well as an intriguing spot of floral/perfume that I guess to be heather (often used in scottish gruit)

Taste is big chocolate malts with plenty of caramel, brown sugar, and roast, some dark fruits and floral hops peek through in the middle with that heather flavor, finishes sweet and dry

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy smooth texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, this is one flavorful Scottish ale with plenty of flavor and boldness, the heather floral aroma throws off the taste a little but is very exciting, the alcohol is barely detectable but that 8% will likely creep up in time

Serving type: can

02-26-2008 03:39:33 | More by Stoneman78
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New York

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

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: A rich, dense off-white head that leaves nice cascades of lacing around the glass, over a dark amber body.

Smell: Rich roasted malts, sweet chocolate, silky caramel, vanilla, molasses, with maybe the faintest of citrus in the hops.

Taste: The aromas come through here well, with huge sweetness amidst roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, molasses, honey, vanilla, hints of dark berries, and a slight burst of citrus hops at the end. It's still fairly sweet, but the hops do enough to let the malt come through, as it should. Finish it long and let the hops come out a bit more with the roasted chocolate, honey, and caramel malt feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy-bodied that remains creamy and velvety throughout without being too sticky or cloying. A pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: I caught onto Oskar Blues late, with Dale's Pale Ale also being sampled recently, but I like both of them very much. Sweet, dense, rich, complex, and boozy, this is a great brew, and one that can be in a session (though I'm not sure I'd want more than a few in a sitting) or enjoyed as an after dinner dessert. There officially needs to be more craft beer in a can. That's my stand at least.

Serving type: can

02-24-2008 19:49:19 | More by asabreed
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New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can copped for $1.25 from Super Saver in Somerville...
Recently sampled a bunch of other Oskar Blues beers, including Dale's Pale Ale, Gordon, and Ten FIDY... This one continues in the tradition of excellent samples from this brewery...
Pours a dark, deep, ruby-red hue with an immense foamy and frothy head exhibitng impressive staying power...
Strong aroma bursting through with thick malts, caramel, honey, candied sugars, yeast, plums, and raisins...
Taste strongly mirrors the taste, with noticeable figs, plums, currants, strong malts slightly balanced by a miniscule dose of hops, and dehydrated fruits...
Excellent rich, clean, clear, and crisp taste with a nice creamy mouthfeel and teriffic drikability where the rather hefty 8% ABV is hardly noticeable...
I have not come across a dissapointing brew from this company yet... All of their samples are top-notch, and this one is no exception...
Definitely recommended...

Serving type: can

02-23-2008 23:50:01 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Freshie


3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice color. Dark an deep brown hues. Tan wispy lace.

Smell is hard to get a read on. Malt sweetness, not much else there.

Taste is sweet, with a spicy hop coming afterward. The aftertaste is really musty and unpleasant.

Sits the the mouth kind of oily.

Many of this makes this one a bit to drink eagerly.

Serving type: can

02-22-2008 04:47:48 | More by Freshie
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mirky dark mahogany with a 3 fingers of sticky tan head which leaves patches of lacing on the glass and settles at 1/4". Smell is of chocolate and crystal malt, with very little hops. Could be a bit more potent I guess.

Taste is just as malty with a silky smooth moutfeel. This may be the best Scottish Ale I've ever tasted! The malts are heavy and sweet, toasted and smoked. A faint hop finish balances things out a little, but drinkability takes a hit due to the density of the beer. I'd feel bloated after more than a couple.

The more good beer I drink from cans, the more I like them. Props.

Serving type: can

02-20-2008 02:52:53 | More by boston2bburg
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown color with a nice off-white head that laces pretty well. The aroma is of nice deep roasted malts, some hop bitterness and a bit of scotch. It tastes really good for a scotch ale as well. Nice deep roasted malts intertwined with a nice earthy hop bitterness and even hints of scotch make it a nice ale. It is smooth and refreshing and the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability isalso pretty high because I could definately have a few of these.

Serving type: can

02-19-2008 03:57:47 | More by erosier
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the chalice I requested a dark ruby color with pale brown highlights. A quarter inch head trickles down to just a tracing. The aromas are incredibly rich with caramel and toffee, chocolate and a slight smoky finish. No hops are evident, fine for style. In the mouth, the toffee and chocolate continue to dominate the flavor. A quite dextrinous body is very creamy, the smoky/toasty flavors along with a vague bitterness are just enough to keep this ale balanced. The hops are just there in the warming finish. This Scottish is very low on carbonation and with a thick body has a nice mouthfeel. Overall, it is a very rich ale, one that should be reserved for sipping after dinner.

Serving type: can

02-18-2008 22:45:25 | More by dreadnatty08
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South Carolina

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

Poured from a growler.

Pours a thick red-tinged dark brown. A thin lace of head is present that clings to the glass.

Smell: lightly-roasted coffee beans, deeply caramelized sugar, ever-so-slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: A sweet, malt-forward taste, immediately followed by a hefty roasted/light earthy character. Towards the end a mild, but present, brighter note (maybe some C hops?), fading to nice slightly bitter, mostly roasted coffee flavor, perhaps with a bit of alcoholic spice. Present throughout is a mild earthy character that is very complex and unique to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, slightly chewey, but not overly thick.

Overall the best Scottish-stlye beer I've ever had! If you like malty beers this is for you.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2008 04:13:25 | More by barronkr
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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a rare treat indeed. I was given this to sample at the Sierra Grille in Northampton, but man was that sample great. Te appearance was a very dark amber with a frosty head that eventually dissipated a bit. The smells were sharp with malt laced with sweet aromas such as caramel. Taste was out of this world and packed a punch in just a sample. A bitter aftertaste but great sweetness and malt flavors. The body was light-medium, nothing too heavy. Overall this was a seriously delicious Scottish Ale. I can't believe a beer like this is served in a can. I cannot wait to try it through that.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 04:11:32 | More by fitzy84
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can provided as an extra from seaoflament, thanks for giving me and my girlfriend a chance to try this brew tonight, split earlier in the day and poured into an old mug

A-Dark brown with a mahogany tint, 3/4 inch off white head, some minor retention, nice sticky lacing on the sides though

S-Nuts, roasted malt, smoky aromas, chocolate, toffee, caramel, tons of sweet malt, faint raspberry scent, and a cinammon roll

T-Sweet and rich with a big malty flavor, lots of brown sugar and caramel, get to really taste the roasted and smoked malt once the beer warms, lots of caramel in the aftertaste, miniscule amount of hops provides some sense of balance, not overpowering in any way, just roasted sweetness that kept me coming back for more

M-Medium body, not much carbonation, sweet and spciy mouthfeel, somewhat dry as well which lasted a long time, creamy texture

D-Could drink a couple cans of this because it so smooth, not boozy at all and alcohol is hidden well, high ABV, a little filling too

Probably one of the better scottish ales I have had, and it came out of a can which is even cooler, I am convinced that Oskar Blues makes some solid brews, recommended for fans of this style

Serving type: can

02-17-2008 07:19:23 | More by Floydster
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I ordered this beer at a local establishment that's got a few decent taps. I had never heard of it before and, being the adventurer, I certainly had to give it a go.

It poured really dark with a reddish tint, a nice tan head that stuck around. It smelled pleasant, a bit nutty. The taste was pretty good, but for whatever reason the aftertaste reminded me of a sardine or something. Just fishy tasting. A friend of mine was swift to concur. Overall it was tolerable but I doubt that in the future I would choose it over much else.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 13:36:25 | More by McDiddyPop
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour. Also had a couple from the can, but really preferred the draft.

Great head! Lingered and then settled.

Nice DARK color. Very powerful nose, and absolutely zero alchol burn.

Super finish and produced nice legs.

Can poured nicely too.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2008 21:29:34 | More by Pointman
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can the color of cola with red highlights and a very light beige head.

Aroma is very nice with a sweet maltiness along with some nuttiness and chocolate.

The taste is sweet and malty with plenty of coffee and chocolate to enjoy. If it were any sweeter I'd have to mark it down.

Medium mouthfeel, creamy with light carbonation.

A well-made Scottish ale from Oskar Blues that is easy to love.

Serving type: can

02-08-2008 01:44:15 | More by Monkeyknife
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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