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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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3,851 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,851
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 131
Gots: 308 | 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 GeoffM


2.7/5  rDev -32.5%

Poured from can into pint glass.

Appearance - Nearly as dark as a stout, looks much like a porter with a moderately thick tan head that sticks around for a little while before diminishing. Good lacing.

Smell - Malt smells dominate, chocolate msotly from what I can detect, not overpowering, in fact it's very pleasant to the nose.

Taste - Harsh bitterness from the get-go. The first thing I thought of was wine, sour and not pleasantly so. Mellows out a bit and finishes nicely, but far from palatable. Certainly there's complexity but it's no fun to let it sit on your palate and find out just what it tastes like. Frankly I don't like it.

Overall - A beer that's exceptional in every area except the most important one: how it tastes. It's not uniformly bad and I can understand how other people, people more experienced with beer than me perhaps, might like it, but it's simply not my thing. Cheers to the canning revolution, though.

11-11-2008 10:23:46 | More by GeoffM
Photo of Mauerhan


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

pours a nice dark brown. nice rich highlights around the edges. not much head to speak of.

smell is malt heaven. rich caramel malts. gets me excited to taste

malts are very very present. not a big shocker. chocolate and caramel. bit of some dark fruit hiding in the backround. sweet without being sugary. nice rich flavors.

smoooth. i dont get any alcohol. i think my can was a tad flat as i didnt get much carbonation if any. still good though.

i would drink this again. i liked it very much

11-11-2008 07:57:16 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of SaucyA


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Pours a mixture of dark brown, deep maroon, and amber. Off-white 1 finger head into a tulip. Nice sheets of lacing.

S - Big raisin vibe, plus chocolate malts... almost a dark currant undertone. Caramel affects.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate malts, caramel sweetness. Brown sugar but no molasses. Smoked malt very subdued if nearly non-existant.

M - It's not as heavy as I like my Scottish Ales, but the carbonation is okay. There is a slightly dry, thin chalkiness that detracts.

D - This isn't offensive, but it's not the best Scottish Ale I've ever had. I'd drink another, though.

Notes: I'll trade you an Erie Ol' Red Cease and Desist for one of these ;)

11-10-2008 21:59:01 | More by SaucyA
Photo of Buebie


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Can courtasy of russpowell.

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.
1 finger fluffy white head quickly receeds into a thin bit of retention.Lace is slick and spotty.
Dark in color with a deep red glow when held to light.

Rish malty smoked aroma with a bit of a boozy aroma.

Terrific roasted grain flavor, wisps of smokyness, smooth in texture with creamy carbonation. Some scotch like flavor, as if oak was soaked in scotch. Smooth and mellow all the way through. Alcahol warming at the swallow. A powdered milk shake malt like flavor, some sour fruit. Very interesting sipper. A little belgiany in flavor with some dark candy sugar likeness.

Been wanting to give this a try for a while, glad I finally got the chance.

11-07-2008 00:54:35 | More by Buebie
Photo of TrevorGW


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Oskar Blues knows how to bring the big flavors to the table and they are able to impress me even with one of my least favorite styles (Scottish Ale).

A - Dense. dark brown color. Reddish hues are detectable. No head at ALL, even though it was poured aggressively into a short glass. Light on hops, light on carbonation... I guess that means you get no fun foam.

S - Sugary sweet. A candy shop!

T - Rich rich rich caramel flavor that manages to keep the sweetness somewhat at bay. Brief flashes of smoke and wood. Not much in the way of bitterness.

M - Smoothness. Other Scottish Ales have a rough mouthfeel... almost a harsh metallic creaminess (can't describe). Old Chub doesn't give me that weird feel and I am thankful for this texture.

D - Dangerously tasty beer at 8% ABV. Heads up kids.

11-05-2008 20:36:09 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

I poured a 12 ounce can into a standard pint glass. The first thing I noticed was the little bit of carbonation in the beer, as I opened the can there was just a light hiss of air. The beer pours a dark shade of brown with a very thin white head. The beer is sweet smelling on the nose, very heavy on the caramel malt. The first flavor is a smokey caramel flavor, followed by malty sweetness. The finish is sweet with no discernable hop profile. This beer is a malt bomb. Even though this beer is medium bodied, to me it felt a bit thin. Perhaps this is a consequence of the light carbonation. The beer hides its 8% ABV quite well. I did not enjoy Old Chub as much as I had hoped. The flavor was enjoyable but to me it was too thin.

11-01-2008 19:33:20 | More by bonkers
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

A: It's a deep, dark mahogany color with ruby highlights, a light mocha colored head that retains rather well. A fair amount of lacing

S: Healthy dose of chocolate, caramel, and some slight alcohol. I'm getting just a tinge of smokiness at the start, but it's really buried beneath the malt-tastic aromas radiating from my glass. Old chub smells like a rather sweet stout.

T&M: Chocolate and toffee flavors tempered with a sweet brown sugar flavor. Some faint hop bitterness comes in towards the end to prevent a total malt overload. The finish is sweet and has noticeable smokiness and roasted malt. Not quite as long and lingering finish as I'd like, but still decent. I just love it when malty beers last long enough on the palate to allow one to savor the sip for a while. It's nice to be able to taste the beer even when I'm not actually drinking it. The body is medium/full with a light carbonation, but I think a tad bit more fullness would help things out a bit. Then again, perhaps more fullness would push it into the Wee Heavy category...

D: It actually goes down very easily for being a bigger beer. Not really a sipper, but more of a slow gulper. I've found myself taking some big gulps and trying to savor the flavor and enjoy the finish a bit. Old Chub is a nice malty mix-up for a hop-head like myself.

10-29-2008 03:29:02 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of seaweed

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%

Is it me or is this can designed to smoke your favorite dried ingredients out of? On close inspection, there's a round, screen-like image printed 180 degrees from the can opening, near the bottom of the can. Reminds me a bit of a junior high summer hike to the edge of a corn field. Maybe I'm imagining Illuminati imagery, like between the legs of the lions on a pack of Marlboro Reds? Who's holding that banner? They're in our beer and smokes, what's next?

This beer took 5 cans in three days to get a taste for. The rest of the sixer will be enjoyed soon. Cheers to that.

I like it. I may even order it from the can-handled tap at my local watering hole, next long lunch.

"High Altitude. High Attitude. High Land. High Ya. ...alright buddy.

10-28-2008 22:40:31 | More by seaweed
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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

I had this from a can at Jackson's Bar and Bistro in Nashville, TN.

The beer is a dark brown with some red hues. There was a good head that did not last very long and there was some slight carbonation visible.

The nose was extremely malty, nutty and toasted. The smell was very powerful.

This is a heavy-bodied beer. The flavor is extra nutty which takes place mostly in the middle bracketed by a short, sweet start and a toasted hint. The beer is then finished off with a strong, but balanced hop finish.

This is no wimpy beer. For me, the last half of the beer started to drag on a little bit.

10-27-2008 14:24:31 | More by nem2006
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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

On draft at Holy Smoke in a pint

A - Very nice muddy dark brown with a light tan head that lingered.

Smell - very nice malt and smoke. had a faint earthiness to it.

Taste - Very big in flavor. Malts were the showcase and had chocolate, bread, and roast character. not overly sweet as some scotch ales are. Smokiness was fairly dominant which was a bit much. Very little hop flavor which is great for the style.

Mouth - very nice smooth brew. The smoke was a bit much though and got in the way by the end of the pint.

Drinkability - A very good brew and one of the best american versions i have had of the style. If it were a bit less smoke it may be tops. Worth trying on draft.

10-25-2008 16:23:11 | More by soccerman7
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New York

2.55/5  rDev -36.3%

The last in the line of regular canned offerings for me to try from this brewery.

A_Pours a dark brown hue more along the lines of a Belgian strong dark with virtually no head despite a vigourous pour. Not an appetizing looking beverage.

S_Mild yet sticky sweet caramel aroma.

T_A burnt carmale sweetness dominates up front. A bit of smoke hits in the middle but not much else. The finish is mildy bitter but strangely chocolatey and has a chalky feel and taste. The aftertaste has that chalkiness linger as well as a residual sweetness. The chalkiness manages to dominate. It is sort of as if you dipped a piece of writing chalk in cocoa powder and sucked on it.

M_Sticky, chalky and low carbonation.

D_Pretty much an utter dissapointment. I love Scotch ales but this is a bit of a mess with a wierd mouthfeel to it. Much better examples of the style. Not very complex or interesting and a bit of a chore to get through.

10-25-2008 00:32:29 | More by sleazo
Photo of albern


3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

This is a full bodied, big palated Scottish ale. It pours a very dark, just slightly opaque color with some ruby hints. There isn't much head right from the can, a thin light brown froth that dissipates quickly. Lacing, there isn't any. The nose on the beer is very sweet caramels, some candy like aromas, a good bit of liquour sweetened fruit, and a bit of ABV. There isn't much carbonation to the beer, but most Scottish ales are pretty flat. This is a very sweet, molasses laden beer, with some coffee notes, plenty of ABV in the background. I'm getting some cherry chocolate notes as well. This is a very sweet Scottish ale, but there is enough of the roasted molasses and caramel flavors, some smokiness, a bit of peatiness to still be representative of the style. But it is sweet. Not a bad beer, I can see why people are raving over it, I'm just not a huge fan of the style and this is a bit too syrupy and cloying for me at any rate.

10-24-2008 23:01:42 | More by albern
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

12 ounce can into a shaker pint, on to the beer:

A one centimeter of fuzzy, slightly tanned head rises on top this dark ruby brown beer. Head retention is poor, only leaves a paper-thin sheet on top. The aroma intersts me...sweet cake batter, some esters, grapes. Ok, let's continue on and taste it. Mmmm...tasty. Is it wrong to think of cake batter as I drink this? Faint esters in the back. There's a chocolate-fruit like flavor that is in the aftertaste. Oh, and there's a faint boozy aspect as well. It's all good here.

10-23-2008 03:43:33 | More by DoubleJ
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Bought a sixer of this for $8.99.

My first stab at a scottish ale and I liked it a lot. Pours a dark, ruby red with a nice little white head to it. Smell is a bit lacking for me, don't detect much of anything in the nose. Taste is very good though.. the caramel malts show through and has a nice smokey taste to it. It has a nice body and is very creamy in the mouth. Definitely glad I gave this beer a try.

10-19-2008 18:21:12 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from can into balloon wine glass (Beer glasses in storage- blow me!).

Pours a totally oblique blackish brown mud color- stout like in body with pretty, light, thin, foamy head.

Smells rich and malty: light oak, chocolate, dried black fruits, caramel.

Flavor is good. Burnt coffee beans, toffee candy, raisins, and almost a sour finish.

Mouthfeel was nice toasty rich flavor with. Carbonation was on the money; not too heavy at all.

A god beer by all accounts. The can is cute but flavors are much been when transplanted to glass.

10-19-2008 05:14:45 | More by adamparker05
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

I poured this ale from a 12oz can (!) into a shaker pint glass.

A= This Scottish ale poured a very clear dark brown cola color with a 3/4", dense, light tan head. The head quickly dropped to a thin skim and left decent spotty lacing down the glass.

S= With the pour, I found this ale to be full of appropriately malty aromas, caramel, carob, faint rum soaked raisins and alcohol. Unfortunately, after the head settled out, the aromas became unbelieveably full of strong overpowering alcohol notes. Wierd.

T= Fantastic upfront flavors of caramel malts, and slight roasted graininess. The middle was filled with more malt sweetness and the faintest hint of smoke. Finish was full of warming alcohol. All flavors appropriate and in balance.

MF= Full bodied and rich mouthfeel. Perfect (light-medium) carbonation for the style.

D= This is a great strong Scottish ale and one that has converted me to the canned beer apocalypse. Though it is not currently easy for me to get my hands on this beer, I will gladly seek out more of this one.

10-19-2008 01:15:05 | More by spointon
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4.4/5  rDev +10%

Enjoyed on a recent trip to the Brickskellar in DC...

A - Dark brown color, dense and close to fully opaque though a tiny amount of light sneaks in at the top and bottom of the brew... Slight white head quickly fades leaving minimal lacing... Very still...

S - Nuttiness, raisins, and brown sugar... Malt... Caramel... Smells darn good and quite appealing... Perhaps a hint of weak coffee upon further examination...

T - Toasted grains and malt... Dark fruits... Caramel... Sweet, but not overdone... Perhaps a very faint hint of coffee...

M - Silky smooth... Slightly creamy and rich... Goes down very very easy... Mild carbonation on the tongue...

D - I have to find a case or sixer of this when I get back home... Ridcuously drinkable and enjoyable... Definately the best beer in a can that I've ever had...

10-15-2008 18:13:56 | More by philbe311
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4/5  rDev 0%

Poured a dark black brown color with a nice tan head that stays until end. Smells of very sweet dark fruits such as raisons and sweet sugars. Great malts that smooth it out. Goes down so smooth and refreshing. A perfect beer for any day oh the year. Summer, winter or anytime between. Does down great.

One of the smoothest cleanest beers I've had, taste so good but almost like nothing at the same time.

10-15-2008 03:24:17 | More by nrpellegrini
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4.2/5  rDev +5%

Dark carmel color and smell when first poured with very little lacing. Heavy malty, almost biscuit taste, along with notes of carmel. Drinkablity suffers, thick heavy in the mouth full of flavor. Purchase as part of an Oskar Blues variety pack. Awesome that this beer comes in a can.

10-13-2008 19:49:41 | More by mtnbikerpa
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4.28/5  rDev +7%

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with thin tan head. It smelled like roasted barley with some coffee and burnt caramel, and a bit of sweet lemon hops. It tasted like smoked barley and burnt coffee with sweet caramel and a bit of oaky vanilla and slight citrus hops. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. This beer somehow seemed to derive its sweetness from the hops and its bitterness from the malt, which was very interesting. Reminded me more of a porter than a Scottish ale. But overall it was a very tasty, malty beer. It had good body and clean flavor, and was easy to drink. Great change of pace.

10-13-2008 15:30:44 | More by Pencible
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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

A - very dark brown, almost black. Not much head or lacing going on

S - strong malt smell with a oak smell

T - caramelized malt are most dominant$ definate wood taste also that was very pleasant

M - medium bodied. Perfect carbonation

D - for 8 percent it is very good. Half way through I thought my enjoyment was slowing but it leveled off and I can definately do another.

10-10-2008 20:21:17 | More by Baileyuk
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4/5  rDev 0%

Pours a hazed brown. Topped by a fluffy, beige head that fades to a film. The aroma is toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, fruit, and a hint of smoke.

A toastiness upfront quickly moves into a nice caramel sweetness. The caramel yields to some light fruitiness in the center. The finish has notes of chocolate, smoke, spicy alcohol and a light bitterness. Medium-bodied, highly carbonated and thick.

Strong and flavorful, but balanced.

10-10-2008 01:15:26 | More by EPICAC
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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

Dark ruby color with a thick creamy tan head. Awesome head retention and stickyness. A pretty beer, no doubt.

Chewy, malty and fruity nasal assailants!! Figs, rye bread and cinnabon cinnamon rolls are what I am getting from the 'Chub.

Toasty, grainy malts are the most prevalent flavors. Hints of figs and floral hops. Smooth flavor with low carbonation. High alcohol level is well hidden. A touch of semi-sweet sourness...almost like the smell of an irish pub.

Pretty good interpretation of the style, smooth and malty. I'll pick up some more of these at some point, but I think I like all the other O.B. brews as much or better. Nonetheless, quite quaffable.

10-08-2008 22:34:05 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a dark brown ruby color with one finger light tan head and good lacing.

Scent of caramel malts, cinnamon, brown sugar with some roasted malts and nuts balancing the sweetness.

Taste is sweet with nuts, caramel and brown sugar starting. Some roasted malts come in and take over the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but there is a bit too much bite.

10-04-2008 00:48:52 | More by paco1029384756
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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. 10/01/08.

Pours a very dark brownish-black with almost two fingers of light tan head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is strong with caramel and chocolate malts with a bit of smokiness.

Taste is sweet with a bunch of caramel and roasted chocolate malt and a hint of brown sugar. Lots of milk chocolate flavor with some dark chocolate as well. Some dark fruits, such as raisin and plum are also present, and some cherry. A bit of alcohol is present in the taste, but it's not unpleasant.

Feel is medium-full body with ample carbonation. It's thick but not quite chewy. It's very smooth. Drinkability is really good. It goes down real smooth, tastes good, and the alcohol is somewhat well hidden.

This is a really good scotch ale. Probably my favorite. Definitely worth a try.

10-02-2008 02:47:24 | More by bkilpatr
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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