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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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4,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,370
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 153
Gots: 541 | FT: 8
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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 baldben
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even with a hard pour this beer yields very little head due to low carbonation. A quick glance reveals a cola color but reveals a dark copper when held to the light.

The smell, of roasted malts with a chocolate quality, is quite light but inviting.

The taste of the beer is mellow but complex. Malts dominate with a chocolaty sweetness, a bit of caramel. In the mid there is a hint of hops that leads way to the sweet aftertaste, reminiscent of root beer.

The beer has a medium body with very light carbonation but just the right amount of creaminess.

This isn't a beer that could probably be consumed quickly but it is a beer that could be sipped through out an entire evening. An excellent after dinner beer.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes (trying to get my Scotch Ale notes out of the way tonight being that I'm drinking one).
Look: Deep dark brown with an inch of tan head. Tiny splotches of lace.
Smell: Plum and raisin, dark smoked malts (mild, but there), lavender and some spice. Very interesting.
Taste: Much like the smell, the smoked malts set it off a bit, nice complexity and nice balance of malts.
Mouth: Smooth, leaves a thin coat of malty goodness behind.
Drink: I'm glad Oscar Blues found a way to continue sending delicious beer out to Cali. As a former CO resident (19 years), I know how tiny Lyons is and am glad they rock it out to get me my Old Chub.

Haven't had this since they moved locations. Still that same, delicious scotch ale. Glad I revisited, may have to do so more often.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep reddish brown color. . Head is about a finger width with minimal retention. nice lacing

S-It's a creamy, dark fruit smell with a nice vanilla bourbon note.

T-Very creamy sweet and sticky. slight bitterness but definitely smokiness and caramel comes through the hardest.

M-A tad sticky and a little cloying,although it still feels nice in the mouth from the creaminess.

D-This beer is incredibly easy to drink. It's hard to tell it's 8% ABV and since it's in can form it looks like a solid choice to bring out on the golf course.

Overall a very nice interpretation of the style I'd certainly look to it again.


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

Very little head even right off the pour. Dark, caramel color, looks like flat soda. The smell comes off as sweet and malty as a wee heavy should with no hops presence.

It tastes as it smells and is right in line with the style. Malty and sweet light a good dark bread with some roastiness to it.

The body is medium and I would have liked it a bit fuller in the mouth, but it does have that classic cloying of a wee heavy.

The roasts are a bit much on the palate, but it's one of the best wees I've had outside of one brewed in Scotland. Nice job.

Photo of ksimons
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-lots of carbonation bubbles visible, a dark brown with ruby highlights. Head leaves a bit of tan lacing around the top

S-roasted malts, raisins, dark chocolate

T-rich roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Smoother than I expected. The flavor really comes out more as the beer warms

M-medium to full body, minimal amount of carbonation, leaves a nice coating in the mouth, very smooth

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can into pint glass
A - Dark brown color with red and purple hues, half a finger head faded to a crown very quickly 3.5
S - Smoky and coffee malts stand out, slight notes of sweetness and whiskey 4
T - A big beer. Malts are in full control, smoke caramel coffee and whiskey notes throughout, 3.5
M - Minimal carbonation, a very full feel that gets small towards the dry finish 4
D - Not the easiest drinking beer, big in the flavor dept but at the cost of having another 3.0

Photo of THECPJ
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with 2 finger off white head,

smell: mocha, roasted malts,

taste: mild mocha flavor, very smokey and roast characteristics,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, oily aftertaste

Drinkability: not one of my go to beers. but if you like smoke and alot of roast flavors in your beer give it a try.


The cpj

Photo of rawfish
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Surprisingly dark pour, even for the style, rich color like finished wood but appears ruby red when held to light. Small head which vanishes without a trace.

S - Malt forward aroma, sweet with some toffee and roasted grain.

T - Flavor is sweet dark fruit, plums, ripe pear and raisin detectable under caramel malt and some roastiness. Hops can be undetectable if sipped on but enters on the finish, just barely.

M - Low carbonation, but a medium heavy body.

O - Coined as a session beer especially due to canning but the body is a little heavy for the whole sixer. Another great example of why I'm so addicted to this style.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For my Oscar awards viewing, I thought an Oskar beer would be apropos.

A - Pours a deep ruby, with near pruple highlights. Thick tan head that vanishes rapidly.

S - An alcohol smell with some earthiness.

T - A sweet peaty flavor with some plum/raison (perhaps I was influenced by the purple colors) finishes with a warmth of the 8% ABV. I smell/taste no hops.

M - Chewy and delicious. Moderate carbonation. Coming in a can had no adverse effect on this hearty ale

D - I usually shy away from this style, preferring the less sweet ales, but Oskar has balanced the sweetness with a malty alchohol flavor nicely.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into my .5L mug

A- Very deep reddish brown with a tiny 1cm "head" that instantly dies down to pretty much nothing. Pretty clear, but not much else going on... obviously no lacing.

S- Smells of plum, tobacco and a great vanilla bourbon-y aroma. There are just a lot of intense sweet and dark fruit aromas that are happening all over the place. Very enticing.

T/M- This is definitely sweet, but the taste is a bit bland past that. I get maybe a hint of fig/plum and a strong alcohol warming sensation in the mouth. I don't think the taste follows the nose at all. I'm a bit disappointed. Its not a terrible beer, but lacking in the flavor components that I expected to find. Medium-full body with no carbonation...

D- Not really. One is good per sitting. I bought a six pack and its going to be around for awhile. Its more of a sit back and have a high alcohol beer every once in a while that is mediocre. Probably won't get around to drinking another of these until all my Palo Santo is gone (but I'll prolly be buying more of that soon!)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a thin head. No lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel, and alcohol. Flavors of malt, booze, some caramel and hints of smoke. A mix of flavors here for sure. Sweet and creamy. Warming alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall its a solid brew but I don`t think I could drink more than 1 in a sitting. Toes the line of being too sweet and alcoholic.

Photo of JizackFH
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy dark brown color. It has a small 1-finger tan head. When held to the light the edges glow orange.

S - The nose is very malty, and there is some caramel sweetness. I am also getting notes of scotch and some smokiness.

T - It tastes of sweet caramel malt and some smoke. There are also notes of figs, plum, raisin, and scotch. The finish is clean.

M - It has a medium body and low carbonation. It has a very smooth feel to it.

D - The drinkability is good here. I liked this beer quite a bit, but I think there are definitely better examples of the style out there. Overall, Im glad I got the chance to try this, and I'd get it again.

Photo of danmcg62
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep reddish brown color. Almost looks like a cream ale like Murphy's. Head is about a finger width with minimal retention.

S-It's a creamy, fruity smell. Don't smell much else.

T-Very creamy. The hops kick in at the back of your throat, not over powering which is nice.

M-A tad chewy. Again the hops aren't too over powering so, it feels nice in the mouth.

D-This beer is incredibly easy to drink. It's hard to tell it's 8% ABV and since it's in can form it looks like a solid choice to bring out on the golf course.

Overall a decent ale, but nothing special. I'd certainly look to it again.

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

While dinning with my wife on Valentines day, I noticed the bar had Old Chub on tap, 'nuf said.

Color slightly darker than a brown ale but not as dark as a porter.

S - Toasty, nutty, excellent

T - Dark fruit, malt, hints of milk chocolate and caramel. Very tasty

M - Creamy, minimal carbonation, coats the tongue.

D - Excellent. While this was enjoyed from the tap, the fact that this comes in a can and is as good is surprising.

Oscar Blues Scotch Ale is bunker material.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a reddish hue around the edges.

The aroma is simplistic, caramel malts, but pleasant nonetheless.

Caramel and roasted barley malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is exceptional for a scotch ale. It's extremely smooth and abv is masked well.

Decent drinkability, but the full body makes it hard to polish off more than a couple.

Overall, a great example of a scotch ale and one that I'll surely have again.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red/brown with a medium head. The aroma is chocolate some mild fruitiness and some smokiness. The flavor is earthy with chocolate and some nice bitterness. The sweetness is there but it is well controlled and there is plenty of roasty maltiness. The palate is viscous and smooth.
Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. A nice malty/caramel flavored ale.

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, non transparent. About a half inch of head, which also appears to be thick and creamy.

S - Very roasty and sweet smelling. A mix between chocolate and caramel.

T - Smooth, thick, and delicious. Very malty and slightly sweet.

M - Very smooth, not very carbonated. Heavy body.

D - It is very drinkable for a beer this dark. I had 4 in one sitting.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color body and no head even with a forceful pour.

Caramel malt smell. Slight medicinal aroma as well. Smells okay.

Taste like a Scotch Ale for sure! Caramel, some chocalate with a nutty taste as well. Its quite tasty, though. Hardly any hop bitterness at all.

Medium body. Light carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry. Feels good though, no complaints at all.

I'm certainly want another one. It tastes good, feels good and I want to crack open another one, we're in good shape.

Photo of MookieMoo
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a great, dark coffee color and is carbonated very well. Lovely light brown head that bounces back when this beer is swirled in the glass.

S: This beer has a lovely, chocolate, roasty, smell.

T: Very sweet tasting and also very roasty. The high abv dosen't overwhelm any taste in this beer.

M: Very velvety smooth with not alot of bitterness from the high abv.

D: I could easy polish a six pack of this while playing poker with friends or even playing horseshoes.

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

A - French-polished black cherry wood fills the glass with deep visual decadence. The head is a cohesively bound chocolatey brown, although retention is weak with minimal lacing.

S - Come out Come out Wherever you are... no brew this rich in image can be as characteristically impoverished as the aroma would have you believe. A mild expression of malts portrays a gentle caramel nose, and some vanilla notes barely wisp around in the background. Beyond this lies a suspiciously deceptive vacuum.

T - Brown sugar finds the forepalate and smoothly transitions into a darker molasses expression. Coffee beans, caramel, and chocolate add to the medley, and dark fruits softly play in between. Sultanas and spices - nutmeg/cinnamon - conspire with the sweetness to instill a chritmas pudding profile, and essences of rum and brandy elicit this sense furtherstill. On the finish the liquor transforms into a blended whisky robustness, and an almost peaty smokiness pushes forth a distinctive highland impression, although too weak to accord attributes of an Islay.

M - Perfectly matched. Medium-light carbonation lifts the weighty flavours from the palate, and contributes well to the smooth viscous body. A slight stickiness is inevitably left behind, but it does so in a manner that conforms to the style and compliments the abv.

O - A thoroughly enjoyable brew that exhibits complexity and depth. It's richness is ideal to quaff on cold winter nights (or days) and it's big booziness is bold enough to ignite the furnace of your soul.

Photo of ebby82
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into a pint glass.

Aromas almost overwhelmingly malty, with a significant brown sugar presence. A little hop presence as well.

Taste is good though not amazing. Very malty, sweet, it's not at all obvious that it's 8%. It has similar characteristics with a dopplebock, although it would not be mistaken as one.

Overall, a good beer. It's not 'the best Scottish Ale I've had, but it's quit good, especially from a can.

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

A - Burnt caramel brown, opaque, very thin head that obviously produces minimal lacing.

S - Very aromatic. Sweet caramel and molasses, wonderful cooked wort aroma from the brewing process, sticky sugar, leather. Bit of an old ale aroma at the end.

T - Big on the molasses, smokiness, and heavy caramel flavor. Light raisin esters can be detected as well as some alcohol. Finishes with a nice sugary sweet taste as well.

M/D - Medium/heavy body with a definite syrup like texture. Very low volumes of carbonation allow an increase in body. Very smooth on the palate as well. Alcohol is semi-hidden thanks in part to the overall sweetness of the beer. Very easy to drink and a great example of the style.

Photo of radioscooter
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit it. Having the whole "No, cans are good. Seriously..." thing explained to me by several beeristas and STILL not buying into it, I was against this brew from the get-go. I wanted to hate it.

I wanted to lump it in with so many other North American craft brews that overhop everything they make, regardless of the style.

Happily, I was wrong.

This is a not-bad emulation of a classic UK style by a goofy, can-loving Colorado brewery that surprises with every sip.

Appearance - and let's face it, how bad can it look? There'd have to be things floating or oily residue or something for an appearance to be really bad. I've sampled many a disgusting swill beer that LOOKED phenomenal in the glass. But I digress... Point is it looks great, dark brown with auburn edges and a steady, 2 finger head from an aggressive pour that turns into a nice coffee ring and beautiful UK lacing.

The smell - after it warms up - is typical. Earthy, toffee and malt.

The taste is actually a sweetish smack with a fast, dryer finish, but not so dry that you're smacking your lips searching for the flavor - it lingers. At first, it seems McEwans - ish. Which is the highest praise I can give it.

There is an undesirable backlash to the finish, that turns sour in the palate. It's subtle but - there. And it feels sort of Phenoly, or preservativey. Too much of something is giving me a little headache. Otherwise - not a bad effort.

Easy drinker, other than the headache.

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

[Best served in a Thistle glass]

Pour was a murky dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy light brown head that was mostly lasting and had really great lacing.

The aroma was moderately scented with roasted chocolate malts, a sweet doughy yeast and a mild resin hop with a note of caramel.

It tasted lightly sweet and acidic with a note of caramel at first and the finished very malty and slightly bitter with strong notes of chocolate and toffee.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between medium to full in body and quite creamy in texture with a very mild carbonation.

Overall a very tasty Scottish Ale, with lots of nice malty flavor and just a touch sweetness at the end.

Photo of hickmancase
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Can from Total Wine.

A: Rosy brown. One finger head.


T: Mildly sweet. Purple drink. Maple syrup. Like a belgian strong ale minus the strong and yeast.

M: Thinner than it ought to be. Fewer bubbles than it ought to have.

D: In spite of it's shortcomings, an excellent beer to kick back.

Like a watery Chimay Blue.


Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 4,370 ratings.