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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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4,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,362
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 153
Gots: 533 | 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 Arithmeticus
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can had in the Brickskeller (during rumors of an impending sale).

A: dark red brown; not a significant head
S: sweet caramel
T: complex, scotch-based ale; hops muted, complementary with muted pungent spicing; sweet, honeylike
M: outstanding

Overall, yes do yourself a favor and have one after another.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep Coca-Cola brown with hazelnut highlights in the glass. A cap of khaki foam sits atop the beer and leaves little, to no lace. I really like the color, it looks like a tasty malty treat!
Smells of burnt sugar, maple syrup, some light coffee. Caramel and toffee are the showcase aromas. Just from the smell I know this would be great with some grilled burgers, and almost anything with some caramelized onions. The earthy tones will also lend to mushrooms.
The taste is sweet upfront with lively carbonation and flavors of toffee, chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, and an earthy residual sweetness on the end. No hops to be found as this beer lingers with a sweet syrupy finish.

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

Bought a can at Total Wines. Date can 09-07-10 so this is just more than a month old.

Appearance - Dark brown color. Almost black with a small head.
Smell - Oh my goodness, sweet smell, caramelish all over.
Taste - Sweet malts jump into my head. Sweet caramel.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability - is just a nice scotch kick. Could drink alot of this.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head. The nose is caramel and a slight touch of earthy hops. A bit of toffee and slight roast there as well. The taste is mostly a light caramel/toffee flavor with a bit of light fruits and some dry hops. The feel is nice and creamy; a bit heavy, but not overly so. Drinks quite well and is a really nice example of the style.

Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep brown body with some nice ruby tints to it...an off white head was present, but not for very long...nothing but wisps of head...some lacing

S - The nose is all malt but not very strong...I was expecting big malt aromas but I'm only getting very mild ones

T - The flavors are bumped up a notch...the malt flavors really start standing out...they are sweet, as to be expected, from the caramel...there is a bit of graininess in the middle but it's only for a brief second...the sweet, dark fruits end the beer...I'm picking up dates and raisins

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a nice sweetness

D - Not too experienced on the scottish ale style but I can't complain about this one...nice flavors of sweet malt and dark fruits...I just wish I could have picked up more on the nose

Photo of gopens44
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark ruby with coppery tones around the edges where the light was able to sneak through. Pretty translucent as well. No real head to speak of.

S - Roasted malts with a touch of alcohol going on. Another smell as well that I can only describe as plums maybe? Perhaps sour cherries?

T - Much like the nose but sweeter. The alcohol presence was there, as well as the plum taste which was actually more like raisins that thought they were plums. None of the sour cherry taste that the smell suggested. Kind of flat and tinny as well.

M - Light creaminess with a smooth finish. There was some aftertaste here that I wasn't fond of. Not too much on the carbonated side at all.

D - Not one of my favorites by a long shot. Little disappointed to be honest.

Photo of Derranged
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a very dark brown into a 14 ounce mug.

S- Dark fruits, a little bit of sour milk.

T- Dark fruits, caramel, raisins, sugar. However, once it got warm, there was a strong fusel alcohol taste.

M- Very thick and syrupy, very little carbonation.

D- I guess I can drink 6 of these..

Overall, this was a strange beer. Not sure if Id' buy this again.

Photo of mariposafan
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour resulted in only minimal head in a Duvel tulip. What head there was was a murky beige color and faded quickly. The beer itself was a dark, dark brown - just a little light could be seen at the edges.

The smell was pretty much not there at all. Even as it warmed more there was very little there but a slightly sweet smell.

The taste was slightly sweet, slightly tart and a somewhat too bitter. Maltiness to be sure, but not as much as I expected or hoped for. The first couple of sips brought some hoppiness but that disappeared completely after that, just as though it had never happened.

The mouthfeel was very nice. Decent carbonation - a surprise given how little head it generated - just slightly thick and much richer than the taste would suggest.

Alcohol was more evident than I expected but not too bad. Mostly, though, I can't really see any reason to have this one again. It wasn't unpleasant but there are much better beers out there.

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

A dark reddish-brown body, letting only the tiniest amount of light come through and capped by a sticky and creamy looking tan head.

Sweet malt forward aroma full of caramel and chocolate. Not much else going on other than a slight spice note, but its hard to pick out exactly what it is.

As the nose suggested, this one is sweet with some fruity flavors at first but quickly replaced with a carmel sweetness. Hop flavors are almost non-existent and only provide a minimal amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather heavy and chewy, but very smooth with little carbonation. Overall, a high drinkable but almost too sweet Scottish ale.

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Pilsner Urquell nonic. Very dark with dark red/brown on edges. Very thin but dense and dark cap. Drippy and noticeable lacing.
Tight aroma (maybe it's still a bit cold). Sweet, caramel, slight smokiness, with a noticeable richness.
Full mouth feel with richness with the body. Coats the whole mouth and leaves a lingering flavor of mild smoke, touch of sweetness and a faint dryness.
Nicely complex with multiple malt flavors. Not too sweet, but filling and rich. Well hidden alc. for a beer this size.
Might be hard to consume too many beers this rich and high in alcohol, but certainly more than one could had, especially with a bit of food to cut it down a bit.

Photo of chumba526
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears dark brown with a small tan head.

It smells of sweet caramel hops, citrus, grass and molasses.

It tastes slightly sweet. There is a mild caramel flavor and a slight bit of smokiness. A nice mild citrus orange flavor. The flavors blend very well together. This is very smooth.

The carbonation is about medium.

This is a smooth beer because of that the drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few of these in a night.

Overall a nice Scottish ale better than average. It is good but nothing groundbreaking there are better Scottish ales out there. However this is a nice beer.

Photo of trecker
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First off, my review is probably tainted because I do not like the taste of vanilla in beer. As many other reviewers have noted, this definitely has some vanilla hints to it.

I poured from a can to a pint glass. Who knows when the can was bottled.

The look was nice. A dark brown with a hint of red. A very slight head that went away quickly.

I just flat out do not like the taste of vanilla, so this beer is just kind of average. I haven't had any other Scottish style Ales so it might be the whole style that I just don't like.

Overall, it's not atrocious, many like it, but it's a little too sweet for me.

Photo of grittybrews
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cola-brown into a tulip with around half an inch of quick-receding head. Warm and slightly boozy aroma with plenty of molasses and caramel.

Lowish carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Thick and malty with lots of flavors jostling for attention -- molasses, fig and raisin, butter rum, caramel, and chocolate. Vaguely metallic finish with a slight coffee bitterness and a touch of smoke.

This one was a bit on the sweet side, but made a pleasant sipper as it warmed.

Photo of mrmin123
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Ikea beer mug. Dark, opaque amber color with a very thin white head that dissipates rapidly. Brown sugar most evident on the nose, with hints of caramel, and a smokey profile at the end. Caramel taste, with a hint of vanilla. Slightly bitter, carbonated aftertaste, but does not detract too much from the smoothness of the drink.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-amber, fairly murky but with a bejewelled aspect up to the light. Head is disappointingly non-existent, with some whisps of ochre lace around. Looks alright, but nothing special certainly.

Nose is incredibly sweet, lots of fruit and brown sugar on it. A fruit pudding smell really, sultanas, dried apricot, molasses and raisins all making an appearance. Not much else to it, just really malty and sweet. But pretty apt for the style.

Taste has a very medicinal flavour on the very front, slightly cherry in aspect that then turns very sweet indeed, with sultanas and glacé fruits all swimming in a big flavour pool of brown sugar. Some slight dark notes, maybe some cocoa in there, but yeah it's just a really big treacle pudding here, with a thick syrupy mouthfeel. Slight kiss of alcohol warmth, but mostly just sweet and candied all over the palate. Nice, and interesting, but not amazing.

Not a bad brew, could have used a few more of those darker notes, but it's an enjoyable malty beer overall.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep red, with only a little light coming through. Half a finger off white head. Thins to a layer of bubbles. Some slight alcohol lacing.

S - Roasted malts, brown sugar, some dark fruits. Light aroma, I have to search for these, could just be too cold though.

T - Delicious. Sweet dark malts, dark fruits are right behind. Caramel, vanilla, and something else are lingering in the background...

M - Medium to heavy, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Entire taste is sweet, finish as well.

D - I haven't tried too many scottish ales, but this is pretty good. 8% isn't too high, but should still be noticeable and in this beer it is not. Sweetness isn't off-putting, it's inviting and leaves a bit of mystery in the flavor for the next sip.

Photo of JMad
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a can to a pint glass...
Pours a very dark brown with a red hue. Tiny tan colored head that leaves quickly.
Smells of dark fruit and smokey chocolate.
Tastes of smokey chocolate, caramel, and fig. Also has a hint of alcohol.
Feels very smooth medium-heavy bodied, kind of a dry finish.
Drinks good leaves a nice warm filling in your tummy.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can with a canned on date of June 2010. Poured into my Smuttynose snifter.

Appearance: Really dark brown. Not much light penetrates the glass. One finger light head with not much retention. Recedes quickly to absolutely nothing.

Aroma: Dark fruits, caramel and a hint of smokiness. Smooth and pretty balanced but not overly potent.

Taste: Coffee offset with dark fruits and caramel. The smoke note is much less prominent here. Tasty and balanced. Pretty clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but very crisp. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel really helps the ABV to blend nicely. Very easy to drink a couple of these.

Overall, a nice and flavorful scotch ale. Really clean and balanced and a good interpretation of the style. Worth trying.

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

12oz can poured into a goblet.

A: Dark brown body with reddish tinges. Big white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Some chocolate, roasted malts, and smoke.

T: Strong notes of chocolate and caramel. Some smokiness on the back end. Little or no hop presence.

M: Full-bodied and incredibly smooth.

D: I wouldn't want to drink a whole bunch of these in one sitting, but this is a very good after-dinner sipper.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown liquid, much like a cola with a dark tan head. decent retention before dropping slowly to a thin film.
Smell is malt, grape and wheat.
Taste is much more involved with notes of malt, wheat, grape/apple, vanilla, caramel and dark fruits.
Medium-full bodied, light effervescence, smooth and chewy. All malt aftertaste. A seriously good draught. Needs a bit more nose.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown/rust color with 1/4 head that dissipated after a minute.

S - Malty

T - Malty and sweet but not too much. It has a great balance.

M - Crisper than expected, but not crisp like a pilsner.

D - Very drinkable. It hits the expected notes of a Scottish Ale.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the can with nary a whisper of carbonation, although a slightly coarse-bubbled head forms in loose rings of beige. Minimal lacing. Body looks very thick, a deep reddish brown colour. Looks pretty tasty though.

Nose is musty and a little sweaty. Leather comes forward on the front, with some sweet grain flavours and a slightly metallic, boozy hit. It's pretty raw and rugged, but that's what you want from the style.

Taste is quite sweet, with big grain notes crescendoing through the centre of the palate leaving a burgeoning symphony of dark sugar and molasses. A hint of metallic bitterness tries to add a zing, but it's like tiny flashes of lightning through an enormous cloud of volcanic ash. Finish is incredibly long and very sweet, the absolute opposite of what I would call dry. Feel is extremely chewy and thick. Pretty good.

Pretty tasty beer all up, rich and heavy and with some robust, manly flavours that will put hairs on your chest. Good effort.

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

A - Pours a dark, chestnut brown color with an even caramel colored head.

S - Candied toasted malt character with definite scotch presence in the nose. Some dark fruit, but mostly sweet candied caramel toasted malt.

T - The first sensation is a strong toasted caramel malt flavor on the tongue. There's some milk flavor, almost cream-like in the taste. Prunes, and the hopping shows a little presence on the palette. I don't get much more than that.

M - Creamy, thick, a little frothy, heavy body, sticky.

D - I can handle only one of these. I have a thistle glass in my collection and this is the perfect beer for this. Old Chub is decent, but give me a Gubna any day of the week over this one.

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

Deep brownish red with a light beige head that didn't last. Sweet caramel malty aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and smooth, creamy feel. Sweet caramel flavors in the beginning, smokey chocolate in the middle , and a coffee flavored finish with a very slight alcoholic hint at the end. Went down pretty easy.

Photo of AdamBear
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

A-dark molasses brown, no head. Altho there is no head, I gave it a higher rating bc the color is truly unique and pleasant to look at

S-it actually smells like molasses too! tho not too strongly

T-tastes like brown sugar, tho not quite as good. I wish the taste was stronger. There is a mocha after-taste which sits well

M- low on carbonation, not creamy either...it seems to even be a bit syrupy....the mouth feel is the worst thing about this beer. its actually awful.

D-despite the mouthfeel, this beer disappeared rather quickly, and i wouldn't mind having another. the taste stays throughout the drinking and i found myself excited every time i reach for the glass.

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