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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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3,888 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,888
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 132
Gots: 327 | 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 PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a 12 oz can into pint glass, at Coopers Ale House in Greensboro.

A - Dark black, almost opaque. Thick 2-3 finger brown head rises, with excellent retention. Lots of lace as well.

S - Caramel/brown sugar aromas. Slight hints of dark, overripe fruits with licorice.

T - Engaging malt character. Sweet, sweet caramel malts wash the tongue with a tad of buttery flavor. Prunes, currents, chocolate, and anise all linger. No bitterness.

M - Lucious and creamy. Sparsely carbonated.

D - For being a bigger beer, this is some drinkable stuff. You hardly even know it's going down.

09-13-2008 08:45:17 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of glid02


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown - as close to black without being black that's lighter around the edges. Head is about one-finger of tan-colored foam that dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells alright. Come caramel and roasted aromas, but when I sniff really hard I get a high-ABV sweet aroma - akin to that of Samichlaus and bigger DFH beers. There's a subtle chocolate smell as well.

Tastes better than it smells. A good caramel and roasted taste up front with a bitterness that lingers in the back of the throat a little too long. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol except for a slight warming down in the belly.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness that makes it go down smoothly, and the carbonation is good.

Drinkability is good. As I said before the alcohol is not noticeable which is a big plus, but the lingering aftertaste brings it down a bit.

Overall this is a solid beer, but I think it's my least favorite of the main Oskar Blues offerings. Still, it's saying something when my least favorite beer of theirs is this good. Worth a shot.

09-11-2008 21:45:55 | More by glid02
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; dark blackish ruby with just a hint of light sneaking through, three finger and creamy tan three finger head with excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel with a slight cocoa background

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and ultra creamy, a pleasure.

Taste: A sweet caramel malt bomb... silky smooth... I can see myself at a scottish pub throwing back a few of these

Drinkability: The best beer I've ever had from a can hands down... and I can't believe it's 8% ABV... I want a 12 pack...

09-11-2008 02:51:40 | More by joezak5
Photo of Sweasty


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: Dark opaque brown color. There are ruby hues when held up to the light. A light tan head quickly drops to a ring. There's some lacing.

Smell: Plenty of dark malt in the aroma. Chocolate, and earthy roastiness/nuttiness vie for domination. A fair bit of coffee present as well.

Taste: Malt and plenty of it. Plenty of unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and roast flavors. Caramel flavors abound as well. There is a touch of smokiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and chewy on the palate.

This is solid Scotch ale. A wonderful cool weather sipper. Can't wait till the temps. drop so I can enjoy brews like this at their fullest.

09-09-2008 01:03:32 | More by Sweasty
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

The body is a solid black with crimson highlights on the edges. An easy pour created a 1/4" tan head that dissipated quickly, but left some lacing.

Smells are sweet chocolate malt, slightly caramelish. Taste is sweet up front with peat smoke and some hop bitterness working to balance things out a bit.

A medium thick mouthfeel and low carbonation add to a slick body that goes down pretty well. This one would wear on me after a while, but one on a cold winter's night would do well.

09-08-2008 03:17:34 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of steelcutoats


3.65/5  rDev -8.8%


This is another EPIC beer from the Oskar Blues Brewery out in Lyons, Colorado. I picked up a case at my local beverage supply warehouse about a week ago. I am fairly new to Scottish style ales and am quickly developing a taste for them. I poured a 12 oz. can into a Guinness pint glass. The first thing that I noticed was the smooth malty aroma, with hints of toffee and caramel. There was a creamy head that quickly dissipated. The taste was heavy with again a roasted malt/caramel creaminess. As far as all the Scottish style ales I've tried so far, this one is definitely one of my favorites...and it comes in a can too!

09-05-2008 23:42:55 | More by steelcutoats
Photo of dirtylou


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

12oz can, leftover from a 6pack purchased last weekend

appearance: poured into a pint glass - still mahogany body with some garnet highlights, just a small ring of tan lace and very little retention

smell: smoky malt, dried beef, peat, chewy caramel, cocoa powder - talk about a malt bomb

taste: smoky malts with as much peat as you can find in one can of beer, chewy caramel with a semi-sweet dry cocoa coating. The alcohol really isnt anywhere to be found but there is a slight licorice burn in the aftertaste - pretty sweet scottish, from a can

mouthfeel: thick and chewy, smooth and robust

drinkability: hi

09-05-2008 01:33:43 | More by dirtylou
Photo of tronester


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate and dried fruit. Taste is very malty, toast like, with some roasted flavors. There are some earthy hops and a hint of smoke in the finish. Bitterness levels are low and let the malt shine through. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, carbonation is slightly prickly. Quite drinkable though, very smooth for 8% ABV. Interestingly enough this reminded me of a dopplebock, probably due to the dark roasted malts and low amounts of hops. Another excellent canned beer from Oskar Blues.

08-28-2008 03:11:38 | More by tronester
Photo of champ103


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A large tan head forms and gently recedes with lots of sticky lace.
S: I think the first thing I said as I inhaled this wonderful aroma was "Oh my God!" Chocolate and caramel malt that is nice and toasty. Smoky and peaty as a Scottish beer should be. Lots of dark dried fruits of plumb, figs, and raisins. Some sweet brown sugar as well. Amazing.
T: Sweet. Almost cloying. Peaty and smoky malt. Chocolate and caramel. Very nice.
M/D: Full body that is low on the carbonation side. The alcohol shows, but it does not detract to much. Something to sip and savor.

This is a great beer. Something I highly recommend.

08-25-2008 18:00:00 | More by champ103
Photo of kindacold


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

Gotta love this peaty goodness.

Pours a reddish black. Not much of a head, and what there is disappears very quickly.

Smells like someone planted a few flowers in peat moss.

Tastes peaty and sweet malty, with a good hint of the hops.

A bit thick and smooth. A little sugary tongue coating occurs.

I had 3 of these and was in a perfect place.

08-23-2008 14:52:04 | More by kindacold
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2%

On tap at Tyler's in Durham:

Old Chub has a lovely deep brown garnet body and a thick, creamy beige head that retains great and leaves rolls of foamy lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty sweet and chocolatey with a pleasantly-acrid whiff of smoke.

The taste is is mocha-chocolatey and malty sweet with a little semisweet syrup. Earthy smoke and powdered Dutch cocoa rule the finish.

Old Chub is medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, silky smooth and velvety with great drinkability.

08-17-2008 12:47:22 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of MTNboy


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance- It has a great opaque color to the body. A little bit of a red hue. The head was average as was the lace and both were a dark off white color.

Smell- It has a nice sweet smoky roasted aroma.

Taste- I liked it. It was better than a lot of the scotch styles I have been sampling lately. It has a good roasted flavor. It pulls off a nice old bitter flavor with some good sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium but almost thick.

Drinkability- Nice it makes me want to drink canned beer more often.

08-15-2008 11:29:42 | More by MTNboy
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

4/5  rDev 0%

This was a highly recommended canned beer, well worth the 10$ a 6'er.

Poured an opaque dark brown with a ruby tinge, only a faint hint of a head.

Smells of smoke, roasted malt, scotch.

Taste is very complex, I was floored and looked at the can in profundity. Sweet up front with a bit of scotch flavor, hints of smoke, oak, peat, and toffee. Roasted smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not that carbonated but pretty well balanced.

Drinkability is good, I'll be on the lookout for more and I'd recommend this to anyone who likes this style. Pair it with a sirloin or a steak, flavor is fantastic with the meat and worchestshire sauce.

08-15-2008 00:21:24 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of garcia2a


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

This is the last of the blues picnic tasties.

This beer pours a deep ruby color with no carbonation and an almost non-existant head. Closer examination showed that the beer was clear.

The bouquet was heavy on roasted chocolate malts with just a hint of peat on the backnose. This translated well to the taste as there is quite a bit of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toffee and bitter yeast. There was a nie complex roasted bitterness on the aftertaste.

All and all not a bad beer. Easy to drink as the body is somewhat lighter than most of this style. This is a decent entertaining beer, as you probably could slip the ladies an old chub. I will enjoy this beer again.

08-11-2008 16:50:34 | More by garcia2a
Photo of jimmaay


4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

first beer in a can i would recomend to any true beer drinker. definately would bring to a beer sample party. something that a person who does'nt appreciate good beer would enjoy. not to heavy but has nice color and flavor that anyone would enjoy also the can is good for the enviroment

08-11-2008 05:53:52 | More by jimmaay
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

delicious beer in a can!

dark mahogany beverage with something of a head. lacing appears to be good.

the aroma is rich and chickory-y. a suggestion of smoke, but perhaps only implicit. dark bread

a hint of kiln astringency (which really comes across like coffee when attached to the sweetness) finishes up a nice drinking experience. it's an earthy brew: there's some rootbeer in here. rich, creamy

08-11-2008 02:42:24 | More by bruachan
Photo of GClarkage


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

08/07/08- Received as a gift via BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz can wtih no freshness information. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep opaque brown in color, almost looks like a Gunniess pour at one point with the carbonation slowly rising to the top. Very nice 3/4 inch creamy and frothy head with a nice patchy and streak laden glass.

Smell- Deep roasted malts...smelling a bit of dark chocolate. Smells sweet, but not over the top.

Taste- This one tastes like chocolate to me as well. A dark chocolate malt to be exact. Mid range roasted light caramel malt, but not the earthy peat in most per style. Mildly smoky and really no hops hoted.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with a mid to lower carbonation level. Mildy creamy as well.

Drinkability- I was pretty impressed with this brew. Not really my favorite style because I don't care for the peat smokyness that many have. This one was just right for me...even though it's not quite to style, I really enjoyed it.

08-08-2008 15:50:39 | More by GClarkage


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%


From a 12 fl. oz. can! into an Imperial Pint glass.

A ~ Dark cola colored pour with a ruby glow when back lit. Short lived, beautiful 1 finger tan head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S ~ The weakest aspect of this offering. Traces of sweet maple syrup, smokey molasses, & dark chocolate. Earthy...

T ~ Sweet, creamy malts, dark chocolate hints, with wisps of a damp, smokey campfire. Slight, burnt caramel aftertaste. The ABV is all but invisible, barely noticeable & almost completely concealed. Dangerous...

M ~ Moderate carbonation. Rich & smooth on the tongue. Cold ~ the mouth was fresh, crisp & clean. As it warmed to room temperature it was a wee bit sweeter than I like. Sticky lips with a mineral note on the finish. Body was lean & firm...not too heavy.

D ~ Way too easy! Perfectly paired with an evening around the campfire, fishin' or... just hangin' out on the deck with my OL' CHUB in hand.

08-08-2008 04:51:01 | More by TATTORSO
Photo of birchstick


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Pours dark with a minimal head
S - Smells kind of sweet and earthy...malts, carmal, and peat
T - Wow. This is delicious. For some reason, after smelling this I wasn't too excited. Sweet malts and hints of chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. A hint of hops and bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced.
MF - Creamy and smooth, a tad bit of carbonation
D - This is the best Scotch ale I have had. I wish I would have picked up a full six pack of this.

08-05-2008 01:20:31 | More by birchstick
Photo of IBUnit63


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours cola dark with a thick, sour dough wheat head with nice staying power and a few muffin tunnels. Looks like a damn good Scotch Ale.

A heaping portion of charred malt. Alcohol is well-hidden at first but brings some caramel sweetness as well as figs and raising. Smells enticing.

Very malty feel to it as expected but the extra char brings a nice BBQ feel to it. This will make an awesome camping beer. Alcohol comes out more in taste with sweet fig, date and raisin tones. Mild, grassy hops. Nice.

Very even-keeled sweet, smoky feel with an actually pleasant earthy finish (something I usually don't prefer but the earth works well here).

Borderline sessionable - medium to heavyweight. Great expectations for this in front of a campfire.

08-04-2008 10:56:13 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of mynie


4.28/5  rDev +7%

Really super pretty pour for a Scotch Ale. Nearly opaque deep dark red with a giant and wonderful head that's stick and leaves great lacing. Really it's hard to come across a more appetizing looking beer.

Lots and lots of caramely malt dominate the firm but digestible scent. No off nodes, no harsh alcohol, no icky syrup. All you got is fresh, hot caramel, loads of tasty biscuit, and light hints of very dark chocolate. Really nice.

Tastes fantastic. There's a light earthiness that starts things off and a hint of smoke hangs over a strong, sweet beginning of chocolate and biscuit that moves quickly into very sweet caramel and then ends on a lightly peaty sweetness that is just perfectly balanced. Wow that's how you make a good Scotch ale.

08-02-2008 04:56:55 | More by mynie
Photo of Wetpaperbag


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

A- Nice dark dark brown beer, with very little head. This beer had almost no lacing on the glass.

S- There was a nice malty smell came from the glass, sort of a grain bread smell.

T- The taste was great, very malty and there was a nice light roasted smoke taste that went along with. The aftertaste was delicious and hearty.

M- This had a thick feel, but not a syrupy feel or an oily feel. Just a hearty feel.

D- Easy to drink, went well with a burger.

08-01-2008 14:53:21 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of GilGarp


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a less-than-cold can into my curvaceous sam adams glass. reminds me of another beverage sometimes served in a curvy signature glass in that it is exactly coca-cola brown. good head but it doesn't last long.

very malty aroma and no hops that I can detect in the nose.

Flavor is rich in malts. Lots of carmel, chocolate, and black malt. It's mostly sweet but has enough bitterness to balance it out. Really well done.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth, low carbonation, and easy to drink.

Probably the best american made scottish ale out there. Very enjoyable all around.

07-30-2008 23:18:56 | More by GilGarp
Photo of srroos


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours clear, but dark reddish-brown with a small, quickly dissipating, tan head. Tastes and smells malty and smoky: not very complex. Mouthfeel is lighter and thinner than expected, with about the same body as Dale's Pale Ale. Drinkability is very high for a beer with 8% ABV.

Overall, I'm not as impressed with Old Chub as Dale's Pale Ale, but still a very good beer in a can.

07-29-2008 04:52:16 | More by srroos
Photo of tbeck


4.08/5  rDev +2%

Poured a very dark, thick reddish brown with a brownish head. Smelt of malts, brown sugar. A hint of hops and malts in the taste. Had a mild sweet taste, reminded my of molasses. Thick, chewy texture, but smooth. Very enjoyable beer, a six pack in a setting would be good.

07-28-2008 00:43:57 | More by tbeck
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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