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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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3,881 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,881
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 132
Gots: 323 | 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 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
Photo of hitokiri

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

This is the first beer I have ever reviewed, and I will also note I'm not the best beer taster, it normally boils down to like/dislike.

A- Depends on how you pour. Normally with darker beers like this, I pour slow for most of the pour then tip the glass up and pour fast to generate a good head. With this beer, that tended to cause very little head to form, so I tried pouring more vigorously and acheived a good three finger head that stuck around for a while. The color was a deep, dark, black; barely any light shines through, though what does reveals a slight red tint.

S- Very malty and kind of smokey, honestly what I would expect smoked chocolate to smell like. Hints of syrup and caramel, but to me what really stood out was a smokey malt smell, which I like.

T- I am very much more of a malt lover than a hops lover, so this beer definately delivered. The taste is of sweet syrup with a smokey kind of profile. Maybe some chocolate flavors.

M- Very little carbonation (actually, from the can it is noticeable), but I don't think that is bad. If this beer had more carbonation, it would have detracted from it in my opinion. On the thicker side, kind of how I would consider drinking actual liquid bread.

D- Supprisingly highly drinkable, I could drink these all night, though at 8% ABV I think I wouldn't remember it.

This beer was much better than I thought it would be and I would have to say I have liked this style more than most I have tried. This is the first craft beer I have found in a can which, while blocking all light, is probably not very good for aging. Definately recomended if you like malty beers.

07-25-2008 14:40:21 | More by hitokiri
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Dark brown with dark ruby highlights when held up to light. Two finger brown head holds decently. Light lacing in the glass.

S - Light aroma of sweet malts. Molasses and caramel in aroma. No smell of hops or alcohol.

T - On the sweet side with tastes of molasses and a sweet toffee taste. Mild earthy hop bite, but the malts are the stars here.

M/D - Full bodied with a lingering taste in the mouth. Very drinkable.

07-25-2008 03:31:58 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -28.8%

Sampled from a 12oz can.

A - Deep, dark beer; almost black but not quite. Small but sturdy head with good lacing.

S - Sweet, syrupy, molasses.

T - First impression is roasted malt but then sweet, peaty flavors take over. Some hops jump in every now and then. I liked the experience for the most part but every now and then some off notes seem to leap out at you. I'm not sure what is was but it increased as the glass went on.

M - Very low carbonation which I liked. Smooth and silky.

D - I had mixed feelings about this beer. There were times I liked it and times I didn't. I'm not sure I would go back for more.

07-21-2008 10:24:51 | More by GJ40
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

A - dark brown w/ reddish tint, a nice frothy head leaving some minimal lacing.

S - Can't really smell much 'cept for some roastedness & chocolate milk.

T - Tastes like an adult chocolate milkshake. At first I could not taste any smoke flavor, but then on third or fourth swig I noticed it. Some burnt toast flavors lurk in the background. Can't taste much alcohol or hops in this one.

M - Really smooth, creamy like. I would have preferred some more carbonation to remind me I'm drinking a beer.

D - Just one can is good enough. The milk chocolate flavors are getting a bit grating towards the end of the glass. I'm having some trouble finishing cause this beer is so uninspiring. Maybe if the smoke flavor would have been amped up or more caramel or hops flavor I would have been more excited.

07-21-2008 08:24:23 | More by diamondc
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

First New Beer Sunday Report i've compiled in a while.

Had been meaning to try the Old Chub for the pool, which prohibits bottles, and would fit in perfectly, but did not notice the high-ish gravity of this brew.

A-Very nice, dark pour, minimal-ish head that had decent life. Much darker than anticipated.

S-Sweet. Sweet, smell that gives me a good anticipation for what's to come. I'm not good at picking out ingredients, but the smell makes me want more.

T-Sweet caramel, and toasty malts dominate the flavor.

M and D- This is a very, very drinkable brew. When i think of Scotch Ales, i think of Belhaven. This blows that out of the water and then some. The ABV is nowhere to be found. It tastes like a 6%er, if that. No taking this to the pool on scalding VA days. Much better than i had anticipated.

07-21-2008 02:03:41 | More by hchinaski
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3.33/5  rDev -16.8%

Cold 12 oz can poured into US pint glass. Poors like...coke? Deep, dark brown, but with a short-lived cappuccino (?) head. Aroma of nuts and caramel.

Very heavy in the mouth. The roasty flavors aren't overly bitter but they are somewhat cloying. It's not milky or creamy like I really like in a scottish ale, nor is it especially sweet or caramely. It's definitely an ale and not a stout, but it has the heavy and nutty flavors of an american strong brown ale or stout, at least based on how it froths in the mouth.

I don't get smoke at all. Dirty would be putting it better (or "Earthy" to be kind).

It's pretty fizzy. I wonder what it would be like on nitro.

Good, falls short of great. I claim to really like Scottish Ales but too many American attempts fall short of something as simple as Belhaven, unfortunately.

07-15-2008 01:16:56 | More by hreb
Photo of Getinthevan


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Bought a six pack of this today up at Liquor Loft. I've become a fan of Oskar Blues' beer the past few weeks and this stuff certainly was left on my list to acquire.

Appearance is a huge,thick head with lots of frothy bubbles and lacing. On top of that, it looked very dark and filling. It certainly is a great looking brew.

Smell is of mild malts. Not a bad smelling brew, but not as strong as I originally thought it would be, especially for this strong of a brew.

Taste however is good. It has a sushi/soy sauce taste as well as coffee and chocolate malts. It's odd, but at first it tasted like liquid sushi, which is delicious! Overall, this stuff goes quickly and tastes pretty good!

Mouthfeel is pretty good. There's not much frothiness after it settles in the mouth, but overall the flavor still retains, but not as much flavor from the beginning.

Drinkability is good. This is a good Scottish ale and certainly a good beer to buy again. Not bad at all!

07-14-2008 21:31:18 | More by Getinthevan
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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