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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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4,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,477
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 165
Gots: 617 | FT: 9
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:
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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Ratings: 4,477 | Reviews: 1,554
Photo of n00tz
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep red body, thin but tight head. slow yet constant carbonation.

S - Caramel malts, dark molasses, and vanilla.

T - Sweet molasses, honey, a subtle mild vanilla, bready yeast. Wow. Delicious from a can... who knew that was possible?

M - Heavy and smooth, soft on the palate. Like a root beer float, or butterbeer (if you've been to Universal's Harry Potter).

D - I'm not the type to take alcohol on a backpacking trip, but I'd certainly entertain the idea of keeping a cooler nearby for these on a car camping trip. This would be great with smoked meat or seafood.

Photo of kenito799
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a tall beer glass

Amber with golden highlights. Lots of lacing. This brew smells fantastic, caramelized malt, subtle hops. The flavor has sucha nice bite and balanced complexity between the malt and hops, alcohol apparent but that just adds to the effect. This is an awesome brew. I applaud the use of the can which protects freshness better than bottles. Can't wait to try other Oskar Blues offerings.

Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another Oskar Blues first timer for me. I've actually never reviewed a wee heavy before so this should be interesting

A- pours a coca cola reddish brown look with a head of foam that quickly dissipates. No question that this looks like a malt fest just from the look

S- literally chocolate whoppers with caramel and roasted malt. Sweet sugar is widespread and a slight tingle of alcohol. It's very a very appetizing scent profile

T- as expected, strong bready malt that is roasted and sweet at the same time. Very sweet chocolate in the background with a bit of caramel dryness at the end. This is a malt head's dream brew

M- full bodied and full of syrupy flavor

D- Old Chub is one heckuva canned beer. While Dale's Pale will be my favorite from Oskar Blues, this will always be another one I go to. Very delicious brew

Photo of n2185
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with traces of red shining through when held up to the light. About a finger of off-white head at first that completely vanishes and leaves no lacing. Very flat looking.

S: Lots of caramel malts up front followed by a light, sweet citrus aroma. There are some bready notes towards the end along with a light alcohol aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet caramel malts dominate at first before giving way to dark fruits and a lightly bitter hop flavor. The finish is of hearty bread with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation. This beer is think and fairly creamy with the carbonation providing a little bite on the finish.

O: Overall, a decent beer. Nothing to get excited about, but at only $8 and change for a sixer, it's a good deal and introduction to the style.

Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark brown. Poured into a tulip glass. Very little head at first so I hard poured it. Lacing stayed around with every sip.

S: Caramel, malt, and fruit take over the smell.

T: The fruit doesn't show up in the taste as much, which I enjoy. Very malty - the carbonation is just right on this.

M: First there is the slight kick of the carbonation. Then the thickness and smoothness take over, leaving quite a bit on your tongue.

O: Very solid beer. Well put together, and one of my favorites in this category.

Photo of aasher
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a stained mahogany in color, looking like a Coke or Pepsi with no head. It smells of sweet caramel malts and that's about it. The flavor is solid, very sweet and of caramel, molasses, brown sugar. Its just not my thing. It is extremely smooth, pouring from the can. Its velvety soft and medium in body. This is a solid Scottish ale in my opinion but there isn't anything to set this one apart. Fans of the style should like it.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love craft beers out of a can! This one comes out a thick mahogoney with a small cream colored head. The smell was lacking for me. There's some faint sweet alcohol smells coming up, but not much more to it than that for me.

Taste is on the sweeter side, but definitely with that signature scotch flavor. Sweet scotch flavors work well with the 8% ABV and leaves an alcohol twinge in the mouth after the swallow. The alcohol isn't overwhelming but is definitely a large part of this beers character. Mouthfeel is on the creamier end of the spectrum, and the alcohol twinge is felt on every sip. If you like sweeter, higher ABV beers then this is one for you.

Overall a good beer, but if I'm going camping backpacking with beer, I'd prefer Dale's Pale Ale. This one is just a little to sweet for my taste.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mews.

A: Very deep, dark brownish red. Looks syrupy, like Nyquil. Really interesting color. Nice tan head, lots of lacing.

S: Pretty much a load of malt and dark fruit. A faint booziness lurking in there. Nothing too powerful

T: It's a full on malt attack. Quite rich, a toffee sweetness. Most noticeable is the heavy fruit presence. Dark fruits and candy apples take over.

M: Medium to full body. Not as thick or syrupy as it looks, but still a big beer. Alcohol is masked incredibly well.

O/D: Can't believe this is 8% ABV. It does not taste like it, there's no real alcohol presence. I was rather disappointed in this brew from a taste factor, but it's a great looking beer. Maybe it's better out of the.

Photo of morebeergood
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of the night last night at the Yard House, Dedham, as my pre-meal drink to start the night off. Served on tap into a pint glass. Dark brown color. Fluffy white head and plenty of lacing. Smell was peaty and smoky, which is something that I am really into right now. Taste was also a winner. Tons of malt, so it had a sweet side to it. But the smokiness gave it a dark side, and both sides seemed to compliment each other nicely. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth. The abv was present but was appropriate. I liked this beer a lot. It's a shame that it's taken me this long to have one. Will have it again for sure.

Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the green can into my Duvel tulip. Light brown color and nice roasty toasty aroma. The taste was malty with a touch of hops. I didn't get any of the smoky flavors mentioned in the literature. All in all this was a basic scotch ale. Couldn't tell it was canned. Cool. Would try again.

Photo of nightwing002
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass at the Alibi Room in Culver City, CA.
A - Reddish brown in color with a slight amount of head that dissipated rather quickly.
S - Malty and sweet with a hint of fruits.
T - Just like the smell indicated, malty and sweet.  You could also taste hints of caramel and vanilla.  Very balanced in its flavoring.
M - Fuller body than I thought it was going to be.  Just the right amount of carbonation to make a smooth feel in your mouth. 
D - Pleasantly surprised overall with this beer.  Very easy to drink more than one of these, I actually had 4.  I will seek out the cans to see if they are just as good as from the tap.

Photo of sdj5
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark reddish-brown. No real head to speak of. Lacing around the rim. Smells fruity and sweet, syrupy almost. Very robust smell compared to most beers.

The taste is practically a mirror of the smell. Sweet, tasty malts with a small amount of hops on the end that give it a good finish.

A fantastic beer, especially if you love malt.

Photo of busterthecat
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint glass.

A- A pours a rich brown. Some light tan head forms. Sits very dense in glass.

S- A mild snap of hops on top of a rich roasted malt profile. Toffee with faint bitter chocolate notes.

T- Lots of smooth creamy dark and roasted malt. Very mild and pleasing. The dark tones meld well together. No real hop presence.

M- Very smooth. Medium. covers palate but fades and not over powering.

D/O- No alc. A very smooth scotch ale. Really solid and easy to drink.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby, ruby copper red, shine a light from this poor boys bed (Marc Almond)

S: Intensely sweet malt, a bit of smoke characteristics

T: Very fruity, malty and intense. Not much hop to find.

M: Meaty, a meal in a can (4 real)

O: A great example of the style.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can bought at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear copper-brown body with virtually no head to speak of. Toffee, caramel, chocolate, nut, smoke all waft from the beer. Toffee, caramel, nut, bread, hints of smoke and chocolate in the flavor. Medium bodied with medium to full carbonation. Wow. I'd definitely call this more of a Scottish ale (despite the claim that it was a "Scotch Ale" on the label), but I don't mind as it's one of my favorite styles. Lots going on, all working in harmony to make this a glass full of awesome. Winning!

Photo of impending
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a reddish cola, an aggressive pour required to release a decent head, nearly nonexistent lacing.

Aroma is rich, sweet and malty, no surprise. Balanced with smoked peat moss, nice and earthy.

Tasty long lasting aftertaste. The smoked peat moss is the note that ties it all together, well done. Warms well, nice at room temp. Medium bodied pleasant mouthfeel.

an exceptional value


Photo of brian44556
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this in Winstom-Salem, North Carolina while attending the Sexual Chocolate Release at Foothills Brewing.

Poured from a 12oz can - Canned 9-20-2010.

Pours a dark, dark caramel brown. Holding the glass up to the light you can see small pieces floating around in the beer. Almost no head with the pour. Little to no lacing on the snifter while swirling. The smell is average. I smell a hint of caramel, bread, and malts. The taste is good. Taste of malts and a lot of sweet caramel. Not much carbonation present and very thin. This seems like a good gateway beer into the Wee Heavy style. Overall a good Wee Heavy and look forward to drinking more in the future.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can at fridge temp poured into a tulip. canned on 12-01-2010. "chub chasers unite" stamped on the bottom.

pours out what appears black, but in a little bit of light it reveals a dark brown, ruby red color. one finger of light tan colored head that slowly faded to a ring and some patchy foam. some spotty lace.

lots of fruity malt, dark dried fruits, cherries, some roasted malt and malted milk balls. some hints of smoke and alcohol.

again, lots of fruity malt. cherries, dark dried fruits, some black licorice notes and well as some malted milk chocolate balls and caramel. hints of roasted malt and smoke.

heavier side of medium bodied. ample carbonation. drinks fairly good, but i dont think i would want more than one or two in a session. im sure i will come across this can again, but its not something i would buy.

Photo of nezelrac
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a 12oz can into a tulip

A - wonderful chestnut brown with red/amber highlights; pours thick; even a vigorous pour produces just a scant finger of beige fine beaded head; leaves sticky lacing with every sip

S - fruity notes come out on top - sweet dried cherry and dried strawberry; next comes the malted milk balls and gently toasted malt notes; a hint of milk chocolate; very appealing

T - richly malty and slightly sweet attack; some heat picks up from the mid-palate and gains through the finish; not the most complex palate, but very enjoyable; there is much better balance than in many scotch ales, and I appreciate this; there is more malted milk balls and hints of milk chocolate and just a bit of the dried fruits as well

M - the CO2 is much greater than the pour would have indicated, providing some lightness to what could be an overwhelmingly heavy palate; very fine

O - one of the best scotch ales I have tasted; very easy to drink on a snowy early spring day

Photo of mickmantle
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite in its original form. But the oaked spiral version is an absolute gem. It's nothing like the original.

Any way malty as all get out, with some hints of chocolate and other strong notes of coffee. Poured much like good old coke in color with a nice foamy head. Lacked in retention and lacing as I worked it out. Finishes much like like Jim Beam or other mid to low level bourbons.
Decent but get the oaked and you will be allot happier!

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass.
This brew pours a stunning ruby red color with lots of depth. Creamy off-white head laced pretty well. The nose is pretty nice. Has a underlining woody smell that pairs with caramel and chocolate malts. Palate is rich and complex. Butterscotch, smokey oak, and earthy hops. The 8% is felt but not at a overbearing level. Mouthfeel is full and silky. Great take on the style.

Photo of hdofu
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this could be described as the limburger of beers in my opinion, Smell is like sour milk. but if you can get past that it has a complicated caramel malty flavor that finishes like sugar. Has a reddish brown color with a whiteish head. It's pretty smooth not overwelmingly boozey. I don't see much besides the smell hurting drinkability, and if you can get past it its a very good beer.

Photo of denver10
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap, both regular and Nitro, as well as bottle and I definitely MUCH prefer it on regular tap. This is, imo, a pretty unique beer as I have never had any other scotch styled beer before.

It's dark brown in color, almost like a cola. There is not much of a head and it is a little more viscous than, say, a cola.

I could smell the malt and the malt taste was definitely present. I could also taste some alcohol and there is a consistent sweetness throughout.

There is some carbonation present and it feels a little thinner than it's appearance suggested to me, though not too thin. Nothing special to the mouthfeel, nothing terrible either.

Overall, I like this beer. This isn't a beer I need a 6 pack of but it is a beer I can have one or two of and very much enjoy.

Photo of obrike
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single can at Specs in Round Rock, Texas for around 2 bucks.

Poured a dark, cola-like brown...very small head that disappated quickly...left a tiny ring around the edges of the glass with every sip...no real lacing to speak of.

Not much of a scent upon first pour...but a slight hint of chocolate, malt...maybe a bit of dark fruits as it warmed.

Taste matched the smell. Malty chocolate...could taste the booze a bit more as it warmed. I liked it. Would make a nice winter warmer.

Was a bit too thin for my liking, but pretty smooth nonetheless.

I'd certainly drink this again...possibly pick up a sixer if i see it. Nice little taste and a good kick of booze as well.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a color of chestnut brown with some ruby hi lites. Looks to be well carbonated. On a vigorous pour I was unable to produce any sizeable foamy head other then a thick surface smearing.
Rich and thick malt aroma.
The taste is all malts, thick rich and sticky with a wee bit of an alcohol punch. I can taste a bit of smokey malts or peat.
A full rich tasting beer.

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