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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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3,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,956
Reviews: 1,499
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 134
Gots: 356 | 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 kflorence
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a deep, amber color with very little head.

S: Although the aroma is not strong, it is pleasant. Caramel and roasted malts shine up front... dark fruits, chocolate and hops are also detectable. It's a sweet smell on the whole, but not overtly so, smells like it has some underlying complexity to it.

T: This beer is rather sweet on the tongue as well, but it's not as prominent as it is in the aroma. The caramelized malts and dark fruit seem to be the dominant flavor, although there are some subtle hop flavors coming in afterwords. Very well balanced. The lingering flavor is a toasted, caramel-malt blend that is sweet and sticky.

M: This beer has some substance to it. I would say it has a medium body. It is not at all watered down and is perhaps even a bit syrupy. The carbonation is there, but not overpowering. Very pleasant on the tongue.

D: Although this beer is a little on the heavy side, it is still rather drinkable. This is probably due in part to it's flavor, which isn't overbearing and doesn't leave you feeling too full. That said, two of these would probably be my limit. Not a session beer, but it's very tasty!

kflorence, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA. Served up in a pint glass.

Ruby-brown in color with a rather scant, cream-colored head of creamy foam that trails quickly and leaves a few legs of lacing on the glass.

A mild aroma of toffee, dark fruit, chocolate and some alcohol presents itself, but overall the nose is rather subdued.

Nice and full in body, with delicious flavors of roasted and full-on chocolate malt flavors, mixing with a bit of caramel sweetness and a balancing middle of slight bitterness. A big load of warming alcohol intersperses itself throughout, carrying through into the finish along with a pleasant malty, chocolatey sweetness.

Quite delightful in flavor, this one screams for more, but after two pints the alcohol grabs hold of the head and slows down time, meaning any more than that and some memories may be lost -- and a solid review would not be possible.

Overall, excellent, and one I would not hesitate to return to.

superdedooperboy, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Kolsch
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped on home system. Kegged date is August with no year??? Not sure if that means consume by Aug09 or Kegged on Aug08?

Appearance is dark red like wine, this could pass for a porter bordering on a stout easily.

Smell is just awesome. Sweet cherry caramel.

Taste is not as sweet as I was expecting with the smell. Definitely get some black currant cherry and dark chocolate malt. Extremely smooth to drink. At 8% ABV not a session beer, but definitely can down a few in one sitting.

Never had this out of the can but after having it on Tap, not sure I want to.

Awesome beer and worthy of its ranking.

Kolsch, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of SerieDNo3
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into an American pint glass

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown; almost opaque. Light was able to get through the very bottom of the glass. Had a short, off-white head that thinned out very quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly smelled of butterscotch and alcohol.

T: Very sweet, butterscotch flavors with a barely-concealed alcohol burn that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M: Thin and a bit tingly, with a strong alcohol presence that warms the mouth and throat.

D: Not an everyday drinker for me, but Scotch Ales are a bit sweet for my tastes. Definitely a good beer for the winter, though, as it has a very warming effect. I probably wouldn't do more than one, though.

SerieDNo3, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Yesac
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Solid dark maroon. Small head that quickly fades to a thin layer

S - Sweet dark fruits and caramel

T - Right along with the smell.. complex dark fruits and caramel.. brown sugar sweetness to it overall. So smooth.. wicked easy to drink. 8% is very well hidden.

M - Smooth on the palate.. not sticky

D - extremely high.. very smooth and sweet.

Yesac, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can at home brew club event.

A - Pours dark brown, 1 fingered head, dissipates fast. Light lacing from pour into glass.

S - Brown sugar, caramel, smoke, and nuttiness.

T - Same as above. Reminds me strangely of coke, but with alcohol.

M - Real viscousy and rich. Good.

D - Real good, wish I could have a few more.

MisterClean, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with nice mild carbonation. Slight tan head but it dissipates pretty quickly

S: Sugary malt balls. This is a seriously malty beer. Slight smokiness to it.

T/M: Sugary malt indeed. The sugar and malt are in great balance, and there's lots of coffee, chocolate and caramel in the finish. Just the faintest bit of smokiness which is good for my tastes since I don't generally like that. Mouthfeel is good, but a little more creaminess would go better.

D: Awesome drinkability despite the abv, which is really the only knock in this category. I could have several. Very solid effort

A great one for the holidays. Given the reasonableness of a six-pack of this in price and availability, this is a great everyday beer.

abfraser, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Pours murky brown with a short off-white head. Peat, molasses, leather, and smoke in the nose. Rich caramel taste with nuts, followed by the peat/smoke and a bitter finish. Kind of chewy ending. Good stuff. Heard that it is just as good out of the can.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super dark brown...it could almost pass for a lighter porter. The head is off-white, fluffy and leaves great lace. Malt dominates the aroma with some spices and nuttiness coming through as well. The taste focuses on the malt also. It is wonderful. Some roasty and nutty characters come through as well. It is super smooth and sweet...awesome take on the style.

Douglas14, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thin tan head that recedes rather quickly. The color is a dark ruby-brown/black with nice ruby highlights. A fine sediment is present in the beer.

S- Deep notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, some nice figgy notes and a slight smoky peat.

T- Starts out with a nice balance of chocolate, caramel, some blueberry and coriander-esque notes, some fig/raisin notes, while finally transitions into a slightly smokey finish with some residual chocolate and dry hops.

M- Nice thick mouthfeel and great feel.

D- This is pretty drinkable, especially for the ABV. Because it's complexity, smoothness, drinkability, I can see drinking this again.

Greggy, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green based can with black, gold, and some red highlights.

The beer poured with a nice two finger head that left only a small amount of lace on the side of the glass.

The beer is a very nice, almost black beer that showed little carbonation.

I got a slight caramel smell on my first smell and could tell that this was a beer that was proud of the malt used to brew it.

The taste was similiar to many of the Scotch Ales that I have drank in the past. I got a healthy dose of caramel and possibly some chocolate roasted barley. Very nice taste to this beer.

The beer was fairly complex beer and it was fairly heavy. I really liked the taste of this beer. A good solid offering of a traditional Scottish Ale.

rgrholmes168, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of FatSean
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz Tulip pint.

Quite attractive dark reddish brown color. Some head which didn't stick around long. Practically no lacing, although a few 'beads' try to hang on to the glass above the beer line as you drink

Smells of sweet malts and sour alcohol.

Taste is sweet caramel and toasty oak. Tannins a-plenty, and the finish has faint notes similar to that of a strong Cabernet.

No carbonation that I could detect, but the alcohol makes a nice tingle.

The awesome malts linger on the palete, which is wonderful, but not conducive to frequent sips. This is a beer I could have one, maybe two max in an evening and then go looking for something different.

FatSean, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of kgotcher
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im guessing by the ABV of 8% this is a strong Scotch Ale and not just your average Scotish.

Pours a very dark amber (ruby) color with a hearty tan head that thins out quickly. Aroma is sweet and caramelly with toasted malt and dark fruit and some clove.

Moutfeel is heavy with good balance of slick and carbonated feels that come across as creamy. Alchohol is well hidden.

Taste is bold and malty, mollasses and caramel sweetness with dark fruit and spicyness of hops like a pine forest. A little bit smoky also.

I really like this beer, strong but not overpowering with a rich full flavor.

kgotcher, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of BeanBone
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany-brown with brilliant ruby highlights. On top, a finger-high, toffee-colored head that disappears quickly that leaves moderate lacing that looks great while it lasts.

Aroma: Right off the bat, Old Chub is all about malt. Complex, sweet, and smokey with rich booze on the edges. Appetizing, to say the least.

Taste: Peaty, smokey, and nutty malt with lots of alcohol is what this beer is all about. There are also juicy and sweet fruit notes that poke through every so often. Hops are all but silent, while the aftertaste is of dry and boozy caramelized sugar. I have to say, Old Chub reminds me more of a good Single Malt Scotch than anything I've come across in the beer world yet.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, yet slick with a very dry aftertaste. Alcohol makes its presence known in the mouth with a pleasant warmth. Carbonation is moderate, as it should be.

Drinkability: Like Scotch, this definitely something worth savoring. If you're putting down a six-pack of this in an evening, you're a better man than I.

Verdict: Old Chub is a complex beer that really showcases the Scottish style of brewing while demanding your full attention. If you've never tried a Scottish Ale and are looking for somewhere to start, you could do a lot worse than choosing this. Please don't be thrown off by the can, this is world class beer.

BeanBone, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Dirty1
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this at the Jamesport Beer-fest on Long Island back in July and remember being fairly impressed. I picked up a 6 pack last night at the store and was surprised to find it came in a can. I am happy about this because alot of events I go to let you bring your own beer but don't allow glass bottles. Nice to have a decent beer in a can to take.

A- I poured this into a pint glass. Very dark brown almost black color with a small brown head that didn't last long at all.

S- Very rich roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, and raisins.

T- Like the smell, it has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate with hints of toffee and raisins and a hint of smokeyness. Even though its 8% I don't taste the alcohol at all. It dosen't really fit in with most other "Scottish" style ales I have had, more like a brown ale or chocolate stout. Very nice flavor none the less!

M- Very thick heavy mouth feel with little carbonation.

D- Nice drinkability. Slightly sweet with an almost non existence hop flavor and low carbonation. Although its a heavy beer it didn't feel me up to bad. I would buy it again if in the mode. Cheers!

Dirty1, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark mahogany color. The head is large, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of deep caramel, toffee, and more caramel. The taste is like the aroma. There is tons of caramel everywhere, but it somehow remains interesting. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a wonderful Scottish Ale. I really wish this were available in my area.

KarlHungus, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

A - A dark amber/red color. Very opaque. The head is light but what is there is fairly dark in color. Not much retention, leaving only a slight film. Not seeing much haze through what I can see.

S - A very light nose to it. What little I can detect is a roasted malt flavor backed up with some phenolic tones. Might be a little bit of a ale yeast note in there as well.

T - Starts off with a nice sweet light malty note balanced with a small amount of bitterness. Lots of alcohol bite through the mid and late stream. Very smooth sweet finish - no bite whatsoever. Perhaps a bit too sweet for the style.

M - Thick and creamy - almost velvety on the tongue. Smooth to drink. No carbonation bite to speak of.

D - Deceiving to drink - despite the alcohol tones on the taste it doesn't sting when drinking it. The balanced notes aren't overpowering on the palette. Not particularly filling.

Very solid offering.

katan, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet color with a small layer of foam on top of the beer. There are only a few bubbles riding, but they don't want to stick for very long. That is about all there is to say about this beer.

Aroma: The dark caramel malts in there are one of the most predominant things in this beer. It does have a bit of a Scottish character to it, but it doesn't come across to me as Scottish as a McEwans or some such.

Taste: This is a pretty good beer. It seems to give me more of an impression of a Brown Ale than a Scottish style. It still has some of the Scottish characteristics, but it isn't such a big of a deal that I would have come up with the Scottish characteristics on my own. There is some alcohol there, and it gives a little bit of spiciness.

Opinion: This is a pretty good tasting beer. It is not a Wee Heavy, so don't expect one...even from the alcohol %. There is nothing wrong with it, and it has a good flavor...but it doesn't stand up against some of the other beers in this same style. I would drink it again, but it is not something that I will be seeking out.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Brigid's in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia during Philly Beer Week 2007.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with thin tan head. Nice malty aroma with a nice nutty presence as well as some chocolate, caramel and hops. Flavor very similar to aroma with a lot of roasted nut maltiness, chocolate, caramel, toast and dark fruit with a nice hop finish.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the extent of my pre Thanksgiving partying.

Candy apple red with some brown thrown in for good measure.No lacing and very lively carbonation.

Smells sweet with caramel in it.

Sweet enough to know there isnt many hops in this brew.It has a caramel taste.

Nice mouthful and the booze isnt too bad.I feel a touch of dryness at the end of the sip.

I can drink this beer but cant drink many.A very tasty beer.

MmmIPA, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahongey colored body with a small off-white head.

All sorts of malt come through in the aroma. Sweet, bready, lots of caramel and toffee.

Taste is all malt. Slght sweetness, caramel, bread, toffee. Tasty for sure, a great scottish ale. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick.

Really drinkable, you could down one of these without even realizing it.

Hojaminbag, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this dark oil color beer into a pint glass. Slight amount of foaming at the begining reducing itself down to a fair amount of lacing. The aroma of caramels, brown sugar and slight toffee tones reach the nose. The tast of the beer is a good balance of malts and slight hops that give a brown sugar, slight hints of smokeyness and that of chocolate.

Tolnik, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of droomyster
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a small and brief head. Smells of brown sugar, maybe caramels. Tastes of brown sugar and toffee, a touch of smoke, and ends with flashes of milk chocolate. Barely hopped, if at all. [Update: Oskar Blues website says they added a "smidge of US and UK hops."] Tasty for sure, but a bit oversweet for my taste as the can goes on. Mouthfeel: dense and creamy with low carbonation, very interesting. Drinkability: good stuff but too sweet and high in alcohol to have more than one at a time.

droomyster, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into nonic. Canned 8-18-08. Interestingly, that's the one year anniversary of me signing my lease to be the tenant in my condo. I have since bought the condo. Cheers.

Deep mahogany hue, almost black, with dark ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. A one finger tan, bubbly head slowly settles to a thin even cap. Stringy lacing.

Lots of burnt caramel in the aroma, along with a bit of warming alcohol. A bit of raisin is in there as well.

Thick raisin flavors with bits of caramel and sweetened cocoa. Nothing to note from the hops, except a little bit of bitterness in the background to balance the sweeter flavors. Full bodied with medium carbonation, giving the beer a syrupy feel. A little bit of a smokey caramel flavor lingers for a while after each sip.

Another Oskar Blues beer to enjoy. Thicker and chewier than some Scottish Ales, and almost bordering a Scotch Ale (minus a little complexity found in Scotch Ales). Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of redneckchugger
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duvel tulip, two inches of head, sonme lacing, dark brown body.
smells of caramely malt, with a faint hit of smoke
taste is liek the smell but different, brown sugar, caramel, an almost bourbon like thing going on as well, hit of smoke on the end, thick viscous, malty moutfell, great beer, its my go to for anything outdors, but i think it deserves ter than that, this keeps showing up in my fridge more and more, great beer.

redneckchugger, Nov 22, 2008
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 3,956 ratings.