Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
Purchased at Bottle King in Hillsdale, NJ. Served in a tasting tulip at between fridge and cellar temperature.
Appearance- As with all of Oskar's brews in my experience, this spits up upon opening the can... the beer is filled *right* to the top, so that it spills onto the table (or laptop) upon opening. Wonderful... I'm not complaining.
Rich and deep brown, this beer shows just a hint of red (like cognac) where the light peeks through the edges of the glass. The head crests at only about two fingers and laces minimally... it's quite nice though, overall.
Smell- Smoked meat, caramel malt, and chocolate all come together magically under one roof. It's a huge aroma, but absolutely balanced and complementary.
Taste- Rich, luscious, and damn malty... this is a dark turn into the realm of Scottish Ales, where caramel and roasted malts dominate the palate. The hops finish, but only in the background after the swallow... what a great beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Elegant in the mouth, soft and slick with an excellent body. A very well balanced yet daring example of the style, daring to tread where others might not.
04-29-2008 04:28:15 | More by yelterdow
4.28/5 rDev +7%
Thanks to mrclean for coming through with this on a trade.
Deep dark look like a root beer, slight tan head with no leftovers of lacing.
Not much nose to it, just a hint of roasty malt.
Very smooth in the mouth, chocolate malts there with some sweetness at the end, no hops or ethers. Just nice and malty. Not very complex. Just hits the style nicely.
Again, smooth, just right on the carbonation, well hidden abv, no can taste, lovely.
Very drinkable, a nice start to an evening, but at 8% you would only have 2 of these at most.
Update: Feb 2009, this remains one of my favorite Scottish Ales, very smoky, great malt, easy drinker, upped my score on taste and drinkability, just one of the best of this style.
04-23-2008 22:37:46 | More by robbyc1
4/5 rDev 0%
A - Poured a dark brown color, darker than I had anticipated. Glass had a nice one finger light tan head with a fair amount of lacing.
S- Very malty with a hint of roasted malts.
T - Nice malty taste on the tongue, a little sweetness, nice finish.
M - Smooth and creamy, mildly carbonated.
D - I only had one can, wished I had another. You could session this brew.
04-21-2008 00:20:57 | More by AgingWarrior
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
From a can aged in the refrigerator about a year.
A- Surprisingly dark, I don't see too many Scottish ales like this. As I said, dark, but kind of a reddish brown. Adequate amount of head, which is tan and creamy.
S- Kind of cocoa-like, oaky, definitely malty
T&M- Very smooth. There is a pretty good amount of sweetness, but not to the point of being syrupy. The sweetness is not too dominant which allows this to be a very easy-drinking ale. On the finish, the chocolate malts become very noticeable. I appreciate the fact that the sweetness of this beer accentuates the chocolate malts without going too far to that end of the spectrum. There's an appropriate amount of hop bitterness to match.
D- I was at a beer store when a homebrewer next to me said I should try this stuff. He said, "I know it's in a can and only $7 for a six, but trust me, you'll be surprised how good it is." He was right. This is one of my favorite Scottish ales for sure. Very easy drinking due to it's nice balance of flavors. It's got a respectable amount of alcohol, but it's kept nicely in check and certainly isn't overly evident. If you see this in a store, trust me, buy it!
04-13-2008 17:00:47 | More by 77suburban
2.4/5 rDev -40%
can courtesy of thickerfreakness at tasting
Pours a dark maroon brown with a tan head atop. Smell is as expected for the style with peaty maltiness in the nose. Never been my favorite style, so the sample size was ample for me. Creamy body and flavor of malt and peatiness. Slight touch of hops to balance but the smoky flavor of the Scotch Ales have never been my thing.
04-06-2008 17:51:45 | More by JDV
3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a near black color with a slight tan head that fades quickly.
Aroma of smoky peat and bready malts dominate the nose.
Flavor starts out with a hint of smoke but quickly becomes overpowered by sweet malts and the same breadiness from the aroma.
This started out as a good brew but faded a little as I drank. Decent brew, nothing special.
04-04-2008 00:21:52 | More by rebel1771
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
Appearance: deep mahogany, very slight haze, thin layer of tan fine-beaded foam, OK head retention until it turns to a thin crown that leaves some lace on the glass
Aroma: biscuity malt, cocoa powder, hint of cardboard and molasses, soy sauce
Flavor: medium malt sweetness; hints of weak coffee, licorice, and burnt caramel; chicoree bitterness in the semi-sweet finish
Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, soft texture
Other comments: It tickles me how a brewery can take something as mundane as an aluminum can, put their craft brew in it, and it's suddenly more interesting and eye-catching than a lot of bottled beers.
04-02-2008 18:46:42 | More by GreenCard
4.68/5 rDev +17%
Poured 12 oz can into a pint
A- Dark brown, chocolate color with reddish highlights around the edges. Mild carbonation results in a light, but persistent head.
S- Chocolate, caramel, malty, and rich. Quite sweet, with a clean nose.
T and MF- Creamy and mouth feel, coats your entire mouth. Full of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Maltiness is paired with a pleasant caramel sweetness that lingers. Overall very rich in flavor and feel, with a pleasant sweetness.
D- Easy to drink, obviously pour it into a glass. One of my favorites, can or otherwise...
03-30-2008 00:51:25 | More by alephilmac
3.23/5 rDev -19.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a traditional pint glass.
Appearance: A dark brown, ruby ale with a one-finger head that faded pretty fast. Sheets of sticky lacing coat the side of the glass. Looks thick.
Smell: Smells like brown sugar and ... ew. Something else that I really dislike. I don't want to describe it as "tinny" or "oxidized," because then I feel like I'm prejudging the whole "can" thing, but I can't help but shake the feeling ...
Taste: Very sweet, with roasted coffee and chocolate being the two predominant flavors. Almost zero hop presence, spicy alcohol almost rounds out the mouth. The funk that was present in the nose is much less noticeable here, but unfortunately has stuck around.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, but could stand to use a little more carbonation, lest it gets too sticky/syrupy after a while.
Drinkability: Any regular ol' Scotch Ale would begin to get to you after a while - they're all very sweet, and tend to be pretty boozy (this one is 8.0%). Add the funky aftertaste to this one, and, well, I'll just say it didn't blow me away.
I tried to come into this one with an open mind re: the whole can thing. And I won't lie, it was tough - "can" screams cheap American macroswill. But I really, genuinely can't help but feel like this beer had some kind of metallic funk to it. All the other elements of a good Scotch Ale were present, however, so this beer wasn't a total waste. I'll be buying another one just to make sure I wasn't misplacing something - it deserves that much, at least.
03-24-2008 05:20:35 | More by CrellMoset
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown that appears opaque until held up to the light, which reveals a hazy body with rust-colored shards coming through. Big, sticky, rocky, creamy tan head that doesn't diminish much, and whatever does reduce laces the sides of the glass.
The nose is extremely malty -- toffee, butterscotch and what even seemed like peanut dust.
Taste is a rich, buttery maltiness that gives way to ripe fruits, alcohol and the tiniest hop bite.
Creamy, medium-to-full-bodied mouthfeel. Quite a bit there.
Very drinkable -- a pleasant relaxer. Too boozy to be a real session beer, but that's not really apparent in the taste.
A very good Scottish ale -- compares favorably to other strong Scottish ales like Old Jock, Dirty Bastard and Belhaven Wee Heavy.
03-22-2008 05:22:27 | More by eberkman
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours dark, dark brown with a thick tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Initially, chocolate domonates, moving through lighter malts and finisjhng with some bitterness. Very thick mouthfeel. Another very nice offering from Oskar Blues.
03-20-2008 04:25:50 | More by RomanW70
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a tan amber with frothy top. Aroma is alcohol and layered malts. Full bodied, but drinks surprisingly smooth with rich malts and a touch of alcohol. Finishes with some balancing hops but it mostly keeps the sweet. Some spices linger in the aftertaste.
This is something to have a 6-pack of in the fridge at all times.
03-16-2008 02:20:21 | More by Poser
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
I opened a can after dark fell on a melting layer of fresh snow outside, the hiss of the released gas trumpeting the arrival of a malty, caramel aroma. A clear, solid brown when poured in a glass, the beer released a small tan head that quickly dissipated. A quick snort before sipping evoked chocolate-covered raisins.
The beer was full of smooth, malty flavor, and its mouthfeel grew more robust as the slight amount of carbonation fizzed. It wasn't as dark as other Scottish ales I've had, and certainly didn't taste like the high-alcohol beer that it is. The finish was appropriately dry, with a mild bitter hop taste lingering in the back of my mouth.
03-16-2008 01:35:25 | More by drinksandeats
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Poured from a can obtained at State Line Liquors into a pint glass.
A. Beautiful beer. Pours a dark burgandy with a tan head that lasts a long time.
S. Not real pungent. Foremost is the malt and some raisins.
T. Much as it smells. Real malty and creamy.
M. Very creamy finish. Pretty pleasing.
D. Only downgraded this since I am not a big fan of Scottish ales. A great example of a Scottish ale though.
03-15-2008 21:50:59 | More by MarkSCCOT
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
On tap into a pint glass, this one is deep brown, almost opaque, with reddish notes when held to the light. Bar pour results in not too much head, just a wispy collar of tight brown bubbles. No lace. Nose of faint coffee and malt that grows in intensity slightly as it warms. Taste is pretty complex with a smoky backbone, dry powdery chocolate out front, light licorice, milk chocolate, and a hint of warm alcohol at the end. Dry, lightly bitter finish. Mouth is nicely creamy and smooth, much more so that I expected. Semi-viscous, thin chocolate milk-like viscosity. Great mouth. Drinkability is similarly superior; it goes down effortlessly and is easily sessionable. 8% ABV extremely well masked. This may as well be a 4.5% stout as far as the drinker can tell.
Overall: An extremely smooth and drinkable (not to mention flavorful) Scottish Ale, very similar to a very good stout. Great complexity and drinkability. Highly recommended.
03-14-2008 21:11:10 | More by jettjon
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a can into a pint glass with no head to speak of.
A: Dark, it almost looks like coffee.
S: Very much like chocolate, dark chocolate
T: Like a steak. Heavy and Smokey
M: Smooth and creamy.
D: I think I'll have another.
I like this beer, and I recommend it.
03-13-2008 03:05:51 | More by searsclone
5/5 rDev +25%
How long CAN I keep this up?
It poured with a finger's worth of deep tan/light brown head with lots of CO2 bubbles, low retention, and great lacing. The nose was very chocolaty, which I found interesting for a Scottish-style ale. The color was a deep, dark brown with garnet highlights. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, almost milkshake like. Speaking of which, that is what it reminded me of - a quality chocolate milkshake. It was rich with chocolate flavor in the mouth and on the tongue. The finish continued with the chocolatiness, but the extreme finish had a light smokiness. My, oh my! This could make me rethink my stance as an avowed hophead.
03-09-2008 00:43:25 | More by woodychandler
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Out of the fridge, popped the can and poured a delicious creamy tan head. Brownish Coffee color with ruby highlights and fair clarity not quite opaque. Looks like a typical scottish ale. Good lace sticking around on the glass.
Smell comes off sweet with caramel and toffee notes. Roasted barley then peaty and smoky malt aroma are there in sufficient quantity.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a full body. Bitter and sweet taste like a good coffee in some ways but thicker. Bready and smoky malts are in the forefront. Nutty flavor with a hint of bitter chocolate in there too. Excellent drinkability. This is now the best beer I have ever had from a can and I give two thumbs up to the brewers for pulling off a well balanced scottish ale in a can.
03-08-2008 02:03:47 | More by scottbrew4u
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
12 oz can into tulip glass, poured a dark brown with perhaps some red in there, beige head that goes down fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. The sweet is sweet chocolate, milk, roasted malts, some boozey spice and distant bitterness. Taste is much the same but has a wonderful dry, bitter, chocolatey finish that goes on for quite a while. Maybe I'm being unduly kind to this beer because I so appreciate the unpretentious can, but this is a wonderful brew. Wonderful balance, very complex, insanely drinkable, really unfolds as it starts to warm. I'll definitely be picking this up again.
03-07-2008 05:41:39 | More by PlaywrightSam
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
12-oz can poured into a pint glass.
A = Very dark brown with reddish tint, one finger light tan foamy head, layers of lacing left on glass.
S = Smokey, peaty smells first, followed by maple syrup and fresh baked bread. Very complex and enjoyable.
T = Sweet syrupy tastes at front of tongue and through mid-palate where smokey flavors begin to fuse into it and slight bitterness also appears at side of tongue, long bittersweet almost chocolate finish. As with the smell, quite complex and very good.
M = Medium to heavy bodied, smooth carbonation, lightly foamy in mouth when swished, good mouthcoating.
D = I give this good drinkability (in part because I had 3 the first I had it despite the ABV because I just couldn't stop). I really like this beer.
03-06-2008 01:50:20 | More by Traquairlover
3.88/5 rDev -3%
A- Now this is a nice looking beer. Burgundy in color with an ample tan head which sticks around for quite a while.
S- Smell is fairly faint, raisins, yeasty notes.
T- Taste leans toward very dark fruits, raisins, figs, with a very creamy sweet flavor. Almost like a watered down quad but not is a bad way.
M- A little light on the carbonation, medium viscosity.
D- At first I thought this one would easily be a sessionable beer but after a while there is a sticky sweetness that gets left behind in your mouth. Good drinkability in general though, I would have it again.
03-04-2008 04:38:20 | More by Lothore
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
12oz bottle poured into a goblet glass. Opened two with one dedicated to chili recipe.
A: Dark dark brown with a very thin head. Not a vigorous pour but not all that creamy as expected. The khaki lacing was holding on throughout though.
S: Mslts and chocolate. Absent of hops, Im guessing that is the tale of a good scottish. Raisiny.
T: Malts, semisweet chocolate and a good kick of bourbon it seems. Not much bitterness from hops but resounding earthiness. Such a bizarre set of tastes to arrive from a can. Molasses and sweet ginger malt, roasted figs.
M: Light carbonation and exceptionally soft and smooth.
D: Very impressed, one did the job but still a pleasure to drink. Still amazed it came from a can? Good job OB.
03-03-2008 23:51:01 | More by marcpal
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Dark brown and copper in color with barely a head. Strong and very malty in smell. Also a definite aroma of alcohol. As it smells, sweet and malty in taste. A good balanced flavor. Also a roasted, yet strong flavor. A good beer. Not as drinkable as I would like or as I've had from other Scotch Ales. A solid beer.
03-03-2008 02:32:14 | More by jyeast101
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Thanks to my man JJ for the hook up!
Brownish red in appearance with a dense tan head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.
Aromas of malt, smoke, and mild dark fruits.
Tastes of chocolate, carmel, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Sweetness is balanced with some citrusy hops.
Mouth feel is creamy. Moderately carbonated.
Drinkability is good. 8% ABV is hidden well. I could easily enjoy a few of these if I had the chance. Highly recommended!
02-28-2008 05:22:22 | More by DavidEddie
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
Thanks to PEBKAC for this brew.
12oz. can poured into an imperial pint.
A: Pours a very deep ruby brown with nearly no visibility. Maybe 1 finger worth of light toffee head forms and has decent retention. Nice rings of sheeting lace.
S: Nice sweet caramel malts and maybe a bit of chocolate. Nice and dry smelling with some light fruity esters. A bit subtle.
T/M: Nice sweet, yet slightly savory, caramel malts. A hint of chocolate in the back adds a nice depth to the malts. It has a slight woody edge it to. More of the fruity esters but nothing to acidic and no bitterness to be found. Finishes with a bit more of the chocolate note. Body is medium and as smooth and creamy as can be.
D: 8%? Really? Damn tasty and drinking superbly. Lived up to and surpassed my expectations.
02-28-2008 03:40:29 | More by pwoods
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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