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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Ratings: 4,303
Reviews: 1,521
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 148
Gots: 487 | FT: 8
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 keithmurray
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 6pk cans from Dicicco's

Aggressive pour yields a nice tan head that lingered for a while. Beer is a deep mahogany color

Smell - this is nice, toffee, cherries, red wine and malts (*note - this may be a bit off due to the fact that I am a bit under the weather, but this is what I can detect)

taste - caramel, toffee, cherries and malts, rum, brown sugar

mouthfeel - medium body, good carbonation, booze is somewhat prominent, somewhat sweet beverage, but not too sweet

drinkability - i could probably throw back 2-3 of these in one sitting

overall a pleasant beverage from oscar Blues

Photo of drpimento
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hit from OB! This was served with a college guys head (very little)and a little lace. Color is a very dark brown with mahoganey hightlights. Aroma is standard, classic Scotch Ale: very malty, a bit roasty and peaty. Flavor's about the same plus lots of caramel and some toffee. Boozy in the finish. Good body and carbonation. A standard for Scotch Ales.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a dark brown with no head at all but jsut a tinge of foam around the edge. Nose is smokey and malty and wheaty.

Taste is very smokey but not over the top and still very drinkable. It's got some earthy tones and nice to drink. Super rich and smooth.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found a sixer for a mere 7.00 at my local beer shop. I hope they clear out old inventory every year!

A - Poured a deep amber with little head due to cans 10 month age.
S - Smells of caramel and toffee with malty in the background.
T - What a great tasting brew! I had a perfect balance of for mentioned flavors with just a perfect bite at the end for the ABV.
M - Slick and creamy.
D - Now when I had this fresh it really was dry to finish but with some age the flavors rounded out and little bite was received by the ABV. Would find it again if it was this affordable.

Photo of rustymoore
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber with a thick tannish cream head into a snifter. Has hints of orange throughout.

S: Smells of malt and somewhat metallic. Quite unique. Also some caramel and spice notes.

T: Very good flavor. Sweet but not too sweet. Grainy and wheat flavored but too much so. A good balance of taste and flavor all while masking the ABV well.

M: Acidic not overly pleasant.

D: Good overall beer that you can enjoy en mass!

Photo of samie85
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/04/10.

A-Pours a dark brown with hints of auburn and a half finger light brown head that quickly dissipates.

S-Smells strongly of spicy scotch/peat and some caramel malt with some dark fruit notes.

T-Scotch/peat upfront with some caramel malt in the middle and finishes with some dry scotch/peat, and dark fruit notes.

M-Medium to full bodied with some prickly, mild carbonation. I'm still getting used to the mouthfeel of this style of beers.

D-It's a nice, robust beer that has a nice warming quality. It's not an everyday or more than one a night beer for me, but a nice beer from time to time.

Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz can into an Orval glass.

The beer pours dark brown with a light tan head. It rises about a finger but is gone quickly. Good lacing.

The aroma is malty and grainy on the front with a light alcoholic finish.

The taste is pretty muted, starts off with little tea and ends with a littl alcohol.

Nothing terrible, nothing great.

Photo of Thur123
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark red/brown with little head on a heavy pour. The carbonation is pretty slow going. The smell is sweet brown sugar malt with a bit of earthy smokiness to it with caramel notes as well.

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The flavor is big and full upon first contact. The smoky bit of heat comes at the end and extends well into the after taste. The main flavors are a mix between a super sweet caramel malt and a smoky/slightly hop component. The mouth feel is full and thick. Will get again, great value and great taste.

Photo of HalfFull
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a wine glass. Canned on 2/25/10. Pours a deep brown with red highlights and a good clarity. Deep tan head settles out quickly and doesn't offer up any lacing.

Sweet caramel aroma with a bit of hop spice. Bit of cinnamon and brown sugar and a whiff of alcohol as it warms. Not very volatile.

Taste is full and rich in malt body with a lingering caramel finish and a bit of roast. Not much for variety but smooth and rich enough to mask the ABV easily. Flavor improves somewhat with warming but the lack of carbonation limits the potential here. Full bodied feel though without much texture and in fact kind of watery, again firming up a tad with warming. Not really getting this one, another Oskar Blues beer with a malty coverup, even for the style.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured into an imperial pint.

Dark murky brown, one finger light tan head. Quickly reside to a light layer of foam on top. Not much lacing.

Smells of caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruits. Very sweet.

The taste has caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plumbs), caramelized brown sugar, rum, a hint of butter. Smokey/nutty in the finish.

Full bodied. Lower end of medium. Semi assertive bubbles.

Good drinkability for the high abv.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with amber hues when held to light. A thin off-white head surrounds the rim of the glass. A moderate amount of lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Some nice toasty malts mixed in with hints of chocolate. A little subdued IMHO, but not bad.

T: A nice sweet malt backbone overall. Hints of dark fruit up front, mixed in with notes of dark chocolate and a little licorice/anise. Just enough English hops in the finish to add a touch of bittering balance. The flavor became just a touch cloying as the quaff warmed, which effected my scoring just a little.

M: Nice medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. Just a little alcohol warming is detectable.

D: A really solid brew overall. The nose on it was just a little disappointing, but overall I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of SamN
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice gritty, desert tan head. Big bubbly face, but sort of loose. Not a real dense head. But it's 8%, guess any head at all is a good thing. Very minor lacing, more like spotting.The color is real dark, almost black, but not opaque. More of an extremely dark brown or red. Some legs on this, slight runiness down the glass, also probably due to the higher alcohol content in this.

S- Wow, what a smell. Reminds me of a lighter old ale, like Thomas Hardy's or Old Stock. Very rich malt; scents of very dark fruits (plums or dark cherries), huge oaky aroma, cookie-like malts, oats, doughy breads, slight crisp hops. Deeper than most, surely deeper than anything found in a can, with a lot of layers and varied aromas. Great smelling beer.

T- Starts off with a faint fruitiness, moves to heavy dark caramel malts, finishes slightly sweet but solidly balanced between malt and the soft hops. Bringing air through the ale breaks it open and reveals a more nuanced nutty malt sweetness. Pretty good range of flavors, but subdued somehow, not quite reaching full potential. Also, it has a certain sweetly sour taste in the background, a lingering unpleasantness, but it has to be the hops/malt blend. Hm. Not quite right with me. Still, a very good ale, nothing to sneeze at.

M- Spot on carbonation, the right amount to remind you this beer isn't dead, but nothing that will interrupt the oaky/nutty malt with wild bubbles. Bigger body and feel, very full beer, filling and satisfying.

D- Strong tastes, this is certainly no wimpy beer! Obvious, strong, huge, comforting, relaxing and fairly complex. Nothing I would want to session, this is more of a sipper, made all the better by the fact that it's in a can! I really liked this beer, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a one-hit-quit kind of a beer!

Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brownish/amber body with a sticky off-white head.

S- Rich, chocolate malts with a whiff of alcohol.

T- Big malty body with chocolate malts and a slight smokiness noticeable. There is a warming alcohol presence as well.

M- Full, smooth feel with a nice carbonation.

D- An awesome beer to sip on; really complex with lots going on.

Photo of TonyReaves
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I haven't had one of these since my wife was in Florida, and I remember liking it a lot.

Pours dark brown with a 2-finger that dissipates in seconds. Smells like molasses, cocoa and alcohol.

This is a sweet, warming Scottish ale. Bready, buttery, lingers on the tongue. Some dark chocolate in there, with barely-there alcohol in the finish.

Mellow, almost silky carbonation, which I like in malty beers. I find too much carbonation can keep me from enjoying the malt flavors. Old Chub gets it right.

This is probably too sweet to drink all night, but most scottish ales are. Still would be great in the winter. I'd love one of these after skiing.

Photo of lifeboyq
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Minimal head retention which is an off white and little lacing. The smell is of rasins dates, brown sugar, malty goodness. Taste is similar, with verly little hop presence but not cloying. Carbonation is wonderfully light and mouthfeel is slightly syrupy but silky smooth. Taste is fantastic and similar to the nose with no hot or phenolic surprises. Very straightforward. My new favorite example to the style. It reminds me of a light quad without the belgian yeast peculiarity imparted. This is a fantastic brew. Heavenly.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Old Chub

A moderate pour generated a nice, thick, light tan head with decent retention. The color is deep brown with nice ruby hues.

Nose is mainly lots of malt with some chocolate, candied raisins, overripe fruit.

Flavor is a huge hit of malt, caramel, nuts, followed up by some cocoa powder, a bit of raisin, and a very faint hop bitter on the end. The raisin/overripe fruit lingers on the end a bit, but the finish is pretty clean and fairly short.

Big chewy mouthfeel, nice and thick without feeling syrup-like or resiny at all. Carbonation is relatively low, which suits the style quite feel.

Drinkability is pretty high, I could throw down a few if it wasn't for the very well hidden 8% ABV. The alcohol doesn't even make itself known until you feel a slight warming on the palette.

Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan the beer can man for this gem.

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan milkshake head that melts slowly leaving sheets of lace on the glass. Rich roasted malt, cocoa and brown sugar with a touch of dark fruit in the nose. Big and slightly smokey with rich carmelized malt and an earthy tea/tobacco like bitterness. This is a big Scottish ale for sure, almost more of a Wee heavy than an 80 shilling export. Full and sticky bodied with mild carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden in the finish. A tasty brew, I wish I had another one.

Photo of cgdogg
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to a pint glass.

A: Dark Red thin lacing

Very surprising, 8% alcohol is not noticed

M: Very chocolaty, but quickly disappears....

I just do not understand that this was from a can and taste so darn good...

A very well balanced ale done right!! Chocolate and spices don very well.

Photo of beerg0ggles
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from Westy in Camp Hill - Dark chocolate pour with thin head, sweet almost cordial cherry nose, palate is malty caramel, some chocolate and brown sugar, medium body finishing with a pleasant alcohol burn, moderate carbonation. This is a beautiful beer.

Photo of breyton490
2.28/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First let me say I have had this beer before and it was pretty good, but my latest tasting was far from great.

A: Clear, dark brown, zero head, little to no carbonation

S: Nothing really hit me in the way of aroma, Some maltiness, sweetness. Was OK, but very plain and unremarkable

T: Tasted weak and thin. Maltiness was there, but that was it... no carbonation. Not sure what happened at the brewery, but something along the process was missed with this batch.

M: Thin, watery

D: The lack of carbonation and the thin watery mouthfeel make this beer a one and done. I drank it because I had it, but wont be buying another for a while.. hoping that the beer I got was just an anomaly.

Photo of decafron
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into a pint glass.

Dark brown rust with light 1 finger lacing. As dark and deep as Loch Ness.

Smells of dried fruit and tons of malt. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose. Herbacious without being overbearing.

A maltbomb for sure that starts off strong and dissipates into a fine example of an American made Scottish Ale. It benefits from not serving it too cold.

The mouthfeel is clean, hearty and refreshing.

Old Chub is an exceptional ale that almost goes down a little too easy. I almost wish the alcohol was a little more upfront so I wouldn't want to drink so much of this. Oskar Blues does it again...excellent!

Photo of soco7tyx7
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown like a glass of engine oil. 1 finger light tan head, light lacing

S - Brown sugar, malty, syrupy, dark fruits, alcohol

T - Strong malt up front, throughout, and in the finish. Malty malty malty! Some mild toasted malts in the finish with some dark fruit in the body. Alcohol shows through like the taste of vodka, but not overwhelming or overbearing. The sweetness was a bit cloying

M - Full bodied, syrupy, some heat in the finish, sticky and chewy

D - A sipping beer for sure but soooo good! One of my favorites to take on a cold camping trip to keep me warm!

Photo of Andreji
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried at the stag's head in NYC.

I must be biased against scottish ales because this definetly isn't my kind of beer. I forewarn however i tried to be objective in this rating.

dark woody brown pour, mostly opaque with a creamy but small tan-ish head.

smell, well, smokey malty feel, not too sweet, with a moist mouldy sensation within.

Taste is very....dull. i don't conceive the fact that the body is more significant than the taste itself- it's very thick and syrupy, but the taste seems to be missing somewhere there. it's not sweet but not considerably bitter. the most remarkable feature is the alcohol feel that....could in essence be part of the feel instead. plus it's very high ABV. no wonder i don't like scotch either....

anyway it's a decent ale for the style, quite simply not for mine.

Photo of DoubleDIPA
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not super familiar with Scotch Ales, but if this is the norm, I dig 'em. I'm an IPA guy, but this semi-sweet, (with barely any alcohol taste considering the 8%) beer is a TASTY one. Had it warm....had it chilled....I preferred it chilled.

A=Gorgeous caramel brown color...Reddish tint when put toward a light.

S=Not too aromatic, but sweet smelling with raisin and caramel dominating

T=Love it. Some sweetness, some raisin, mostly caramel....REAL GOOD.

M=After its rested for a bit....real smooth.

D=For the alcohol content....pretty damn easy. I would say 3 is a good number. As its one of the few oskar blues that come in 6 packs (that I've seen), 3 is perfect. You get two enjoyable nights.

Photo of gfreed
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby color, with very few bubbles to interrupt the display. I don't know what the big deal is about the head-- I poured right into the center of the glass and got a mountain of foam with very little fuss. It didn't last long, but it was medium dense and full of bubbles despite the low carbonation. Raisins, prunes, apricots, caramel and pears erupt in the aroma, followed by the distinct tang of alcohol, then a slightly smoky smell to finish. And that pretty much sums up the taste, too, except the ham-fisted alcohol squashes the malty, fruity flavors. It's not too sweet, not very dry but definitely suffers from the ABV. I like what I've had from Oskar Blues, but if they toned down the alcohol on this beer it would be great. Instead, it's merely drinkable.

Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 4,303 ratings.