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

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4,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,444
Reviews: 1,546
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 164
Gots: 578 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured an EXTREMELY dark, reddish brown color (almost pitch black), with about a 3/4 finger head that quickly settled down to a mere froth. This is a very cloudy beer indeed!

S: Candy sugar, approaching "Astro Pop" territory, with a huge array of maltiness, but nothing too roasty. Dates? Raisons?

T: Smooth candy-coated goodness! There was a mild alcohol burn, but the dark fruitiness along with the strong caramel notes disguised this quite well. The finish was round and squarely balanced.

M: Nice sugary thickness without being too sweet or syrupy. The lacing was fairly substantial, but didn't bog down the experience for me mouthfeel-wise.

D: I'm notoriously not a fan of this style because many I've tried has sort of a "dog food-like" aftertaste that I usually find unpleasant. "Old Chub" had none of those things and I found it to be a pure malt-candy delight. This may be my new favorite Scotch Ale.

Photo of beergod1
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to tell ya....I'm not sold on beer in cans, but this could change my mind. Poured Dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty and spicy with lots of caramel notes and somewhat earthy. The flavor is sweet and malty with wonderful caramel notes and hints of dried fruits. Some light herbal notes and grassy hops. The finish is mildly bitter with a hint of alcohol and more malts. Full-bodied with smooth carbonation.
Thanx goes to D Kurtz....again. Nice surprise, I heard a lot of good about Oscar Blues, now I need to try the rest.

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

Good Scotch Ale, not too hefty but reliable and pleasing as it is.

Presentation: 12 oz. can. Overall green, white, and metallic silver design highlighting the name of the brew over a small mountain horizon with a Scotch patterned ribbon. Top of the can includes a tongue in cheek one-liner by way of describing the brew. Shows canned date (08-25-10), and notes Alc. by Vol. (8.0%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Ruby brown pour, nice brown head 1"+, medium retention and fair surface memory with minimal lacing.

S - Malty and sweet nose a bit mineral/metallic not in a bad way, dash of caramel...

T - Rich malty sense, caramel, dark fruity dash woven with the malt, nice hint of smokiness as it flows.

M - Medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation.

D - Nice drink, maybe on the leaner side of Scotch ales but with enough range to make it very reliable and pleasing.

Notes: Maybe within the style this would deserve a higher mark? Pretty good malty offering in any case from Oskar Blues.

Photo of thespaceman
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into an Oskar Blue's pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown in color with red highlights, minimal size head slowly recedes as this one sits for a couple seconds, left little lacing behind on the glass but the color alone makes this a standout. Peering at the top of the glass I can see tons of little bubbles lifting up the glass.

Smell: I get tons of caramel and toffee aromas up front, very sweet smelling! A bit of smoke runs rampant on the nostrils which is very inviting. Your typical scotch ale properties are here, with plenty of dark fruit laying gently in the backround here.

Taste: The beechwood really comes through upon first sip! Smoke and malted barley combine for a perfect pairing, the maltiness is sweet and a bit sharp. Some darker fruits like plum and raisin come through here as well. This one taste very similar to DFH's Immort Ale - with the smoke adding a whole new element to this beer combined with the big malt backbone. Finish rolls over the tongue with some esters and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low yet just enough to keep this one feeling nice on the tongue. Medium to full bodied yet smooth and robust in the mouth. Minimal bitterness.

Drinkability: I love me a good American scotch ale, a good smoked beer, and beer from a can! This one combines all the great elements I've come to love about beer! The beechwood comes through beautifully in the glass on this one, and the big malt backbone is not overly sweet or cloying, which makes this one of the better scotch ale's I've had. The 8.0% ABV is well hidden here, so be careful with this one! An excellent beer all around and one that should be tried by all!

Photo of Satchboogie
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can (10/29/10) poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Pours dark brown, 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates.

S: I'm getting an almost pilsner and heineken. Malty and grainy.

T: I can kind of get where I was getting the pilsner and heineken aromas from, but this is obviously a heck of a lot more. Very deep malt, fairly sweet (caramel). Very bready and earthy, reminds me a bit of a dubbel. A tiny bit of bitterness. I get just a hint of smoke. I have to admit this seems a little "flat", but I think that's part of the style. Finish is clean and dry and I get a little of that heineken aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation, medium body (though it seems lighter than it actually is).

D: The alcohol is mostly hidden but the somewhat unpleasant aftertaste isn't making it that easy.

Maybe it's the style, but this isn't a beer I'll be revisiting anytime soon, it just seems completely lacking "umph" and balance.

Photo of CBlack85
1.71/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte.

Pours a clear, deep brown color with ruby highlights. Very little head that recedes very quickly leaving behind spotty lacing

The nose is very dark and rich; comprised mostly of caramel, sweet dark fruit, and chocolate. Very, very sweet. There is a slightly smokey aroma that tries to poke through, but the overlwhelmingly sweet aromas seem to choke it out, beating it into submission.

The flavor is very much like the nose; Sweet. Big cloyingly sweet flavors clash with each other. There is some caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee and just a hint of smoke. This beer has the potential to be complex and flavorful, but the overwhelming sweetness seems to steal the show. Medium/full bodied and mildly carbonated. Almost a syrupy mouthfeel. I had a hard time finishing the glass.

Photo of bens0n
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber/ruby color, almost opaque but not quite. It also has a very good amount of creamy tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves some lacing on the glass.

On the nose I can pick up on a trace of hops, followed by some sweet smelling malts an an ever-so-slight hint of chocolate.

Flavor wise it has a uniquely sweet element to it, but its not overpowering and sugary sweet, its a malty sweet that is very well balanced with the rest of the ingredients. The sweetness and creamy aspect of it takes it to the next level.

This beer has almost no carbonation at all, a pleasantly sweet aftertaste, is extremely smooth and easy to down. I could drink these endlessly...

Photo of Homebrew35
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahagony color with a creamy white one finger head. Smells sweet and carmelized, some licorice, toffee. Tastes very sweet, toffee, caramel, some earthiness. The lingering creamy caramel is the best part. Low carbing, highly drinkable, very smooth. I pick this up again. A bargain at $2.10 for a single.

Photo of readbaron
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown with reddish highlights and a bit of off white foam. There's a thin, sticky lacing.

Smells delightfully of caramel and malty, malty malts. Can smell a but of alcohol as well.

Tastes like it smells. Very good - rich and malty with a bit of sweetness and boozy notes. Has a bit of a sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and creamy.

It's a bit strong and heavy. One is enough.

Photo of BZero007
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Scotch Ale and this as of 12/27/2010 is my favorite of the style. Pours a great very dark color with hues of amber bleeding threw. The aroma is very weak but is a lovely fragrance. Sweet malt power threw this hint of aroma. Taste is excellent the sweet malt and main charectoristics of Scotch style ale power threw. The alcohol is perfectly hidden, but not to much. This is a staple in my fridge when I can afford it. Price is running a bit high on Oskar Blue brews in my area as of late, and has halted my purchasing of them for a bit.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Chub from Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons, Colorado 8.0% alcohol. Served in a Scotch color theme and big white letters "OLD CHUB" on the front. Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a near opaque brown fluid that creates a half inch tan head that falls to a very tightly bubbled quarter inch froth. Lacing is slick but there.

S- Rich caramel, expresso cream, and dark malts dominate.

T-M- Upfront roasted dark malts mixed with sweet toffee and cream. Fuel like alcohol creeps up with style in the backbone making a very interesting flavor meld. Mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable with a lasting slickness on the tongue.

D- Drinkable in the aspect of the alcohol level with excellent notes of a Wee Heavy ale.

Photo of zhanson88
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Old Chub pours out of the can dark brown with ruby highlights. About a finger of beige head forms that reduces down to very little lacing; just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The first thing I can smell is some fruity and floral aromas. Underneath that I finally get to the caramel malty goodness and slight scotch-y scents.

Taste: Very malty up front, with fruity and floral aromas towards the back end. I get just a hint of booziness/scotch-like flavor at the finish. Nice, solid flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied and very smooth going down. I could definitely drink several of these. This beer has nice flavor and balance for the style.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a mug.

I poured this into a mug fairly vigorously. These are 12 ounce mugs, and usually I can't pour a whole beer like this, just two-thirds or so. But not in this case. The whole thing poured right to the brim? Head? None. There was a bit for a second, then it disappeared. I tried adding some air into the pour at the very end too. Nada. No head. The can felt a little squishy before opening - maybe it's bad? Either way, the beer is a pretty dark brown color, and has a very sweet smell to it. The chocolate is the dominating note here, there's also some coffee for sure. Malts. There's not much bitterness here at all in the nose.

And this carries over to the taste, for sure. This is sweet! Really really sweet. Probably just a little bit too sweet for me, to be honest. It's otherwise a well-put together beer. The chocolate takes center stage, and it's a pretty faithful rendition of the note. Beyond some generic malty and coffee flavors, I'm really not tasting too much else at all here. It's a smooth chocolate and malt concoction. Nothing exceptional, just a well-done beer. It's lightly carbonated and fairly drinkable, there's no cloying aftertaste here. The sweetness can become a little tiring though.

This is a decent brew, but nothing worth seeking out. It struck me as rather similar to the Chocolate Bock that Sam Adams puts out, but inferior to it overall. Not a bad beer, but nothing amazing.

Photo of papabogen
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Was in a can couldn't see color

S- Smells very good had me anticipating greatness

T- Maybe Scotch Ales are not for me but this really didnt stand out to me maybe it was all the hype that got to me pumped for this and then much more easily let down. Also feel the can leaches.

M- lighter than expected.

D- For the ABV its alright.

Serving type: can

One of those beers everyone says you have to try maybe that led to the let down, working my way through this six pack.

Photo of marikoangel
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Amsterdam

A: Pours a deep dark clear reddish brown. It holds a ivory film on top of the beer.

S: I'm getting a very soy sauce smell. It smells like my moms broccoli beer dish; a salty savory smell that makes me want to pour it over a steaming bowl of rice. There's maybe a hint of coffee in there.

T: Some chocolate, coffee flavors are definitely evident. I'm getting some prune and raisins, and a little sweetness in the finish. I no longer want to pour it over rice, so that's good.

M: Nice medium body, not very carbonated. It has a lighter finish. It slides down my throat easily, and has a bit of a creaminess to it.

D: It is very drinkable for the abv.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a light orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramrl, and slight bitter hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramal, chocolate, and a slight hop followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I can say this one is pretty tasty out of the can or on-tap now. Excellent flavor going on here without a doubt with a good aroma to followthrough on the flavor. I'm glad that OB is back in SC again to stay! This one is a must try if you have been under a rock for quite awhile...

Photo of Franz4
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark walnut pour, small head that fades quickly to nothing.

S- dark chocolate and earthy notes, very nice aroma

T- mild chocolate and toffee flavors, a little brown sugar or caramel as well.

M- much lighter than I anticipated, leaves a very fresh feel in the mouth, no real aftertaste either.

D- nicely drinkable scottish ale, there are more complex beers out there, but this is just nice.

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

Hard pour from a can into English nonic.

Pours midnight crimson color with brownish red head that dissipates quickly, little carbonation. Not much lacing but decent when given a swirl.

Good smokey nose of roasted barley and biscuit. At first the taste of the the roasted grains is dominant with a medium bite, expected a bit more spice... but then the smokiness gives way to the sweetness of pale malt, chocolate and molasses. Fuggles and some Irish Moss perhaps provide just enough bitter to bring it home, alcohol is hidden very well. Down the hatch it goes smooth like a spiked chocolate milkshake .

This is a VERY good American version of a Wee Heavy. Saddled up to a roarin' fire and kicked back a few for the late NFL games. Lots o' good stuff brewin' in this can laddies!

Photo of Mosley1212
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into my SBC pint glass.

A--Poured a deep brown with a beautiful full, inch-thick head that dissipated slowly and kept good retention throughout the beer. The beer in the glass reminds me of cola. Seriously. If I were to see this sitting on a table I would think it was a soft drink.

S--Roasted malts, dark sweets (toffee, caramel), I'm picking up some vanilla too.

T--To be honest, it's a good taste, but doesn't go beyond "good." It's a lot weaker than I expected/wanted. The smell suggested that this would be a nice, strong "wee heavy" taste, but honestly it's a little lacking. Get a little heat off of the alcohol, but not a lot. The back of the tongue picks up the heavy sweetness. I can definitely taste the toffee and caramel. The heat is on the front of the tongue, but it goes awake quickly and is overpowered by the sweetness of this beer.

M--Ok. Again, it's weaker than the smell suggests.

D--High. You can barely taste the alcohol, and because of the sweetness of the beer, I could see myself drinking several of these in a night. Especially on a nice, cool night.

Photo of jayt206
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, deep mahogany. A vigorous pour in to a Sam Adams pint glass yielded a creamy/white, 1+ finger head with staying power. As the head died down, a mosaic-like lace appears.

S: Hint of vanilla, followed by some buttery caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, and light fruitiness.

T: Bittersweet and dark chocolate, sweet malts, and earthy smoke at the start, chocolate, dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol at the end.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth with little carbonation.

D: Great overall brew with a nice balance, of flavors. Very drinkable for the ABV - can't really notice it except at the very end of the sip.

Photo of dstc
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a thick, airy tan head. Head falls very slow. Coating lace.

Aroma is of mild alcohol with nice malts buried in there. Smells toasty and sweet.

Big malt body in the taste. Sweet candied sugars help hide the alcohol. Ends sweet, drying and with a breath of alcohol.

Medium bodied to thick in the mouth and fairly smooth. Alcohol does bite a bit.

I really like this. Nice scotch ale.

Photo of pdoran10
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark amber brown color with limited head and not much lacing.

smells of vanilla, caramel, hint of heat from the alcohol, but not too much. caramel and vanilla smell excellent.

taste is a lightly sugared singed cotton candy, with a warming from the alcohol. nice caramel roast flavor. hint of dark fruit and bitter chocolate. complex and delicious.

mouthfeel is chewy but not overbearing. moderate to low carbonation. silky smooth and to style.

best scotch ale i have had to date. really nice flavor profile and just right warming alcohol finish. could drink many of these in a night.

Photo of Chadpaq
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't have a terrible amount of experience with Scottish Ales, but Old Chub makes me want to jump on the bandwagon and ride her around for a little while. This beer is pretty darn spectacular, and it's surprisingly damn easy to put down. My snifter suspiciously emptied itself much more quickly than I could have been drinking, and before I knew it I had three empty cans from my buddy's sixer sitting in front of me....sorry, Tom!

Pours out dark, like a Coke. Man, if only Coke tasted this good. Thick, velvety, sweet. A real treat for the mouth. Smells delicious. I'm usually all about my hops, but this Scottish stuff's making me reconsider.

As I said, I ran through three of these in no time at all. I could put these babies down faster than I could shotgun three PBRs. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I think you get the picture.

Very good. Can't wait to get my hands on some more of this.

Photo of codewarrior
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can from a 6-pack, poured into a snifter

Like Sputnik -- A Virtual Planetoid!

-- from the can

L: Deep nut brown, beautiful head materializing slowly from the pour, 2-fingers. Slight reddish hue.

S: Sweet. Extremely sweet and malt-forward, simple, but deep in its mono-mania.

T: Malty sweet opening. keeps building into a big boozy-sweet middle. Calms down and fades into a lingering caramel.

F: Hugely thick, velvety.

D: More please.

Photo of musicforairports
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cola. Couldn't get much of a head at all from this, but there's a bit of lacing. Lots of sediment at the bottom of my snifter.

Smells like thick malt and smooth alcohol. Slightly underwhelming, but it smells very much like a Scotch ale.

Tastes very smooth and malty. Wow. Practically no bitterness and no alcohol bite at all, except maybe a bit of a lingering aftertaste. The smooth flavor lacks nutty or roasted flavors that jump out and give it bite. Very easy to drink for a super malty, 8% ABV beer.

Creamy mouthfeel. I could drink a few of these.

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