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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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3,741 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,741
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 127
Gots: 273 | 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 NEhophead


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

12 fl oz can; served in a nonic.

Clean, full maple in color. Quarter-inch, creamy off-white head that lingers as an intact sheet. Spotted lacing that has trouble sticking.

Sweet caramel and toffee malts; light milk chocolate aroma. Clean, airy breadiness with a hint of diacetyl. Hints of vanilla and sweet cream.

Firm, biscuit-based malt character that is heightened by sweet; not quite rich, flavors: caramel, toffee. Fig, raisin, date esters as well. The bread-like character maintains at mid-sip and is joined with a rough, floral hop bite.

Full in body; smooth and creamy with just a bit of roughness from the hops in the middle.

One of the best Scottish Ale's I've had to date. Full flavors and a nice balance; the 8% abv never even entered my mind. This one opened my mind to the fact that good beer can be canned.

Serving type: can

09-06-2007 21:18:35 | More by NEhophead
Photo of errantnight


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

Um, wow?

Pours rich, deep deep brown almost black with reasonably tight head and respectable lacing.

Smells like malt and chocolate, roasty goodness abounds.

Flavors is a chocolate bomb at first, dark chocolate. As it warms coffee, toffee, even raisin/prune sweetness comes out as the alcohol slips in and the esters start to show off.

Rich and smooth with just enough carbonation.

Easy to drink in that the alcohol never gets in the way, even as it approaches room temp (which was fast, it was roughly 95 degrees in the apartment), but still such a rich, strong, flavorful beer that I think it's pretty easy to get a handle on. An excellent end of the night brew.

Serving type: can

09-06-2007 18:08:09 | More by errantnight
Photo of sacrelicio


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice! This beer is the second that I have had form Oskar Blues, the first being Dale's Pale Ale, which I throughly enjoyed. This beer is even better that DPA, with an almost stout like character. The pour is beautiful, dark brown and black with a ruby tranluscence. The smell is nice, with toffee, dark fruit, molasses and coffee. The taste is quite malty sweet and has some roasted smoky qualities. The mouthfeel is also nice with a lifting, medium body. The drinkability is good if you like Scottish ales.

Serving type: can

09-06-2007 04:20:15 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of chefnash51


4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick 3 finger head .. reduced to thick lacing

Smell: Caremel and coffee... not too strong

Taste: Sweet and dry.. roasted coffee and spicies

Mouthfeel: Went down a lot easier then I thought... Good carbination

Drinkability: So easy to drink.. this is 8% ?! hard to tell...

This is a Great example of the style... EXCELLENT... I am happy to have this beer around all the time... Micro in cans.. I love it and this is one of the best

Serving type: can

09-04-2007 20:41:27 | More by chefnash51
Photo of jdubjacket


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never poured a beer from a can. First time for everything I suppose. Pours a reddish-dark brown. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Taste is relatively complex. I get hints of coffee. Overall, a very solid beer, especially since it's coming out of a can.

Serving type: can

08-30-2007 22:19:12 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of livingregret


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

Serving Type: 12 oz can that was slighty warm

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown w/ no head to speak of an no lacing

Smell: A sweet roasted coffee taste mixed w/ caramel. Very nice. A touch of hops/grains is present as is some chocolate. VERY lovely smell

Taste: Rather sweet w/ roasted coffee that adds a touch of dryness to it. The caramel doesn't come through as strong as I would have liked but the nice warmth/spiceyness you receive at the end makes up for it quite nicely

Mouthfeel: Very thick beer that goes down quite smooth enspite the dry taste that accompanies the coffee/toffee flavour.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. The alcohol, although warm, is not overpowering. It would be very easy to drink a few of these w/ out remembering the 8% that accompanies this drink.

Serving type: can

08-30-2007 03:57:43 | More by livingregret
Photo of jaxon53


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a can. Poured out a deep brown into the glass, but was a nice blood red hue when held up to the light. Two fingers of light brown head formed with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head slowly faded into a thick layer of foam and left plenty of thick lace behind. Aroma was of the roasted/toasted sort. Roasted almonds, coffee, some sweet caramel, and just a slight touch of chocolate. A pretty damn good nose in my opinion. This beers flavor is as equally good as the smell. The first flavor that jumped out at me was smoke, or charred wood. Tons of roasted malt, toasted nuts, some dark fruit, toffee, and just a little bit of a smooth alcohol kick in the finish. A great tasting beer in my opinion. Had a nice full, smooth, palate coating mouthfeel. Drinkability was decent but it seemed the beer was harder to drink the further down the glass I got. Oskar Blues continues to convince me that good beer can come from cans.

Serving type: can

08-26-2007 17:23:37 | More by jaxon53
Photo of udubdawg


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

Awesome, another winner in my widening experience with canned craft beers!

Pours a very dark brown, some reddish hues seen when held to the light. Pouring the last ounce a bit harder produces a nice creamy tan head of three quarters of an inch in height, that fades to a thin ring soon and leaves exceptional rings of lacing with most every sip.

This beer has a rich nose. - a bit of smokiness is noted immediately, but otherwise there is a lot of chocolate and caramel here. A little toasted grain. I may have to rerate and give a 4.5.

Taste and mouthfeel are at least the equal of the aroma. Body is full and smooth, carbonation on the low side. Overall rather sweet, with plenty of roasted and caramel malt. The smokiness is pretty muted here, and the finish is only slightly drying. A bit of a sticky sweet aftertaste that isn't my favorite, but it is saved by a little lingering smoky peat flavor.

Quite drinkable - a little stronger than I like for my forays to the pool with a cooler of canned craft beer, but I'll survive.

Serving type: can

08-18-2007 23:13:22 | More by udubdawg
Photo of hunteraw


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

I avoided this one for a while because I had yet to encounter a Scotch ale I particularly liked. Now I have.

Appearance: deep garnet in color, smallish head - I was initially concerned that my can wasn't carbonated because the "pop" was not very audible. Leaves a little lacing.

Smell: caramel, a little chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Lighter aroma than I was expecting.

Taste: Cocoa powder finish, enough hops bitterness to balance the malty sweetness that is inherent in the style. Not as much caramel as I was expecting. Bit of alcohol spice and warming, and a whisp of smoke that might just be the hickory ribs I'm pairing this with. I bet this would make an excellent glaze. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, smooth. Carbonation a little light, but I think it fits the style.

Drinkability: Good! My favorite OB beer now (Gordon is too expensive to be a favorite beer). Easy to drink.

Serving type: can

08-17-2007 16:55:51 | More by hunteraw
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

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

After having this from the can so often, thought I'd try it on tap to see if it was much different. It wasn't, but I got a review out of it.

Old Chub... ah, where to begin. It's a dark brown ale with a tight tan tenacious top (heh), and the Chub is actually clear but you can't tell that till you hold it to the light.

Old Chub smells wonderful. Dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, burnt grains, mellow molasses, prune juice and a deep, strangely cool aroma.
No hops to be smelled, this is a rich and at first smell, simple beer. Don't take the Chub for granted, however. This is an exceptional beer.

Old Chub tastes sweet and rich. Nearly burnt malts are balanced by a great brown sugar and sweet prune combo, with bittersweet chocolate-coffee and sour red grapes supporting. It's a strange mix of flavors but balances out wonderfully. Slick, smooth, sweet, stylish... is there anything this beer can't do?

Old Chub goes down easy. Roasty-sweet and somewhat dry, but still manages to give the impression of molasses and imparts a sly coolness as it glides down your gullet. Surprisingly not as heavy as you'd expect.

Old Chub is rich, yet not. It really should be more filling... why am I not getting tired of this beer? Deceptively drinkable, smooth, sweet and dark. Old Chub, you may be the best American example of the Scottish style I've had.

To summarize: My roommate (a likker fiend) loves Old Chub. I love Old Chub. Women and children and menfolk all love this beer. I don't think I've met someone who hasn't enjoyed it. Drink Old Chub, you will be a better person for it. Or at least a happier one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2007 20:06:22 | More by kkipple
Photo of wagenvolks


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A pillowy, two inch thick custard-colored head rises after a generous pour (is it just me, or do cans sometimes leak backwards when you try to pour slowly?). The body is cola with respect to color and transparency. Phenomenal head retention, but the Chub leaves very little lacing.

Whole lotta' chocolate goin' on in the aroma. Caramel & coffee notes are big too. More slight scents of alcohol, plum, leather, bourbon, and some rum all blend together nicely.

The taste presents a huge malty backbone infused with bitter chocolate, coffee beans, and alcohol. For a can (as with OBG's Dale's Pale), Old Chub doesn't disappoint flavor-wise. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy with a thick body, low carbonation (as expected with the 8% ABV). All in all, I'd say this beer is definately complex and flavorful, but it's a bit much to stomach more than one in any given setting.

Serving type: can

08-14-2007 04:08:57 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I saw this at the local liquor store I was excited to give it a try. It's really the first "good" beer form a can I've experienced.

Old chub pours (yes I believe canned beer deserves a glass too) a dark brown black. The tan colored head settles to form a thin collar that leaves no lacing. Lots of caramel in the nose along with a hint of roasted malts. Tastes of caramel and roasted malts, but the roasted flavor is more evident than in the nose. Finishes dry with light bitterness, but the hops add very little flavoring. The 8.0% abv is very well hidden making it very enjoyable and drinkable. Highly recommended.

Not your typical boring pusillanimous canned beer.

Serving type: can

08-04-2007 18:12:04 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of granola82


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured right out of the can into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark, almost black..no wait, it's totally black. Bit of lace on the sides.

S: Lots of chocolate and dark roasted caramel. Touch of roasted nuts and maybe some molasses? Overall, it's got a fantastic smell with just a hint of alcohol.

T: Deep dark chocolate and caramel. A hint of smoke thrown in the mix with maybe some roasted nuts. The alcohol comes through at the end but it's not overwhelming.

M: Medium feel with a nice level of carbonation.

D: I could probably have a lot of these but the 8% would probably catch up with me pretty quick!

Overall, this is an excellent brew. I think someone else mentioned that it seems to be a bit of a cross between a Scottish style ale and perhaps a Wee Heavy...and I agree. Anyway, I highly recommend it!

Serving type: can

07-27-2007 16:26:23 | More by granola82
Photo of Shaw


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark beer, it is almost black. It has a light brown head that reduces to a half-finger thickness in my glass.

The smell is very strong on caramel with slight coffee notes. Old Chub has a very rich aroma.

The taste is also big on caramel, nut and coffee flavors. But there is a nice astringent bite, too. Old Chub also has a nice creamy flavor.

The higher alcohol level is almost entirely hidden, except for a slight alcohol flavor after I swallow.

The body is a little light for me, but far from watery.

Of the three Oskar Blues beers I've had, this is my least favorite. But that should not keep you from drinking this beer. It is a fine one.

Serving type: can

07-16-2007 02:17:53 | More by Shaw
Photo of Hefe


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

Good beer in a can, gotta love it!

The Old Chub pours a tawny, coffeeish colour with a thick tan head. The aroma is all dark malts, milk chocolate, plummy fruit and whiff of smoke. Mocha, spice, toffee, roasted malty flavours all wrapped up in a very full bodied, fully flavored brew. Taaasty!

Serving type: can

07-12-2007 22:46:59 | More by Hefe
Photo of penguinjive7

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark, with a light tan head.

Smell is of bitter coffee and molasses

The taste is a strong malt backbone with the roasted malts creating a smoky, coffee like feel. The molasses is present in the finish and brings the full spectrum together.

For the powerful flavor of this brew it is surprisingly light on the pallet. Carbonation is not heavy but not overly light either.

This is a good supping brew that I will definitely like to try again. It actually kind of tasted almost like a porter with the character of the roasted malts. A very well done brew overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2007 22:20:34 | More by penguinjive7
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large foamy light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, some smokiness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel. There are background flavors of dark fruit & bourbon, with a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, kind of filling, very good representation of style, good kick, this is a good beer to drink as a sipper. I think it’s a little too heavy to a whole lot of them in an evening, but it’s still a very good beer.

Serving type: can

07-11-2007 03:55:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of marksto


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've really taken a liking to the lineup from Oskar Blues that became available here about 6 months ago, and this one is probably my favorite of the three.

This beer straddles the line between a scottish and a scotch ale. Pours coffee brown with medium head retention. Aroma has hints of toffee, malt sweetness, and just a touch of smoke. Flavor offers and extravaganza of malty goodness - carmelly, chewy, malty, and lightly smoky; with just a hint of alcholic warmth. The fact it comes from a can just underscores the Oskar Blues mantra that great beer really does come in cans.

If you're a fan of distilled malt beverages try this: pour a shot of your favorite bourbon or single malt into your glass and add a can of Old Chub. The super malty flavors and strength of this beer match really well with a good whisky - try and you'll see what I mean.

Overall, an outstanding scotch(ish) ale - highly recommend.

Serving type: can

07-08-2007 03:21:37 | More by marksto
Photo of woemad


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

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39.

Poured a dark cola color that takes on a slight mahogany tinge when held up to the light. Medium sized tan head with lots of sticky lace.

Some other reviewer compared the nose to malted milk balls. I agree, and also note a light smokiness. No hops detected - this is a malty one.

The taste is of restrained, sweet maltiness. In the background was a light smokey taste and an extremely slighty peat flavor. A mild, warming alcohol taste can be discerned as the beer warms up. Very slight dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

For the level of alcohol, this beer is dangerously drinkable. It's not a flavor bomb by any means, but is still tasty enough to order another pint were it on hand at my local. Were it not for the alcohol content, this could be an excellent session beer.

Serving type: can

07-06-2007 07:35:04 | More by woemad
Photo of far333


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut colored, nearly opaque, with a light brown tightly bubbled head that doesn't rise up much despite a rough pour, and settles back quickly with no lace.

Big aroma of dark and sweet malt, cocoa and smoke.

Full and rich mouthfeel leads the way to a robust and full flavor of roasted malt, charred and smokey wood, bitter chocolate, espresso, and licorice. Very flavorful and very complex. The alcohol is well hidden except for a subtle warming brandyesque tingle in the finish.

I don't care what time of year it is, I'll take a dark and richly flavored treat like this any time. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:48:38 | More by far333
Photo of kajerm


3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool but overpriced tartan-printed can. Pours dark brown (and cloudy, as God intended) with garnet highlights. The thin but vigorous head is yellowish-tan and laces.

The smell is front-loaded smokiness and coffee, with some chocolate and residual sugar. I can just barely make out American hops through the malt-storm. This is one of the nicer, subtler uses of smoked malts that I've encountered, which is to say, it doesn't smell like a pizza topping.

The flavor is similar but much bolder, with early malty sweetness. Smokiness and coffee show up early and grow gradually until they take over late-palate. Coffee flavor is dominant on the finish, but none of the malt flavors-- chocolate, sweetness, and smoke-- disappear entirely. It's obvious from the flavor profile that the malt bill on this beer was really well thought-out.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very slightly overcarbonated.

If it didn't say it on the can, I'd think that the listed ABV (8%) had to be a typo, because this stuff is so easy to drink. The only limiting factor is that the smokiness could get a little tiresome after a while.

This is really more of a Wee Heavy than a Scottish Ale, but style-wanking aside, this is a big, gutsy beer in a little can. I'm definitely impressed so far by what Oskar Blues is doing-- now if they could just get the price on their cans down to something reasonable...

Serving type: can

07-04-2007 16:40:52 | More by kajerm
Photo of ski271


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark ruddy brown with a small, light tan head that quickly diminishes to a tenacious film. Good lacing.
S-Moderate, sweet malts. Caramel, toffee, nuts.
T- MUCH more pronounced than the nose. More nutty malts with some dark fruit, alcohol warmth and light charcoal
M- Medium-full body, slick texture, soft carbonation
D- Something about this one is right up my alley. Just damn tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2007 19:16:39 | More by ski271
Photo of IPAcraig


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 12oz can into a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown, creamy brown one finger head, good lacing.

S - Spot on for a Scottish ale, though could be a bit stronger. Chocolate malt and hints of yeast.

T & M - Thick and creamy, hugely malty, chocolate dominantes with hints of roastiness. A great scotty, reminds me of being back in Edinburough, and Aberdeen. Sweet, but not too much so. A bit of nutmeg present, as well as a wee bit of alcohol.

D - Give me more ... by far the best American brewed Scottish Ale I have had (is this thing actually 8%). I am taking the rest of the six pack with me to the Bogue Chitto River tomorrow.

Serving type: can

06-29-2007 01:51:25 | More by IPAcraig
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a can vigorously when it looked like there would be no head. This resuilted in a two finger head, luxurious at that, that gradually faded to good lacing.

It's a beautiful purplish brown, very dark, with a light tan head. Perfect score here.

Smells of plum, spice, toast. taste is the same. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel is full, perfect amount of carbonation.

This beer is filling. That's not a bad thing. Two 8% beers is enough.

Proof it ain't the can that makes beer taste bad, this canned beer is truly good beer. Buy it in spite of the can, I'd have tried this a long time ago if it was bottled.

Serving type: can

06-27-2007 13:47:13 | More by srrn
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

12oz can.

pours deep reddish brown with a big dense tan head. drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. huge biscuity malt. hint of smoke. bit of toasted white bread. touch of toffee and caramel.

taste is great. nice low bitterness. tons of malt. loads of biscuit, with a little bit of toasted wheat bread. light toffee. touch of smoke. light lingering sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice medium-big body. i actually think it would be even better with just a touch less carbonation.

drinkability is great. balanced, deep, and interesting. a malt lovers dream.

Serving type: can

06-24-2007 00:36:03 | More by grub
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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