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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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4,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,481
Reviews: 1,556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 166
Gots: 618 | FT: 9
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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 Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a reddish hue around the edges.

The aroma is simplistic, caramel malts, but pleasant nonetheless.

Caramel and roasted barley malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is exceptional for a scotch ale. It's extremely smooth and abv is masked well.

Decent drinkability, but the full body makes it hard to polish off more than a couple.

Overall, a great example of a scotch ale and one that I'll surely have again.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red/brown with a medium head. The aroma is chocolate some mild fruitiness and some smokiness. The flavor is earthy with chocolate and some nice bitterness. The sweetness is there but it is well controlled and there is plenty of roasty maltiness. The palate is viscous and smooth.
Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. A nice malty/caramel flavored ale.

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, non transparent. About a half inch of head, which also appears to be thick and creamy.

S - Very roasty and sweet smelling. A mix between chocolate and caramel.

T - Smooth, thick, and delicious. Very malty and slightly sweet.

M - Very smooth, not very carbonated. Heavy body.

D - It is very drinkable for a beer this dark. I had 4 in one sitting.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color body and no head even with a forceful pour.

Caramel malt smell. Slight medicinal aroma as well. Smells okay.

Taste like a Scotch Ale for sure! Caramel, some chocalate with a nutty taste as well. Its quite tasty, though. Hardly any hop bitterness at all.

Medium body. Light carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry. Feels good though, no complaints at all.

I'm certainly want another one. It tastes good, feels good and I want to crack open another one, we're in good shape.

Photo of MookieMoo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a great, dark coffee color and is carbonated very well. Lovely light brown head that bounces back when this beer is swirled in the glass.

S: This beer has a lovely, chocolate, roasty, smell.

T: Very sweet tasting and also very roasty. The high abv dosen't overwhelm any taste in this beer.

M: Very velvety smooth with not alot of bitterness from the high abv.

D: I could easy polish a six pack of this while playing poker with friends or even playing horseshoes.

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

A - French-polished black cherry wood fills the glass with deep visual decadence. The head is a cohesively bound chocolatey brown, although retention is weak with minimal lacing.

S - Come out Come out Wherever you are... no brew this rich in image can be as characteristically impoverished as the aroma would have you believe. A mild expression of malts portrays a gentle caramel nose, and some vanilla notes barely wisp around in the background. Beyond this lies a suspiciously deceptive vacuum.

T - Brown sugar finds the forepalate and smoothly transitions into a darker molasses expression. Coffee beans, caramel, and chocolate add to the medley, and dark fruits softly play in between. Sultanas and spices - nutmeg/cinnamon - conspire with the sweetness to instill a chritmas pudding profile, and essences of rum and brandy elicit this sense furtherstill. On the finish the liquor transforms into a blended whisky robustness, and an almost peaty smokiness pushes forth a distinctive highland impression, although too weak to accord attributes of an Islay.

M - Perfectly matched. Medium-light carbonation lifts the weighty flavours from the palate, and contributes well to the smooth viscous body. A slight stickiness is inevitably left behind, but it does so in a manner that conforms to the style and compliments the abv.

O - A thoroughly enjoyable brew that exhibits complexity and depth. It's richness is ideal to quaff on cold winter nights (or days) and it's big booziness is bold enough to ignite the furnace of your soul.

Photo of ebby82
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into a pint glass.

Aromas almost overwhelmingly malty, with a significant brown sugar presence. A little hop presence as well.

Taste is good though not amazing. Very malty, sweet, it's not at all obvious that it's 8%. It has similar characteristics with a dopplebock, although it would not be mistaken as one.

Overall, a good beer. It's not 'the best Scottish Ale I've had, but it's quit good, especially from a can.

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

A - Burnt caramel brown, opaque, very thin head that obviously produces minimal lacing.

S - Very aromatic. Sweet caramel and molasses, wonderful cooked wort aroma from the brewing process, sticky sugar, leather. Bit of an old ale aroma at the end.

T - Big on the molasses, smokiness, and heavy caramel flavor. Light raisin esters can be detected as well as some alcohol. Finishes with a nice sugary sweet taste as well.

M/D - Medium/heavy body with a definite syrup like texture. Very low volumes of carbonation allow an increase in body. Very smooth on the palate as well. Alcohol is semi-hidden thanks in part to the overall sweetness of the beer. Very easy to drink and a great example of the style.

Photo of radioscooter
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit it. Having the whole "No, cans are good. Seriously..." thing explained to me by several beeristas and STILL not buying into it, I was against this brew from the get-go. I wanted to hate it.

I wanted to lump it in with so many other North American craft brews that overhop everything they make, regardless of the style.

Happily, I was wrong.

This is a not-bad emulation of a classic UK style by a goofy, can-loving Colorado brewery that surprises with every sip.

Appearance - and let's face it, how bad can it look? There'd have to be things floating or oily residue or something for an appearance to be really bad. I've sampled many a disgusting swill beer that LOOKED phenomenal in the glass. But I digress... Point is it looks great, dark brown with auburn edges and a steady, 2 finger head from an aggressive pour that turns into a nice coffee ring and beautiful UK lacing.

The smell - after it warms up - is typical. Earthy, toffee and malt.

The taste is actually a sweetish smack with a fast, dryer finish, but not so dry that you're smacking your lips searching for the flavor - it lingers. At first, it seems McEwans - ish. Which is the highest praise I can give it.

There is an undesirable backlash to the finish, that turns sour in the palate. It's subtle but - there. And it feels sort of Phenoly, or preservativey. Too much of something is giving me a little headache. Otherwise - not a bad effort.

Easy drinker, other than the headache.

Photo of KajII
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Thistle glass]

Pour was a murky dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy light brown head that was mostly lasting and had really great lacing.

The aroma was moderately scented with roasted chocolate malts, a sweet doughy yeast and a mild resin hop with a note of caramel.

It tasted lightly sweet and acidic with a note of caramel at first and the finished very malty and slightly bitter with strong notes of chocolate and toffee.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between medium to full in body and quite creamy in texture with a very mild carbonation.

Overall a very tasty Scottish Ale, with lots of nice malty flavor and just a touch sweetness at the end.

Photo of hickmancase
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Can from Total Wine.

A: Rosy brown. One finger head.


T: Mildly sweet. Purple drink. Maple syrup. Like a belgian strong ale minus the strong and yeast.

M: Thinner than it ought to be. Fewer bubbles than it ought to have.

D: In spite of it's shortcomings, an excellent beer to kick back.

Like a watery Chimay Blue.


Photo of bobsy
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can at Coles. Before this was reclassified as a Scotch Ale/ Wee Heavy, it was the highest ranked Scottish Ale in the database.

Overall, a dissapointing experience. Deep, tawny brown pour looks like cola, and the short-lived tan head does nothing to display that notion. If only it had some carbonation it would continue the illusion, but this beer is so low and smooth on the scale that it could be drank like water. Nose and flavour have the expected notes of caramel and peat, with a huge malt emphasis, but completely lacks any complexity and depth.

After a number of excellent experiences with Oskar Blues, this beer is a big swing and a miss for me. It's just a little too dull and boring to drink again.

Photo of Sneers
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby so deep it appears brownish-black except when held up to the light, when some of the red shines through. Not too much of a head to speak of.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malts and coffee with a little chocolate. While I don't know what beech itself smells like, the smoky note that it lends is a fantastic touch.

The taste is rich and malty. It's sweet, but not cloying, and the dark malts are robust enough to keep the sweetness at bay. The bitterness is minimal and somewhat drying on the palate. The smoke stays neatly in the background. Just a hint of bruised, over-ripe banana. The alcohol is very well hidden. For such a full-bodied beer, the finish is surprisingly clean.

The mouthfeel starts out rich and creamy, but thins out considerably after a few swirls of the tongue. Very drinkable.

This is my first Oskar Blues offering, and I'll definitely be picking up more of them.

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

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass. By the time it made it through the crowd to my table, it had a small 1/4" foamy light tan head with virtually no lacing. The body was a very lightly carbonated cloudy reddish brown.

AROMA: A pleasant though slightly weak melange of malty goodness consisting of toasted grain, caramel, coffee overlayed with a slight nutty chocolate aroma.

TASTE: Taste followed aroma to a large extent. Caramel, chocolate, and toffee predominated, accompanied by a light floral hop profile -- just enough to support the stronger malt taste. There were also hints of brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, a touch of smoke, and a modest alcohol taste that made this brew seem like it had been aged in a brandy barrel. The taste struck me as being a bit mild and on the sweet side of this style's profile but nonetheless quit pleasing.

MOUTHFEEL: This brew had a medium smooth palate profile with soft carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. The initial flavor was slightly sweet moving to a very lightly bitter medium length finish. Body lacing was good though it dissipated quickly.

DRINKABILITY: This was a quite satisfying, tasty beer that went well with the spicy food I was eating. I'll remember it and, in the right circumstances, would jump at the chance to order it again.

Photo of engagechad
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a DFH snifter.

This beer poured great and it was very easy to manipulate the head, smelled great and sweet. Malty and slightly floral. Tasted very much like the other scotch ale I've had (Founders Dirty Bastard) but it didn't quite have the big flavor profile that the founders had. The style was spot on, i just would have preferred to have the flavor knob turned up

Photo of MattyV
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights, aggressive pour yielded but a very thin off-white head.
Nose is all malt-- toffee, roasted malt, and a bit of raisin/dark fruit.
On the sweet side, as expected, with caramel malt, raisins, and a faint hint of smoke. A bit of roasted bitterness in the finish, which is accentuated along with the booziness as it warms.
Medium-to-thick syrupy body, maybe a bit undercarbonated. A definite sipper.
Not sure what it was about this one but I had trouble finishing it off-- and that's uncommon for me. There's nothing I can really pick out that I disliked aside from the syrupy mouthfeel, but somehow all of the components just failed to mesh.

Photo of boulderaz78
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm not going to get into too much detail with this one because I drank it all day during the NFL division championship round of games last weekend (Green Bay beat Chicago and Pitt beat the Jets), and all I remember is that I f'ing loved it. In a can but still drinks expensive. Rich but still drinkable all day. So, I definitely plan on finding some more to always have around the house.

Photo of Buggies
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Very thin head. Aroma is dominated by caramel and chocolate. Just a slight fruitiness from the yeast maybe? I don't know?

Carbonation is good. Right where it out to be. Slightly sweet, but pretty balanced I think. Nice medium body. Just a slight bitter bite from the roasted malts.

This beer is highly drinkable. It isn't too heavy or too sweet. It's just great.

Photo of Another6Pack
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't get this in my area, so it is a real treat when I get to have a couple. Time to do a review and give this Scotch its props.

A: deep brown/black pour; nice tan head; leaves a curtain of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: nice malt nose, a little hint of smokiness and alcohol.

T: fantastic balance of malt body, hop spice, and a short burst of smoky booze at the end. Love it.

M/D: I haven't tried too many Scotch ales, but of those I have tried this one has by far the best body (similar to an oatmeal stout to me) and mouthfeel. I could put away more than a couple of these away in one sitting.

Photo of broken22
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Chub for me is one of the funnier names I have come across. However this beer is no laughing matter. Let me tell you about this goodness hiding behind this green labeled can with the funny name.

Pouring this beer into the glass you are greeted with a nice amber color. A bunch of little micro bubbles fizz up quickly and die away just as fast leaving only a small skinny ring around the edge of the glass. This beer does not play hard to get but instead is almost throwing itself at you, what a hoochie. Not being able to resist I take my first sip. As the beer rushes in a whole bunch of tiny bubbles dance across my tongue. I mention this because it was quite intense in a good way. The taste is nice and sweet. I sat for a while trying to figure out what this beer tastes like, more like drank one every night until I only had two left. The only thing I came up with was sweet grains. The flavor while sweet hit my tongue right across the middle and a little to the back on the sides as it finished. Since I tend to drink a lot of heavy dark beers this one felt really light on my mouth. I would hesitate this is a light beer rather I would have to say this would be a nice full bodied beer. The smell is light and tastes like it smelled, sweet.

I really enjoyed this beer. It was a nice change of pace and I will always support a micro brew brave enough to stick their beer in cans. Cans are a hard sell for the uninformed, and there are many out there. It seams after reading through my review that all I can say is this beer is sweet. I kind of feel like the guys in the movie "Dude wheres my car?". Well not to string this out any further I recommend you pick up a six-o-cans and drink down this nectar. My local beer stores are selling this for $9.99 I hope you get as good a deal.

Photo of speter
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber, tending to black. There was a very thin tan head that faded rather quickly, leaving no lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt with a hint of dark chocolate and caramel.

T: Rich but simple malt flavor with hints of brown sugar and cocoa. Overall, the basic flavor was to style, but lacked any real complexity, unlike the Scottish wee heavies I've had.

M: Smooth and creamy, low on carbonation and ever so slightly warming.

D: I'd certainly not turn down more of these, but to my mind, there are better examples of the style, both domestic and of course from Scotland itself.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marked " 09-07-10 Yer in chubble"

A- Dark mohogany brown color. True to the style, the minimal dark tan head settles quickly to a ring.

S- Aroma of cola nut, caramel, & apple must.

T- Flavors of mocha & carmelized Billington's brown sugar. Thankfully, the Old Chub is an authentic representation of the style with its correctly restrained hops.

M, D- A viscous medium body. A very creamy and smooth feel like the Belhaven Wee Heavy, which is certainly a compliment.

Photo of SawDog505
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Very attractive rusty red, with a nice two inch white and sticky head. Very nice lacing that hangs around the whole time. A malt powered smell of burnt sugars and hints of plum. Solid taste, more powerful then the nose, some alcohol in the finish. Thickest Scotch Ale I have ever had,a wonderful winter warmer. Moderate carbonation. I think this great one in done beer, that would be perfect after snow blowing the driveway.

Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a beautiful medium to dark brown with a nice cap of off-white foam on top. Aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, light peat smoke and dark fruit. On the palate this one is fairly full-bodied, with a little peat, dark fruit, chewy malt and alcohol.

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Canned on 09-07-10 @ 15:16. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a deep, dark clear copper color with a 1 finger light tan head. Caramel, slight smoke, peat, and some spice fill out the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Caramel smokiness comes to mind first as I take my first sip. I haven't had a whole lot of Scotch Ales so my experience is rather minimal with this style but it is fairly easy drinking and has a nice flavor profile. Its fairly rich and the flavor really comes alive as it warms. It starts with an almost caramel apple start with some smoke that then transitions to a lingering bitterness. The 8% really isn't that noticeable. Minimal lace.

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