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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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Ratings: 4,371
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 153
Gots: 541 | 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 briman
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby tinted brown, clear, with a small light brown head that dissipates quickly.

Rich malt aroma, with some caramel, cocoa, and light smoke in the background.

Rich malt flavor, with some caramel, and some bitter unsweetened chocolate. Finishing with a hint of warm alcohol.

Medium-full body, slightly chewy, some creaminess, with moderate carbonation. Malty brew, with well-hidden alcohol. Not bad, fairly enjoyable, easy to drink certainly, but I feel like the malt flavor is a little non-descript except for a touch of bitter chocolate in the finish. May need to try a different batch.

Photo of boss302
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oscar Blues, Old Chub

A Deep red to brown. The can didn't pop when opened, so may have been low on pressure. It poured a little flat at first, so I poured more vigorously and was able to get a good 1/2 inch of head at the end. It didn't last long and was gone by 1/2 glass.

S Malty sweet, clean, not much hop aroma.

T Chocolate roasty malt flavor. Good bitterness to balance some sweetness. A little cloying at the end. Pretty good balance, but could have used more carbonation to clean up the sweetness.

M Heavy full mouthfeel, carbonation seems light and may have resulted in a more noticeable sweetness.

D A good beer. Large in alcohol, so won't be drinking a lot of it. Overall a well crafted beer.

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

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep brown with auburn highlights, almost no head with a vigorous pour. Coats the glass well.

Smell -- Caramelized malts, brown sugar, a bit of cocoa.

Taste -- A flavorful mix of rich and roast malt character: burnt sugar, toffee, dark chocolate. Faint earthy/minty hop presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body, with moderate to high carbonation. Less carbonation would have been preferable, but is still good.

Drinkability -- It hits all of the markers I expect in a scotch ale. Massive rich, roasty malt flavor and just enough hop presence to keep things interesting. Another solid beer from Oskar Blues.

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can with no freshness date.

Pours a very dark brown that blocks light towards the middle, but is a rich, dark shade of brown at the edges. Rich and creamy dark tan head, very substantial.

Smell is a ton of dark, roasted malt with some caramel in there, a cream-ale-like milky/lactose aroma, and a touch of chocolate and coffee. Did I mention that there is so much malt that you can't see through it?

Taste is very full and very smooth. Dark roasted barley and caramel malt are up front, while the caramel blends in to a milky but unsweetened chocolate finish with some coffee flavor too, while retaining the dominance of the malt. The milk flavor is thin, seemingly skim, and similar to malted milk ball candy in how it blends with the chocolate and malt. The chocolate is sweetened by the malt and the milk, but not by sugar, and it is not unnaturally sweet. The malt is the dominant flavor though, and it is pure barley and caramel grains with no extra bitterness and an unearthly smoothness. Mouthfeel is milky, yet more drinkable than milk.

Exceptionally drinkable due to the smoothness and perfect blending of all the flavors. This is the best beer of this style that I have had.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich mahogany with a tan head - very pleasing to the eye.
Smells of dried plums and caramel - a full nose rich in aroma.
Taste is excellent full and complex like an aged wine - a dry bitterness in the back of the mouth, with sweet caramel goodness up front, not too smoothe balanced just enough by the tangy fruit flavors - plum, raisen. A fine complement to beef or cake. I find it very drinkable, but not for the light of heart.

4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pdiddy3d for this one. A long time Colo favorite, never gotten a chance to review.

12oz can into pint glass. "canned with care" 02.25.10 born on date.

A: Pours a one finger head that sinks to a thin layer that is constant. A bold dark amber body with a toffee hued head. Nice patchy lacing.

S: Roasted caramel is the predominate flavor in the aroma, although it smells slightly boozy. It is a fine aroma, to a swell aroma.

T/M: A malt monster, a huge sweetness that is given off by the malts, play into a well rounded mouthfeel, that is ultra silky. The dimension of this brew are great, one the taste to change with the warming of the temp. I nice medium body shows a earthy finish. Very nice and powerful lingering tastes. even after several minutes of drinking, one can note subtle flavors of the beer.

D: This is one of those OB brews that you need to be careful around, higher ABV and a clean easy drink. the only thing that slightly brings this ale down is the presence of booze in the aroma, not too much but a little less and total 100%. Well I feel that I enjoy the aroma and do not wish it to change, but for the drinkability -.5

Photo of aepb1
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown with an amber hue and a decently retentive off-white head and nice lacing

S- Raisin spice, alcohol and an underlying malty richness, very scottish ale

T- Caramel and roasty malts and the alcohol warmth you'd expect from the style

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation, not as full as I'd like I guess

D- Best example of a scottish ale I've had AND it's in a can

Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark redish brown; a nice head sits on top and as it loses its body a clump of head sits in the middle of the top of the beer; lacing is solid across the glass

S: Alcohol and raisins are first present; a sweet almost vinous quality persists beneath; dark roasted malts shine through everything, however

T: A sweet alcohol flavor hits the tongue first followed by hints of raisins, caramel, and plum but the roasted malts are still the stare here providing a solid base

F: A very rich and creamy beer that stays on the top of the tongue long after the beer is gone

D: The alcoholy sweetness makes this a sipper and a bit difficult to take too much of but this is still a great beer from a great brewery

Photo of slowbie
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep brown (but not black) with ruby highlights when held up to the light. One finger head that dissipates slowly while I let the beer warm up.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, a little alcohol peeking through as well. A pretty clean smell overall.

Taste: Similar to the smell, more complexity in the caramel malts. A little bit of plum compliments the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation level, but I'm not getting enough thickness from the beer itself.

Drinkability: Good drinkability for a scotch ale, but not the best I've ever had.

Overall, I'll probably get this again, but not if I'd go with Dirty Bastard before it every time.

Photo of PintOHops
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass - Tulip

A - It's like a dark mahogany color with a touch of ruby color when held to light, a bit hazy but not solid. It produced a 1-2 finger head that dissipated rather fast to a thin off white ring. It left some spots on my glass but no lacing.

S - I get over ripened cherry & plum fruits, it's just a bit dry. I get some alcohol in there with brown sugar & caramel. There's a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder as well with toasty notes. An interesting aroma & quite inviting.

T - Slightly over ripened dark fruit with a nice warming alcohol upfront. Following is soft roasted malts, a very faint smoke note with toasted breads, brown sugar, caramel. It finishes sweet with noticeable alcohol & dryness, a bit of that fruit again as well.

M - Chewy & full bodied. Kinda creamy with an almost absent carbonation.

D - A nice warming sipper. A beer that you would enjoy 1 or maybe 2 of but that's about it, at least for me anyway. I really enjoyed this one and have been wanting to try it for a good while. It does a decent job at hiding that 8% ABV with it's smooth rich flavor profile. A good beer I probable will come back to sometime. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

glass: Tulip

a: Dark mahogany color, deep ruby red even. One finger tan head. Left splashy lacing.

s: Mmmm.. roasted malts create an intense nutty aroma, a little chocolaty as well. Alcohol seems to lend some fruitiness to the mix but not to outshine the dates and fig from the malt. Swirling reveals some herbal hops. Semi-dry as well.

t: Bakers chocolate, lots of it. A little nutty. Fruit comes in next, dark caramelized dates and prunes. For a split second, some brightness appears in the form of grape but is quickly overwhelmed by more chocolate, alcohol sweetness and a nutty finish. Lightly smokey.

m: Thick, syrupy, definitely full bodied. Some mild heat on the back-end. Low carbonation.

d: Obviously low drinkablility. Solid Scottish ale, i prefer mine to be just a little less chocolaty though as it seems like it skirts the line of crossing over to an imperial stout.

Photo of idResponse
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back in 2010 I reviewed this beer and did not like it. I have since grown accustomed to scotch ales and have had the chance to branch out and try more.

This has become a favorite of mine, not just for the scotch ale category but overall. At the store I work at, it has my face in front of it. I think I may be the only one buying it...

So what! I really dig this stuff! If you want a quote to give out, here's one for you:

"It's like malt liquor for gentlemen!"

It looks like a cake of Pops Bass Bow Rosin. It smells like someone started an oak fire with some fine scotch whisky. It tastes best well chilled but works fine under room temperatures. It feels like you're drinking suds filled syrup.

I've had better scotch ales, but this one comes in six packs of cans for ten bucks a pop. That's a fantastic deal when it weighs in at 8% and is easy to chug.

That said, I've grown the scope of my palate and learned to embrace the Scotch Ale. I recommend you try this beer.

Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, clear amber with a small but thick creamy head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves some scant lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with chocolate malts, caramel malts and vanilla. There is a hint of smoke in the aroma as well.

The taste is also sweet and a mixture of vanilla, caramel and chocolate dominates until a slightly dry and ever-so-slightly smoky finish.

The mouthfeel is full bodied for a Scottish ale with a soft carbonation that all adds up to a serously creamy beer.

It's a little tough to compare this to other Scottish ales as it is bigger than almost all of them. This one is more Scotch ale than Scottish. Classification aside, it's an excellent malt-forward beer. Call it what you will, it's tasty.

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

Poured 6 oz servings into wine glasses

This was darker than expected, very opaque and had a short but lingering head.

Smells of vanilla and molasses, with a little wood. Very pronounced.

Tastes similar, with much more smokines than the smell let on. the malt lends a cherry flavor.
This is exceptionally creamy and drinkable, and for the price it is an excellent choice.

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

A - Dark brown, somewhat red in color with about one inch of head.

S - Roasted malts, smoke, dark cocoa, raisin.

T - Nice roasty malts that have an excellent sweetness. Caramel and vanilla, somewhat smokey with a bit of hoppiness as well.

M - Syrupy, smooth, creamy, lingers for a little while.

D - Excellent scotch ale, really enjoyed it and plan on enjoying it again, and again.

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

appearance: Nice dark brown with hints of ruby. She is a beaut.
smell: Malty, chocolate-caramel, kind of stout-like.
taste: This is very good and not a complaint, but a little more subdued than I expected. Nose had me expecting a little more but still one tasty treat.
mouthfeel: medium with some carbonation.
drinkability: Man, this is easy to knock back.

Photo of Stunner97
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- dark dark copper brown color with thick foamy white head that slowly fades away to a lacing, small bubbles can be seen if you look closely at this dark brew, great look

Smell- whiskey, booze, malts and slight faint hop smell, raisons and lots of sweetness

Taste- wow this is delicious onthe first sip, load and loads of chocolate, slight smoke and very light hops keep the sweetness ever so slightly in check, delicous malty goodness, slight alcohol can be tasted but its in a very pleasant way, just overall super delicous, to me i dont think I have tasted a better scotch ale,

Mouthfeel- thick heavy and cloying, slight bitterness at the finish and nice light carbonation,

Drinkability- certainly and definitely a sipper this is a big heavy made for winter time beer that I happen to be drinking on a hot summer day just because i have the craving to try this beer again which i havent had in so long, let me honest with you this is a reallly goood beer, if your a fan of scotch ales this is a must try and if you are a fan of good beer this is a must try, its just so smooth and easy drinking and complex and the sweetness though plenty sweet never gets unbearable, a future staple for me

Photo of bluejacket74
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jgasparine for this brew! 12 ounce can, canned on 6/30/2009 (printed on bottom of can). The brew pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. Lacing is decent. Aroma is pretty nice, it's sweet and malty and it smells like caramel malt, peat, smoke, and dark fruit (plums). It tastes like caramel malt, chocolate, smoke/peat, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit. Even though the can is a year old, this is still a good brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and not hard to drink at all. Not a bad beer, I liked it.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peat-like smokiness (from beechwood), with bakers chocolate, almond flavored bread that has been lightly toasted, and some background caramel. Mouth whetting scents of chocolate and smoky scents overshadow all the others.

Thick, dark brown to black body poured with a small amount of head. A very rich interplay of milk chocolate, caramel, smoke, and alcohol heat assault the taste buds. And as if all that wasn't enough, the taste finishes a smokey caramel with a dash of figs and a ginger fade.

Medium carbonation and full body lends itself to a velvety smooth mouth feel that coats the tongue front to back.

Overall a malty brew that is multidimensional in its complexity and demands to be contemplated and sipped.

Photo of fear025
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Deeply malty with caramel. Dark malts. Maybe a little peat.

Appearance:Dark brown, almost opaque. Clear. Head does not persist very long.

Taste:The flavor is full of rich malts, with caramel. The midtaste has some raisin or plum flavor and a small amount of tartness. This beer starts of sweet, but leaves a medium to dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This is a full bodied beer, that has a pretty thick body. The alcoholic warmth adds to the style.

Drinkability:This is a terrific scotch ale, thick and rich, malty and sweet. As you drink it, it reveals hidden complexity.

Photo of beerman207
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown beer - pours nice and has a decent head that leaves skim behind in its wake

S: Chocolate, smoke, some raisin maybe? Malt

T: Great maltiness that has some smoke coming back in as well as the raisins in the flavor. Not my favorite Scottish Ale but nothing wrong with this one.

M: Easy to drink - could even pound this from the can. Good.

D: Good example of the style - easy to drink and at 8% I could have a few of these with no problem at all.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at work today.

Appearance- dark brown color, thin to no head

Smell- dark roasted malt

Taste- sweet, dark roasted malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability- This was a really good scottish ale. I enjoyed it. I would like to have it again.

Photo of horshack7
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce can is a dark brown beer with amber hues around the edges. On top is a crown of head about one inch thick.

Aroma: Plum, dark roasted malt with a breadiness in the nose. Hops are there in the background that only let out a light citrus aroma. Mild notes of brown bread.

Taste: Wow this one is sweet oh so wonderfully sweet. Dark roasted malts all over. The hops well they are swimming around here and there. The mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of creaminess.

Notes: I have had this beer a couple of times before and tried the Dales pale ale. This is a very tasty brew and very drinkable. Cheers.

Photo of hu5om
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can into an SA perfect pint.

a- deep brownishblack, dark watered down coffee was my thought, no head to speak of

s- yum, dark malts caramel with strong vanilla

t- again dark malts and the caramel and vanilla linger on the palate. light hint of alcohol tingle, quite subtle and really well covered up actually

m- syrupy smooth, it's staying for a while on your tongue though

d- the epic scotch ale in the unassuming lil can. beats the hell outta Dale's but can't overtake Ten Fidy...

well played, Oskar Blues, well played.

drink this

Photo of russellaaron69
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown into my Sam Adams pint glass. Gave two fingers of head that left behind some impressive lacing behind with each sip. The smell was extremely malty and sweet. Some definite caramel and chocolate scents in there. Taste was what I expected from the smell. Next to no hops. Had a very sweet malt taste with chocolate and caramel up front. I picked up a nice smoke taste on the backside. Mouthfeel was full and very smooth. I would never have guessed its 8%. This just became my new stand by brew.

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