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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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4,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,367
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 153
Gots: 538 | 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 colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45.

Appearance: A very dark brown color with ruby garnet highlight in the beer's body. There was a half inch tan head that disappeared very quickly. There are few effervescence bubbles visible through the body of the beer. The the beer is heavy and highlights are visible.

Nose: The beer has a medium rich malty sweet aroma, a little peaty, earthy, phenols, and some diacetyl.

Taste: The beer has dense rich malty complex with some peat, earth, phenol, diacetyl. There is a subtle sweetness in the background.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, a smooth alcohol presences, and very chewy. The body of the beer is very thick and heavy. The finish on the beer is medium to medium full. The nice finish of the beer lingers on the palate for a moment to relish the flavor. This is a very nice strong tasting Scottish Ale. The beer has a wonderful flavor and it has a very strong dense malt complex with the taste of scotch. I enjoyed it.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single can from Bocktown outside of Pittsburgh.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with light only getting through in the thin edges and two fingers of khaki colored head that settles down to a film and small bubbles, leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of caramel malts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, slight traces of both vanilla and oak

T: Tastes similar to the smell components: caramel, toffee, nuttiness, then lighter flavors of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak

M: about what i would expect for the style, not creamy or anything, but not thin an watery, lower carbonation than what i expected, but mostly because it's a smooth carb

D: very easily drinkable, the flavor is really good, no alcohol taste, etc

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

Color is a deep rich copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is pure malt with not much hop aroma. Flavor is a rich caramel malt bomb. High alcohol but not overpowerering but definently warming. Taste has nice hoppiness at finish. This full bodied beer has a clean crisp feel. One of the most drinkable canned beers I've had.

Photo of thekanna
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a giant mug of this at Hank's Tavern and Eats in Hyattsville, MD.

A: Poured a dark, clear brown with very active carbonation and barely any head; resembled coca-cola.

S: Overall malty sweetness; burnt caramel, molasses... similar to the smell you get from chewy molasses sugar cookies. Thick and saccharine.

T: Strong malt sweetness; chewy and bread-like, with resonating roasted malts and a coffee-flavored candy-like aftertaste.

M: Somewhat thin and slick; however, you feel the heaviness in your stomach halfway down the glass.

D: Very drinkable; However, the alcohol really leaves a mark after a while. Left me with a somewhat uncomfortable headache the entire night.

Photo of scottyshades
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich mahogany/rich amber color with barely any head, but good lacing

S: Very malty nose...a slight metallic note (most likely from the can I am assuming), caramel, molasses, toffee. Overall, all malts, and pretty sweet. Also, perhaps a little chocolate

T: Very sweet again. All malts, caramel, molasses, chocolate (a little), brown sugar and sweet malts. Sticky and sweet.

MF/D: Pretty damn drinkable. Definite session beer if it weren't for that ABV, which is very well hidden in the brew. Medium/light body, NO carbonation at all (which actually adds to the flavor IMO)

The can looks sketchy, and it is very easy to pass this up, but do yourself a favor and try this!

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

Been meaning to review for a while since I've had it on draught and in a can multiple times at this point. Great session beer, despite the ABV.

Appearance: Poured with a half-finger brown head, which settled very quickly into a barely-there brown froth. Lacing is extremely spotty and extremely transient, going away within a second or two of swirling. Body is a nice brown with red highlights.

Smell: "Malt bomb" - caramel, molasses, slight butterscotch, slight roasted notes. Soy sauce slightly perceptible, but not in a "I might be oxidized!" sort of way. Virtually no hops, although I think I detect some bittering in the background.

Taste: General sugary malt sweetness on the front end. More chocolate-y/roastey than the nose. Caramel apple-like sweetness also somewhere on the back end. Some slight pit cherry also back there.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, and also a little too hot for its own good, given that this is very sessionable. Not too hot, though, by any means.

Drinkability: Tremendously drinkable at 8%. I would pretty much give this beer to anybody who can stand a beer beyond macros.

Photo of bort11
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid punch from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

12 oz can poured into a pub glass. No real head, no lacing either. Color is a dark ruby red almost purple.

Smell is a sweet malty complex layer of maple syrup, peat, apple wood smoke, and a hint of plums. Taste is equally sweet, though not quite cloying. A little hint of cloves is detected.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. So little carbonation it is almost flat. But that's OK, the smoothness more than makes up for this.

Blipped "Stoned in the Bathroom" by Chubby Checker

Photo of Gyle41386
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown color with ruby red highlights. Creamy tan head.

Very earthy aroma. Tons of chocolate and caramel in the nose. Also some roast and dark fruits. Malt-dominated.

Rich flavor. Big malt character. Loads of chocolate. Caramel and maybe some toffee. There's some pretty mild roast. Decent balancing bitterness.

Body is a little heavier than medium. Very sticky. Coats the mouth nicely. Low carbonation is appropriate. Not a single hint of the 8% ABV.

Photo of drcarver
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown murky. Virtually no head, just some of white bubbles. Do NOT drink this from the can.

S - Sweet and clean. Surprisingly it's slightly floral, but heavy in the malts.

T - Lightly sweet start with the flavor of the can and strong alcohol flavors coming through. A nice roasted finish. No hops, but no surprise there.

M - Light bodied. Watery and smooth

D - A nice dark beer with good flavor. Could have a few of these.

Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color with a thin one-finger head.

Aroma is sweet with a nice hint of smoked peat in the nose. Nice.

Taste is sweet and full of smoked peat. Cherry and raisin also show up on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering smoked peat, cherry and raisin.

A nice take on the style. Oskar Blues shows once again that they have brass balls by canning larger styles. Not recommended for anything but sitting by a nice warm fire and sipping out of a pint glass.

Photo of Beejay
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to Domingo for this one!

A: Nice brownish red, not a lot of head, but very nice color.

S: Rich and malty, maybe a little scent of maple syrup. That smells great!

T: Malty, smooth, syrupy and delicious. Not a lot of hops, very sweet.... This is one great beer. You definitely cannot taste the 8% alc.

M: Slightly syrupy, but I think that goes with the style..

D: Hells yeah. Cheers!

Photo of bigdeuce
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, big, malty brew, as it should be. Not much head or lacing, and very lightly carbonated, despite being in a can. Taste is really nice. Sweet, high malts, chewey caramel and decent hops which round out the brew at the end. But slightly unexciting in a way. I usually do not say this, but this beer needs more carbonation.

Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very dark mahogany color. It poured with a smallish off-white head.

s: Warm, sweet, perfumed peats along with some strong brown sugar notes. The alcohol was fairly noticeable.

t: Oddly bland up front with some mild, earthy peats. The finish was almost rum like, warm with lots of brown sugar.

m: Pretty thin, with moderately fizzy carbonation.

d: This is almost an imperial Scottish ale. Not bad, but not something I'd look for again.

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

First time that I had Old Chub was before it was available in the area, when they had very limited distribution. Unfortunately, I had my first can of Chub at Burning Man, and thus I have a very...hazy...remembrance of it.

Pours a deep cedar brownish red. Pretty thin lacing and small head.

Aroma is high alcohol malt, roasted nut, caramel, toffee. Getting some dried dark fruit and some tobacco. In other words, great.

Flavor is rich and earthy, good malt forward, true to style. Some dirty peat flavors here too, which really adds to the complexity and tastiness. Some molasses and dark fruity sugar.

Good full bodied brew, somewhat viscous.

This is a must try for any beer geek.

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

Clearish deep and dark cherrywood red with a small dense capping of yellowish foam that slides away quickly to leave a whole bunch of collared bubbles and some stretched out thick strings of lace.

Aroma is kind of dark and fudgy with some touches to dark cherry, dark rum, cooked brown sugar, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Faint peat appears in bigger wiffs.

Taste is exceelently nice and more of the same from that aroma but in flavored form. Clean body and taste of chocolate chip cookie dough laced with some extra vanilla, bits of cherry, subsided caramel and molasses tang up some portions of its maltier side, which is easy to distinguish upon its crafty soft and smooth chewy finish. Take the flour out of the cookie recipe and lessen the sugar and this might be what ya get when making chocolate chip cookies. Tum!

Feel is quite solid and approaching fullness as its flavor fills in quickly and leaves a great finish and want for more. The malty tang is subtle and super rounded into a dark chocolate and caramel goo with a enticingly rich and smooth taste and overall body.

Wow, one solid Scotch ale brew from a can. A few of these can be put back with ease me thinks. Good stuff.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint from a can.

Pours a deep amber, brown with ruby highlites around the edges. Short lived smallish head, most likely from ABV.

Aroma is deep sweet malt with brown sugar,caramel and molasses. Very huge hit of sweet malt on the nose.

Taste is sweet earthy malt. Sweet dextrose and caramel flavors with a deep dark karo syrup and molasses flavor. Burnt toffee and phenolic alcohol. Very smooth light hit of vanilla, with a rider of dark chocolate. Light peaty flavors, not much for smokiness.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and oily, very substantial and somewhat numbing on the tongue.

Overall, a very good beer, I just wish there were more smoke, but it does fit the style.

Photo of erp2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good stuff. bought it @ wholefoods after trying @ a local bar. no need for stupid descriptive words. it's a good beer...not THE greatest. but, it definitely is good. (here is filler beause there isn't a need to describe past 250 characters)...try also dale's pale ale...one of it's brethren. - word

Photo of mikecharley
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark ruby brackish color. Nice tanish heads tops it off. leaves a little spotty lacing

The aroma is really, really faint. It is smokey, malty, with some caramel and it is hard to distinguish much else due to the faintness of it.

The taste is great! Much more forward than the nose would suggest. really complex malt that stays true to style

Creamy and very drinkable! I could probably put down a sixer of this, if it wasnt for the high alcohol.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with light brown head. Nose is caramel sweet with smoky components, and a slight bready character. Body is somewhat thin, surprisingly, but malt and smoke flavors are in force. A nice malty, smokey beer. Finish has a touch of wood, and alcohol is subdued.

Photo of callmescraps
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, trying another Oskar Blues. Love the Fidy and Gordon's, was underwhelmed by Dale's.

Appearance - Black. Oh wait. It's actually an incredibly deep reddish amber. I mean really, really deep. But looks nice held up to the light. A quarter inch of off-white head gets out of the way quickly.

Smell - Lots of caramelized malt. Plenty of burnt sugar, and a hint of raisin. Molasses with a hint of smoke.

Taste - Plenty of malt. Tons of malt. Very sweet, and rich. It's got a dark taste. Almost stout-ish, honestly. Plenty of sugars and dried fruit. Only a hint of roast, and a little booze on the finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel - Nice. Not too heavy or creamy, but a solid body.

Drinkability - Pretty solid sipper here. Will enjoy this one, but won't pack them away.

A nice Scottish one here. It's got some good malt, and some nice flavors, but nothing spectacular. Very enjoyable, but kind of forgettable.

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

Pours very dark amber or brown -- opaque where it's thick, slightly translucent at the corners. Slight light brown head, little lacing.

Smells smokey (woodsmoke) and moist, sweet and peaty. Taste is much of the same -- a lot of peat, smoke, and a strong sweet backbone.

Feels thick and heavy (but not syrupy) in the mouth. Nice beer -- one of my favorite Scotch styles.

Photo of littleshamrocks
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown color with a quickly diminishing one finger of fizzy tan head. Looks similar to a coke when you first pour into a glass. Doesn't appear to be much in the way of carbonation. Leaves very little, if any lace.

S: Pretty heavy malt aroma. Chocolate, caramel, molasses, and mild coffee, as well as a bit of sweet cookie-like notes. Also picking up an almost port wine alcohol and muted herbal hops.

T&M: Medium-full body with a silky texture. Flavors are as advertised in the nose, with an emphasis on the chocolate and dark roasted malts. Finishes a wee bit smokey.

D: Overall, I find this to be a very rich and delicious malt dominated brew. Skillfully crafted with a nice depth of flavors that all complement each other well. As a side note, I wonder about the style classification mostly because of the high (8%) abv, but on second thought, who cares about labels. It is good beer no matter what you call it. I would certainly recommend this to anyone, especially those who prefer predominately malty beers.

Photo of johnmichael712
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz can into a nonic glass. Bottom of the can tells me to "enjoy batch #3, canned on 02-03-09" and that "Chub is a joyride". Canned on/bottled on dates are always nice, and I definitely look forward to trying any beer labeled a joyride. Pours a nice cola color with mahogany highlights, but when backlit this beer becomes an intense ruby-red. A fairly vigorous pour (this beer takes a lot of coaxing to produce a good head) produces a two-fingered head that is a beautiful dark-khaki color with a decently soft-looking texture. It dissipates fairly rapidly, but leaves a moderate amount of thin, but sticky, lace on the side of my glass.

Smell: The nose of this beer is striking, with a very prominent peat-smoke character that is reminiscent of scotch, but much less intense. There is also a ridiculous amount of malt sweetness in the nose that smells intensely of malted-milk balls that also has notes of both chocolate and caramel. There isn't but a faint bit of alcohol in the nose, but there is an unfortunate bit of a cloying, medicinal-syrup aroma that puts a damper on an otherwise pleasant nose, but it isn't enough to bring this beer's score down very much.

Taste: Lighter and sweeter than expected, this beer begins with a very intense amount of malted-milk ball flavor (Whoppers, anyone?). There are also hints of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt in the beginning, and these flavors move to a milky sort of taste that eventually fades to a scotch-like combination of alcohol, sweet malt, and smoke. As in the nose the smoke is nowhere near the level it is in scotch, but it's still enough to rear up its head and get noticed. Overall I wish the taste were a bit less sweet, a bit more complex, and a bit heavier, but this is still a pretty tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Old Chub is a medium-full bodied beer with a pleasantly soft and creamy mouthfeel thanks to the light carbonation. As I mentioned in the taste, however, I wish this beer were a little heavier (or to use BuckeyeNation's clever pun, "a bit chubbier").

Drinkability: Even though the alcohol peeks around the corner in the taste, it still doesn't seem like a beer that's 8%, and this beer would be easy to drink more than one of. My only complaint is that the sugary-sweetness gets to be a bit cloying and a little too much after a while; but this is still a highly drinkable beer.

Notes: Overall I've been impressed with Oskar Blues' offerings, and this beer is no exception. To be honest, though, since this beer is a seasonal and it comes out around the same time as Ten FIDY, I see no real reason to purchase this beer over Ten FIDY unless you're a big fan of Scotch Ales. This beer is a little too sweet for me to buy too often, but it's still a good showing from a good, and innovative, brewery.

Photo of Genghis22
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned: 1-17-09

A - Pours a nice Mahogany/ ruby brown color with almost no head. A light off white ring formed around the ring of the glass.

S - Slight sweetness of candied apple and lots of roasted malt.

T - Sweet and malty, with just enough hops to balance it out. There is a bit of an alcohol taste right at the end that carries over into the aftertaste. Like drinking a liquer. Just the slightest touch of hop bitterness of the very back of the tongue.

M - Excellent! Big, thick, chewy beer that is unforgiving. The carbonation is low to moderate, which is just right for a beer of this magnitude.

D - Easy fella, this beer packs quite a punch! At 8% abv, this one goes down almost too easy. It has a nice sweet malt taste, but is kept in check by just the right amount of hops. I have not had much Scottish Ales, but this one sure was tasty.

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

Deep brown with ruby highlights if held to the light. Pours up a nice tan head which falls quickly.

The smell is malty with dark fruit esters and a bit of alcohol.

Rich, smokey, dark malts, dried fruits and a slightly sweet creamy finish with low carbonation.

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