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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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4,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,210
Reviews: 1,515
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 140
Gots: 431 | FT: 7
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 philbe311
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on a recent trip to the Brickskellar in DC...

A - Dark brown color, dense and close to fully opaque though a tiny amount of light sneaks in at the top and bottom of the brew... Slight white head quickly fades leaving minimal lacing... Very still...

S - Nuttiness, raisins, and brown sugar... Malt... Caramel... Smells darn good and quite appealing... Perhaps a hint of weak coffee upon further examination...

T - Toasted grains and malt... Dark fruits... Caramel... Sweet, but not overdone... Perhaps a very faint hint of coffee...

M - Silky smooth... Slightly creamy and rich... Goes down very very easy... Mild carbonation on the tongue...

D - I have to find a case or sixer of this when I get back home... Ridcuously drinkable and enjoyable... Definately the best beer in a can that I've ever had...

philbe311, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black brown color with a nice tan head that stays until end. Smells of very sweet dark fruits such as raisons and sweet sugars. Great malts that smooth it out. Goes down so smooth and refreshing. A perfect beer for any day oh the year. Summer, winter or anytime between. Does down great.

One of the smoothest cleanest beers I've had, taste so good but almost like nothing at the same time.

nrpellegrini, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark carmel color and smell when first poured with very little lacing. Heavy malty, almost biscuit taste, along with notes of carmel. Drinkablity suffers, thick heavy in the mouth full of flavor. Purchase as part of an Oskar Blues variety pack. Awesome that this beer comes in a can.

mtnbikerpa, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with thin tan head. It smelled like roasted barley with some coffee and burnt caramel, and a bit of sweet lemon hops. It tasted like smoked barley and burnt coffee with sweet caramel and a bit of oaky vanilla and slight citrus hops. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. This beer somehow seemed to derive its sweetness from the hops and its bitterness from the malt, which was very interesting. Reminded me more of a porter than a Scottish ale. But overall it was a very tasty, malty beer. It had good body and clean flavor, and was easy to drink. Great change of pace.

Pencible, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown, almost black. Not much head or lacing going on

S - strong malt smell with a oak smell

T - caramelized malt are most dominant$ definate wood taste also that was very pleasant

M - medium bodied. Perfect carbonation

D - for 8 percent it is very good. Half way through I thought my enjoyment was slowing but it leveled off and I can definately do another.

Baileyuk, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed brown. Topped by a fluffy, beige head that fades to a film. The aroma is toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, fruit, and a hint of smoke.

A toastiness upfront quickly moves into a nice caramel sweetness. The caramel yields to some light fruitiness in the center. The finish has notes of chocolate, smoke, spicy alcohol and a light bitterness. Medium-bodied, highly carbonated and thick.

Strong and flavorful, but balanced.

EPICAC, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color with a thick creamy tan head. Awesome head retention and stickyness. A pretty beer, no doubt.

Chewy, malty and fruity nasal assailants!! Figs, rye bread and cinnabon cinnamon rolls are what I am getting from the 'Chub.

Toasty, grainy malts are the most prevalent flavors. Hints of figs and floral hops. Smooth flavor with low carbonation. High alcohol level is well hidden. A touch of semi-sweet sourness...almost like the smell of an irish pub.

Pretty good interpretation of the style, smooth and malty. I'll pick up some more of these at some point, but I think I like all the other O.B. brews as much or better. Nonetheless, quite quaffable.

twiggamortis420, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown ruby color with one finger light tan head and good lacing.

Scent of caramel malts, cinnamon, brown sugar with some roasted malts and nuts balancing the sweetness.

Taste is sweet with nuts, caramel and brown sugar starting. Some roasted malts come in and take over the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but there is a bit too much bite.

paco1029384756, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. 10/01/08.

Pours a very dark brownish-black with almost two fingers of light tan head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is strong with caramel and chocolate malts with a bit of smokiness.

Taste is sweet with a bunch of caramel and roasted chocolate malt and a hint of brown sugar. Lots of milk chocolate flavor with some dark chocolate as well. Some dark fruits, such as raisin and plum are also present, and some cherry. A bit of alcohol is present in the taste, but it's not unpleasant.

Feel is medium-full body with ample carbonation. It's thick but not quite chewy. It's very smooth. Drinkability is really good. It goes down real smooth, tastes good, and the alcohol is somewhat well hidden.

This is a really good scotch ale. Probably my favorite. Definitely worth a try.

bkilpatr, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a dark chocolate-y brown with some ruby highlights. The creamy khaki colored head disappears quickly and leaves a tiny amount of lace in it's wake.

S: Delicious aromas of peat smoked malt, dark chocolate, toffee, raisins, caramel, hops, and (I swear I can smell it!) apple wood smoked bacon.

T: Whew! See above. Peat smoked malt, bitter dark chocolate, overripe dark fruit, toffee, spicy hops, smoked ham, black pepper, caramel, chocolate covered cherry, and roasted malt.

M: Thick, creamy, and very sticky. Coated every square inch of my mouth. Has spicy/peppery potential but also incredibly smooth creaminess, as well.

D: I really liked this beer! Awesome savory flavors coupled with no trace of its' 8% make for a dangerously drinkable treat.

GbVDave, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Procrastinator
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into pint glass. I've had this beer a few times over the past several years and thought I should get around and review it.

Appearance: cola colored body with beige 1" head which recedes to leave constant lacing around the glass. Carbonation bubbles off the bottom of my glass.

Smell: earthy smokiness hides behind a slight sweetness of chocolate and caramel.

Taste: smokey peat and sweet chocolate with caramel and butterscotch. Hoppy bitterness at swallow. Alcohol is evident at finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and velvety. Carbonation is spot on and enhances the flavors.

Drinkability: let this beer warm up to room temperature and enjoy it's buttery smoothness and caramel sweetness with just a touch of smokiness.

Procrastinator, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of explosivebeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear dark brown. The aroma has caramel and toffee present. It has a good body and great flavor, with lots of malt and a nice, sweet finish. This is definitely one of the better beers you can find in a can. Then again, I guess you can say that for the entire Oskar Blues line.

explosivebeer, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhewes for this one.
Can poured into a standard pint glass produced a finger worth of tan head that went away quickly. The body of this brew was the color of a chocolate lab (dark brown)

Big aromas of roasted malts and light smokiness filled my head.

The flavors are the same as the nose big roasted malts are right up front with a nice sweetness as well. A bit of earthiness makes it self known as well. Rich, creamy and smooth are words I use with this brew as well

A good example of scotch ale I would gladly pick this up if I see it around. All this and from a can too what more can you ask.

joepais, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black, nice off white head. Some cascading bubbling going on around the sides, even 15 minutes later.

S - Nice malt, some spices, some dark fruit.

T - Nice sweet center. Unsweetened chocolate in the mix, along with a roasted malt and roasted coffee attribute.

M - Medium to heavy body, GREAT coating, good carb.

D - Smooth and dangerously drinkable.

srandycarter, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Another one in my continued quest to try the good canned beers. Thanks to mhewes for hooking me up with this. Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Label is slightly different than the one pictured, no tartan. Canned on 9/08/08, wow, 15 days old!

Appearance: Pours with a finger and a half of tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is deep mahogany and nearly opaque.

Smell: Rich malt aromas of caramel and toffee. Hints of roastiness.

Taste: Amazingly malty flavor, caramel and toffee for certain, but also smokiness, an almost roasted barley bitterness, and some hints of coffee. Very slightly hop bitterness in the finish, which is incredibly long lasting. As the beer warms, it has a slight artificial sweetness flavor.

Mouthfee: Slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is incredible!

Drinkability: A wonderful Scottish Ale, with rich and creamy flavors and a thick and mouth filling body. Only hit would be the artificial sweetener flavor that becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

beveritt, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours much darker than I was expecting...near dark brown with one finger of a light tan head. Smells rich and malty with caramel tones and actually quite similar to a German black beer. Flavor is also similar to a black beer but it is sweeter and a bit more mellow. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light with low to moderate carbonation. Overall this is good beer, one that I would be glad to poor for guests with its clean malty taste and dry finish and surprise color - from a can!


SickBrew, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a can into a pint glass. A nice rich dark brown color with a tawny off white head.

S. Sweet malts, roasted pecans, fresh spring water and a bit of alcohal.

T. Brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel malts. Some dusty hop bitters and adds to a dry finish. A nice roasted aftertaste follows.

M. Full bodied and very flavorful. A bit chewey.

D. For an 8% big and beautiful chub, this is a drinkable Scott ale.

Stinkypuss, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Very dark, plum/raisin colored beer. A tan head forms but leaves rather quickly. Head becomes a small ring round the top of the beverage.

Aroma is very earthy. Smoky, slightly fruity, tobacco, figs, raisins.

Big flavors here as well. Big on the roasted malt and smoke. Some oaky characteristics come forth as well. More of the dark fruits like black cherry and dried plums. Alcohol is quite evident but doesnt detract in any manner. Mostly a warming feeling and slight fusels.

Heavy and thick on the body. Slick covering of the whole mouth. I imagine peat fields in Scotland while drinking the malty beauty.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with ruby and a nice tan head.

Bursting smell of caramel, sweet malt, and roasted malts.

Taste is smoothe, malty, and sweet.

Very full, creamy mouthfeel.

A sipping beer, but great none the less.

aubuc1, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of buffettfan
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this tail gating before the ASU vs. UNLV game. I did get a fair amount of crap for bringing a beer glass to a tailgate party.

Poured dark caramel brown.

Smelled sweet, with ceramal sweetness.

Taste was very good. Again, the caramel comes out, has a great chocolate taste as well.

A very nice, drinkable beer, and from a can no less!

buffettfan, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown pretty much opaque with 1.5 fingers of bubbly tan head

S - Sweet roasted malts

T - Littles bits of smoky, roasty, coffee, chocolate, sctoch, sweetness

M - Smooth creamy medium body with light carbonation

D - Easy to drink very enjoyable

midaszero, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of wspscott
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can in pint glass

A: Very dark brown/light black, a hint of ruby when held up to a light. Thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.
S: Toffee and caramel, very sweet smelling
T: Taste is like a rich scotch ale, very sweet, lots of caramel, not cloying. No hops presence at all. The alcohol is not apparent. As it warms there are hints of raisins with a little bit of dried cherry with a bit of dark chocolate in the back.
M: Slightly drying on the tongue, very rich/mouthfilling.
D: Very smooth and easy drinking, this could be a very dangerous beer given the alcohol level. I could easily go back for another (and maybe another after that). Recommended

wspscott, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into pint glass, at Coopers Ale House in Greensboro.

A - Dark black, almost opaque. Thick 2-3 finger brown head rises, with excellent retention. Lots of lace as well.

S - Caramel/brown sugar aromas. Slight hints of dark, overripe fruits with licorice.

T - Engaging malt character. Sweet, sweet caramel malts wash the tongue with a tad of buttery flavor. Prunes, currents, chocolate, and anise all linger. No bitterness.

M - Lucious and creamy. Sparsely carbonated.

D - For being a bigger beer, this is some drinkable stuff. You hardly even know it's going down.

PatrickJR, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown - as close to black without being black that's lighter around the edges. Head is about one-finger of tan-colored foam that dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells alright. Come caramel and roasted aromas, but when I sniff really hard I get a high-ABV sweet aroma - akin to that of Samichlaus and bigger DFH beers. There's a subtle chocolate smell as well.

Tastes better than it smells. A good caramel and roasted taste up front with a bitterness that lingers in the back of the throat a little too long. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol except for a slight warming down in the belly.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness that makes it go down smoothly, and the carbonation is good.

Drinkability is good. As I said before the alcohol is not noticeable which is a big plus, but the lingering aftertaste brings it down a bit.

Overall this is a solid beer, but I think it's my least favorite of the main Oskar Blues offerings. Still, it's saying something when my least favorite beer of theirs is this good. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; dark blackish ruby with just a hint of light sneaking through, three finger and creamy tan three finger head with excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel with a slight cocoa background

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and ultra creamy, a pleasure.

Taste: A sweet caramel malt bomb... silky smooth... I can see myself at a scottish pub throwing back a few of these

Drinkability: The best beer I've ever had from a can hands down... and I can't believe it's 8% ABV... I want a 12 pack...

joezak5, Sep 11, 2008
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 4,210 ratings.