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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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4,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,477
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 165
Gots: 617 | FT: 9
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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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Ratings: 4,477 | Reviews: 1,554
Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep brown with clarity, when held up to the light you can see red, thin head that retains pretty well

S: smoked malts, some hints of vanilla, caramel malts, no hops

T: very heavy on the smoky and peat malts which meld nicely with some subtly sweet malts, overall this beer is incredibly balanced, especially considering its high abv

MF: low carbonation, somewhat creamy mouthfeel

D: Very solid scotch ale, wish this was available locally as it seems to be a great value. Extremely drinkable for its ABV.

Photo of krisandajt
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this bad boy as a tasty extra in a trade with jera1350. Cheers Jason!

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky brownish red color with virtually no head whatsoever, which is surprising to me considering the rough pour into my Sam Adams glass. All I can see is a small ring of thin white bubbles circling the beer and hanging on to the side of the glass. There is some moderate retention.

Smell: Smell is very sweet, reminds me a bit of sugary candy. Not picking up any hops at all.

Taste: A rich, robust kind of sweetness that isn't (surprisingly) too overwhelming. It's almost like a candy kind of sweetness, but not quite. Interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, but otherwise a good full bodied brew. There is some sediment floating about, which was tough to see due to the dark and murky color of the beer. While normally I would place that comment under the appearance portion of my review, since I got a piece of the sediment stuck on my tooth I figured it would be more appropriate in the mouthfeel portion.

Drinkability: I generally don't go for the sweeter beers as I'm a bit more of a hop head, but this is quite good. It's sweet, but not to the point where I feel like my teeth are going to rot out of my skull. That being said, I don't think I could drink too many of these in a row as the sweetness would just get to me. I would definitely recommend this one if you like the sweeter beers, but even if that isn't your thing it is worth a try.

Photo of alkemy
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with ruby/mahogany highlights, really no head to speak of. I did pour it pretty lacksidaisically. Pretty sweet smell of bready, smokey malt and caramel. Just an inundation of sweet malts in the taste. You get a little smokiness with maybe some dark dried fruits, but it's tough to discern. There's some boozy alcohol present in the finish as well. It was odd popping open a can with little apparent carbonation. It had a pretty smooth feel and appropriate carbonation, but fell a little flat toward the end of the glass. I will admit that it did take a while to finish though. I've only had this style a few times and I've never been a real fan so it's tough for me to judge whether or not it's a good example of the style.

Photo of Minotaur
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep Ruby colored with a half inch head, that evaporates quickly to a smooth brew with minimal carbonation. Anything seen through the beer becomes a black silhouette.

The aroma is sweet and malty with just a hint of peat: reminiscent of berries and with a slight floral hint.

The taste is deep and richly sweet. There are the overtones of bitterness but just enough to not make the flavor "syrupy". The slight berry flavor comes through, as does the peaty smoke. As you go through the glass the bitterness increases but not in a bad way. There is a hint of breadiness that gives the taste substance and earthiness. Definite alcohol presence and a tang of liquor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and even with the hint of carbonation, almost tea like.

The beer is quite drinkable despite the 8 percent alcohol. It has a warming finish.

Oskar Blues is a winner - can or not. This beer ages very well and obviously in the packaging travels quite well. An excellent example of sweeter Scottish Wee Heavy style. This and Skullsplitter I believe are particularly great strong and sweet Scottish ales.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, canned (with care!) on 10-23-09. Pours brown with a very small off-white head.

Very malty aroma, predominant caramel malts.

Flavor is caramel and other malts.

Low carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel.

Solid brew, but not outstanding.

Photo of BDJake
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Years ago my friend's dad bought a can for him as a joke because he was a fat guy, it sat in the fridge for six months before we cracked it open, and being BMC's at the time we thought it tasted like a wet sock. I hoped to get a better review this time, so here it goes:

A- dark brown with a tan head

S- peat smokiness up front with syrupy malts, the neighbors thought it smelled like Copenhagen spit but I didn't sense it

T- once again, peat smoke and molasses dominated the taste although it became very muddy as it warmed up

M- moderate carbonation, chewy body

D- it took awhile to finish, and isn't my favorite style but i could see where others would like this

Photo of jacobseyb
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=deep dark brown, almost black. pours with a two finger head that leaves some lacing.

S=primarily chocolate malts on the nose some smokiness

T=sweet, chocolatey bitterness, again with a slight smokiness

M=thick and creamy with light carbonation with a small tight feel. some lingering aftertaste.

D=definitely drinkable, good beer overall, sweetness is not over the top.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always find it difficult to objectively review a beer when the style isn't one that I'm particularly fond of. It's not that I downgrade it purposely, I think it's more a case of not appreciating the very things that the style is all about. In this case, I'd have to say this is a pretty good example of the Scottish Style Ale, rich and sticky, full of flavour, and a bit on the boozy side.

On the pour, there is a short lived half finger tan head. The beer is very dark brown and murky, it reminds me of prune juice. A ring remained with ribbon lace. Smell was boozy sweet with caramel, english toffee, butterscotch pudding and a hint of chocolate. Taste was of bread pudding, rum cake, layers of caramel, a bit of alcohol heat. Finish was a touch sour / bitter. Medium body for the style, rich texture, a touch sticky with a syrupy viscosity. As it warmed it got more dry and the chewy, sticky qualities weighed in more.

As I said, this is as good example of the style as I've had before, just not particularly a style I seek and savour. Thanks to biegaman for this pre-Christmas treat, I enjoyed it with the hockey game going on in one room and my wife summoning me every quarter hour to bring another box of decorations up from the cellar!

Photo of JTahoe
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours dark brown with small head--very cola-like when head settles down, but without the cola carbonation. Rich auburn color when held to light. Light but sticky lace.

S- Chocolate malted milk balls, so malty rich ... faintly cloying with a clean alcohol in the nose. A hint of charred wood.

T - Rich caramel malts and a bit and brown sugar. A touch of earthiness, spice and fruit, vanilla run... I get an interesting but fleeting hint of coconut... and whispers of smoke and pine. Pleasingly sweet.

M - Full bodied, creamy smooth mouth feel, but lighter on the finish. Not quite the big chub I was expecting, but the feel is very nice. Restrained carbonation.

D - Easy to sip... a bit too easy to drink. This is one I will look for again... perhaps it will become a staple in my fridge.

Photo of rtepiak
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks like coca cola and like nougat apple toastiness. the palate is mildly smokey with a toasty malt. a bit of nut and a bit of sour apple quality. malt character of apple pie with a wonderful body that give the beer a range of toasty crust, sour, sweet apple and herbal nutmeg. nice mix and a wonderful taste out of a can.

Photo of jminsc76
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chillin at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks.

Pours a beige head atop a light orange body with a strong tinge of red. Initially exhibits thick lacing down the side, but that and the head has all but subsided and nary reemerges.

Aromas are intense, and include the smell of hops, caramel malts, and some fruit in the nose as I open it up. Fairly complex and highly noticeable.

The flavors are excellent: all of the aforementioned aromas but also some bourbon-y flavors, and it all balances out very well.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat silky. Not a lot of heat or roughness on the palate.

Overall, I enjoy this greatly. I have not had a significant number of scotch ales but this demonstrates a great level of complexity on the nose and the palate with an excellent balance. It's getting rave reviews for a reason, so drink up.

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Very dark brown color. About a one finger tan head, with moderate retention. Some lacing but not strong.

S - Good smell, lots going on. Good variety of malts here. An earthy, woody smell comes out first. Undertones include roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and a little coffee.

T - The taste doesn't live up to the smell. Very sweet malts overpower the complexity of the taste. Not bad, but not good either, just average, way to sweet.

M - Good mouth feel. Manages to stay full and clean although syrupy at the same time. Somewhat unique in feel.

D - Too sweet to have more than one pf these.

Overall this beer isn't bad, but the sweetness of it just covers up all the complexity to me that is lying underneath. I can still tell it is there, but you have to search for it. Seems like some people are crazy over this one, but just not my cup of tea, while not bad just seems like this could be better.

Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Served in a standard pint glass. Beer is brown and dark. Beer is clear and the carbonation is steady. Forms a thin off white head, no lacing.

Aroma is malty, not bitter or hoppy, overall the aroma is what I expected but a little weak.

Moderate to full body, pretty sweet. Really good full flavor on this beer. Completely covers your mouth and tongue. Very low bitter, sweetness up front. Drinkability high, mouthfeel high, second taste is really smooth, sweetness backs off. Overall this is a really nice easy drinking malty beer without being a malt bomb. Overall, really good, definitely a repeat.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint. Small white head quickly fades, leaving a white ring around the top of the beer. Drinking this out of a small tulip glass.

Smells of smokey, woody, roasted malts. Also get a burnt cola like smell that is slightly floral and cologne like. A little bit of ethyl alcohol on the nose as well.

Sweet, somewhat syrupy, bready malts mixed with sugary candies and a warming ABV. A few darker roasted malts come out as well. Classic Scottish style ale flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth, warming and chewy. Drinkability is good, maybe a little on the sweet side for my tastes, but most Scottish ales are.

Overall, this is another great brew from Oskar Blues. Nice robust flavor that lives up to the style. I haven't had too many Scottish ales, but I'd have to say that this is currently my favorite.

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

Poured into a snifter to reveal clear dark brown body with a tiny amount of fast fading head. Only smells a little and like raisins, candied dates and caramel malt, which are all pretty good smells. No bubbling or lacing of note.

Tastes like sweet malty goodness with a little carbonated spice. Very creamy mouthfeel with hints of sourness in the ending. Finishes smooth, though I would desire a little more flavor coming through at the end. Just a touch of bitterness rounds everything out. Medium-bodied. I'd consider it an upstanding Scottish ale. Very drinkable and loving the lack of off-flavor thanks to the can.

I have to try more from these Oskar Blues folk. So far they have not disappointed.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Shower the people you Chub with Chub" reads the bottom of the can, hilarious. Pours a beautiful dark brown amber that I can barely see through. The head was a very nice and tight tan, about two fingers thick. Smell was rich and malty, and a lot of chocolate, which I found surprising. Smells thick and syrupy like a Scottish ale should. Taste is rich in sweet malts and chocolate, a pretty nice caramel presence as well. Brown sugar lingers on the tongue. Taste is quite nice. Nice and thick and malty on the mouthfeel, low carbonation only accentuates this. Pretty drinkable beer, but quite filling and with a high abv this one may be dangerously smooth.

Photo of kbm
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby hue. Huge frothy head with in credible head retention and lacing.

Smell: About all I smell is sweet malts with a tinge of a metallic smell.

Taste: maltly scotch ale goodness. Lingering sweet malts on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's an easy drinker. Definitely not the huge malt bomb that other scoth ales are - so much easier to drink.

Good mild scoth ale. 60 schillings maybe?

Photo of devilben02
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My bulldog is named Chubbs, so somehow I have always felt biased towards liking this beer. This can does not give a good first impression, though. Not the most vigorous pour, but even so there is practically no head, and what is there dissipates quickly. As a result, with its deep chocolate brown color, it looks like root beer in the glass.

The aroma and taste improve things quite a bit. Old Chub smells of dark fruits and alcohol. The sweet fruityness from the aroma carries through in the taste, with flavors of dried cherries and prunes. Compared to the aroma, the flavor is not so boozy initially. The alcohol is certainly there, however, and the alcohol heat comes through, especially as the beer warms. Despite a decent mouthfeel, this increasing booziness makes this one a sipper for sure.

Photo of Fnord
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark red with a thin tan head.

Smell and Taste - Alcohol, cherry, peat, caramel, biscuit, smoke.

Mouthfeel - Thick with medium carbonation.

Notes - An excellent Scottish style ale. The only complaint, a minor one, is that the alcohol aftertaste inhibits the drinkability a bit. Overall, though, a great way to satisfy any malt craving.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, ruddy brown, some nice lacing from a decent head. Later, no head. The aroma makes clear this is a thick, malty beer. The taste is just lovely. Thick and malty, toffee and chocolate underline the malt base, some bitterness after the middle, but very even keeled. The mouth is muscular, but doesn't amass on the tongue while drinking. I brought this back from a trip down south, and damn, I wish I bought more. This is a great beer.

Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark cola color with a mocha brown frothy head that doesn't stick around too long

S- molasses, toasted nuts, chocolate is the predominate smell.

T- malts & chocolate dominate the palate. also taste caramel & toffee. alcohol on the aftertaste that lingers.

M- full-bodied that is creamy. thick and smooth on the tongue. not much carbonation.

D- really enjoyed this drink, especially as it warmed. could really see myself working into the rotation. since it comes in a can, going to take it on our camping trip this week and offer it to the guys.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Asheville at Bruisin Ales back in August.
Pours dark brown in color. Little bit of frothy beige head sitting atop the beer.
Smell is nice malts, toffee and a bit of alcohol. Taste is incredibly smooth. Nice malts, very good caramel flavor. A little thin, but amazingly smooth. I could drink a whole lot of this. Would like this to be available in my area.
Carbonation is a little low, but it adds to the drinkability.
Good beer.

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

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 8.0% ABV, canned on 6-12-09.

A - Old Chub pours a deep mahogany color with a well-formed, off-white/cream head. A bit noisy but well retained and decent lacing left too.

S - Deep caramel roasted malts. A heavy malt feel with no hop presence. A touch of light fruitiness, raisin and plum perhaps. The aroma is rather low and mysterious but promising.

T - Extremely malty with nothing in the way of hops. The flavor starts with a sweet malt blast with caramel in there and changes to a dry and roasted finish with just a small alcohol flavor in there. A touch of raisin with chocolate in that roasty bitterness at the end.

M - The feel is soft, creamy, and smooth. The finish has a bit of carbonation and dry roasted bitterness.

D - It's becoming more cloying as it goes on. The balance from the bitterness of the roasted malts hardly makes up for the lingering sweetness of the malts. A good Scotch ale though. One is enough but a good beer for a malt-lover.

Photo of Offa
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good, but not great wee heavy-type, being solid but a bit one-dimensional, sweet and boozy.

Deep, dark reddish brown, a bit bubbly, it has a medium, deep tan head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and no lace at all.

Aroma is caramel, caramelised faintly burnt prunes, dark toast, hint of iron, sweet and canydish, hint of earthiness that is almost citrussy. Overall, it definitely is in line with wee heavies.

Taste also is clearly a wee heavy, pretty good, solid character, drinkable and not harshly alcoholic or bitter. It is mostly sweet, rummy, darkly caramelised prunes and other fruit, a bit spicey with a faint, toasty-leathery-earthiness underneath. Ultimately, it ends up being a bit bland and one-dimensional in character, with a smooth but dominant, sweet rummy quality and no real complexity. It has a little oiliness but reall yht body is rather light and almost watery for the most part, making the oiliness a stick-to-the-back-of-the-tongue margarine character, which is not entirely successful in my book. It's good, solid, but not at all great.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown with some nice mahogany and reddish hues. Pours with a 2 finger tannish head that takes a good bit of time to fade to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

Smells of vanilla, cinnamon, and caramel.

Tastes like the aroma up front, but finishes with some prunes and dark fruits. Alcohol is only slighlty noticeable, but nice.

Carbonation is nice when the beer is cracked, but seems to fade fairly quickly. Nice full bodied texture though.

Nice brew overall. The taste was very nice, and fairly complex.

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