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: 4,301
Reviews: 1,521
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
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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 ZimZamZoom
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear deep chestnut color after pouring this can into a pint glass. The tan head is modest yet stays around for some time. Lacing is fair to moderate.

Interesting caramel aroma with strong hints of cola and some mild peat. All of this works well together. The taste is slightly roasty, caramel sweet and still suggests a sweet cola to me. Not much of a hop bite here, with only a slight bitterness in the end to remind us of their presence. It does dry out in the end as well with some alcohol booziness coming through.

Medium bodied, smooth feel with little carbonation. Sort of finishes thin.

Not a bad beer, though it is not a big style for me and I do not favor this as one I would go back to again and again. Probably just 5 more times ;-) Someone wiser may feel otherwise.

Glad to have finally tried this one.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no date found on can...

dark brown amber, almost opaque. light tan head fades to wisps and ring. a thin ring of lace at first, and then just splotches here and there. despite the dark color, there was some type of sediment or visible particles throughout the brew.

caramel maltiness in the nose, with molasses and brown sugar. note of raisins. herbal hint and a whiff of grassy hop.

flavor is similarly malty with caramel and molasses note to the sweetness, plus a hint of roast. raisin fruitiness peaks in the middle. herbal notes and hops, with the latter giving a gentle to moderate bitterness, into a malty finish with a balance of faint hop resins. some phenols and herbs in the finish too.

syrupy yet smooth. gentle carbonation for added complexity.

sweetness and herbal qualities may get in the way of drinking more than one or two at a time, but good as a balance to meaty dishes, especially lamb or game.

Photo of Riccymon
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a deep though not opaque brown with reddish highlights at the edges of the glass. Head was less than a quarter of an inch and quickly dissipated. In the nose is mainly roasty malt, cola, what I assume is peat, and a little alcohol. I get many flavors from the taste, including cocoa, caramel, cola, and an earthiness. The mouthfeel is full and sticky, with some alcohol in the finish. On the whole, this is a nice, though not standout, beer.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why have I not had this beer in so long? It is soo good. Pours dark brown with some amber highlights. Nice brownish head, sticky lacing. A little bit dirty smelling, sweet peety malts. A lot of maltiness in the flavor. Peetiness. Smooth creaminess. Silky and smooth mouthfeel. So easy to drink, dangerous with an 8% ABV, but worth anything it throws at you. Delicious.

Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One and a half fingers of creamy brown and tan head almost fills the glass to the rim, resting above a dark reddish-brown brew. Retention is ok, and a thin sheet of lace is left behind as the froth settles into a paper thin covering. Aroma involves a big hit of toasted malts up front. Right behind that exists some caramel notes, some candy (perhaps licorice and bubblegum). Tastes of roasted grains, earthy spice, subtle sweets, and a very slight, but noticeable hop bitterness. The alcohol is evident in the aftertaste, but not overwhelming. Although the mouth-feel is thick and creamy it has just enough viscosity to keep it from approaching chewiness. There's not much carbonation to speak of. Oskar Blues has taken a not so notable style (at least in America) and produced a great beer with lots of style and character.

Photo of darklordlager
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this can open and it bubbled up. Black in colour, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Great 1" head that later receded to a sparse layer.

Smell is of a brilliant malt backbone-caramel, and smoked peat malt.

Taste is a sweet caramel malt backbone with peat sliding in at the end for a nice tasty finish.
Very solid.

Mouthfeel is more carbonated than (American) Skullsplitter (tasted side-by-side). It perhaps would benefit from a little less.

Drinkability is a bit limited as the peat is big (but not unpleasant).

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

A - Dark red, mahogony color with 1-finger off-white head after a heavy pour. Head subsides after a couple of minutes and leaves about average lace, nothing spectacular.

S - Malty, malty. Some sweet dark fruits and alcohol in background. Perhaps just a hint of caramel and swedish fish. Really have to dig my nose in this to get anything besides the alcohol.

T&M - Low-carbonation makes for a nice and smooth mouthfeel. Taste of caramel upfront chased by rum-soaked dried cherries and an aftertaste of medium-roasted malts. Alcohol is quite prominent, especially as it warms. Perhaps too much of a sweet alcohol taste for me. Not as complex as I expected. Maybe needs some aging?

D - A decent brew, but nothing spectacular. Enjoyable but not something that will be calling my name in the fridge. A nice, smooth sipper.

Photo of BarleyMine
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a glass and it poured a very attractive chestnut brown with a thin head and speedy lacing. The nose was pretty much sweet malts and light alcohol tones. The flavor was of sweet malts, cream soda and a cedar-like finish. Thick and full bodied with medium carbonation. A great barleywine lovers camping brew.

Photo of TMB0424
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, clear amber color with a minimal head that vanished pretty quickly. Lacing is sticky. Aroma mostly is of caramel malts and sweeter fruits. In the background lurks hints of cocoa, smoke, and alcohol. Complex smell, nice.

First sip starts off with a wave of caramel malt sweetness, with a strong fruit backbone and wisps of smoke. Roasty, with sweet molasses undertones with a wisp of bitterness and a slam - in a good way- of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, complex, and just plain great. Alcohol provides a great warmth, but is controlled. At 8% this brew is dangerously drinkable, goes down far too easily. Damn good beer.

Photo of daythree16
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark burgundy/brown color with an off-white one-finger head. The foam fades pretty quickly but leaves a good bit of lace on the glass.

Smell is malty sweet. There is a dry fruitiness that is present, and you can definitely pick up the alcohol. Taste is a bit intense. Lots of sweet caramel malt cut by a nice smokiness is probably what stands out the most. There is a fair amount of alcohol burn, but it's not unpleasant at all. The more I try Old Chub, the more I seem to like it.

Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated, and considering ABV and style, drinkability is pretty great.

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

On-tap at Ben and Nick's in Oakland.

A: Deep cola color with mahogany and burgundy highlights when held to the light. Poured with 1 finger of head that receded to an omnipresent ring around the top, with substantial lacing throughout. Very full and inviting.

S: Strong caramel malts, with fruity elements of raisins, figs, currants. An undercurrent of smoked peat underneath, satisfying my expectation of a Scotch smell. Very full bouquet.

T: A very sweet introduction as the dark fruits come onto the tongue. The mid-taste sees a competition between the caramel malts and the smoked peat, with the finish dominated by the Scotch. Very strong alcohol heat in the aftertaste. I felt like I was smoking after each sip. That's what I expect from the style, though.

M: Medium to full-bodied, with medium carbonation.

D: Despite its strength and strong character, this is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I could have several in a row with no problems.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark but not entirely opaque reddish black or brown. Good clarity and a nice creamy head forms, lasts and laces all over the glass.

Smells of dark fruit, rum soaked raisins, caramel, chocolate and maybe a bit of smoke. Fantastic aroma!

Taste is mostly reflected in the aroma. The balance is amazing. Bitterness comes mostly from the roasted malt rather than the hops. Certainly not too sweet. Mouthfeel is light to medium for the style. Very easy to drink with low/soft carbonation.

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

Can from Broudy's Liquor, FL.

Poured dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing.

Moderate roasted malty and alcohol aroma.

Medium to full body with sticky texture.

Heavy roasted sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a standout beer and one of my top rated beers for style.

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopsleeroy (at least I think it was him - apologies if it was someone else) for this extra. Served in a mug.

A - Big two fingers of tan foam that sticks around and leaves a beaded sort of lacing on the sides of the glass. Dark brown color with hints of red and orange.

S - Malt, toffee, spice, coffee, molasses, currants. There's a certain sharp bite to it that I can't quite place - some sort of smoke, peat, and wood flavor that keeps it from being overly sweet. Reminds me a little of Old Peculier. Smells distinctly Scotch in any case...

T - Starts sweet - almost like a caramel infused chocolate milk, but with a touch of hops in there. As it reaches the top of the palate it unleashes some of the earthier smokier flavor. Surprisingly mild compared to the smell. Leaves a tangy aftertaste.

M - It's creamy, with a nice tingly carbonation that complements some of the smokier flavor. It's a little thin for an 8% brew though. There's also a certain grittiness to it - not super smooth.

D - This is probably my least favorite Oskar offering - I just don't care for the taste enough to have more than one can. I'm not a huge fan of Scotch Ales (I think this is the first one I've reviewed) - Robert the Bruce is one of my least favorite 3F as well. It's a solid brew and went down easily enough, but the high ABV, tangy flavor, and carbonation would get to me pretty quick.

If Oskar came in mix-packs I'd have maybe one of these in a sixer. Or every other sixer - it's a nice change of pace but not something I'd want all the time.

Photo of grs8313
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz can, canned on 10/27/08. Pours deep brown with a tan head, that has decent retention.

Smell: Malts, coffee, toffee and slight alcohol notes.

Taste: Creamy and malty, slight warmth from the alcohol, and caramel. A sweet tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy feeling, a slight carbonated feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability: A great beer, and a fine scotch ale. At 8% ABV I will only be having one or two, but thoroughly enjoying each sip. Oskar Blues is a great brewery, glad they are in Texas.

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

Had this for the first couple times at the Falling Rock in CO, and was happy to see that it was on tap at Jupiter by my place in Berkeley.
A: Brown body--a bit cloudy, but mainly just dark and hard to see through, with a tan sticky head.
S: Some toffee, sweet malts, and milk chocolate.
T: Sweeter than I remember it. Lots of flavors--toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, a bit of dark chocolate, and has a pretty creamy finish. The sweetness is kind of like an imperial stout--reminds me of a medium-bodied scotch.
M: Pretty heavy and creamy--great example of the darker end of scottish ales.
D: Hides the alcohol well, though the sweetness would keep me from more than a couple.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can tried 2 Sep 2008.

Pours with a thick brown head, medium carbonation. Looks like root beer. Aroma of oatmeal raisin cookies, molasses and dark brown sugar. Starts out sweet and warming, roasty, with a milky mouthfeel. Some caramel. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Aftertaste becomes slightly bitter (or perhaps just less sweet) with a somewhat odd vegetable flavor.

Aftertaste throws this off a bit.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lot darker than I was expecting.... a shade or two from being black with a nice tan head.

Lots and lots of malt in the nose, a bit of smokiness accompanied by chocolate malts and some dark fruits, nutty.

A little too sweet for me- just a malt overload. Granted, this is coming from a hophead, but I have been known to enjoy some doppelbocks in the past. The mouthfeel is a bit too much combined with the malts. Granted, the malts are fairly complex but they weren't having me reach for another can. The taste followed what was prefaced in the aroma almost completely. Nice to try, maybe I will have to revisit it down the road.

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

A: A rich, dark brown with a fairly large, creamy tan head with great retention and terrific lacing.

S: Malty caramel and chocolate aromas. A faint hint of hops, but some sugary alcohol and some dark fruit.

T: Rich, huge malts. Caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. A bit of cane sugar and some boozy alcohol. Perhaps a bit of citric hops, but they don't provide much other than some balance.

M: Medium-rich in body and smooth. Creamy, with light carbonation. A riding, sweet alcoholic finish.

D: This one tastes good and is just very appealing across the board. Nothing wrong with this beer from a can. It's bold and big without being difficult to drink in any way.

Photo of bfields4
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque amber hue with very minimal head that doesn't stick around too long, but leaves a lacy trail.

Sweet smokey smell of dark fruits and light notes of chocolate.

There's a heavy caramel creamy roasted malt flavor that really makes this beer something special. There's also a little alcohol kick that adds nicely to the flavor.

Its creamy taste carries over well to the mouthfeel and works perfect for sipping after a long day.

My choice for sipping on the slopes after (and in between) hitting up the mountain. Cans fit perfect in the snowboard jacket, and abv is just enough to give a little warmth. Oskar Blues scores again.

Photo of Bagman007
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap poured into a pint glass.

A- Has a dark brown amber coloring with just a little bit of head.

S- Has a sweet caramel/chocolate scent to it.

T- Has a very sweet taste to it. A very malty beer that is actually very enjoyable.

M- Very thick, sweet beer. Though it does go down pretty easy.

D- Very drinkable, but watch the alcohol content.

Overall this is a surprisingly good beer. It was recommended to me by the bartender and I really enjoyed it. I would give this a try even if you don't typically enjoy the chocolate/caramel tasting beers.

Photo of trbergman
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

A - Dark brown beer with almost no head.

S - Roasty, with hints of coffee and caramel.

T - Roasted grain and coffee-like malts compete with sweet caramel and toffee flavors for dominance. The result is supremely balanced, with nutty highlights and moderate, earthy hop bitterness.

M - Creamy, smooth, full-bodied.

D - Delicious, with alcohol well-hidden. Probably my favorite Oskar Blues beer.

Photo of Nipitato
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a can at Marty's Liquors located in Newton, MA.

A: A beautiful colored beer with a dark amber almost purplish hue. The head on this off white, thin and dissipates quickly. The beer has legs.

S: A touch smokey. Full of caramel malt character. Quite sweet. There is a pronounced fruity character here - figs. Light chocolate/cocoa notes. Great aroma - nice and complex.

T: Full caramel malt sweetness dominates. Some smokiness but very light. There is some earthy "peatiness" here as well. Raisins. There is a touch of bitterness on the back end. Some roasted character. Very complex.

MF: Chewy - full body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

D, notes: Full and sweet. This is hands down the best Scotch ale I have had. I could drink this all day despite the booze.

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

Pour: 12 oz can to pint glass. Dark russet brown, clear with enough backing light. Nice inch of light tan head, but it's on the fizzy side. No lacing.

Nose: Peat, a nice smoked meat note, some roast, even a little milk chocolate.

Mouth: Smokey and roasty, sort of like chocolate-covered bacon (yes it does exist). Subtle dark fruit and cold coffee. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Flavors are bold but not huge, which helps lend a unique drinkability here. Some astringency and some booziness.

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

Appearance - I poured coffee out of a can...at least that's what Old Chub looks like. Foamy, brown-hued head. Impressive lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, sweet caramel, and Yum!

Taste - Sweetness and savory in one package. OB's malts will have you tasting everything from toffee to peat moss.

Mouthfeel - bordering on heavy with little carbonation.

Drinkability - It's not easy for a "Hop-head" to admit liking this beer. I'd recommend choosing this or a bowl of ice cream for dessert because it's better than most sweets out there. And what other after dinner treat packs 8% ABV? Great "Wee Heavy" example. OB Brewery has another knock-out.

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