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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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4,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,365
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 153
Gots: 536 | 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 TheycallmeTim
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a most handsome can--viva aluminum! yes we can! and so on--ahem, into an American glass. Said can, after professing "High Attitude. High land. High ya. No Rice." at the top, instructs me in a stamp on the bottom that this was canned on 12-06-08 and to "Chub Thy Neighbor."

A--Deep, deep reddish brown the color of cherrywood. One finger dense creamy beige head fades to skim but leaves some considerable lace that's super sticky looking. Um, malt anyone? This sucker almost seems to ooze honeyed wort.

S--Candied orange soaked in bourbon. That's the closest I can get, but I definitely get an orange liqueur aroma--maybe Grand Marnier is a better comparison. Plenty of caramel and toffee and even blackstrap molasses. Yikes, can't wait to see what this stuff tastes like.

M--This shit is liquid fruitcake. Pretty boozy, with warming liquor-like feels--this time the brown sugar of dark rum--along with a sock of rich malt. Super sweet while at the same time fruity (more orange coming through), this beer is like a doppelbock brewed with ale yeast. Almost no hops detected in the flavor profile. Total malt bomb. Flirts with going over the edge but somehow remains precariously balanced enough to be enjoyable.

M&D--Super creamy mouthfeel with muted carbonation that somehow doesn't weigh it down. You pop this sucker open and there's almost no indication that what's inside has bubbles in it. Just kinda sits down there, murky from below, taunting you into pouring out the mightiness that is the chub. Drinkability takes a knock only because, damn, 8 percent?! Come on, guys, I want more than one of these (though probably not more than two).

Can't even believe something this good comes without the use of a bottle opener.

Photo of jnn4v
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmbeer. This is one sweet, yet balanced enough to still be tasty beer.

A: Dark. Much darker than I'd expect from a scottish beer. It's a molasses or cola-like color, but with some reddish glow. No haze at all.

S: Wonderfully engrossing scent. I just am wrapped up in the warming alcohol and sweet scents lofting from the glass. If I didn't want to taste it so bad, I'd keep just sniffing it. Almost like a chocolate-flavored caramel. Very toasty malts without getting any of the coffee-like flavor you'd find in a porter or stout.

T: Caramel, sweet malts. Very enjoyable flavor. Some hops and some chocolate as well. There may be some dried fruit flavors in the background as well.

M: Very smooth. Nice, thick mouthfeel, but not too thick to be inappropriate for the style. Seems to thin back out by the end of every sip. Very enjoyable.

D: Very drinkable. I could enjoy this frequently. Hopefully I will.

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

Lightly chilled and poured into Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown (walnut) with ½ " thick, creamy tan head. Head disappears in a couple of minutes leaving behind minimal lacing on the side of the glass with a small rim of foam around the beer. Sipping leaves behind lacing.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel malts with some chocolate aroma. No alcohol or hops detectable.

Taste: Rich sweet caramel malt with sweet chocolate/toffee flavor and a faint hint of bitterness and/or smoke. The alcohol is well concealed in this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated with medium long finish that tapers off in to a lightly dry bitterness.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. One sip follows another easily and I could easily repeat for another. I like this Scottish ale and will be getting more on a regular basis.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour from the can produced a deep brown ruby liquid with a big cap of tan foam. The head receded leaving medium lacing in its path. A interesting aroma for a Scottish ale, caramel with a big dose of malted milk. Quite inviting. Rich and malty and medium bodied on the palate. Caramel and a little coffee flavor are rounded out by a smooth chocolate character. There is a bite at the end providing some balance.

A good brew, I am quite enjoying it. A good after dinner sipper from a can. Who would have guessed.

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

Hooray for the can revolution!

Dark mahogany pour. No head, no lace.
Aroma is malt, caramel. Deceptively light.
Taste is surprising after the gentle nose. Rich caramel, molasses, dark sweet malts with just enough bitterness to prevent cloying. A very light dark fruit character. While malts dominate, there's just enough bitterness to put up a fight the entire way.
Medium heavy feel.

A nicely balanced malt bomb.

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

Old Chub is a clear dark red ale with a bubbly beige head that fades and leaves nice lacing. It has a deep, semi-sweet, malty aroma that has notes of bread and spicy resin. It is full bodied and very smooth. It's pillowy soft with a slick finish that's a little syrupy. This beer is pretty sweet, but balanced with a little resiny bitterness. There is peppery alcohol in the taste. A rumbly sweet aftertaste lingers. It's quite boozy and quite pleasing.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Big sudsy off white head that quickly dissipates to a think cap with good lacing. The beer is a dark amber red in color.

S- Very sweet malty aroma, some caramel roasted nuts and piney hops. Hint of dark fruit and light alcohol come through as well.

T- Lots of nutty and roasted malt flavors some good caramel sweetness and a hint of smoke. Also a lot of biscuity and bready flavors in this beer, which I find to be very pleasant.

M- Medium bodied with good balance and carbonation. Nothing to get to excited about but still pretty good.

Overall- Great beer, very drinkable with lots of nice flavors. I could enjoy a few of these.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, reddish-brown color with almost no head. A little ring of tan carbonation sits around the edge of the glass. The smell is still really great. An incredible caramelly sweetness arrives first, then comes this bready, toasty smell. There's a little whiff of a chocolate and roasted coffee. Almost no hops to be found, but there is kind of an earthiness to it - like dirt and fallen leaves, smoky kind of. The taste delivers as well. Big malty sweetness, backed with bitter roasted coffee. The alcohol is hard to detect, but leaves a pleasant little burn. The smokiness kind of cling to your mouth, and just builds and builds, without ever reaching the burnt weeny level. The smokiness really balances out the sweetness, but I think the roasty bitterness and smokiness eventually overpower because of how they linger so much longer. Very complex and pleasant. This one is so thick and chewy, and actually well-carbonated, a bit prickly with the alcohol burn, despite not having much of a head. The clinging flavors are nice, but get annoying after a while. This one has a bit more alcohol than I'd expect. It's tough to handle more than one (though I did shotgun one without flinching a week ago). I figure anyone interested in a more malty, smoky beer should get their hands on it.

Photo of dmamiano
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very deep crimson that when held to the light is quite perfect.
Tan head, fades rather quickly.
Initial nostril hit is metallic blended with malts.
Taste, man this is my kind of beer. Malty, thick and sweet. Creaminess is gonna score big in the feel for sure.
The nose, in my opinion is dominated by the metalliness, and its gonna cost it a big score.

Photo of grayburn
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy water with little head (does the can have anything to do with this?) into a tulip at 50 or so degrees. Edit- Aggressive pour makes all the difference.

Smells of chocolate and malt, true to style lack of hops.

Chocolate cream with a bit of bitter coffee at the finish, excellent malt profile.

Very creamy, slight carbonation is very true to style.

Easy to drink, smooth, a well hidden 8 percent brew, an excellent canned offering.

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

Appearance: Poured with 1 finger of tan bubbly head that dissipated after a couple minutes to a thin rim around the top leaving a very small amount of lacing. The beer is a dark brown reddish color that lets light through. As I am about half way through the beer the thin layer of head on the edges was gone.

Smell: Roasty sweet malt smell, with caramel and some fruityness

Taste: Sweet caramel, and roasted malt, small amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, not much carbonation, very smooth

Overall: Very easy to drink! A lot of malt flavor and smell. Not much alcohol presence. As it warms the caramel malts start to become more prevalent.

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

The beer poured a dark mahogany with a tan head. The aroma was just straight up sweet malt. The taste was very nice but was simply overly sweet malt. The feel was heavy and wet. A nice try at a Scottish Ale, I'll probably have some more as I love the style and it's rare to find it on tap, but it won't get me to pass up Bellhaven's for Old Chubb.

Photo of jdklks
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown with an amber hue through the middle and the sides when held up to light. white head with no retention.

S- malts malts malts, accompanied by a fruity bouquet. raisins and grapes.

T- the taste could be guessed from the smell. sweet and malty, with raisins and grapes. dry, very dry. a bitterness that i cant quite place, but not from hops. hops are barely present, and the alcohol comes through at times. a good example of the style, and i would like to give it .5 more, but i can't quite figure it out.

M- like all oskar blues beers ive had so far (only 3), this beer is perfectly carbonated. medium body. full body in the context of scotch ales alone.

S- i wouldn't drink a whole lot of this in a night. however, if i am craving a scotch ale, i will definitely return to this one.

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

Poured a 12 ounce can into a traditional beer mug. "Canned on" date of 10-29-08 marked on the bottom.

A: Beautiful deep, dark mahogany body, with a somewhat cola like appearance. Topped off with a nice tan head that didn't stick around quite as long as I expected.

S: Nose is a wonderful blend of complex, sweet malty flavors that range from caramel, chocolate, and a little butterscotch. Smokey, oak wood like character blends in perfectly, along with a little warming alcohol in there as well.

T&M: Caramel and chocolate malt hits the tongue up front, very smooth, as the chocolate malt takes on a somewhat chocolate milk like taste. Smoked malt comes through, although not as strong as other scotch ales, along with a hit of warming alcohol and bite from the hops at the end. Slightly ester fruit flavors are present in the finish, but barely noticeable due to the smoked flavors and alcohol. Malt flavors leaves just a touch of sweet chocolate & vanilla aftertaste accompanied by a dark fruit flavor.

Surprisingly, for such a big beer, this one doesn't come across as really all that heavy. It is certainly full bodied, but at a whopping 8%ABV, still maintains a medium moutfheel that doesn't weigh you down. It's silky smooth, but I actually may prefer just a bit more body for such a big beer.

D&M: From all of Oskar Blues' beers I have tried so far, I would say this is my favorite. This brew is a sheer joy to sip at cellar temp. It's very complex, but maintains a high level of drinkability. One thing Oskar Blues did a good job of was not overdoing the smoked malt character of this brew. It's there, but instead of drowning out the other flavors, it adds a nice complex character to this great interpretation of a Scottish Style Ale.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +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
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev -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
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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