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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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4,056 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,056
Reviews: 1,509
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 138
Gots: 383 | FT: 5
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 Lupe
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with bright reddish highlights when held up to the light. Thin tan head that leaves behind some sticky lace. Very mild carbonation. This beer just looks Scottish.

Rich malty aroma - loads of caramel and chocolate. Hints of alcohol and faint smokiness.

Caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and mild coffee lead the way. The malt is balanced by slowly revealing alcohol and spice notes. Alcohol is not overpowering. Faint smokiness - briefly appears, then it is gone. Gets sweeter after you swallow, then fades and dries up, leaving a lingering spiciness. Light hops in the aftertaste.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth mouth feel. A little chewy. Medium to low carbonation - big & thick.

This is one highly drinkable beer, considering how rich and full bodied it is.

Great on a cool fall night with it's lingering spice. Actually I could have this any time. And I still can not believe this just can out of a can.

Lupe, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown body that pours with 1 finger creamy medium tan head. Head slowly subsides to a thick and creamy collar. When held up to the light striking bright red hues are seen throughout this brew showing that it has a nearly transparent dark red body.

S- Deep and rich smell heavy in chocolate and caramel malt. There is a good balance between the two with hints of alcohol and smokiness creeping around within them.

T- A big, nice, healthy balance of caramel and chocolate malt upfront. The taste only gets stronger for the swallow where lots of sweet chocolate and caramel malt come through with a touch of a bitter bite. Some alcohol bitterness lingers-but it balances out the thick sweetness of the combination of malts that linger.

M- Medium to low carbonation and big thick and syrupy mouthfeel-almost like molasses. Extraordinarily smooth and creamy though.

D- Considering its thickness and its high ABV this is very drinkable. I'm usually not a big fan of beers this heavy on malts but I really like this one. I will have it again. Besides it goes for the same price as Dale's Pale around here...and is always included in the Lower tier of craft mixed 6-ers (Gordon is really expensive...and also very delicious). I guess you just can't go wrong with Oskar Blues.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ran across my notes from a night at the Brick Store.

A - Poured on tap..served in proper glass at proper temp (of course) with a good 2 finger head that took a little time to fall and left a good ring once down

S - Could smell some caramel and coffe notes in there along with the malt smell and a hint of citrus hops

T - The taste was very good with a bite of hops up front and then it smoothed out to the malts..

M - Med carbonation with a very chewy feel to it...very good

D - I had 2 that night...and enjoyed them very much

meechum, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown where little passes through, it appears clear in the thinnest part of the glass. Good head with great fluffy lace on the side of the glass.

Strong caramel smell, but not sweet. Some darker malts offer a little chocolate aroma.

Relatively dry brew, but still is predominately malty. The finish has a touch of hop, but what I notice is the amount of alcohol warmth after the swallow. Chewy with a low carbonation.

I consider this to be a middle-of-the-road scotch ale. It is not a wee heavy although the alcohol would lead you to believe it is.

smcolw, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to unclejedi and TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slightly spicy, and some toffee/caramel. The taste is big on malts, slightly bitter/spicy, good dose of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very smooth drinkable Scottish Ale for 8% ABV. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams specialty pint glass. The can features an explanation that although cans seem typically reserved for "boring, pusillanimous beer," this brew is anything but.
A: Deep amber color with strong brown tinges throughout. The pour from the can leaves about 2 inches of foamy but smooth head that is tannish in color. Little carbonation visible thru this murky brew. Overall, a very enticing appearance. As I drink, the beer leaves a foamy layer of lacing down the glass; quite nice.
S: Strong whiffs up front of caramel and chocolate malts, and indeed the label boasts "huge quantities" of these. Other notable scents are mostly earthy and full, with a moderate amount of sweetness. Much like the appearance, quite enticing. After warming a bit, the beer reveals some nutty scents, too.
T: A bittersweet caramel malt taste leads the way. This yields an even maltier, more chocolatey/oaky taste in the middle. The finish lets the chocolate taste flourish, while maintaining the intriguing bitterness and deep, smooth malt character. Overall, a smooth taste that mixes caramel and chocolate malts with a slight bitterness. I was expecting something with a bit more kick or powerful taste, given this style; however, this is quite smooth and very tasty.
M: Heavyish throughout, as expected, with a slightly dryish character in the finish.
D: Never would have guessed this is 8% ABV. For the style, this beer has great drinkability.
Overall, the best Scottish Ale I've had thus far. Definitely worth looking for if you haven't tried it.

LeftyBWS, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of BabaJohn
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with tan head that is thin but creamy, sticking a bit to the sides of the glass. Lots of caramel with some accents of coffee, roast and slight malt sourness in the nose. The taste is a big caramel malt bomb with a bit of bittering earthiness from the hops at the end. The body is a bit thinner than others in this style but I find it to be a nice effect in this brew. Very smooth and creamy mouth feel with mild carbonation. Cans are great (as it turns out) and recycle better than glass to boot

BabaJohn, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of evolbob
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a new Sam Adams glass. Dark, almost black color with a tan, soapy head. Smell alcohol initially, then chocolate, light roast coffee and raisins. I know there is a touch of smoked malt in there but I can't smell it. First sip has a very, very mild cognac bite that dissipates quickly to chocolate and just a hint of that "touch of smoked malt" coming through. The mouthfeel is creamy with well balanced carbonation. I'm not familiar with the style but I really like this beer. With a 12-pack costing $15.99 I'll definitely buy this again.

evolbob, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown with a dark tan head that has minimal retention but leaves a great deal of lacing on the glass. roasty malt, toffee and unsweetened dark chocolate in the nose. i wish it would have an even stronger smell because what i do smell is fantastic, i just have to try hard. taste is unsweetened dark chocolate, maybe some dark fruit (like fig or something) a faint hop finish and some alcohol kick. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but a little flat in my opinion. great beer. one of my favorite crews. go dale, chub and gordon.

timtim, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of JamesS
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I was not expecting a domestic scotch ale to be so good, especially considering it came in a 12 oz can. I was happily amazed. It poured out nice and smooth, with excellent head and lacing. It has a fantastic dark color, the deepest copper color I've ever seen in a beer, it was almost pitch-stout-like. Very flavorful, excellent hoppiness and oak/peat tones. Goes down smooth and finishes with a wonderful aftertaste. I'll need more than the single I bough to be sure, but I may have found the domestic scotch ale that could tide me over if I can't find an import.

JamesS, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice deep reddish brown with about an inch of creamy, light tan head. Very appealing.

S- Very chocolaty in the nose, almost like cocoa powder. This is accented by a smoky aroma and a rich, caramelly maltiness. Fantastic stuff.

T- The smell indicated that this beer would be sweet, but it's surprisingly dry. There is some sweetness up front, but that is quickly offset by dry roasted flavors reminiscent of coffee. The chocolate is also in there, giving it a mocha-like character. Smoke and a surprising hop bitterness come together at the end to make it dry and spicy.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied. Quite nice.

D- For an 8% beer, outstanding. However, I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting. Too rich.

This is a great beer. Even though I'm almost totally ignorant of the Scottish Ale style, I can tell that this is a superb example. It's malty, smoky, and above all, delicious. I imagine this would be a good cold-weather beer, although I enjoyed it immensely with temperatures in the 70s. Please do give it a try. Highly recommended.

vtfan77, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried Old Chub on the reccomendation of Sam Matson and Jeff Shaw from Red White And Brew in Florence NJ. Sam has a great eclectic selection of beers at the Florence store. Old Chub to me was exceedingly smooth and very easy drinking which is not usually my description of a dark beer. The taste was light and not "overpowering" like some dark beers (Guiness) the appearance was that of a european ale that you would find in a pub. No mentionable after taste which in my eyes is great because I dont think that a beer should have a huge aftertaste.

BeerLover48Fan, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogfooddog for this beer!

Smell is burned/roasted with some spiciness. The smell is pretty complex and has peat, earth, raisins and a light smoke smell. I also get some diacetyl that goes great with the fullness and sweetness of the beer. Alcohol smell boozy like a barleywine.

Taste is mildly burned with chocolate and soft coffee notes. This burned taste together with the sweetness make the beer like rum beans covered with chocolate. The alcohol finish the experience by adding a boozy kick to the beer. The dark malts are maltbitter, the hopbitterness is low and almost undetectable. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky.

Absumaster, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of bboven
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark wood-varnish color with mahogany accents. An outstanding head with superb lacing.

Smells raisiny sweet and roasty, you can smell the alcohol a bit as well.

You can taste the alcohol just a hair too much, but all th right flavors ar there. It's mainly a sweet roastiness that's great.

Full mouthfeel that doesn't coat and leave you sticky feeling. Pleasantly creamy carbonation.

I drank half of it just writing this review. Watch out though, it'll sneak up on you.

bboven, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass. Body is a dark brown with burnt orange highlights, topped by a small tan head that recedes after a couple of minutes. Nice aroma of roasted caramel and dark malt, some Euro hops, a touch of caramel and mocha. Palate is nice and malty, with a rich underlying sweetness throughout. Some mild bitterness from the considerable hops provides a nice balance. Finish is a lingering malty sweetness with more than a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is rich and a tad creamy, very nice for a Scottish ale. Overall, a very pleasant Scottish ale. Needless to say, the can doesn't seem to affect the quality of this beer in the least. Good stuff.

ElGordo, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark, when held up to light, maroon hues come through. Rich, creamy, tan head that sticks around for the long haul and leaves nice lacing behind in its aftermath.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, cream, vanilla bean, dark fruits...very complex nose. Beaut!

Taste - Deep caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, creamy, hop balance, finishes nice and roasty, woody, and not too too dry. Slight alcohol warmth after it goes down.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy, and perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - If it wasnt for the 8% abv tag, Id drink a lot of these bad boys. One of the best Scottish Ales I have had the pleasure of having. Hats off to Oskar Blues!

Doomcifer, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz can; served in a nonic.

Clean, full maple in color. Quarter-inch, creamy off-white head that lingers as an intact sheet. Spotted lacing that has trouble sticking.

Sweet caramel and toffee malts; light milk chocolate aroma. Clean, airy breadiness with a hint of diacetyl. Hints of vanilla and sweet cream.

Firm, biscuit-based malt character that is heightened by sweet; not quite rich, flavors: caramel, toffee. Fig, raisin, date esters as well. The bread-like character maintains at mid-sip and is joined with a rough, floral hop bite.

Full in body; smooth and creamy with just a bit of roughness from the hops in the middle.

One of the best Scottish Ale's I've had to date. Full flavors and a nice balance; the 8% abv never even entered my mind. This one opened my mind to the fact that good beer can be canned.

NEhophead, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of errantnight
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Um, wow?

Pours rich, deep deep brown almost black with reasonably tight head and respectable lacing.

Smells like malt and chocolate, roasty goodness abounds.

Flavors is a chocolate bomb at first, dark chocolate. As it warms coffee, toffee, even raisin/prune sweetness comes out as the alcohol slips in and the esters start to show off.

Rich and smooth with just enough carbonation.

Easy to drink in that the alcohol never gets in the way, even as it approaches room temp (which was fast, it was roughly 95 degrees in the apartment), but still such a rich, strong, flavorful beer that I think it's pretty easy to get a handle on. An excellent end of the night brew.

errantnight, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of sacrelicio
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice! This beer is the second that I have had form Oskar Blues, the first being Dale's Pale Ale, which I throughly enjoyed. This beer is even better that DPA, with an almost stout like character. The pour is beautiful, dark brown and black with a ruby tranluscence. The smell is nice, with toffee, dark fruit, molasses and coffee. The taste is quite malty sweet and has some roasted smoky qualities. The mouthfeel is also nice with a lifting, medium body. The drinkability is good if you like Scottish ales.

sacrelicio, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of chefnash51
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick 3 finger head .. reduced to thick lacing

Smell: Caremel and coffee... not too strong

Taste: Sweet and dry.. roasted coffee and spicies

Mouthfeel: Went down a lot easier then I thought... Good carbination

Drinkability: So easy to drink.. this is 8% ?! hard to tell...

This is a Great example of the style... EXCELLENT... I am happy to have this beer around all the time... Micro in cans.. I love it and this is one of the best

chefnash51, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never poured a beer from a can. First time for everything I suppose. Pours a reddish-dark brown. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Taste is relatively complex. I get hints of coffee. Overall, a very solid beer, especially since it's coming out of a can.

jdubjacket, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of livingregret
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12 oz can that was slighty warm

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown w/ no head to speak of an no lacing

Smell: A sweet roasted coffee taste mixed w/ caramel. Very nice. A touch of hops/grains is present as is some chocolate. VERY lovely smell

Taste: Rather sweet w/ roasted coffee that adds a touch of dryness to it. The caramel doesn't come through as strong as I would have liked but the nice warmth/spiceyness you receive at the end makes up for it quite nicely

Mouthfeel: Very thick beer that goes down quite smooth enspite the dry taste that accompanies the coffee/toffee flavour.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. The alcohol, although warm, is not overpowering. It would be very easy to drink a few of these w/ out remembering the 8% that accompanies this drink.

livingregret, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a can. Poured out a deep brown into the glass, but was a nice blood red hue when held up to the light. Two fingers of light brown head formed with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head slowly faded into a thick layer of foam and left plenty of thick lace behind. Aroma was of the roasted/toasted sort. Roasted almonds, coffee, some sweet caramel, and just a slight touch of chocolate. A pretty damn good nose in my opinion. This beers flavor is as equally good as the smell. The first flavor that jumped out at me was smoke, or charred wood. Tons of roasted malt, toasted nuts, some dark fruit, toffee, and just a little bit of a smooth alcohol kick in the finish. A great tasting beer in my opinion. Had a nice full, smooth, palate coating mouthfeel. Drinkability was decent but it seemed the beer was harder to drink the further down the glass I got. Oskar Blues continues to convince me that good beer can come from cans.

jaxon53, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome, another winner in my widening experience with canned craft beers!

Pours a very dark brown, some reddish hues seen when held to the light. Pouring the last ounce a bit harder produces a nice creamy tan head of three quarters of an inch in height, that fades to a thin ring soon and leaves exceptional rings of lacing with most every sip.

This beer has a rich nose. - a bit of smokiness is noted immediately, but otherwise there is a lot of chocolate and caramel here. A little toasted grain. I may have to rerate and give a 4.5.

Taste and mouthfeel are at least the equal of the aroma. Body is full and smooth, carbonation on the low side. Overall rather sweet, with plenty of roasted and caramel malt. The smokiness is pretty muted here, and the finish is only slightly drying. A bit of a sticky sweet aftertaste that isn't my favorite, but it is saved by a little lingering smoky peat flavor.

Quite drinkable - a little stronger than I like for my forays to the pool with a cooler of canned craft beer, but I'll survive.

udubdawg, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I avoided this one for a while because I had yet to encounter a Scotch ale I particularly liked. Now I have.

Appearance: deep garnet in color, smallish head - I was initially concerned that my can wasn't carbonated because the "pop" was not very audible. Leaves a little lacing.

Smell: caramel, a little chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Lighter aroma than I was expecting.

Taste: Cocoa powder finish, enough hops bitterness to balance the malty sweetness that is inherent in the style. Not as much caramel as I was expecting. Bit of alcohol spice and warming, and a whisp of smoke that might just be the hickory ribs I'm pairing this with. I bet this would make an excellent glaze. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, smooth. Carbonation a little light, but I think it fits the style.

Drinkability: Good! My favorite OB beer now (Gordon is too expensive to be a favorite beer). Easy to drink.

hunteraw, Aug 17, 2007
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 4,056 ratings.