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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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4,438 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,438
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
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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 Amalak
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest, I was really surprised by this beer. I went to a deli and they were selling six packs for $5. The fact that it was so cheap and in a can...well, I was skeptical.

But this is a really good beer. Dark redish, brown in color; good foamy head; clear, no bubbles and an excellent nutty scent with an almost rusty metallic scent in the background.

Very creamy and sweet, quite malty. Very easy to drink.

Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: earth/peat, malt, and a touch of currant

Taste: malt dominates, there is some earth/peat taste as well as currant, caramel, pepper, and bread

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/heavy body, moderate carbonation with a semi-sweet end

Drinkability: This is a high abv beer, but I think it does hide its alcohol well. This is a malt bomb and is traditional to the style. One of the better Scotch ales that I have had that was not on tap. I could have several.

Photo of jpaltan
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

quite dark, with a fingers worth of head that kind of sits around and lingers. smell is dark malts with a faint hint of the booze coming through. some dark fruits in the nose too. taste is a bit cloying through the finish until a coffee bitterness comes out and tames it a bit. body is thick and creamy. some raisin flavor comes through on the taste too as it warms. mouthfeel is quite nice on this one. despite it's 8% i'd have no problem polishing off quite a few of these. it does have a bit of heat from the booze, but nothing unmanageable.

Photo of GregPearson33
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark caramel with almost total opacity and allowed through only a small amount of light. There was a nice, thick initial head but it dissipated very fast. Smelled sweet and malty with smoked toffee and caramel.

BAM! First sip was flavor packed and sugary-sweet, and revealed those chocolaty candy notes that I'd smelled. Hops are definitely my jam and I don't generally like such a malty brew, but this was pretty grand. The texture was thick and syrupy and I probably wouldn't plan on getting after it with this one... although the delicious taste makes it effortless and pleasurable to keep sipping.

Bottom line: Old Chub's one I'll definitely get again.

Photo of MaltyBob
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites.

A - Pours a nice dark brown. Interesting 'man-beer' color.

S - Malt, chocolate cupcakes, mmm...

T - Rich sweet taste. Malt bomb!!! Hops?? We don't need no stinkin' hops!

M - Round, full, smooth.

D - WAY too easy to pound these. Sweet malty goodness covers up the 8% almost too well.

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

I've had this in the can as well as on draft. Creamy beige head with little to no lacing. Smell is sweet malt, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is very sweet with lots of chocolate flavor dominating. Finishes smooth and sweet and feels very thick in the mouth. Easy to drink with the alcohol masked nicely.

Photo of rkrisstewart
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up with a few other Oskar Blues products, namely the Yella Pils and Dale's Pale Ale, both of which I loved.

I enjoy a good Scotch ale from time to time, and this one was no different. An enjoyable experience overall. Biggest downfall came with the aroma, as this one never entirely opened up to me. On the tongue, it was quite good, yielding flavors of baker's chocolate, some roasted maltiness, and stingy bitterness. A really great Scotch ale, but not one of my top favorites.

I would definitely buy this again, although preferably in the fall when it fits the season better.

Photo of erikm25
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a charred dark brown with crimson tinting throughout the body. The head is a slightly light caramel hue. Retention is strong and fluffed. Lacing sticks down the entire glass.

S: Smoked dried prunes with some candy malt backdrop. Butterscotch and caramel sweetness make an appearance. Slight raisin and vanilla aromas. Overall, very rich and buttery.

T: Various delicious malt flavors. Licorice with whiskey and brown sugar undertones. Oaked cookie dough and cherries. Roasted toffee finish with no hints of the 8% content amidst the spiced pleasantness.

M: Medium body with slightly medium carbonation. Complex yet smooth as can be...

D: This is a very drinkable beer and at about 1 dollar per 12 oz it is a great deal. This is easily the best canned brewery I have had. Oskar = Metal.

Photo of kaseydad
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snifter pour.

A creamy beige head and a very dark brown or black color....almost like oil.

Sweet aroma of prunes, coffee and candy.

Well carbonated though the "scotch" is present with the aroma of alcohol in the air. A lingering aftertaste is present which I don't find too pleasant.

Overall this is a so-so Scotch Ale and not high on my list. The plus is it's in a can and very portable if you like this style.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown with a little less than one finger of head and very light lacing.

The aroma has sweet malt with an undertone of caramel. Overall the smell is not very strong, but what's there is good.

Full bodied with little carbonation. The flavor is sweet and for some reason reminds me of a fig and port sauce I once had. There is some very nice malt, not much in the way of hop flavor or bitterness and no real complexity, but the subdued sweetness is right on for the style. All in all this is a very good beer for the style.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with a small head and thin lace.
The aroma of grapes,roasted malts and chocolate.

The taste starts sweet then follows with malts and caramel. Smoky notes. Alcohol and a chocolate notes with milky feel.

The feel was full bodied and had medium carbonation.

Notes: I did not really write a long review on this beer,but was this really from a can!!! I would not have believed it,but I cracked the can open so it is true. Really smooth and rich. ABV well masked. I loved the balance of sweetness,smokiness and malts.

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

12 oz can that I bought from another BA who needed to clear out his cellar due to moving to another city. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with just the slightest of red higlights when held up to the light. What little head was there disappeared completely very quickly after the pour. No points for lacing or retention at all.

S: Just a big caramel malt aroma. Doesn't seem to be a lot more going on in the smell.

T: It has a very nice malty flavor. It is good, but not really complex or super interesting. However, it gets a good score for being a solid but not flashy taste.

M: Medium body beer that oddly seems almost watery at times when its in the mouth. Its not really as creamy smooth as I prefer for the style.

D: The ABV is incredibly hidden with this one. It goes down easy due to its sweet taste.

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

Many thanks to BeerLovinGrl for one I've been wanting to try for a while.

The color is a rich, deep brown with reddish-brown highlights when held up to the light. The head pours pretty well and leaves light to moderate lacing.
There's a very thick maltiness in the nose with a little bit of a milk chocolate as well. A light note of alcohol is detectable as well as a mild smokiness, caramel, and hints of fruit.
Huge malt forms the backbone of this brew, complimented by caramel and the chocolate in the nose which is more of a dark unsweetened than the milk chocolate of the aroma. Further complimenting the flavor are obvious notes of caramel and coffee with a very light spice. A nice smokiness rises and fades with each sip, and hops are very gently underlying.
The mouthfeel is fantastic. The body is full and this one is thick, smooth and incredibly rich. A lingering finish is sweet with some complexity.
Poured into a glass, I was able to avoid nasty can taste making its way into this one, and I can completely appreciate it having some from the can.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a single can from Moraga Wine & Spirits for $1.29. How bout that deal?

Poured into a mug.

Appearance: Couldn't quite fit it all - stupid mug. A small, foamy, tan head sits atop a a semitransparent earthy brown body. Beer turns a deep crimson when held to light [Oooo... Aaaawww]. Gentle carbonation can be seen within. Head retention is okay. Nice stringy lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, caramel, and bread. Smells super malty. red currants maybe? Quite sweet, but mild in strength.

Taste: Warm fluffy bread, toasted whole grains, molasses, tallow, earth, and moist grassy hops. A scotch-like flavors appears toward the end of the sip and lasts long into the aftertaste. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and malty. Carbonation is on the low end; a bit lower than I'd like it. Good amount of warmth, but only a mildly dry finish.

Drinkability: Wish I had a few more of these. No, wait, I don't. I've got to do homework. Fuck homework! I wanna drink Old Chub! But there aren't anymore Old Chubs. Damn. Yeah, it's kinda like that.

Photo of sarahspat
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with amber highlights. VERY effervescent at first. I mean you can literally hear the bubbles popping. However, after about two minutes, absolutely no signs of carbonation remain. Seriously, this is the flattest beer I've ever drank. Zero retention or lacing.

Smells of caramel, peat and scotch. Tastes like more of the same with additions of subtle chocolate notes and a backdrop of dark fruits.

It feels very smooth and light-bodied, which is alright for the style but the complete lack of carbonation causes me to give a 1 for mouthfeel.

Despite the nice flavors, the carbonation problem made this one hard to finish. I would definitely give this brew another chance, though, based on its reputation.

Photo of rhinos00
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a maroon colored brown with a semi-clear appearance. Reveals a fingers width of off-white head.

S- Lots of malt and hint of fruit. Also detectable is a butterscotch type aroma. Not much going here, pretty straight forward.

T- Taste is a little more potent than the aroma. Initially, heavy malt flavors come through. Eventually they give way to a slightly sweet, fruit flavor. The finish ends with a nice hint of butter scotch and dark fruit.

M- Nice amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Somewhat of a dry finish.

D- Pretty drinkable. Alcohol really wasn't detectable.

Overall, another solid offering from Oskar Blues. This beer simply lacked in complexity and seemed to accentuate certain parts of the beer that maybe shouldn't have. Despite all this, a great Colorado brew.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew, but definitely not one I'd drink several of in a session. Loved the burnt copper/reddish appearance with nice lacing and a good foamy head. Smell was of peat moss, smoke and tinge of alcoholic aroma. Taste was almost overpowering, a little on the sweet/malty side for my tastes, but still a good sipping brew.

Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, almost black with little head. I was waiting for a coffee whisky nose based on expectations and I was wrong...I got a light nose full of licorice...I waited for coffee, malt undertones and got....licorice..period.

Medium bodied and a bit out of balance. Or, perhaps the flavors were just such that they were not to my liking. Again, I waited for that roasted malt, coffee, malty whisky Scottish Ale character. The flavors were overwhelming licorice...black licorice flavors and character in the extreme; nothing subtle here...huge licorice character with a soap flavored back palate.

This was a very distinctive ale; I've tasted nothing like it and it certainly wasn't typical of a Scottish Ale. I wouldn't have minded the licorice character if there was something else...some coffee, some sweet malt, some other flavor complexity. Sorry to say such wasn't the case. Interesting for the experience; maybe it was just my palate as those drinking it with me were a bit more foregiving.

We tried this with BBQ and by itself. Not my style.

Tried again 8/31/09
Pours black with an initial very thin head that never makes it to an actual head. Nose of rich sweet plum with malt undertones. Mouthfeel is medium creamy with decent body and character. Flavors are rich, layered and complex. Sweet prune, to cooked fruit, to sweet chocolate cake flavors to a carmel chocolate plum finish. Best beer I've had in a can, to date, although a bit like an adult carmel/chocolate/plum soda character. Nice.

So, either my tastes have changed; my palate was in a different shape or I just got a better can.

Photo of markaberrant
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark, but flashes red when held to a light, looks to be clear, light tan head

S - not a huge nose, malty, some carmel, and a bit of raisin, pretty clean

T - real nice carmelized malt character, that's pretty much it, but it's really good, hint of raisin, no hop flavour, just enough bitterness to dry up the finish, aftertaste is lingering malt and smooth alcohol

M - really nice creaminess, good bit of body, but not syrupy, low carbonation, there is noticable alcohol, but quite welcome and smooth

D - this is a little boozy, especially at 8%, but damn it goes down nicely

I wasn't sure what to expect with this - I'm usually a love or hate kinda guy when it comes to Wee Heavy, and I had no idea if Oskar Blues would "americanize" their take on it. Well, this one is pretty much true to style, and I love it. Great mouthfeel on this one, with a bold maltiness that is not over the top (or overly sweet). It does seem a tad boozy, but it's not harsh, and the aroma is a little weak, but these are minor quibbles. I've only tasted their hoppy beers, so it really impressed me to see them pull off a malt-bomb so well.

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

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with red highlights. Very thin tan head that faded away pretty quick. A few carbination bubbles here and there.

S- Very malty and thickly sweet.

T- Caramel, brown sugar and a little vanilla. The whole time it made me think about the scene in Super Troopers where they are chugging syrup.

M- Kind of watery but very smooth and heavy.

D- Started off as a sipper but about a third of the way into it I found myself picking up the pace. Definitely could go for a couple in a sitting.

Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep brown, with ruby highlights around the edges. Very thin head that completely disappeared.
Very malty aromas. Lots of molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, and alcohol.
Very malty flavors too. Again, lots of molasses, brown sugar, the dark fruits become more distinct with dark cherries, prunes and raisins. Dark chocolate and hints and coffee.
Medium-heavy bodied. Pretty sticky.
This is a sipper. But, the good flavors do help a lot. 2 would probably be my limit in one night.
It's been a while since I've had this beer and I'm glad I had it again. This is one of my more favorite styles and this will become a more regular items seen in my fridge.

Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45.

Appearance: A very dark brown color with ruby garnet highlight in the beer's body. There was a half inch tan head that disappeared very quickly. There are few effervescence bubbles visible through the body of the beer. The the beer is heavy and highlights are visible.

Nose: The beer has a medium rich malty sweet aroma, a little peaty, earthy, phenols, and some diacetyl.

Taste: The beer has dense rich malty complex with some peat, earth, phenol, diacetyl. There is a subtle sweetness in the background.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, a smooth alcohol presences, and very chewy. The body of the beer is very thick and heavy. The finish on the beer is medium to medium full. The nice finish of the beer lingers on the palate for a moment to relish the flavor. This is a very nice strong tasting Scottish Ale. The beer has a wonderful flavor and it has a very strong dense malt complex with the taste of scotch. I enjoyed it.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single can from Bocktown outside of Pittsburgh.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with light only getting through in the thin edges and two fingers of khaki colored head that settles down to a film and small bubbles, leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of caramel malts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, slight traces of both vanilla and oak

T: Tastes similar to the smell components: caramel, toffee, nuttiness, then lighter flavors of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak

M: about what i would expect for the style, not creamy or anything, but not thin an watery, lower carbonation than what i expected, but mostly because it's a smooth carb

D: very easily drinkable, the flavor is really good, no alcohol taste, etc

Photo of bigbelcher
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a deep rich copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is pure malt with not much hop aroma. Flavor is a rich caramel malt bomb. High alcohol but not overpowerering but definently warming. Taste has nice hoppiness at finish. This full bodied beer has a clean crisp feel. One of the most drinkable canned beers I've had.

Photo of thekanna
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a giant mug of this at Hank's Tavern and Eats in Hyattsville, MD.

A: Poured a dark, clear brown with very active carbonation and barely any head; resembled coca-cola.

S: Overall malty sweetness; burnt caramel, molasses... similar to the smell you get from chewy molasses sugar cookies. Thick and saccharine.

T: Strong malt sweetness; chewy and bread-like, with resonating roasted malts and a coffee-flavored candy-like aftertaste.

M: Somewhat thin and slick; however, you feel the heaviness in your stomach halfway down the glass.

D: Very drinkable; However, the alcohol really leaves a mark after a while. Left me with a somewhat uncomfortable headache the entire night.

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