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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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4,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,290
Reviews: 1,518
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 145
Gots: 467 | FT: 7
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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:
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 SkeeterHawk
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet color with a small layer of foam on top of the beer. There are only a few bubbles riding, but they don't want to stick for very long. That is about all there is to say about this beer.

Aroma: The dark caramel malts in there are one of the most predominant things in this beer. It does have a bit of a Scottish character to it, but it doesn't come across to me as Scottish as a McEwans or some such.

Taste: This is a pretty good beer. It seems to give me more of an impression of a Brown Ale than a Scottish style. It still has some of the Scottish characteristics, but it isn't such a big of a deal that I would have come up with the Scottish characteristics on my own. There is some alcohol there, and it gives a little bit of spiciness.

Opinion: This is a pretty good tasting beer. It is not a Wee Heavy, so don't expect one...even from the alcohol %. There is nothing wrong with it, and it has a good flavor...but it doesn't stand up against some of the other beers in this same style. I would drink it again, but it is not something that I will be seeking out.

Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Brigid's in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia during Philly Beer Week 2007.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with thin tan head. Nice malty aroma with a nice nutty presence as well as some chocolate, caramel and hops. Flavor very similar to aroma with a lot of roasted nut maltiness, chocolate, caramel, toast and dark fruit with a nice hop finish.

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

This is the extent of my pre Thanksgiving partying.

Candy apple red with some brown thrown in for good measure.No lacing and very lively carbonation.

Smells sweet with caramel in it.

Sweet enough to know there isnt many hops in this brew.It has a caramel taste.

Nice mouthful and the booze isnt too bad.I feel a touch of dryness at the end of the sip.

I can drink this beer but cant drink many.A very tasty beer.

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

Mahongey colored body with a small off-white head.

All sorts of malt come through in the aroma. Sweet, bready, lots of caramel and toffee.

Taste is all malt. Slght sweetness, caramel, bread, toffee. Tasty for sure, a great scottish ale. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick.

Really drinkable, you could down one of these without even realizing it.

Photo of Tolnik
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this dark oil color beer into a pint glass. Slight amount of foaming at the begining reducing itself down to a fair amount of lacing. The aroma of caramels, brown sugar and slight toffee tones reach the nose. The tast of the beer is a good balance of malts and slight hops that give a brown sugar, slight hints of smokeyness and that of chocolate.

Photo of droomyster
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a small and brief head. Smells of brown sugar, maybe caramels. Tastes of brown sugar and toffee, a touch of smoke, and ends with flashes of milk chocolate. Barely hopped, if at all. [Update: Oskar Blues website says they added a "smidge of US and UK hops."] Tasty for sure, but a bit oversweet for my taste as the can goes on. Mouthfeel: dense and creamy with low carbonation, very interesting. Drinkability: good stuff but too sweet and high in alcohol to have more than one at a time.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into nonic. Canned 8-18-08. Interestingly, that's the one year anniversary of me signing my lease to be the tenant in my condo. I have since bought the condo. Cheers.

Deep mahogany hue, almost black, with dark ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. A one finger tan, bubbly head slowly settles to a thin even cap. Stringy lacing.

Lots of burnt caramel in the aroma, along with a bit of warming alcohol. A bit of raisin is in there as well.

Thick raisin flavors with bits of caramel and sweetened cocoa. Nothing to note from the hops, except a little bit of bitterness in the background to balance the sweeter flavors. Full bodied with medium carbonation, giving the beer a syrupy feel. A little bit of a smokey caramel flavor lingers for a while after each sip.

Another Oskar Blues beer to enjoy. Thicker and chewier than some Scottish Ales, and almost bordering a Scotch Ale (minus a little complexity found in Scotch Ales). Recommended.

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

poured into my duvel tulip, two inches of head, sonme lacing, dark brown body.
smells of caramely malt, with a faint hit of smoke
taste is liek the smell but different, brown sugar, caramel, an almost bourbon like thing going on as well, hit of smoke on the end, thick viscous, malty moutfell, great beer, its my go to for anything outdors, but i think it deserves ter than that, this keeps showing up in my fridge more and more, great beer.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this treat from a can into a mug, and enjoyed its creamy-caramel-colored head and mahogany colored body. The head dissipated, leaving a thing wisp of lacing that carried down throughout the drinking.

This has a thin, creamy mouthfeel that leaves a bit to be desired. It does have a robust taste that reminds me of earth and hickory, with just a little hint of molasses on the swallow. The maltiness is cut nicely by the flavor of the high abv, and all around this beer delivers.

This beer all around tastes like a cool, dark cave in the middle of a mossy forest.

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

Dark brown that's making a move on black but with tons of maroon-ruby highlighting. Served with a tight, tan head about one thick finger full. Good lacing initially, although it tends to fade as the beer does.

Sweet aromas of chocolate with some caramel. Pretty clean all around.

The flavor is mildly smoky, with lots of malt related character - more toffee than caramel, with a little chocolate for kicks. Brown sugar in the finish - alcohol is well hidden from start to finish.

The mild bitterness and malt forward character are very much in line with the Scottish tradition. This is a solid Scotch ale on the lower end of the size spectrum. Oskar Brews knows how to blues them...er, maybe that 8% is in there afterall.

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

A- Nice clear dark brown with very minimal head that went away rather quickly. Thick spider like lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Very malty almost chocolate like smell. Some hints of caramel as well.

T- Very sweet and malty. Not my favorite beer, but I love hops. A very rich chocolate malt flavor. Overall, not bad taste at all for people who really like this type of beer.

M- Thick and chewy, left very little aftertaste.

D- Did not taste any alcohol in this beer. Would definitely try it again.

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

Dark and glassy reddish. Head is cardboard brown and stays for a bit. Specky lace. Has an only slightly orange tinge (like triaminic).

Strong caramel and toffee aromas. Molasses. Like a sweeter barleywine, or a darker brown sugar.

Sweet molasses and brown sugar blast. Really sweet but with a really malty base that balances it. Heavy, malty and good.

A bit oily in the feel, but also a bit chewy. Thick and dry too. Top shelf. A great, sweet Scotch ale. Quite good and strong.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very deep, dark ruby color. Medium pour produces a two-finger head that has great retention and excellent lacing.

Smell is quite inviting. Big, big malty presence. A touch of sweet brown sugar and caramel. A hint of vanilla and toffee. Big roasted malts are the dominant feature here. A little bit smokey and a hint of chocolate and booziness.

Mmmmm, tasty goodness. Big, sweet, malt forward taste. Very nice caramel and vanilla notes with a touch of brown sugar. Small hints of chocolate covered coffee beans. A little bit of dark fruit flavor hiding in there. A nice touch of smokiness peaks through. Rich in flavor, though not overly done. Alcohol is very well hidden. No bitter bite, at all.

Mouthfeel is very nice. A slight bit thin for a Scottish Ale, but still quite good. Silky smooth. Nice carbonation level.

Despite the fact that this comes from a can, I find it highly drinkable. I'm not big on canned beer, but maybe I can be swayed. I'm at least open to it, now.
All thanks to Old Chub! Please give me more!

Photo of GeoffM
2.7/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from can into pint glass.

Appearance - Nearly as dark as a stout, looks much like a porter with a moderately thick tan head that sticks around for a little while before diminishing. Good lacing.

Smell - Malt smells dominate, chocolate msotly from what I can detect, not overpowering, in fact it's very pleasant to the nose.

Taste - Harsh bitterness from the get-go. The first thing I thought of was wine, sour and not pleasantly so. Mellows out a bit and finishes nicely, but far from palatable. Certainly there's complexity but it's no fun to let it sit on your palate and find out just what it tastes like. Frankly I don't like it.

Overall - A beer that's exceptional in every area except the most important one: how it tastes. It's not uniformly bad and I can understand how other people, people more experienced with beer than me perhaps, might like it, but it's simply not my thing. Cheers to the canning revolution, though.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice dark brown. nice rich highlights around the edges. not much head to speak of.

smell is malt heaven. rich caramel malts. gets me excited to taste

malts are very very present. not a big shocker. chocolate and caramel. bit of some dark fruit hiding in the backround. sweet without being sugary. nice rich flavors.

smoooth. i dont get any alcohol. i think my can was a tad flat as i didnt get much carbonation if any. still good though.

i would drink this again. i liked it very much

Photo of SaucyA
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mixture of dark brown, deep maroon, and amber. Off-white 1 finger head into a tulip. Nice sheets of lacing.

S - Big raisin vibe, plus chocolate malts... almost a dark currant undertone. Caramel affects.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate malts, caramel sweetness. Brown sugar but no molasses. Smoked malt very subdued if nearly non-existant.

M - It's not as heavy as I like my Scottish Ales, but the carbonation is okay. There is a slightly dry, thin chalkiness that detracts.

D - This isn't offensive, but it's not the best Scottish Ale I've ever had. I'd drink another, though.

Notes: I'll trade you an Erie Ol' Red Cease and Desist for one of these ;)

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

Can courtasy of russpowell.

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.
1 finger fluffy white head quickly receeds into a thin bit of retention.Lace is slick and spotty.
Dark in color with a deep red glow when held to light.

Rish malty smoked aroma with a bit of a boozy aroma.

Terrific roasted grain flavor, wisps of smokyness, smooth in texture with creamy carbonation. Some scotch like flavor, as if oak was soaked in scotch. Smooth and mellow all the way through. Alcahol warming at the swallow. A powdered milk shake malt like flavor, some sour fruit. Very interesting sipper. A little belgiany in flavor with some dark candy sugar likeness.

Been wanting to give this a try for a while, glad I finally got the chance.

Photo of TrevorGW
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues knows how to bring the big flavors to the table and they are able to impress me even with one of my least favorite styles (Scottish Ale).

A - Dense. dark brown color. Reddish hues are detectable. No head at ALL, even though it was poured aggressively into a short glass. Light on hops, light on carbonation... I guess that means you get no fun foam.

S - Sugary sweet. A candy shop!

T - Rich rich rich caramel flavor that manages to keep the sweetness somewhat at bay. Brief flashes of smoke and wood. Not much in the way of bitterness.

M - Smoothness. Other Scottish Ales have a rough mouthfeel... almost a harsh metallic creaminess (can't describe). Old Chub doesn't give me that weird feel and I am thankful for this texture.

D - Dangerously tasty beer at 8% ABV. Heads up kids.

Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce can into a standard pint glass. The first thing I noticed was the little bit of carbonation in the beer, as I opened the can there was just a light hiss of air. The beer pours a dark shade of brown with a very thin white head. The beer is sweet smelling on the nose, very heavy on the caramel malt. The first flavor is a smokey caramel flavor, followed by malty sweetness. The finish is sweet with no discernable hop profile. This beer is a malt bomb. Even though this beer is medium bodied, to me it felt a bit thin. Perhaps this is a consequence of the light carbonation. The beer hides its 8% ABV quite well. I did not enjoy Old Chub as much as I had hoped. The flavor was enjoyable but to me it was too thin.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a deep, dark mahogany color with ruby highlights, a light mocha colored head that retains rather well. A fair amount of lacing

S: Healthy dose of chocolate, caramel, and some slight alcohol. I'm getting just a tinge of smokiness at the start, but it's really buried beneath the malt-tastic aromas radiating from my glass. Old chub smells like a rather sweet stout.

T&M: Chocolate and toffee flavors tempered with a sweet brown sugar flavor. Some faint hop bitterness comes in towards the end to prevent a total malt overload. The finish is sweet and has noticeable smokiness and roasted malt. Not quite as long and lingering finish as I'd like, but still decent. I just love it when malty beers last long enough on the palate to allow one to savor the sip for a while. It's nice to be able to taste the beer even when I'm not actually drinking it. The body is medium/full with a light carbonation, but I think a tad bit more fullness would help things out a bit. Then again, perhaps more fullness would push it into the Wee Heavy category...

D: It actually goes down very easily for being a bigger beer. Not really a sipper, but more of a slow gulper. I've found myself taking some big gulps and trying to savor the flavor and enjoy the finish a bit. Old Chub is a nice malty mix-up for a hop-head like myself.

Photo of seaweed
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Is it me or is this can designed to smoke your favorite dried ingredients out of? On close inspection, there's a round, screen-like image printed 180 degrees from the can opening, near the bottom of the can. Reminds me a bit of a junior high summer hike to the edge of a corn field. Maybe I'm imagining Illuminati imagery, like between the legs of the lions on a pack of Marlboro Reds? Who's holding that banner? They're in our beer and smokes, what's next?

This beer took 5 cans in three days to get a taste for. The rest of the sixer will be enjoyed soon. Cheers to that.

I like it. I may even order it from the can-handled tap at my local watering hole, next long lunch.

"High Altitude. High Attitude. High Land. High Ya. ...alright buddy.

Photo of nem2006
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a can at Jackson's Bar and Bistro in Nashville, TN.

The beer is a dark brown with some red hues. There was a good head that did not last very long and there was some slight carbonation visible.

The nose was extremely malty, nutty and toasted. The smell was very powerful.

This is a heavy-bodied beer. The flavor is extra nutty which takes place mostly in the middle bracketed by a short, sweet start and a toasted hint. The beer is then finished off with a strong, but balanced hop finish.

This is no wimpy beer. For me, the last half of the beer started to drag on a little bit.

Photo of soccerman7
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Holy Smoke in a pint

A - Very nice muddy dark brown with a light tan head that lingered.

Smell - very nice malt and smoke. had a faint earthiness to it.

Taste - Very big in flavor. Malts were the showcase and had chocolate, bread, and roast character. not overly sweet as some scotch ales are. Smokiness was fairly dominant which was a bit much. Very little hop flavor which is great for the style.

Mouth - very nice smooth brew. The smoke was a bit much though and got in the way by the end of the pint.

Drinkability - A very good brew and one of the best american versions i have had of the style. If it were a bit less smoke it may be tops. Worth trying on draft.

Photo of sleazo
2.55/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The last in the line of regular canned offerings for me to try from this brewery.

A_Pours a dark brown hue more along the lines of a Belgian strong dark with virtually no head despite a vigourous pour. Not an appetizing looking beverage.

S_Mild yet sticky sweet caramel aroma.

T_A burnt carmale sweetness dominates up front. A bit of smoke hits in the middle but not much else. The finish is mildy bitter but strangely chocolatey and has a chalky feel and taste. The aftertaste has that chalkiness linger as well as a residual sweetness. The chalkiness manages to dominate. It is sort of as if you dipped a piece of writing chalk in cocoa powder and sucked on it.

M_Sticky, chalky and low carbonation.

D_Pretty much an utter dissapointment. I love Scotch ales but this is a bit of a mess with a wierd mouthfeel to it. Much better examples of the style. Not very complex or interesting and a bit of a chore to get through.

Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a full bodied, big palated Scottish ale. It pours a very dark, just slightly opaque color with some ruby hints. There isn't much head right from the can, a thin light brown froth that dissipates quickly. Lacing, there isn't any. The nose on the beer is very sweet caramels, some candy like aromas, a good bit of liquour sweetened fruit, and a bit of ABV. There isn't much carbonation to the beer, but most Scottish ales are pretty flat. This is a very sweet, molasses laden beer, with some coffee notes, plenty of ABV in the background. I'm getting some cherry chocolate notes as well. This is a very sweet Scottish ale, but there is enough of the roasted molasses and caramel flavors, some smokiness, a bit of peatiness to still be representative of the style. But it is sweet. Not a bad beer, I can see why people are raving over it, I'm just not a huge fan of the style and this is a bit too syrupy and cloying for me at any rate.

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