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%
Wants: 148
Gots: 485 | FT: 8
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 Procrastinator
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into pint glass. I've had this beer a few times over the past several years and thought I should get around and review it.

Appearance: cola colored body with beige 1" head which recedes to leave constant lacing around the glass. Carbonation bubbles off the bottom of my glass.

Smell: earthy smokiness hides behind a slight sweetness of chocolate and caramel.

Taste: smokey peat and sweet chocolate with caramel and butterscotch. Hoppy bitterness at swallow. Alcohol is evident at finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and velvety. Carbonation is spot on and enhances the flavors.

Drinkability: let this beer warm up to room temperature and enjoy it's buttery smoothness and caramel sweetness with just a touch of smokiness.

Photo of explosivebeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear dark brown. The aroma has caramel and toffee present. It has a good body and great flavor, with lots of malt and a nice, sweet finish. This is definitely one of the better beers you can find in a can. Then again, I guess you can say that for the entire Oskar Blues line.

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

Thanks to mhewes for this one.
Can poured into a standard pint glass produced a finger worth of tan head that went away quickly. The body of this brew was the color of a chocolate lab (dark brown)

Big aromas of roasted malts and light smokiness filled my head.

The flavors are the same as the nose big roasted malts are right up front with a nice sweetness as well. A bit of earthiness makes it self known as well. Rich, creamy and smooth are words I use with this brew as well

A good example of scotch ale I would gladly pick this up if I see it around. All this and from a can too what more can you ask.

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

A - Pours almost black, nice off white head. Some cascading bubbling going on around the sides, even 15 minutes later.

S - Nice malt, some spices, some dark fruit.

T - Nice sweet center. Unsweetened chocolate in the mix, along with a roasted malt and roasted coffee attribute.

M - Medium to heavy body, GREAT coating, good carb.

D - Smooth and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Another one in my continued quest to try the good canned beers. Thanks to mhewes for hooking me up with this. Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Label is slightly different than the one pictured, no tartan. Canned on 9/08/08, wow, 15 days old!

Appearance: Pours with a finger and a half of tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is deep mahogany and nearly opaque.

Smell: Rich malt aromas of caramel and toffee. Hints of roastiness.

Taste: Amazingly malty flavor, caramel and toffee for certain, but also smokiness, an almost roasted barley bitterness, and some hints of coffee. Very slightly hop bitterness in the finish, which is incredibly long lasting. As the beer warms, it has a slight artificial sweetness flavor.

Mouthfee: Slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is incredible!

Drinkability: A wonderful Scottish Ale, with rich and creamy flavors and a thick and mouth filling body. Only hit would be the artificial sweetener flavor that becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

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

This beer pours much darker than I was expecting...near dark brown with one finger of a light tan head. Smells rich and malty with caramel tones and actually quite similar to a German black beer. Flavor is also similar to a black beer but it is sweeter and a bit more mellow. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light with low to moderate carbonation. Overall this is good beer, one that I would be glad to poor for guests with its clean malty taste and dry finish and surprise color - from a can!


Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a can into a pint glass. A nice rich dark brown color with a tawny off white head.

S. Sweet malts, roasted pecans, fresh spring water and a bit of alcohal.

T. Brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel malts. Some dusty hop bitters and adds to a dry finish. A nice roasted aftertaste follows.

M. Full bodied and very flavorful. A bit chewey.

D. For an 8% big and beautiful chub, this is a drinkable Scott ale.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Very dark, plum/raisin colored beer. A tan head forms but leaves rather quickly. Head becomes a small ring round the top of the beverage.

Aroma is very earthy. Smoky, slightly fruity, tobacco, figs, raisins.

Big flavors here as well. Big on the roasted malt and smoke. Some oaky characteristics come forth as well. More of the dark fruits like black cherry and dried plums. Alcohol is quite evident but doesnt detract in any manner. Mostly a warming feeling and slight fusels.

Heavy and thick on the body. Slick covering of the whole mouth. I imagine peat fields in Scotland while drinking the malty beauty.

Photo of aubuc1
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with ruby and a nice tan head.

Bursting smell of caramel, sweet malt, and roasted malts.

Taste is smoothe, malty, and sweet.

Very full, creamy mouthfeel.

A sipping beer, but great none the less.

Photo of buffettfan
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this tail gating before the ASU vs. UNLV game. I did get a fair amount of crap for bringing a beer glass to a tailgate party.

Poured dark caramel brown.

Smelled sweet, with ceramal sweetness.

Taste was very good. Again, the caramel comes out, has a great chocolate taste as well.

A very nice, drinkable beer, and from a can no less!

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

A - Very dark brown pretty much opaque with 1.5 fingers of bubbly tan head

S - Sweet roasted malts

T - Littles bits of smoky, roasty, coffee, chocolate, sctoch, sweetness

M - Smooth creamy medium body with light carbonation

D - Easy to drink very enjoyable

Photo of wspscott
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can in pint glass

A: Very dark brown/light black, a hint of ruby when held up to a light. Thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.
S: Toffee and caramel, very sweet smelling
T: Taste is like a rich scotch ale, very sweet, lots of caramel, not cloying. No hops presence at all. The alcohol is not apparent. As it warms there are hints of raisins with a little bit of dried cherry with a bit of dark chocolate in the back.
M: Slightly drying on the tongue, very rich/mouthfilling.
D: Very smooth and easy drinking, this could be a very dangerous beer given the alcohol level. I could easily go back for another (and maybe another after that). Recommended

Photo of PatrickJR
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into pint glass, at Coopers Ale House in Greensboro.

A - Dark black, almost opaque. Thick 2-3 finger brown head rises, with excellent retention. Lots of lace as well.

S - Caramel/brown sugar aromas. Slight hints of dark, overripe fruits with licorice.

T - Engaging malt character. Sweet, sweet caramel malts wash the tongue with a tad of buttery flavor. Prunes, currents, chocolate, and anise all linger. No bitterness.

M - Lucious and creamy. Sparsely carbonated.

D - For being a bigger beer, this is some drinkable stuff. You hardly even know it's going down.

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown - as close to black without being black that's lighter around the edges. Head is about one-finger of tan-colored foam that dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells alright. Come caramel and roasted aromas, but when I sniff really hard I get a high-ABV sweet aroma - akin to that of Samichlaus and bigger DFH beers. There's a subtle chocolate smell as well.

Tastes better than it smells. A good caramel and roasted taste up front with a bitterness that lingers in the back of the throat a little too long. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol except for a slight warming down in the belly.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness that makes it go down smoothly, and the carbonation is good.

Drinkability is good. As I said before the alcohol is not noticeable which is a big plus, but the lingering aftertaste brings it down a bit.

Overall this is a solid beer, but I think it's my least favorite of the main Oskar Blues offerings. Still, it's saying something when my least favorite beer of theirs is this good. Worth a shot.

Photo of joezak5
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; dark blackish ruby with just a hint of light sneaking through, three finger and creamy tan three finger head with excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel with a slight cocoa background

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and ultra creamy, a pleasure.

Taste: A sweet caramel malt bomb... silky smooth... I can see myself at a scottish pub throwing back a few of these

Drinkability: The best beer I've ever had from a can hands down... and I can't believe it's 8% ABV... I want a 12 pack...

Photo of Sweasty
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark opaque brown color. There are ruby hues when held up to the light. A light tan head quickly drops to a ring. There's some lacing.

Smell: Plenty of dark malt in the aroma. Chocolate, and earthy roastiness/nuttiness vie for domination. A fair bit of coffee present as well.

Taste: Malt and plenty of it. Plenty of unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and roast flavors. Caramel flavors abound as well. There is a touch of smokiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and chewy on the palate.

This is solid Scotch ale. A wonderful cool weather sipper. Can't wait till the temps. drop so I can enjoy brews like this at their fullest.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

The body is a solid black with crimson highlights on the edges. An easy pour created a 1/4" tan head that dissipated quickly, but left some lacing.

Smells are sweet chocolate malt, slightly caramelish. Taste is sweet up front with peat smoke and some hop bitterness working to balance things out a bit.

A medium thick mouthfeel and low carbonation add to a slick body that goes down pretty well. This one would wear on me after a while, but one on a cold winter's night would do well.

Photo of steelcutoats
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This is another EPIC beer from the Oskar Blues Brewery out in Lyons, Colorado. I picked up a case at my local beverage supply warehouse about a week ago. I am fairly new to Scottish style ales and am quickly developing a taste for them. I poured a 12 oz. can into a Guinness pint glass. The first thing that I noticed was the smooth malty aroma, with hints of toffee and caramel. There was a creamy head that quickly dissipated. The taste was heavy with again a roasted malt/caramel creaminess. As far as all the Scottish style ales I've tried so far, this one is definitely one of my favorites...and it comes in a can too!

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can, leftover from a 6pack purchased last weekend

appearance: poured into a pint glass - still mahogany body with some garnet highlights, just a small ring of tan lace and very little retention

smell: smoky malt, dried beef, peat, chewy caramel, cocoa powder - talk about a malt bomb

taste: smoky malts with as much peat as you can find in one can of beer, chewy caramel with a semi-sweet dry cocoa coating. The alcohol really isnt anywhere to be found but there is a slight licorice burn in the aftertaste - pretty sweet scottish, from a can

mouthfeel: thick and chewy, smooth and robust

drinkability: hi

Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate and dried fruit. Taste is very malty, toast like, with some roasted flavors. There are some earthy hops and a hint of smoke in the finish. Bitterness levels are low and let the malt shine through. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, carbonation is slightly prickly. Quite drinkable though, very smooth for 8% ABV. Interestingly enough this reminded me of a dopplebock, probably due to the dark roasted malts and low amounts of hops. Another excellent canned beer from Oskar Blues.

Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A large tan head forms and gently recedes with lots of sticky lace.
S: I think the first thing I said as I inhaled this wonderful aroma was "Oh my God!" Chocolate and caramel malt that is nice and toasty. Smoky and peaty as a Scottish beer should be. Lots of dark dried fruits of plumb, figs, and raisins. Some sweet brown sugar as well. Amazing.
T: Sweet. Almost cloying. Peaty and smoky malt. Chocolate and caramel. Very nice.
M/D: Full body that is low on the carbonation side. The alcohol shows, but it does not detract to much. Something to sip and savor.

This is a great beer. Something I highly recommend.

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

Gotta love this peaty goodness.

Pours a reddish black. Not much of a head, and what there is disappears very quickly.

Smells like someone planted a few flowers in peat moss.

Tastes peaty and sweet malty, with a good hint of the hops.

A bit thick and smooth. A little sugary tongue coating occurs.

I had 3 of these and was in a perfect place.

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

On tap at Tyler's in Durham:

Old Chub has a lovely deep brown garnet body and a thick, creamy beige head that retains great and leaves rolls of foamy lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty sweet and chocolatey with a pleasantly-acrid whiff of smoke.

The taste is is mocha-chocolatey and malty sweet with a little semisweet syrup. Earthy smoke and powdered Dutch cocoa rule the finish.

Old Chub is medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, silky smooth and velvety with great drinkability.

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

Appearance- It has a great opaque color to the body. A little bit of a red hue. The head was average as was the lace and both were a dark off white color.

Smell- It has a nice sweet smoky roasted aroma.

Taste- I liked it. It was better than a lot of the scotch styles I have been sampling lately. It has a good roasted flavor. It pulls off a nice old bitter flavor with some good sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium but almost thick.

Drinkability- Nice it makes me want to drink canned beer more often.

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

This was a highly recommended canned beer, well worth the 10$ a 6'er.

Poured an opaque dark brown with a ruby tinge, only a faint hint of a head.

Smells of smoke, roasted malt, scotch.

Taste is very complex, I was floored and looked at the can in profundity. Sweet up front with a bit of scotch flavor, hints of smoke, oak, peat, and toffee. Roasted smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not that carbonated but pretty well balanced.

Drinkability is good, I'll be on the lookout for more and I'd recommend this to anyone who likes this style. Pair it with a sirloin or a steak, flavor is fantastic with the meat and worchestshire sauce.

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