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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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4,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,367
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 153
Gots: 539 | 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 KeefD
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany brown color with red highlights. Small off white head and light lacing, with no visibly carbonation bubbles. Smell is fantastic! Nothing but chocolate covered toffee in the nose, the lightest bit of roastiness, and a hint of nuttiness. I love it. Taste is reminiscent of Heath Bars. The rich chocolate and caramel flavors mix nicely and hop bitterness is virtually non-existent. This is a malt bomb to be sure. Thick and creamy feel to this one, almost no carbonation bite at the end, which I'm sort of missing right now. If this beer was carbonated properly it would be a winner for sure! Very drinkable for the high ABV, alcohol is well hidden. I enjoyed sipping on this six pack slowly over the last week. When, oh when can we get Oskar Blues in Minnesota??

Photo of Silenus89
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can to pint glass.

A. Poured deep reddish brown color, not much of a head after

S. Rich roasted malts smell, chocolate, caramel.

T. Weird sweetness up front, almost burnt. Dry finish

M. Medium-heavy body, good carbonation

D. The alcohol is well hidden, thats about all i like about this. Not my type of beer

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thank you yesac for this can in a trade

A- very dark brown with a little red around the edges when held up to the light. almost no head at all.

S- earthy/peaty odors with alot of caramel smelling malts.

T- earthy and peaty with a bit of smokiness in there too. lots of malt. slight warming as it goes down.

M- thick and syrupy with almost no carbonation. what i was expecting when i opened it.

D- this can was a treat. pretty easy to drink and a good representation of the style. something i would buy again if it was available here.

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

This poured poured dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a very thin off-white head. The aroma was of malty sweetness, but not very dominant. The taste was of caramel and peat. It was sticky sweet, but so very smooth and easy-drinking. Did not seem like it was 8%abv to me, as I could easily drink a few of these. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of mrandypandy
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Capital City Package in Atlanta.
12oz can.

A- Pours a dark amber with a small tan head that clings to the outer ridge of the glass. Poured rather thick, and yet clear at the same time.
S- Not much going on here. Even after some agitation all I get is a faint hint of sweetness and malts.
T- Despite the aroma (or lack thereof) this is a tasty scotch ale. Very sticky, sweet, with a great caramel malt backbone. It does leave a little bit boozy though.
M- Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with little to no cabonation. Heavy body on this one.
D- This is thick and heavy and does't go down too smoothly. With the ABV I'd have a hard time getting through mroe than one or two.

Overall, a solid beer. Give me more. This would be a optimal beer to take hiking/camping trip, and the best scotch ale I've had in can, hands down!

Photo of Augustiner719
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz can into a guiness pint glass.

Appearance: Agressive pour yielded no head whatsoever. For this style of beer I wouldnt have expected any less, but i did this to airate the beer to get some better aromas. Looked thick and syrupy.

Smell: Smells like smoked malts and bacon a little bit. Some maple and some cured meats came through.

Taste: Very very boozy. It was my first beer of the day and i should have started with somehting a little lighter to build up to this. Tastes like smoked and roasted malts and maple bacon.

Mouthfeel: thick, syrupy, rich and coats the palate very well. Leaves a boozy aftertaste.

Drinkability: I wouldnt session this beer. it was tasty but half of it went down the drain. Nice beer for those one a night beers, but I think it needs some food with it. Alcohol comes through too much.

Photo of roscoehnj
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice very dark brown appearance. Small head to start which quickly fades leaving little lacing. Sweet smells with a little but not enough smoke. Some caramel and dark candyish tastes - again not enough peat for the style and maybe a little too sweet. Hides the 8% ABV very well. Medium to full bodied. You could drink a few of these if your a big malt beer guy. For me, one of these a night is enough.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark, ruby-brown with a compact creamy light tan head that failed to stay around long enough to enjoy.

S: A light smoked, dry maltiness along with light chocolate and dried raisins.

T: The flavor opens with a big bitterness, light smoked peat and malt with a dried burnt caramel offering is brought by the moderatly strong carbonation. Some alcohol, whiskey barrel notes round things out. Overall was an okay showing but lacked body, and came off a little thin style wise while the carbonation distracted from the smooth creamy nature.

M: a strong fizzy carbonation, dry with some booziness with a medium viscosity.

D: Overall only a slightly above average beer per style and slightly above average drinkability. Much better examples out there.

Photo of hoplover82
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thick viscous dark brown with a small head that quickly fleets my eyes and leaves little to no lace.

Aroma is sweet with a little smokiness and some earthyy hops way in the back. Sweet dark fruits too.

Flavor is the same as above. Too sweet for my taste, but is good for the style I guess.

Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous.
Full bodied.

Cloying to me, so not very drinkable.

Photo of seanpachefddfa
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep burgandy brown with a thick tan head.
getting caramel malts some dark fruits and hops. all on the sweet side
a bit on the sweet side. The caramel malts stand out. getting some chocolate also
medium body and creamy. light carbonation good overal
a good beer overall will enjoy again

Photo of kflorence
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a deep, amber color with very little head.

S: Although the aroma is not strong, it is pleasant. Caramel and roasted malts shine up front... dark fruits, chocolate and hops are also detectable. It's a sweet smell on the whole, but not overtly so, smells like it has some underlying complexity to it.

T: This beer is rather sweet on the tongue as well, but it's not as prominent as it is in the aroma. The caramelized malts and dark fruit seem to be the dominant flavor, although there are some subtle hop flavors coming in afterwords. Very well balanced. The lingering flavor is a toasted, caramel-malt blend that is sweet and sticky.

M: This beer has some substance to it. I would say it has a medium body. It is not at all watered down and is perhaps even a bit syrupy. The carbonation is there, but not overpowering. Very pleasant on the tongue.

D: Although this beer is a little on the heavy side, it is still rather drinkable. This is probably due in part to it's flavor, which isn't overbearing and doesn't leave you feeling too full. That said, two of these would probably be my limit. Not a session beer, but it's very tasty!

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA. Served up in a pint glass.

Ruby-brown in color with a rather scant, cream-colored head of creamy foam that trails quickly and leaves a few legs of lacing on the glass.

A mild aroma of toffee, dark fruit, chocolate and some alcohol presents itself, but overall the nose is rather subdued.

Nice and full in body, with delicious flavors of roasted and full-on chocolate malt flavors, mixing with a bit of caramel sweetness and a balancing middle of slight bitterness. A big load of warming alcohol intersperses itself throughout, carrying through into the finish along with a pleasant malty, chocolatey sweetness.

Quite delightful in flavor, this one screams for more, but after two pints the alcohol grabs hold of the head and slows down time, meaning any more than that and some memories may be lost -- and a solid review would not be possible.

Overall, excellent, and one I would not hesitate to return to.

Photo of Kolsch
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped on home system. Kegged date is August with no year??? Not sure if that means consume by Aug09 or Kegged on Aug08?

Appearance is dark red like wine, this could pass for a porter bordering on a stout easily.

Smell is just awesome. Sweet cherry caramel.

Taste is not as sweet as I was expecting with the smell. Definitely get some black currant cherry and dark chocolate malt. Extremely smooth to drink. At 8% ABV not a session beer, but definitely can down a few in one sitting.

Never had this out of the can but after having it on Tap, not sure I want to.

Awesome beer and worthy of its ranking.

Photo of SerieDNo3
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into an American pint glass

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown; almost opaque. Light was able to get through the very bottom of the glass. Had a short, off-white head that thinned out very quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly smelled of butterscotch and alcohol.

T: Very sweet, butterscotch flavors with a barely-concealed alcohol burn that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M: Thin and a bit tingly, with a strong alcohol presence that warms the mouth and throat.

D: Not an everyday drinker for me, but Scotch Ales are a bit sweet for my tastes. Definitely a good beer for the winter, though, as it has a very warming effect. I probably wouldn't do more than one, though.

Photo of Yesac
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Solid dark maroon. Small head that quickly fades to a thin layer

S - Sweet dark fruits and caramel

T - Right along with the smell.. complex dark fruits and caramel.. brown sugar sweetness to it overall. So smooth.. wicked easy to drink. 8% is very well hidden.

M - Smooth on the palate.. not sticky

D - extremely high.. very smooth and sweet.

Photo of MisterClean
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can at home brew club event.

A - Pours dark brown, 1 fingered head, dissipates fast. Light lacing from pour into glass.

S - Brown sugar, caramel, smoke, and nuttiness.

T - Same as above. Reminds me strangely of coke, but with alcohol.

M - Real viscousy and rich. Good.

D - Real good, wish I could have a few more.

Photo of abfraser
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with nice mild carbonation. Slight tan head but it dissipates pretty quickly

S: Sugary malt balls. This is a seriously malty beer. Slight smokiness to it.

T/M: Sugary malt indeed. The sugar and malt are in great balance, and there's lots of coffee, chocolate and caramel in the finish. Just the faintest bit of smokiness which is good for my tastes since I don't generally like that. Mouthfeel is good, but a little more creaminess would go better.

D: Awesome drinkability despite the abv, which is really the only knock in this category. I could have several. Very solid effort

A great one for the holidays. Given the reasonableness of a six-pack of this in price and availability, this is a great everyday beer.

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

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Pours murky brown with a short off-white head. Peat, molasses, leather, and smoke in the nose. Rich caramel taste with nuts, followed by the peat/smoke and a bitter finish. Kind of chewy ending. Good stuff. Heard that it is just as good out of the can.

Photo of Douglas14
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super dark brown...it could almost pass for a lighter porter. The head is off-white, fluffy and leaves great lace. Malt dominates the aroma with some spices and nuttiness coming through as well. The taste focuses on the malt also. It is wonderful. Some roasty and nutty characters come through as well. It is super smooth and sweet...awesome take on the style.

Photo of Greggy
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thin tan head that recedes rather quickly. The color is a dark ruby-brown/black with nice ruby highlights. A fine sediment is present in the beer.

S- Deep notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, some nice figgy notes and a slight smoky peat.

T- Starts out with a nice balance of chocolate, caramel, some blueberry and coriander-esque notes, some fig/raisin notes, while finally transitions into a slightly smokey finish with some residual chocolate and dry hops.

M- Nice thick mouthfeel and great feel.

D- This is pretty drinkable, especially for the ABV. Because it's complexity, smoothness, drinkability, I can see drinking this again.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green based can with black, gold, and some red highlights.

The beer poured with a nice two finger head that left only a small amount of lace on the side of the glass.

The beer is a very nice, almost black beer that showed little carbonation.

I got a slight caramel smell on my first smell and could tell that this was a beer that was proud of the malt used to brew it.

The taste was similiar to many of the Scotch Ales that I have drank in the past. I got a healthy dose of caramel and possibly some chocolate roasted barley. Very nice taste to this beer.

The beer was fairly complex beer and it was fairly heavy. I really liked the taste of this beer. A good solid offering of a traditional Scottish Ale.

Photo of FatSean
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz Tulip pint.

Quite attractive dark reddish brown color. Some head which didn't stick around long. Practically no lacing, although a few 'beads' try to hang on to the glass above the beer line as you drink

Smells of sweet malts and sour alcohol.

Taste is sweet caramel and toasty oak. Tannins a-plenty, and the finish has faint notes similar to that of a strong Cabernet.

No carbonation that I could detect, but the alcohol makes a nice tingle.

The awesome malts linger on the palete, which is wonderful, but not conducive to frequent sips. This is a beer I could have one, maybe two max in an evening and then go looking for something different.

Photo of kgotcher
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im guessing by the ABV of 8% this is a strong Scotch Ale and not just your average Scotish.

Pours a very dark amber (ruby) color with a hearty tan head that thins out quickly. Aroma is sweet and caramelly with toasted malt and dark fruit and some clove.

Moutfeel is heavy with good balance of slick and carbonated feels that come across as creamy. Alchohol is well hidden.

Taste is bold and malty, mollasses and caramel sweetness with dark fruit and spicyness of hops like a pine forest. A little bit smoky also.

I really like this beer, strong but not overpowering with a rich full flavor.

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

Appearance: Dark mahogany-brown with brilliant ruby highlights. On top, a finger-high, toffee-colored head that disappears quickly that leaves moderate lacing that looks great while it lasts.

Aroma: Right off the bat, Old Chub is all about malt. Complex, sweet, and smokey with rich booze on the edges. Appetizing, to say the least.

Taste: Peaty, smokey, and nutty malt with lots of alcohol is what this beer is all about. There are also juicy and sweet fruit notes that poke through every so often. Hops are all but silent, while the aftertaste is of dry and boozy caramelized sugar. I have to say, Old Chub reminds me more of a good Single Malt Scotch than anything I've come across in the beer world yet.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, yet slick with a very dry aftertaste. Alcohol makes its presence known in the mouth with a pleasant warmth. Carbonation is moderate, as it should be.

Drinkability: Like Scotch, this definitely something worth savoring. If you're putting down a six-pack of this in an evening, you're a better man than I.

Verdict: Old Chub is a complex beer that really showcases the Scottish style of brewing while demanding your full attention. If you've never tried a Scottish Ale and are looking for somewhere to start, you could do a lot worse than choosing this. Please don't be thrown off by the can, this is world class beer.

Photo of Dirty1
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted this at the Jamesport Beer-fest on Long Island back in July and remember being fairly impressed. I picked up a 6 pack last night at the store and was surprised to find it came in a can. I am happy about this because alot of events I go to let you bring your own beer but don't allow glass bottles. Nice to have a decent beer in a can to take.

A- I poured this into a pint glass. Very dark brown almost black color with a small brown head that didn't last long at all.

S- Very rich roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, and raisins.

T- Like the smell, it has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate with hints of toffee and raisins and a hint of smokeyness. Even though its 8% I don't taste the alcohol at all. It dosen't really fit in with most other "Scottish" style ales I have had, more like a brown ale or chocolate stout. Very nice flavor none the less!

M- Very thick heavy mouth feel with little carbonation.

D- Nice drinkability. Slightly sweet with an almost non existence hop flavor and low carbonation. Although its a heavy beer it didn't feel me up to bad. I would buy it again if in the mode. Cheers!

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