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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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4,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,444
Reviews: 1,546
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 164
Gots: 579 | 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 Genghis22
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned: 1-17-09

A - Pours a nice Mahogany/ ruby brown color with almost no head. A light off white ring formed around the ring of the glass.

S - Slight sweetness of candied apple and lots of roasted malt.

T - Sweet and malty, with just enough hops to balance it out. There is a bit of an alcohol taste right at the end that carries over into the aftertaste. Like drinking a liquer. Just the slightest touch of hop bitterness of the very back of the tongue.

M - Excellent! Big, thick, chewy beer that is unforgiving. The carbonation is low to moderate, which is just right for a beer of this magnitude.

D - Easy fella, this beer packs quite a punch! At 8% abv, this one goes down almost too easy. It has a nice sweet malt taste, but is kept in check by just the right amount of hops. I have not had much Scottish Ales, but this one sure was tasty.

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

Deep brown with ruby highlights if held to the light. Pours up a nice tan head which falls quickly.

The smell is malty with dark fruit esters and a bit of alcohol.

Rich, smokey, dark malts, dried fruits and a slightly sweet creamy finish with low carbonation.

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

Big flavorful beer out of an old-school can. It almost doesn't seem normal.
Held up to a light, its the deepest amber color you've ever seen. Without light behind it, its almost black. Small head made of small bubbles, kinda creamy, leaves a decent lace. Smells like malt. Its the smell you'd expect from a strong porter or a stout.
The taste is almost identical to a stout right up front. Malty goodness. Little sweetness, but plenty of roasted flavors. The taste changes drastically at the end of the palette, especially as the beer warms. The finish is a strong Scotch flavor. I couldn't help but think of Johnny Walker Red Label in the aftertaste. Strong liquor flavor and alcohol burn. I personally enjoy it.

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

A - Deep mahogany in color...the smallest amount of ruby red around the edges...one-finger, light tan head dropped quickly but left a ring around the edges...leaves nice lacing when swirled

S - Sweet...caramel and roasted coffee...a little smoky as well...lots of dark chocolate when swirled

T - I initially get coffee...some sweetness shows in the form of chocolate and caramel...smokiness

M -Little carbonation...a little bit of bitterness and alcohol warming really coats the tongue (and doesn't want to go away)...smooth throughout

D - Outstanding...I think that the intensity of the flavors would limit the amount that you could actually consume, but boy does it go down nice...and you can't beat the value of this beer - just over $30/case

Photo of deapokid
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass:

As I poured this amazing Scottish Ale from the can, a tantalizing brown color coated the sides of the glass. It has a deeper and thicker look than a nut brown, but is a bit thinner than a stout or porter.

The carbonation caused the head to bubble up and leave a thin lace along the rim of the glass, sizzling a bit as it dissipated.

Scents of scotch whiskey, rich chocolate and my grandmother's rum balls (wish you guys could have had them) are so welcoming, I almost slammed the whole beer on principle.

Taste doesn't disappoint either, boasting notes of caramel, sweet breads and after dinner liqueurs. As it warms, a smoky taste permeates. The beer playfully coats the mouth and tingles as it goes down.

Despite its big flavor and relatively high ABV, it's deceptively drinkable and I took both of mine down relatively quickly.

It's also nice to see an unbelievable world class beer at a very reasonable price (about $3.50 a can).

Photo of jjanega08
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Donated from natasharai to me. Thank You!!!!
A= Poured Very hard into my glass and all I could get a a coca cola head... Nothing. It is a dark dark brown color with like I said absolutely no head and no lacing. :(
S= Really sweet odor. Carmel and I almost get peppermint??? I dunno we will see after I taste it.
T= Delicious sweet malt character. A little smoke comes through but mostly really delicious caramel and toffee. No peppermint like I smelled luckily. Great taste.
M= No carbonation and medium body with a semi dry finish
D= Pretty good. I liked it. Thank you Natasha for the delicious brew. Very impressed with the sweetness from it almost like drinking candy.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz can into my Spaten Optimator Mug.

Poured quite aggressively, leaving about a half inch of light brown/tan head that dissipates quickly. Very dark, yet transparent brown that holds a ruby hue when held to a light. Minimal carbonation.

Smell is of sweet and lightly toasted malt, caramel and dark fruit. Sweet, but not over the top, this one has medicinal qualities. Quite nice.

The malt character detected in the nose takes the forefront in taste. A sweet, candy/caramel finish. Alcohol is well hidden, but it is apparent you are drinking a high abv beer. As it warms, a more earthy/woodsy taste adds complexity.

Medium body, light carbonation. Goes down relatively easy at first, but drinkability slows as more goes down. Clean, somewhat watery mouth.

Photo of Beefeater57
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown that bubbles up to solid black. Clumpy light tan head with excellent retention.

S: Roasted malts, some smoke/ash, and alcohol. Traces of brown sugar.

T: Smoooth sweet malt feel up front. Flavors I'm picking up are breads, anise, caramel. Hints of coffee as well. Hops settle in well, enough to show they are there. Very smooth, sweet, and delicious.

M: Great body, silky. Alcohol warmth on the tongue.

D: Delicious scottish ale, and an excellent beer out of a can. This is a great beer to have indoors on a snowy day. High ABV/alcohol warmth keeps the drinking of these limited, but it is quite a great beer.

Photo of hophead247
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass..Pours a dark brown with a small spotty head and good lacing. Aroma is definitely heavy on the peaty and smoke aspects. Traces of caramel and toast. Flavor is better balanced with deep chocolate flavors and more caramel, but the presence of smoke and wood is still there. Finishes with a deeper and more well rounded wood taste, followed by a linger earthy buttery hop flavor in the mouth. The best part of this beer is how smooth the flavors are. I thought the peat was too pokey in the aroma, but the chocolate notes round it very nicely in the taste.

Photo of JAA
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has the characteristics of Coca-Cola, dark cola color with a quickly dissipating light tan head. A bit underwhelming.

The smell makes up for the lack of appearance. A wonderfully pungent caramel odor with some dark fruity notes. Really one of the most olfactory pleasuring beers i have sampled to date.

Tastes much like it smells, but with added coffee and chocolaty characteristics. The carbonization that is hardly present in the appearance shows up in the mouthfeel. Goes down pretty smooth, not too heavy on the palate. It seems to be medium bodied, but the deep flavors give you the illusion of drinking a big, thick, full bodied ale.

Great malty ale, out of a can. Worth at least trying once. Great price for a sixer of eight percent ale. Would and have bought repeatedly.

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

Pours almost black with red colors coming through and a decent beige colored head. Sweet caramel malts and hop scents. No surprise in the flavor....very sweet caramel flavors mixed with flowery hops. The sweet caramel malt flavors are very thick and intense. After a while they do get to be too much. The beer finished nicely with sweet warm alcohol and hop flavors. Reminds me of a caramel sugar daddy candy bar.

Photo of lonestar1836
2.14/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

although i can tell this is a very well crafted beer, the flavors are a little too intense for my palette (also i'm getting strong falvors of licorice, a taste i'm all that fond of in the first place)
A: almost black with ruby light comeing through it
S: licorice, coffee, toasted malt
T: LICORICE, coffee, toasted malts
M: thick with minimal carbonation
D: again well crafted but a little too intense for me

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

Poured a mahogany-brown, with just a slight beige head. Caramel sweetness on the nose. The taste is what one would expect from the style - malty. Carbonation is barely there, but the beer is heavy enough that it's not missed. If I'm in the mood for a Scottish-style ale, I'd drink it again.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a molasses brown color. Not much action from the carbonation. Head was very thin and didn't last. Small dots of lace.

Smells like caramel malt with plenty of alcohol soaked dark fruits (raisins, black cherries, figs). Very sweet in the nose.

Veeery sweet and malty as reflected in the aroma. Fruity with an assload of brown sugar sweetness through the middle and well into the finish. No trace of hops (as it should be for the style). Alcohol warmth is nice, though after the sweetness fades liquor-like alcohol is all that's left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and flat. Virtually no carbonation, but has enough substance (sticky sugars) to keep from being watery.

Not bad if you're in the mood for something really sweet. The malts are delicious, but that candy-like brown sugar sweetness really hurts the drinkablility. I might be able to do two, but then I'd be looking for a good APA or IPA.

Photo of angelmonster
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small 2 finger tan head that fades quickly. Dark brown in color. Head retention and lacing are below average

Smell is of sweet caramel malts. Some faint alcohol is present. There is also some fruit in there like fig and hops are not really there.

Taste is a nice thick coating of sweet malt. Then the roasted malt comes in accompanied with the alcohol warmness. Aftertaste is of the dried fruit, very subtle hops and very faint metal

Mouth feel is full and rich. Silky smooth texture and a good balance of carbonation

Drink ability is very good. Tasty scotch ale, not too much on the alcohol side. Would have been nice to get a good head of foam but its not that much of a problem

Photo of Spiri7
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this guy into a glass to see what I was in for. I reccommend those of you who have not tried old chub to do the same. It held a nice frothy head a first. Some lacing was present on the glass. There was a very nice aroma. I was reminded of choclate covered cherries and cinnamon. In terms terms of taste, this is a big beer. Old chub is all about malt! This beer is full bodied and would make a fine dessert!

Photo of Pauly2X
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark hazy mahogany, half finger head.

S- Super rich dark caramel malt aroma. There's also a light alcohol and even lighter smokey note.

T- Dark rich complex malt flavor without virtually no harsh roast bitterness. A light hint of smoke adds a nice touch of complexity with out being overpowering. It seems as though all the malt flavors meet together at a high pinnacle just before trailing off for a smooth finish.

M- Big bold and rich.

D- Aside from being 8%, I just might sneak some of this in my golf bag for the summer, yay cans.

A very enjoyable malt bomb of a beer, I loved it.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

//Reviewed on 3/24/09. ENJOY BATCH #28 CANNED ON 01-06-09 CHUB THE ONE YER WITH

This beer has won my heart with all its absurd qualities.

A- Dark, opaque brown color in my cervoise (looks like a fat, short flute or a tulip without curves) and slightly translucent, brown/garnet color in my mug. Decent head with great retention and splotches of lacing.

S&T- Rich smokey flavors of burnt and caramelized malts and a pinch of bitter hops on top of a sweet, slightly doughy malt base. I kept seeking through this beer for imperfections, but could find none. Perhaps the alcohol is a bit strong if you're not into that, but it is really quite tame for a 8.00%ABV.

M- When it's on my tongue I feel like swishing it through my mouth as it is so creamy and thick. However, there is carbonation and I quickly swallow and want some more

D- Take care with this beer. I drank it with some friends without telling them it was 8% and one of them got extra smashed saying "it's just like drinking water and I'm thirsty"

Even though it's a seasonal, the beer will stay pretty fresh for a long time at 8%. I think I will stock up on this beer

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

Dark brown with a one finger tan head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is smokey sweet malts. Taste is dark smokey malts with enough earthy hops to keep it from being too cloying. A bit of molasses creeps in as the tasting continues. The mouthfeel is quite good with adequete carbonation. Initially thought the abv was excessive but it is needed to cut the thick body of the ale. Most drinkable Scotch Ale I've had. Canned on date indicates this is about two months old. There are some minor comparisons to Scotch whisky. If there was ever a session Scotch Ale this would be it. Very nice can label art.

Photo of mullenite
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured like a Coca-Cola with a dark brown body and no head. Lots of bubbly carbonation showing itself in the ring around the top of the glass though. Occasionally there was some lacing left but it wasn't sticky at all and spotty at best.

Smelled of burnt chocolate and caramel. No alcohol of any kind on the nose.

Taste was right on par with the scent, a little burnt dark chocolate and caramel with a bit of a metallic flavor the fiance described as medicinal. I didn't really get medicine out of it but thought that it did add to the flavor in away. It was in no way bad and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was a little watery with high carbonation, similar to a root beer and not what I was expecting at all.

Pretty easy to drink despite the ABV%, very flavorful and all around a nice beer.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into mug... prolly too warm, just pulled straight from cellar.

Nice red-head color coming out of can, and became a nearly-opaque brown in the glass. Big (4f) creamy head, with decent lacing.

Smell was full - molasses, cooked brown sugar, and touch o' the alcohol.

Taste was a match - with some ripe fig-like fruit quality and vanilla added to those smells.

Mouthfeel was rich, too... dances on the tongue for a while.

For an 8% Scottish Ale, I'll give this decent marks on drinkability.

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can purchased last June from Total Wine in FL.

A: Dark brown with reddish hues when held up to light. Seemed to be some sediment floating in the glass. Head was very thin, and a bit spritzy.

S: Some definite malt sweetness. Some earthiness, with a hint of nutmeg. No discernable hop character (expected).

T: Reminded me of roasted figs. A faint smokiness gave it an earthy character. Some flavors of molasses and maple syrup as beer warmed. Alcohol is slightly noticeable as beer warms.

D: This is a great beer to have laying around for the winter months. Easy to drink, develops some complexity as it warms, and the packaging makes this a great camping beer.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark amber with some reddish hues and very nice thick white cap to compliment its very nice colored suit.

Smell is very sweet, caramel, brown sugar, some cream and a lot of malty goodness. I can't help but notice a bit of vanilla as well.

Taste is wow. Very rich, sweet and almost a bit intense. This is a malt bomb that is for sure! Lots of caramel/molasses sweetness, a bit of smoke but overall just a lot of sweet, creamy malt.

Mouthfeel for this is rich, thick and creamy. Its a very easy drinking Scottish Ale at 8%.

Photo of aforbes10
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixer from the co-op (this review is for the 2nd and 3rd cans out of the pack). Pours a nice dark brown with a reasonably large brown head that settles off after a while. Smells of big peaty malt, strong and smokey, with a big alcohol presence. A bit sweeter and drier than i prefer, but the level of peatiness is impressive....its a peat-attack! Chalky, some prunes and dates come through as it warms. Medium to full bodied. An interesting beer...very aggressive with the peat and quite sweet and fruity, but it never really all comes together for me. I like it, but at the same time it leaves me a bit confused.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/25/2008 (can):

Pours a dark dark brownish colored body, with a good sized head, lasting, tannish in color, and with some good lacing. Has a malty and alcoholy aroma. Decent tasting, but I am not a fan of the sweet maltiness. A little too much for me, I don't know if it's the alcohol taste or what.

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