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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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4,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,477
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 165
Gots: 617 | FT: 9
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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 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.

Photo of scottyshades
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich mahogany/rich amber color with barely any head, but good lacing

S: Very malty nose...a slight metallic note (most likely from the can I am assuming), caramel, molasses, toffee. Overall, all malts, and pretty sweet. Also, perhaps a little chocolate

T: Very sweet again. All malts, caramel, molasses, chocolate (a little), brown sugar and sweet malts. Sticky and sweet.

MF/D: Pretty damn drinkable. Definite session beer if it weren't for that ABV, which is very well hidden in the brew. Medium/light body, NO carbonation at all (which actually adds to the flavor IMO)

The can looks sketchy, and it is very easy to pass this up, but do yourself a favor and try this!

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

Been meaning to review for a while since I've had it on draught and in a can multiple times at this point. Great session beer, despite the ABV.

Appearance: Poured with a half-finger brown head, which settled very quickly into a barely-there brown froth. Lacing is extremely spotty and extremely transient, going away within a second or two of swirling. Body is a nice brown with red highlights.

Smell: "Malt bomb" - caramel, molasses, slight butterscotch, slight roasted notes. Soy sauce slightly perceptible, but not in a "I might be oxidized!" sort of way. Virtually no hops, although I think I detect some bittering in the background.

Taste: General sugary malt sweetness on the front end. More chocolate-y/roastey than the nose. Caramel apple-like sweetness also somewhere on the back end. Some slight pit cherry also back there.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, and also a little too hot for its own good, given that this is very sessionable. Not too hot, though, by any means.

Drinkability: Tremendously drinkable at 8%. I would pretty much give this beer to anybody who can stand a beer beyond macros.

Photo of bort11
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid punch from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

12 oz can poured into a pub glass. No real head, no lacing either. Color is a dark ruby red almost purple.

Smell is a sweet malty complex layer of maple syrup, peat, apple wood smoke, and a hint of plums. Taste is equally sweet, though not quite cloying. A little hint of cloves is detected.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. So little carbonation it is almost flat. But that's OK, the smoothness more than makes up for this.

Blipped "Stoned in the Bathroom" by Chubby Checker

Photo of Gyle41386
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown color with ruby red highlights. Creamy tan head.

Very earthy aroma. Tons of chocolate and caramel in the nose. Also some roast and dark fruits. Malt-dominated.

Rich flavor. Big malt character. Loads of chocolate. Caramel and maybe some toffee. There's some pretty mild roast. Decent balancing bitterness.

Body is a little heavier than medium. Very sticky. Coats the mouth nicely. Low carbonation is appropriate. Not a single hint of the 8% ABV.

Photo of drcarver
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown murky. Virtually no head, just some of white bubbles. Do NOT drink this from the can.

S - Sweet and clean. Surprisingly it's slightly floral, but heavy in the malts.

T - Lightly sweet start with the flavor of the can and strong alcohol flavors coming through. A nice roasted finish. No hops, but no surprise there.

M - Light bodied. Watery and smooth

D - A nice dark beer with good flavor. Could have a few of these.

Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color with a thin one-finger head.

Aroma is sweet with a nice hint of smoked peat in the nose. Nice.

Taste is sweet and full of smoked peat. Cherry and raisin also show up on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering smoked peat, cherry and raisin.

A nice take on the style. Oskar Blues shows once again that they have brass balls by canning larger styles. Not recommended for anything but sitting by a nice warm fire and sipping out of a pint glass.

Photo of Beejay
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to Domingo for this one!

A: Nice brownish red, not a lot of head, but very nice color.

S: Rich and malty, maybe a little scent of maple syrup. That smells great!

T: Malty, smooth, syrupy and delicious. Not a lot of hops, very sweet.... This is one great beer. You definitely cannot taste the 8% alc.

M: Slightly syrupy, but I think that goes with the style..

D: Hells yeah. Cheers!

Photo of bigdeuce
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, big, malty brew, as it should be. Not much head or lacing, and very lightly carbonated, despite being in a can. Taste is really nice. Sweet, high malts, chewey caramel and decent hops which round out the brew at the end. But slightly unexciting in a way. I usually do not say this, but this beer needs more carbonation.

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

a: This was a very dark mahogany color. It poured with a smallish off-white head.

s: Warm, sweet, perfumed peats along with some strong brown sugar notes. The alcohol was fairly noticeable.

t: Oddly bland up front with some mild, earthy peats. The finish was almost rum like, warm with lots of brown sugar.

m: Pretty thin, with moderately fizzy carbonation.

d: This is almost an imperial Scottish ale. Not bad, but not something I'd look for again.

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

First time that I had Old Chub was before it was available in the area, when they had very limited distribution. Unfortunately, I had my first can of Chub at Burning Man, and thus I have a very...hazy...remembrance of it.

Pours a deep cedar brownish red. Pretty thin lacing and small head.

Aroma is high alcohol malt, roasted nut, caramel, toffee. Getting some dried dark fruit and some tobacco. In other words, great.

Flavor is rich and earthy, good malt forward, true to style. Some dirty peat flavors here too, which really adds to the complexity and tastiness. Some molasses and dark fruity sugar.

Good full bodied brew, somewhat viscous.

This is a must try for any beer geek.

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

Clearish deep and dark cherrywood red with a small dense capping of yellowish foam that slides away quickly to leave a whole bunch of collared bubbles and some stretched out thick strings of lace.

Aroma is kind of dark and fudgy with some touches to dark cherry, dark rum, cooked brown sugar, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Faint peat appears in bigger wiffs.

Taste is exceelently nice and more of the same from that aroma but in flavored form. Clean body and taste of chocolate chip cookie dough laced with some extra vanilla, bits of cherry, subsided caramel and molasses tang up some portions of its maltier side, which is easy to distinguish upon its crafty soft and smooth chewy finish. Take the flour out of the cookie recipe and lessen the sugar and this might be what ya get when making chocolate chip cookies. Tum!

Feel is quite solid and approaching fullness as its flavor fills in quickly and leaves a great finish and want for more. The malty tang is subtle and super rounded into a dark chocolate and caramel goo with a enticingly rich and smooth taste and overall body.

Wow, one solid Scotch ale brew from a can. A few of these can be put back with ease me thinks. Good stuff.

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