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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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Reviews: 1,599
Hads: 4,912
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 206
Gots: 961 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,599 | Hads: 4,912
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours Brilliant garnet crowned with a clingy tan 3” fluffy head
S: Spicy heirloom malts, kettle sugars.
T: Rich and malty, caramel, roast barley, vanilla, dark fruit, traces of banana.
F: Smooth, low medium carbonation, high medium to chewy body
O: Big, easy drinking Scotch Ale and a perfect excuse to bring out the thistle glass.

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Photo of mbrehne
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very very good beer. Extremely flavorful. Really get a taste of the chocolate flavor. It looks similar to a Guinness because of its head, but the taste is entirely different

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Photo of irrevjim
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can, pours opaque cherry chestnut, almost black. beautiful frothy light coffee head that starts at about 2 inches and hangs around a while

smells; 1 caramel ,2 scotch,3 a little toasted caramel, tiny bit of burnt rubber/ burnt sugar

taste; sweet malty roasted caramel, milky milk chocolate, finishes still sweet but also bitter, hops and burnt rubber

feels like drinking the coke from an ice cream and coke float after it's melted for a while. a little more carbonation than i expected but smooth and creamy

maybe not the perfect classic scotch ale but very much a scotch ale, just a little desserty... i'd get it again, and i don't even like scotch ales, relatively speaking of course

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Photo of Gadzook
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very deep and dark amber, slightly hazy

Smell: Very slight caramel, sweet malt and brown bread, light toffee

Taste: Strong malt, nice caramel, excellently light and delicate sweetness, just a hint of booze, an elusive smokiness, and a very tiny hint of hops on the back end

Feel: Creamy and full-bodied at first, nice carbonation and dryness at the finish

Overall an excellent scotch ale. A great ale for winter.

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Photo of Beer_I_Am
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours chocolate with a wispy head. Smells of malt, caramel, chocolate. Tastes clean, chocolate, smoke, oak. Mouthfeel not as good as flavor. This would be a great fall beer I like it

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Photo of Dikfour
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Very little light gets through. Deep deep dark brown. Two fingers of head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasty caramel malts. maybe a little currants

Taste: Really well balanced. Honestly a little more bitter than I was expecting. Fairly sweet malts; caramel and currant. Hop profile is very subtle.

Feel: High alcohol and decent carbonation are always a winner for me as far as mouthfeel goes. Big body goes well with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I think I like the Nitro a bit better but this is a very solid Strong

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Photo of JoLight
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: dark body, with ruby hues, and a khaki, soapy head that dissipates into a small ring. Spotty lacing.
Aroma: strong dark roasted malt. Some fruit is detected later on.
Taste: slightly sweet; dark roasted malt; dark chocolate-covered fruit, like prunes, or raisins. Pleasant hop background; floral.
Mouthfeel: light to medium, carbonated.
Finish: semi-dry.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a surprisingly big sticky head. this a good looking brew for coming out of a can. Smelling of sweet cocoa and malt, the taste follows suit..all the while being gloriously creamy and smooth. I can't believe this came out of a can!

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Photo of takusan1000
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer here.

Dark, dark ruby--a beautiful color when held up to a light. Taste is of brown sugar, burnt sugar, sorghum molasses, brandy, and a lingering aftertaste in the back of the mouth--there is where the minimal hops reside along with some bitter qualities from the malt--anise, smoked peat, and bitter malts.

This beer changes taste from start to finish and everywhere in between. It's a delight to experience.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, mahogany. Not much head.
Smell: some dark fruity smell, maltiness,
Taste: sweetness of malt, some roastiness, a hint of hop at the end but not much, more bitterness for the roastiness.
Medium body. Some aftertaste in the throat.

A great brew. Won't deny it if given the chance to drink it.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark ruby brown with a average tan head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Not picking up a whole lot - gentle caramel
Taste: Long caramelly tootsie-roll cola-like sweet and lightly acidic maltiness with a hint of roasted malt and smoke in the finish.
Feel: Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Old Chub is what I generally think of when I think of a scotch ale - a sweet, strong malty brew with a bit of complexity in the malt but not much. In the same price range is Founders' Dirty Bastard, which I find superior to Old Chub in most respects. Part of that may be that it has a bit more hops to balance out the malt, but I also prefer the malt character of the Dirty Bastard, which is almost like a barleywine.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Knocked my proverbial socks off. Hides the 8% well, and the smoked malts are prominent, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is exceptional, like a frothy root beer float. Speaking of root beer, it pours a deep root beer black with an Amber glow when held to natural light. It has a nice beige head to match, and minimal carbonation: think molasses. My first wee heavy and I'm intrigued. Taste wise is sweet up front, smoky, with a little bitterness in the finish. Hard for me to describe when compared to my usual brown ales and IPAs.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1-30-2015. Threshold pint glass. Canned on 11-13-14.

Appearance: Darker than expected. Dark brown with translucent ruby-brown edges. 1 finger khaki head. No visible carbonation. Little retention, a little ring of foam. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Malt Bomb! This is the maltiest-smelling beer I have had in ages. Sweet, sticky smelling. Molasses. Candy. Chocolate. Werther's original candy.

Taste: Sweet arrival. Molasses like on mid-palate - phosphoric. Finishes with flourish; tart, then just enough bitterness to stop it from being cloying. This tastes like an 8% Malta Goya, or carbonated molasses.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation. Slick, but not totally oily. Like a molasses milkshake. This must have 400 calories.

Overall: You have to be in the mood for this, but fortunately I was tonight. Less roasty than a RIS, but on par in terms of body, sweetness and character. Lighter than 3 Floyds Robert the Bruce and less drinkable than Brooklyn Winter Ale. I would not buy a sixer, but I would order it if the mood strikes. (I just ran, and that may be influencing my judgment).

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown that turns to black in the glass. Some red shines through with a one finger mocha head. Aroma is roasty, coffee and some malt sweetness. Taste is more of the same with some earthiness and a richness. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a nice style and a good representation of it.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. One half finger head: deep cream color with irregular bubbles. The beer itself is an opaque black with ruby highlights. The aroma is a distinctive roasty coffee with a slight sweetness. The taste is like the aroma but more pronounced, resulting in a very deep and rich flavor. There is no hops presence. The carbonation was perfect as was the medium full body. Overall, this is a great beer and may very well be my favorite for this style. I'll look for it again!

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Call me crazy, but I just didn't feel there was that much going on; definitely very drinkable, but not something I would seek out like some of the other Scotch Ales out there

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

A - Dark brown, with a opaque cast that is only slightly penetrated by light, hazy and red-tinted, with a hint of gray, a light tan head that persists as a thin cap, and lacing that is moderately full.

S - A bit of malt sugars, caramel and toffee, acidic notes, and a strong kick of alcohol.

T - A very drinkable blend of grains, sugary malts, hints of molasses and charred smokiness. The end is just bitter enough to close the deal, keeping the beer from overpowering with its sweeter elements.

M - A nice medium feel, not too heavy or cloying, and brisk enough to keep the sweetness scrubbed. A bit of warmth on the close is the main sign of the alcohol that made its appearance in the nose.

O - Does not fall into some of the more common traps of a Scotch Ale, keeping things lively and bright while staying true enough to style, with big malt and a nice sweet open. The close keeps things rolling, inviting another drink.

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Photo of Rutkiller
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An excellent scotch ale! Super smooth and creamy. I had this in nitro from a can. It pours pitch black and has a nice tan head. Smell is chocolate, coffee, and all things dark. Feel is like silk in the mouth. Not a heavy ale; easily drinkable. Excellent beer.

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Photo of founddrama
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Compared to Dirty Bastard: tastes more like a beer. But I get that same overall flavor profile; same lineage there w/in the style. But given the 4 stars I gave to Dirty Bastard, lowering to 3.5. Which is not a knock on Old Chub by any means. Just trying to compare the two.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/12/15 (Draft - Iron Horse Ale House) - Very dark black beer with nice thin brown head and light carbonation. Smokey malt and chocolate aroma. Nice dark coffee and chocolate taste, texture firm, solid feel, nice taste and kick going down. Overall excellent beer!

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 1-22-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a dark brown color with one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: roasted malt, smokey, brown sugar, chocolate.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then the roasted and smokey flavors dominate, some chocolate, the 8% alcohol is clearly present.

PALATE: creamy and smooth, lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a really good Scotch Ale, a little too boozy for my liking but otherwise very enjoyable, I would not have more than one in a sitting due to the ABV.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Wee Heavy. Not as good as those I tried in Scotland, but still very good. It amazes me that folks here rate numerous examples of this style above Traquair House, the clear exemplar of the style.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark mahogany pour with tiny tan fine foam. Light aromas of malty chocolate and some alcohol. Sweet flavors of chocolate and caramel are so smooth and dangerous. Slightly smokey finish per commercial desc is accurate. This stuff is dessert, but I could enjoy several. Fantastic.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Deep dark red with a big tan head.

S- Sweet malt aromas; vanilla and caramel.

T- Caramel sweetness, slightly smokey maybe?

F- Thick, smooth, creamy.

O- Good scotch ale.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ Can
“Canned On” December 9th, 2014
Reviewed on March 4th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Poured a brown body with a mahogany glow. A light tan head, roughly half an inch thick, formed, collapsed, and left a fair amount of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

Sweet, dense malts. Molasses. Caramel. Toasted grains. Faint trace of alcohol.

Big hit of sweet malts up front. Caramel. Toffee. Butterscotch. The malts as a whole had a subtle woody/smokey theme. Bitter floral notes flared up towards the finish. Minor hint of alcohol in the finish. Full-bodied. Moderate/light carbonation.

Certainly an enjoyable beer. Big, sweet, and grainy.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 1,599 ratings.