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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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1,580 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,580
Hads: 4,833
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.75%
Wants: 208
Gots: 893 | 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:
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: 1,580 | Hads: 4,833
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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Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.85/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep hickory brown, and forms a massive tan head with both good retention and crazy lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Toffee and caramel malts, and more than a hint of something floral.

Taste: And yep, that'd be what I imagine floral perfume tastes like. Faintly, under the barrage of rancid garbage runoff - sorry, I mean hops, it's just reflex to type the other thing - there's something that vaguely resembles toffee and chocolate malt. But any hope of getting any malt complexity died when the bushels and bushels and bushels and bushels of hops were poured into the tun.

Mouthfeel: Odd. This starts out feeling medium-bodied, and transforms into a soda-like thinness by the end.

Overall: Nope. I drink these styles of beer expressly for the malt. As soon as enough hops to start coming forward to join the party, I'm out.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a big tan head that settled to wispy lacing.

Smell: Roasted caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt up front, into moderate bitterness. Some booze towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good on it's own, if you're in the mood for something sweeter. This beer is really amazing with any dairy or caramel dessert.

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Photo of ranger7
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark red, nice carbonation, and good lacing.
S: Malt, chocolate.
T: Malt and chocolate. Almost a milk stout sweetness.
F: Smooth. Medium feel.
O: Good. Not as many flavors as the Iron Thistle, if you like some bitterness in this style then go for Rahr's offering. Otherwise, this is a good choice.

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

L (4.25) - This beer pours a nice deep brown. Not quite as dark as a stout, but almost. Nice amount of foam on top, too.
S (3.75) - I don't get a lot of aroma. I know this style isn't crazy with hops, but I should smell something. Just kinda smells like beer, with a few roasted and caramel subtleties.
T (4) - I like this beer. A fine malt taste, with some hop hints. I've been into this style lately, and this one is a 'good' example.
F (4) - Again, nothing superlative here, but nice carb, nice drinkability.
O (4) - All in all, a 'nice' beer. I'm not going to wait in line on Black Friday to get this, but I certainly will buy it again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to pretty much nothing

S: Lots of malt, though with a restrained sweetness. Some dark fruits and hints of smoke behind the wall

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of maltiness with a bit of caramel and dark chocolate sweetness, quickly followed by a nice dark fruit presence, light smoke, and salted nuttiness (although, it's hard to differentiate between almond and cherry). Finishes with moderate sweetness, more dark fruits, and lingering smoke

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice scotch ale with waves of sweetness and dark fruits with just enough smokiness to keep it interesting. Surprisingly easy to drink given the heavier body/maltiness and abv.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, but can see through with red hue when held to light. Pours a lighter big bubbly head.
S- very sweet malty smell. Excites me about taste.
T- What a variety of malt. Roasted barley. The sweet finish lingers and turns to slight hop bitter. Very impressed.
F- Smooth with a nice bitter-sweet balance in the end.
O- Not big on scotch ales, but I like this.

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Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I wish there were more Scotch Ale's on the market. This is a great example. Malty as hell, and delicious. There are hints of coffee within the intense malt flavor. While it doesn't sip well at the end, it's still a paramount among Scotch Ales.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 2/4/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a very deep mahogany that is almost pitch black in color with a thin foamy head. Sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of malts and caramel for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a very light hint of smoke that actually was pleasant. No bitter or harsh aftertaste and you couldn't taste the higher alcohol content but knew it wasn't a 5%er either. Medium bodied with lower carbonation. A really good brew of this style.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into tulip glass.

A: Dark mahogany with medium foam and retention, good lacing.

S: Malt and and caramel, fading quickly, then returning as it warms.

T: Malt, caramel, smoky and as it warms the booziness comes out. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-high mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation

O: Well balanced, tasty, flavor develops while it warms.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from a can into an Odell snifter

A: dark dark brown/black with a tint of ruby at the edges; 1 finger khaki head dissipates quickly
S: roasted barley, toffee and chocolate, a little faint bit of peat and smokiness, and some woody notes and vanilla too.
T: follows the nose, though more pronounced and there's a bit of nuttiness around the edges that I didn't get in the nose. The malts are layered, and come in a hearty breadiness, toffee/caramel as well as a touch of chocolate...nothing too sweet, but very flavorful. What really makes it go, though, in terms of taste, is the faint peaty smoke, a little grassy hoppiness, and the oaky vanilla. Again, holds back from becoming too sweet or cloying; really delicious.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/Amber color with a nice one finger fluffy light brown head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smell: The aroma was very sweet and biscuity, with just a touch of caramel and toffee.
Taste: Sweet and malty up front, with some nice caramel and chocolate notes, and just a bit of a dark fruit taste on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and silky, with just a tinge of alcohol burn.
Overall: I really like this beer, much more so than the nitro version - it has just the right taste and feel, but watch out, this angry scot will will club you down if you're not careful at 8% ABV.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours an almost black, ruby mahogany brown. Forms a nice thick and creamy 2 finger, medium tan head. Whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - Malts, chocolate malt, peat smoke, caramel, and pipe tobacco.
T - Sweet malty smoke, toffee, caramel and a slightly bitter finish which perfectly balances the sweetness.
O - A perfect representation of the scotch ale style. 5 star scotch ale. If you're a fan of the wee heavys, definitely give this one a try, its highly sessionable.
V - Great value, comes in a six pack of cans.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with an amber tint. A quarter inch of beige foam is present. Brussels lacing. I smell subtle,sweet dark malt. The flavor is packed with sweet,dark malt with a nutty edge. The mouth is a bit chewy and lightly sticky.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a red hue when held up to the light. Healthy, frothy, tan head that sticks around while leaving behind some nice lacing. Smell isn't all that strong, but I can detect chocolate notes and caramel. The taste is great! Very malty with a chewy caramel/molasses flavor, maybe some vanilla in there too. Very smooth and creamy with a slight chalkiness. I love scotch ales and this is a fine rendition of the style. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown with thick tan head, which laced the glass the whole way down

Smell: sweet not much order

Feel: extremely smooth. Thick and foamy. High alcohol percentage but doesn't taste like it

Taste: Nice sweetness followed by toasted malt flavors. Not much hoppy flavors. Everything is balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of shleepy
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, with small head. Fruity caramel smell - kind of dubbel-like. Taste has a lot of toastiness, tobacco. A little too intense and noticeably boozy.

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Photo of EOsborne
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12oz can into a large snifter.

A - Pours a lovely dark reddish brown like stained cherry wood. Produces a modest tan head that subsides quickly to a ring, but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Absolutely heavenly aroma. There's a lot of sweetness upfront, but it's a complex sweetness. It leads with toasted caramel and buckwheat honey and gradually blends with boozey, raisiny notes like a rich sherry. Vanilla and oak are hiding in there somewhere.

T - Following the nose, there's a ton of sweetness here, but it somehow avoids being overly cloying. Dark caramel malts dominate, filling the pallet with molasses and over-ripe fruit. There's a beautifully subtle smokiness that adds complexity to the sugars without creating the overwhelming campfire flavor that some smoked beers have. The hops are present, but elusive - a kind of faint bitterness that forces your tongue to chase it around before deciding whether it's there. The vanilla notes from the nose are present, along with some amazing nutmeg flavors.

M - This is heavy stuff. I actually prefer the standard Old Chub to the nitrogenated version because it's about as syrupy as I can tolerate a beer. It feels viscous and oily, and coats the pallet. The thickness isn't necessarily a flaw, because I doubt the blooming complexity of the malt flavor could be achieved without it, but be warned this beer will weigh you down.

O - Old Chub has quickly become one of my go-to's. It's affordable and available in many grocery stores, but it has a truly complex and finely crafted flavor that is virtually unheard of in its price range. The only downside is the overwhelming heaviness of the sugars and malts that discourage having more than one. But that one is always a luxurious and memorable delight.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro version. Brown color with a thick caramel head with medium retention.
Light aroma of red fruits, nuts and licorice.
Nice flavor with notes of licorice, nuts, cola, milk chocolate and lots of vanilla. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light, but still creamy body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is incredibly hidden.
Very pleasant and sessionable for the style.

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Photo of That_One_Guy
4/5  rDev 0%

Picked up a six for my Fantasy Draft, just to try something other than the IPAs and Lagers that would be around. I was able to only have two of them as the rest of the deadbeats guzzled them. Overall, everyone loved it. I rather have a Wee Strong, but it was a nice taste with TONS of malt, and very good. I can see sipping this around a fire place while making fun of someone's haircut.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.