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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4,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,643
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 178
Gots: 756 | 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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Photo of DeepBrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of mrlafay
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer. Good look, taste, and feel...

Photo of Giggy
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one on Nitro. Made a big difference with the mouth feel.

Photo of timontheroad
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of Davidafleury47
4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Creamy. Smooth and enjoyable brew. WishIhad more.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Nichols33
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not my style but pretty tasty

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of shleepy
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of EOsborne
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

Photo of Phat_Borracho
4.25/5  rDev +6%

for a beer that comes out of a can this is really good beer

Photo of GuillermoGarano
5/5  rDev +24.7%

100 Points - had in aspen, tried many beers but this one is just perfect, can't find anything like this..

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Had this on nitro tap. Incredibly smooth. Smokey, peaty, heavy mouthfeel.

Photo of That_One_Guy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
5/5  rDev +24.7%

I could go on all day about this brew, but I'm just going to sum it all up in one sentence: Perfection in a can.

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured into a Surly goblet...
This is a dark brown ale with a nice 1/2" thick head and lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice full malty aroma. This is a delicious beer with hints of coffee and chocolate. I will drink this over and over...

Photo of BadmouthBrews
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

This is one of my favorite scotch ales, pours a dark dark brown, almost black. With a creamy white head with a little bit of lacing. Tastes like it should, scotch hinted ale. Good stuff!

Photo of joe12pk
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little on the cloying side, but overall a very good ale.

Photo of Retroman40
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a standard hourglass glass.

Very dark brown color with some hints of red. Smell is a combo of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Taste is much more coffee and caramel with minimal hop bitterness. The malts eliminate all heat that you might expect at this ABV level. The mouthfeel is rich and the moderate carbonation level makes this almost too easy to drink.

Overall this is a excellent beer but at 8% ABV this is no session beer and needs to be treated with the utmost respect.

Photo of rokit13
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Sweet but not cloying.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Creamy, rich, malty, with a sweet finish. Very smooth and very easy-drinking. Excellent value to boot.

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