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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

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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."

Added by Todd on 12-13-2003

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

The beer pours a tan and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown with a nice smooth texture. The appearance definitely looks as it has the weight worthy of a wee heavy.

The smell is really nice and good. The strongest notes are the malts that range from a sweet caramel and a light toffee. There is also a light hop presence in the smell that is pretty good. Additionally, there seems to be a light woody note.

The taste is good. Strong malt characteristics with caramel and toffee notes as the strongest. There is also a nice and light smoky finish at the end and a slight woody note.

The feel is good for a wee heavy. The heavy bodied and a little thick with smooth feel is very good. The light carbonation gives it a nice texture.

Overall, a good wee heavy and worth every penny. Recommended.

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

From the can on Bro's porch in Stechoah after a long day on the motorcycle. Pretty good Scotch Ale, but the high alcohol content snuck up on me! Up in NC for the Tail and then to 'Bama for Barber's Vintage Fest.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark Amber color with a thick brown foamy head. Retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma of dark malts, caramel. Alcohol content is evident. Nice smooth dark malty taste with some caramel and a hint of licorice. Maybe some coffee. Slight bitter tinge at the end. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and an alcohol burn at the end. Good beer but can only drink one. More for sipping.

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Photo of Shippy
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Very dark brown with a tan head. Malty, caramel nose. Sweet taste, lots of caramel malt notes, with a little hopiness. Feel is medium with light carbonation and some stickiness, a little syrupy. Very enjoyable beer, might go well with apple pie.

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Photo of cbe1961
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me interested in drinking beer again. In 1979, while cycling through England and Scotland, I was taken with the thick, nutty brown ales I found on top in remote village pubs. I came back to the U.S. but was utterly unable to find anything like those ... until 2009, when I randomly stopped in a local liquor store in Niwot, Colorado and asked the guy if he knew of anything like that. He handed me a six-pack of Chub, and that was the jackpot. Big fan ever since.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - dark black/brown; light creamy head; nice lacing

Pours very black for a scotch all with a thin half inch head.

Aroma -malty, smokiness

Taste - sweet toasty malt, caramel...hint of coffee with a surprising hoppiness

Feel - medium to heavy, but creamy...strong carbonation

Overall - this is one of the first quality scotch ales I've rated...sweet with the toasted malt and coffee feel of a stout/porter, yet a nice hop balance. I like it.

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Photo of stucat
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

God this is delicious. My only comparison in this style is Robert The Bruce by Three Floyd's and Old Chub stands up very nicely. A bit heavier in the malts but that gives it a delicious sweetness that I was not expecting. I could drink a few of these but be careful, the 8.0 ABV is not apparent in the taste. I think I'll have just one more.

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Photo of ryho
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not 100% sure what the scotch ale style is about, but this seems like what I imagined.

Pours with a lot of head, I had to let it settle before finishing the pour. Very dark brown color, not quite as dark as a stout.
Aroma is a bit caramely.
Taste: there's so much to the taste. So much residual sweetness, and at 8% alcohol, this mash must have been crazy. Tastes a lot like Carmel malts. The taste seems "rough around the edges", I'm not sure of a better way to describe it. I think it is because of the small amount of smoked malt.
This is not the kind of beer that you can drink a lot of, it is a sipper.

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Photo of fishyakLA
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this today one draft at Public School 818 in Sherman Oaks. Since I've liked both Scottish Ales and Oskar Blues products (Ten Fidy = Yaozahh!) I gave it a go. The beer came in a tall glass with a good 1 inch + head. It was a dark brown + deep cherry color. A different and "pretty" beer. The smell was roasty and caramel with a touch of cinnamon. It's a lovely beer. And it goes down too easily for an 8% ABV. There is a lot going on with the beer. As the other comments indicate, there are many elements in the complex flavors but all the pieces play together nicely.

This website just helped me learn the difference between Scottish Ale and this one which falls into the "Wee Heavy" class. The word "heavy" helps make the differences between these two classes of closely related beers apparent. But both style feature more malt and deliver richer, "rounder" flavors. But the "heavies" amp up the alcohol, the roast and the color tending to darker. I am a fan of both styles. If you like these styles Belgium tripels might be your next step on the path.

The other "wee heavy" I had recently was from AleSmith. It was a 2011 cask and had aged very well. There was less alcohol breath in this "wee heavy" and this beer will win the "beauty contest" in a glass. This beer was also slightly more carbonated than the AleSmith version, but I don't know how much of these differences is due to the aging of the AleSmith product. Since this style isn't seen that often in the IPA dominated world on the West Coast, try one to see if you like the style. I do and I will look for this and other similar beers again. It is also nice to know that this product comes canned. I'll keep my eyes open. I wouldn't mind having some available for home use!

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Photo of car2052
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. CAN to pint glass

A: Dark brown, with garnet hues.
S: Bran cereal, Vanilla, Oak, Toasty malts, maybe a hint of coffee.
T: Sweet coffee and vanilla, with molasses and roasted caramel malt. Smoky. Sweetness lingers on a bit.
M: Medium-heavy.
O: Sweetness is a bit cloying, but this is a nice beer in the scotch style. Kinda in between a brown ale and a stout.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: September 3, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Celebrator Doppelbock.. OCCASION: the first REAL day of school awaits tomorrow--so some inspiration for tonight... APPEARANCE: dark, dense black cola body; brownish gray head fuzzes and bubbles with reasonable retention; lacing is significant, clumpy and attractive in its webbing... AROMA: sweet, toasted cracker wafts against the nostrils; some chocolate, caramel and toffee are suggested; that smoky earthiness--with a hint of vegetable--really recalls hearty winter months of peat fires; not balanced, by design... PALATE: a mad, strong pull at the throat leaves the teeth slightly buzzing; the carbonation is thick and vibrant, while certain moments are flat and dry--indeed, a complex, warming experience... TASTE: a sweet, chocolaty draw accompanies the thick, smoky sensation that makes this beer a dessert in itself...the roasted malts elbow out any chance for hop flavors, try as I might to discern them...as sippable an 8% ABV as one can find, with little residual heat and much to savor; the sweetness of caramel and toffee wed harmoniously...OVERALL: true to its promise, this beer is a celebration of malts in all their glory--toasted, roasted, chocolaty, with caramel, toffee, and the backbone of a loch ness monster that upholds all of the intensity...in a a can, no less...

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Photo of JetFeather22
2/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not how a Scotch ale is supposed to taste, It is very malty like a scotch ale but it seems like they just put a ton of poor quality malts into this beer... If you want a good Scotch ale get one that was made in Scotland..........

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Photo of flyingpig
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can at home from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.00):
This one was another excellent beer from Oskar Blues, it was definitely a lot more hoppy than I had been expecting & there was a huge amount of sweetness in there too but the two seemed to work well together & the balance was a good one. Overall it was an easy beer to drink despite the 8% abv. & the texture was a smooth, creamy one with surprisingly little of the alcohol showing.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cellar-ish temperature in a tulip.

A very smooth two centimeters of tan whipped cream has settled over pretty much the darkest ruby hue an ale could have. If your lighting is poor, 'twill appear black. But unholy blood of Cthulu! What a pretty, devilishly dark crimson.

The aroma is completely caramel-centric, and is rounded out temptingly by vanilla, raisins, cherries, and maybe a hint of red apples and cinnamon. A souser I savor sniffing.

Well, the flavor drapes my palate in melted caramel. This cannot be ignored, nor should it be. But embraced with a gleeful sweet-tooth. Next comes some herbal, somewhat earthy hops, and the finish fitfully throws a reverberating splash of toasted nuts that carry the whole victoriously home until the only echo remaining is some rich, dark earth.

I love the feel. The carbonation is kinda high, but the thick body negates the ability of these mischievous bubbles to bamboozle my palate with their fizzy entropy. As an over-exaggeration, imagine air bubbles rising through the maple syrup.

I approve of this ale's antics.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Smokey, malty, followed by caramel. This is what I call a malt bomb. It's sweet, and tasty. This hits a sweet note that I haven't had in some beers. This roasted flavor is awesome.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a dark brown, approaching ink-blank, topped by two fingers of slightly beige head that recedes quickly to a flat milimetre of head and some lacing.

Smell is coffee, light smoke, roasted and toasted malt. Faint bitter greens, vegetal hopping. Faint hard water? Light chocolatey notes. Taste is lightly smokey, woody, almost peaty. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Initial sweetness turns quite dry. Lots of coffee notes--did I mention that? Carbonation moderate-low, body is surprisingly light and drinkable.

Maybe because it's summer, and it's not quite what I have in mind for a summer sipper, but I'm not absolutely blown away. Still very, very good.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can to a pint glass.

a- about a 90-100% brown, can barely see through it. With a pretty aggressive pour, has about 3 inches of head that overflows on to my kitchen counter top. Lacing ends about an inch from the bottom.
s - malts galore, sweet bready malts.
t - malt, malt, and more malt. A twang of alcohol but this is pretty high gravity so makes sense. Getting some of the smokiness in the aftertaste from the beechwood.
m - a very sweet
o- this is spot on in the style and rather complex for a pub ale. Oskar Blues brews some outstanding beers these days, although i'm more inclined to drink the hoppier variety. This one is pretty dog gone good.

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Photo of K_STAR
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of can into Belgian tulip.
A: dark, can't see through
S: toffee
T: sweet, roasty, toffee, stone fruit finish
M: sticky, heavy, full bodied
O: overall a good representation of the style but not my style
Goes incredibly well with spicy foods like jalapeño poppers due to the heavy malt to balance out spice.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours very black for a scotch all with a thin half inch head.

Aroma is caramel toffee malt with a slight astringency.

Taste is a malt bomb with hop bitterness right at the end.

Not a huge fan of the style but this comes across great. Like a sweet malt dark beer minus a roasty flavor.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a mug. Canned on 7/02/15.

LOOK: A slightly hazy, very dark reddish brown (but not quite black) with a fluffy, two finger tan head.

SMELL: Sweet roasted malts. Caramel and toffee, burnt toast, licorice, molasses, slight cocoa and cola, gingerbread, vanilla, dates, figs, and raisins.

TASTE: Very roasty upfront, way more than I expected. Initial taste is toffee, chocolate, and even a little coffee. Then it turns to cake-like sweetness in the middle, gingerbread and velvet cakes with vanilla-rum icing, with notes of prunes, raisins, and Coca-Cola. Balances out in the finish with earthy and grassy hop character, and some coffee bitterness.

FEEL: Medium-plus body, with average carbonation. Slightly sticky on the finish. The 8% abv is very well hidden.

OVERALL: While I'm not normally a fan of malty beer, this one nailed it pretty darn well. Complex and flavorful. Very enjoyable. I would certainly buy this again.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I admit to being a bit of a sucker for a good Scottish Ale and after having an Old Chub this afternoon I remembered why it is one of my favorites. For starts it has plenty of malted barley to satisfy even the most discerning of malt heads and has a nice hint of coffee and cocoa. While many of you are tired of hearing about beechwood aged beer Oskar Blues has a much better use for beechwood and that is in the form of a beechwood smoked malt that adds just a hint of a smoke taste to this fabulous Scottish Ale. A word of warning though is Old Chub goes down so smooth you are likely to forget it has an 8% ABV so be careful.

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Photo of ordybill
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
This beer gets a lot of love from craft beer enthusiasts, however I am not a huge fan of the flavor. I am not a huge Scotch Ale fan so that should be the simple answer. It has a great look and a nice caramel aroma. I love the other Oskar Blues brands but this is just above average for me.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy nice Scotch ales so I picked this one up in a can and chilled it down real good in the fridge. I poured into a tall glass to let it aerate better and for the head to blossom. This variety has a nice 8% ABV and lots of flavor so let’s take a look!

Look-Solid black darkness comes with a light red copper shimmer in a strong backlight. The head blossoms full and is two fingers thick, but then settling down to one finger or less later on. The head is silky smooth and has a noticeable creamy off-white color with a caramel base.

Smell-The aroma is subtle yet with many smells. I get caramel and molasses smells singing high above the hint of grassy spices and malts. This beer was brewed with lots of malted barley and beechwood-smoked malts as well!

Taste-This brew tastes of caramel, molasses, and licorice immediately and a pleasant smokiness like smoked oak. The alcohol bite comes through nicely at the end to cut the mild sweetness. The carbonation leaves a nice tinge on the tongue immediately at the beginning and then some spicy black pepper mixed with a pleasant tartness. The hops manifest themselves in a subtle fashion, relying on the grassiness that you get in the middle. This is very medium-bodied and fine-tuned. All of the attributes are so perfectly presented and nothing is overwhelming or distracting from the other flavors and qualities. Excellent!

Mouthfeel-The feel is medium-bodied and effervescent and has a nice creaminess to it. This brew has a tinge of tartness, but is not bitter at all. It has a thin consistency to it which is almost watery, but not watered-down if you know what I mean. You might expect a thick syrupy quality to this Scotch Ale, but it is pleasantly on the opposite side of the spectrum. It finishes clean and moist with a mild lingering sticky coating to the tongue that is almost imperceptible.

Overall-I love this beer! It is so well-balanced and fine-tuned that, as I’ve said, allows all the flavors and qualities to shine through individually without anything overpowering the other. The feel is particularly pleasant, because I was dreading an overwhelming sweetness and thick syrup feel, but as I’ve described above, it was far more inviscid and moist. Great beer!

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

Picked up a really fresh (canned about two weeks before I bought it) mixed 12-pack from Oskar Blues that I took camping last week. Poured this one right from the fridge into my Red Eye pint glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque crimson-tinged cola color with about an inch of tan head that dissipates after a bit to a healthy film and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. When held to the light, the brew is clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Nice malt profile on this one: plenty of sweet caramel and more roasted/toasty malt notes coming through. There are earthy, grassy, and cracked pepper spice. Just a bit of black licorice and molasses poking through.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, though the more roasted malts are present almost immediately. Just a bit of molasses and black licorice. There's a building smokiness into the middle and back. The middle also brings on a little clear alcohol flavor. The back end has more smoke and alcohol, along with a good bit of the caramel and toasty malts. There's a cracked pepper spiciness that accompanies more of the molasses at the close. There's some nondescript tartness at the close from the hop presence.

F: Medium-bodied and quite effervescent, lending it a nice creaminess. There's just a bit of astringency, but this one is far from bitter. If anything, I wish this brew was a bit more syrupy/less watery than it is. Though it finishes quite cleanly, there's some lingering stick to it.

O: This is a very tasty Scotch ale--one that I would consider a go-to. It brings a lot of great malt flavor, well-executed spice, enough smokiness without going overboard, and a considerable ABV without really showing it. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of slusk
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep garnet with a tan, short lasting head.

S: Little to no hops. Dark fruit, raisin and dark caramel. A bit of chocolate covered cherry and a subtle earthiness. Nice dark bread underpinning.

T: Dark fruit and burnt caramel in the forefront with a decent smoky, dark chocolate flavor. The malt flavor is big with almost no hop flavor other than a well hidden earthy note and toasted breadcrumb. There's a brightness to the malt I wasn't expecting, not dull at all. Sweet finish.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation. Smooth.

O: One of my favorite Scotch ales. Very well done. Perfect amount of smokiness, not overpowering. Light aftertaste and not too sweet. I will drink a lot of this.

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