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

Dark appearance, thinner creamy brown head. Smoky smell, little caramel, little malt. Tastes similar, less intense smoke. Overall, pretty good brew. Thin on mouthfeel I'd say.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 8/17/15 into pint glass. Murky dark ruby brown with a thin tan head that dissipates rapidly. Sweet malts, some caramel, and a tiny hoppiness somewhere near the end, but maltiness dominates. Medium mouthfeel - given a choice, I'd opt for a little more body. Alcohol is well hidden. Not my favorite for the style, but right up there with the best. Yet another quality offering from OB!

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Photo of Voldigar
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A regular pickup at the local bottle shop or on tap at Lot 3 in downtown Bellevue, WA.

Look:Lovely, nearly opaque brown beer with ruby tones, almost purple. Thick tan head with hints of orange. Loud prominent head that settles to a thin creamy layer.
Smell: Strong alcohol nose, let's you know you're in for something. Truly smells like whiskey. Something subtle I can't quite detect through the kick, but yeast is certainly making it through.
Taste: The powerful smell travels right into the flavor. Grassy, with hopiness that manages to come through the malt. It takes some getting used too as it's much richer than most ales. Vanilla and caramel middle.
Feel: Great scotch ale mouth feel. Lives up to the genre. Nice balance of effervescence and slipperiness.

Overall: This one is a mainstay for a reason. One of the best and a unique experience. Delivers a serious punch.

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Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I compare all scotch ales to dirty bastard. Not sure if that is fair/right or not, but so be it. This one was nice, but maybe a bit more roasted malt forward. I like the tea like taste in DB, and Chubb isn't quite that subtle. Chubb leans more toward stout/porter land for me. Still a very solid brew, and I'd gladly order another in the future

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Photo of citizencane
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark reddish brown with a thick head. Smell is faint, but Interesting enough. Taste follows. There was a hint of what I'll call rubberiness that I sometimes detect with darker beers, but somehow this complimented the smell and taste instead of ruining it, as it melded well with the bitter end of hop flavor on the palate. Solid beer, though I'm not really familiar with the style.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a go-to beer in the Scotch ale department. Tons of sweet malt, balanced by a boozy finish. Old Chub and Dirty Bastard are the standards in this category, IMO. You can't go wrong here. Well done, Oskar Blues.

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Photo of puck1225
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a comforting beer! A nice slightly sweet malty smell and taste that makes you think of a well worn wooden bar in a cozy pub. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Dark brown orange with a brief head and good lacing. Caramel and toffee flavors, a great Scotch ale!

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Photo of J-Calm
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique, especially for a Scottish ale. Sweet but not overly so. Complex flavors... seems I should describe it like a good gin - but it's beer so I can't. There are varied flavors. Not at all your average beer or average Scottish ale!

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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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