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

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Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,209
Reviews:
1,674
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
221
Gots:
1,164
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to thistle, the appearance was a semi-thick dark amber to brown color with a two finger white foamy head that slid off at a good pace. Some lace, somewhat messy and sliding.
The aroma had some sweet smoke, good dose of peat, some caramel/toffee malts, nourishing amount of breadiness and then some earthy to herbal hops at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet and brought the smoke and the peat in a bit more than the caramel/toffee malts (which is a good thing for the style). Smooth malty aftertaste with a touch of smoke.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation was nice and low allowing the malts to take the lead in the expected smoothness along my tongue. Delicate cling, but allowable.
Overall, another nicely done Scotch ale and perhaps my all time favorite by Oskar Blues. Possibly OB's most under rated beer and it's perfect for Autumn nights, along with BBQ cookouts and one to have for a football game.

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

Photo of mwvman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oskar Blues rarely disappoints and Old Chub is one that most certainly did not...

Like most other Scott Ale's this one was beautifully dark, had a nice tan head and it stuck around for most of the glass. The smell was a sweet mixture of whiskey, some spice and malt and just a tad of hops. Though it started out very carbonated, much more for my taste, it tamped down as it got warmer allowing the full, rich Scottish ale taste with just enough of some hops to create a complex but smooth brew to imbibe. Overall, this is truly a solid if not great beer. I've had a few of these already and I think it's now officially on my "Go-To" list when looking for great beers to try again on my own or share with good friends.

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Photo of MHJeff06
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brymtb
2.69/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

....another overrated Oskar Blues beer....really just another average beer...

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Photo of Pav42
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

12oz canned 1/26/17 poured into a mug at fridge temp 8.0% ABV. The beer is dark brown with a light brown head. The head fades to a cap after a few minutes with just a little lacing. The aroma is all rich malt and a hint of smoke. The flavor starts with dense smokey sweetness and stays there. It is neither bitter or cloying. Mouthfeel is full, rich and soft with a wet, but pleasant finish. Overall, very good. This is a great example of the style. Recommended

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours dark brown, near black, just a few bubbles rising to the top with no lacing. It doesn't look all that appetizing.
Aroma - Tangy, damp earth, dried fruit, oak.
Taste - Like the aroma, a little tangy up front, thick and lush malt, doughy, prune, earth, medjool dates, a little bit of vanilla with a hint of smoke. Bitterness towards the end. Aftertaste is very long with lingering dark fruits and a touch of leather.
Feel - Medium to full bodied, a bit sticky, ample carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden but has a gentle warmth.

Overall - Ugly looking beer...but who cares, it tastes great. Not overly sweet or bitter. Good stuff.

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Photo of Euphoria69
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of onlymurderers
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnine
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours close to a perfectly complete black color with a finger of a foamy brown head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass as well.

Th smell is of sweet malts and caramel. Some smoke and almost like dark dirt notes with some stone fruits coming up to the nose.

The taste is of sweet malts and stone fruits. A bit smoky and peat richness coming out in the flavor.

Mouth is somewhat of a medium feel with a bit of a slick finish.

Overall this beer is the bomb! Hides the 8% ABV very well so be careful with that. Really for a Scotch Ale this one really does take the prize for me. Good stuff and worth a try!

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

Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McFinniganOfTheFinnigans
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Let's just say that after drinking a whole six pack you'll be feeling good. Hell. Even just one alone is a mighty fine tasting beer.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikec1115
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer and a prefect Scottish Wee.

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

Photo of Rob121
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites, great before dinner beer, malty with very low to no hoppiness, smooth and just enough carbonation, head is good and lots of biscuit and grain and bread, exactly what it should be.

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