Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale
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Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #23
Ranked #4,634
4.04 | pDev: 10.89%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale
Notes: 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 Explorer_Bill
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice Scottish style ale. Had this one on draft. Deep rich coffee color with a 1/2 inch head that dissipated rather quickly. Nice light creamy brown lacing. Malty nose and the taste falls in line with added cocoa and coffee notes. It’s a fantastic ale. Wish I would have tried it sooner.

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

Hard to go wrong when you pick up an Oskar Blues beer. Smells and tastes of sweet caramel and earthy tones. Leather and tobacco with a dry finish. Delicious.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can 8/2019:
Deep garnet brown with a rusty-tinged beige head. Creamy cap provides copious strands and spots of lacing.

Nose is malty, leathery/earthy, lightly fruity. The taste reveals a dark cherry to dig-like aspect to the fruit. It’s a lot more earthy though in a leather and tobacco way. These flavors keep this dark toffee to charred caramel malty beer from being very sweet overall, though the opening note has some vague aspects of a sweet red wine.

Overall, this is more balanced than many Scotch ales I’ve had - in a manner similar to American barleywines being more bitter than the English version. It has enough malt power and light tobacco earthiness to stay within style, though.

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Photo of branham1989
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues Old Chub 8.0 % ABV. This Scotch Ale pours a deep golden mahogany brown color with a three quarters finger width tan colored head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of malts with big notes of caramel toffee yeast and brown sugar overall a very sweet aroma. This is predominantly caramel with hints of orange zest toffee brown sugar with a malty backbone there’s also a bit of burnt sugar/molasses along with cherries and figs a very complex flavor it’s a delicious sweet ale that is perfect for a person who doesn’t like bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth not thin or overly heavy or overly carbonated. 8.75/10

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Photo of sjdevel
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks a dark brown/copper color with almost a 1 finger head that recedes very rapidly. Some lacing continues and it some activity remains. Not very aromatic but there are some roasted grains and caramel. Some dark brown sugar is there as well. Taste is a nice yeasty/caramelly bite up front. It gets sweet for a bit but slightly dries out with a slight herbal bite. It gets almost vinegary before fading into a slight smokiness. Feels a bit thin for a Scotch Ale. Overall a good drinking beer. I enjoyed this beer 4-5 years ago when I last had it, but it just doesn't taste the same to me. It is a decent beer, but not the best scotch ale I have had.

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Photo of Djoneil
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (01/14/19) served in a snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Lovely reddish brown with an initial fingers worth of off white head that settles into a slim ring and hints of lace. Is there a hint of peat on the nose & tongue, or is that my Keltic imagination? A bit of carbonation & acholol warmth contribute to a medium mouthfeel. I like this beer.

Update: 27 JUL19 - Now on draught at the Brass Tap, and I'm liking this ale even more.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 4/25/14; drank 8/4/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/orange murkiness.

Big tan head; strong lace.

Caramel & orange zest nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Mild caramel & mild orange zest flavors; fairly light & sessionable for the style, but missing that big kick I look for.

More of a Scottish ale, perhaps?

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Photo of oddcopter
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oskar Blues brews great beers! This tasty sweet concoction has no fuselly of solventy characters, just yummy, carmelly goodness. So easy drinking for 8% ABV!

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Photo of Mrseanworldwide
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a superb beer, absolutely a bargain at 10 bucks for a 6. The two words that jump out for me are smooth and tasty. The flavor is especially pleasant and full of character. The sweetness is there, but it isn’t overly so. As others have said, the taste is reminiscent of a cola, but of course less sweet and carbonated. The alcohol is mostly hidden. The mouthfeel is full and not syrupy.

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Photo of MackT
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of rootbeer. Nice tan head, fades slowly.
Aroma is a virtual grab bag of molasses, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, cherries, fig.
Taste is full bodied, with aforementioned carmel, molasses, etc. Mouthfeel is effervescent. Aftertaste is not OC’’s strong point, slightly disappointing. Although, overall this is a tasty offering, I recommend. Cheers.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned a few months ago, and poured from fridge temp in Idaho Falls! Pours very dark brown with generous light brown head. Nose is interesting - initially picking up some metallic notes, followed by some burnt toffee, spice, molasses, and some dark fruit. Taste is really smooth. Toffee, candy, cherries, charred wood, leather, and tobacco. A really nice scotch ale. Mouthfeel is creamy.

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

Can dated 12/12/18, poured into tulip. Cream color "head", layer of weak fizz

Looks - dark rusty orange based brown body, and

Smell is of faint malty toffee/caramelized brown sugars, brown bread pudding

Taste is toffee caramel sweet malts in a big way with some kick on the 8%abv punch.

Feels a little flat, but that's probably correct for this malt bomb. Boom.

Overall, I can tell it's a quality brew, it's just not quite where I want one of these to land today. Will probably try again.

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Photo of ShiningLion
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Tulip

Deep garnet color. Clear, very dark. Creamy tan head with good retention. Thin slight lacing.

Peat, a hint of smoke, sweet, dark stone fruit, pineapple, a little boozy, light floral and toffee.

Sweet, caramel, tart tropical fruit (like kiwi), coffee (like stonefruit-leaning African coffee). Lingering rich malty aftertaste. Astringent hoppy finish with smokey and earthy notes. A bit boozy.

Buttery, velvety and rich texture.

This feels like a dark beer that people who don't like dark beer could tolerate. It's well-rounded with plenty of sweetness to balance the tartness and earthier notes. For me, this beer is more complex in its aftertaste than during the sip, but it has some pleasant fruity notes in the sip, giving way to an earthy, malty finish. I'm good with hops in general but the level of hops here seemed to clash with the style a bit rather than complement it. Could be smoother in taste to match the very smooth texture. I could've settled for a bit more smoke and malt and less tartness and hops.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Can to snifter.

LOOK: clear mahogany color, creamy beige head. excellent retention.
AROMA: oak, hay, grass, peat
TASTE: peat, caramel,oak, cherry, brandy
FEEL: medium to full body, sturdy, bubbly for the body

very nice.


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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This has a deep burnt copper hue with a big fat creamy head that leaves copious lacing. It's scent is elusive to me - mild malts. The mouthfeel is near perfect - like vanilla cream soda, rich, and full with a bit of zing. It tastes fabulous - malty with an oak and mild scotch finish. Really a delicious brew.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours near black with ruby highlights and thick, rocky, light tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Sweet, plum-fruity aroma with malt, caramel, a little booze and smoke. The flavor is similar, with a wonderful warmth and fullness. Light roast bitterness. Oily smooth, with a long finish. Very light carbonation.

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Photo of gandres
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friday, January 11, 2019 6:30 PM
Sampler from Totalwine
Sight: Dark amber, appears clear, medium foam, lacing
Small: good aroma, malty 3.00 Taste: low bitterness, sweet
Mouth feel: medium carbonation, long follow through, good long finish, sweet aftertaste
Very good beer,repeat: yes, look forward: No

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Photo of Amendm
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 12-oz. can 11/12/18 creates a finger of tan froth with long retention and irregular lacing. Clear dark walnut brown with bright red amber highlights.
Smell is faint, alcohol and diacetly with ripe pitted fruit in the background.
Taste begins semi-sweet and lightly bitter featuring caramel malt. Elements from the smell increase during the middle taste as it drys and bitters. The finish is semi-dry with an astringent bite, roasted malt adds a little more bitterness. The aftertaste has sweet malt and spicy/peppery alcohol.
A little lighter than average body, plenty of carbonation. Oily and buttery smoothness.
Great looks, disappointing smell, redemption in the taste and feel. Nice ride as it bitters and drys.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned in a crafty craft can claiming to be a scotch ale
pours far too dark, ultra dark brown body with full on thick tan head
aroma is carob and woodchuck
burned sugars and stuff
really drinkable but not a scotch ale as I know it

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Photo of RockHop
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany with a thin soapy head. Good carbonation. Scotchy aroma. More crisp than creamy, but rich flavor profile, raisin, malt, molasses, cola. Good, somewhat lighter, alternative to an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of hottenot
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When I feel like having a dark beer, this is my go-to. I used to know a portly electrician who was sort of a friend. Older fellow, I nicknamed him Old Chub, because he was old and chubby. I showed him a photo of a can of Old Chub just so he wouldn't feel to bad being called Old Chub.

Tastes great, more filling! Everyone else has described this beer to the n'th degree, so there is no point in saying anything other than "I agree it is awesome beer"

Thanks Oscar, this really hits the spot for when you want something dark and rich.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 06/28/2018. Poured into English pint glass. Dark not quite opaque. Fantastic slight off white head. Two fingers settling to a smooth cover and heavy lacing before the first drink.
Sweet malty nose. Just what a scotch ale should be. No fancy spices or other shit. Earthy rich.
Amazingly deep malt taste with an unparalleled smoothness. Feel is unlike any scotch ale and I have tried many.
Old Chub introduced me to the style of scotch ale. I’ve never rated it because what’s one more rave review. Old Chub does deserve another rave review. Excellent.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

hoo buddy i gotta buy more of this. pours like a bottle of coke with nice fluffy brown head a ton of lacing. nose is just a ton of those sweetish malts. tastes fantastic, chocolate malt goodness with a nice boozy earthiness and smokiness. perfect blend of hopiness and caramel chocolate sweetness. there's a bite for sure but seriously super smooth, dangerously so since this can was gone very quickly. god bless you oskar blues, despite the amount of headaches you have caused so far in my life.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2016-11-18] Pours clear dark brown/red with a thick brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel. Taste of sweet caramel, malt, slight chocolate, cherry, smoke.

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Photo of Glider
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, almost opaque, chestnut brown with a nice tan head (8/29 canning). Smell is of sweet, dark malt with a whiff of smoke. Taste is sweet malt, bread pudding, then a touch of alcohol and spice. Flavors linger on the tongue with good body and medium low carbonation. This is my kind of winter warmer.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 5418 ratings