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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

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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Reviews: 1,652 | Ratings: 5,128
Photo of FBarber
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color. Thick frothy tan head dissipates slowly leaving sticky tan lacing on the glass with a residual head.

Smell is very malty with roasted malts, some dark fruits, and smokey peat notes.

Taste has lots of smoke up front, almost a hint of smoked bacon, some peaty notes rich roasted malts and bark brown bread. Not super sweet, but its got some molasses and brown sugar in there.

Feel is actually quite full. Medium carbonation. Rich, hearty and filling.

Overall a really nice wee heavy. Outstanding beer at a great price. Sip this around an open campfire and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.98/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Two finger brown head, and a very dark reddish brown body. Aromas consist of smokey peat, roasted malt, mild dark chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. Flavors are the same. This is very tasty. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation, and is really smooth.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This really well done scotch ale. It's creamy, roasty, and rich. Smoky malt kinda dominates the flavor and I really enjoy it. Scotch ales are done by most breweries within MT so it's nice to see an out of state brewery bring one to the shelves here. Well done.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear if held to the light; cola brown with ruby highlights; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: dark fruit for a moment, then smoky with a little spice;

T: dark fruit and molasses up front; dark fruit dominates after that; a bit of smoke in the background from start to finish; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; some warming from the alcohol, but this drinks very smoothly;

O: a really nice sipping beer that drinks like something you could drink quickly;

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with light brown head. Aroma is quite sweet and sugary with toasted malts and no hop character. Taste follows, mostly malty, toasted, some caramel and dark sugar on the finish with a slight bitter, burnt sugar flavor. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. It's a good beer but not really my favorite style.

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Photo of AD45
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After a really hot day, all I need are a couple cans of these to set my head on straight.

The perfect post- summer bike ride session, no snacking necessary.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking beer. Deep tan head over auburn body. Sufficient lacing.

Body is light and fluffy as should be. Flavor is very sweet. I would say too much so. However it is still quite pleasant... just not balanced.

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Photo of muchos
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/10/16. Enjoyed on 9/7/16. Almost 6 months old.
L. Dark brown, darker than I expected, that's for sure. Light tan frothy head reducing to a film in a minute.
S. Toffee, caramel, roasty toasty malt, toast topped with lots of honey.
T. Toffee, bitter cocoa, bread, honey, just enough pine/grass. Nice long aftertaste of caramel and pine.
F. Full body, pretty smooth, noticeable carbonation, dry-ish resinous finish.
O. Pleasantly surprised. Delicious. Cheers!

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Photo of jaketaz
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For an American company they have a great handle on European styles, at a reasonable price. Old Chub is the chewiest beer I've had, left a residue that had me smacking my lips after every sip. It's a deep black cherry color, I had it poured from can to pint glass which resulted in a massive tan head and a clear toffee aroma. Mellow barrel flavor more in line with an 80-proof bourbon like Four Roses, light barrel smoke, nothing about this beer tastes like scotch. Light body and carbonation, but the chewiness and smoothness of flavor make the beer taste substantial. I will definitely revisit this, and it makes me want to see their take on a Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of wetshoes
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of Scottish ales, I liked this. Labeling is a bit weird: "It's like Sputnik". WTF?? And "Scotch Ale". Scotch is a distilled liquor, aged in charred barrels. This is "Scottish Ale" or maybe "Scots Ale" but not Scotch Ale. But they're from Colorado, so credit for trying anyway.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown. Lets some light through at the edges, has a reddish hue to it. Big tan foamy head with pretty good retention.

S: Malty with some smokiness to it.

T: Tastes like it smells. Smoky flavor and malty sweetness. Also some nutty and toffee notes. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

F: Light to medium carbonation. Fairly smooth with a decent body to it.

O: Pretty good stuff. I like the smokiness.

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

Poured at 44°F from a 12oz can (canned on 10Feb16) into a thistle. Consumed on 31Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel and figs are supported by mild aromas of chocolate, plums, cherries, sweet bread, smoked goodness, and subtle spicy hop aromas.
TASTE: The taste theatrical begins with a flood of strong caramel and fig flavors. The sweetness is immediately strengthened by mild flavors of sweet bread, plums, and sweet cherries even as the caramel and fig flavors fade to mild. Mild flavors of chocolate bring more sugary sweetness while subtle spicy hop flavors present some balance. Balanced is fully achieved with mild flavors of smoked goodness entering lastly as spicy hop flavors grow to mild and all prior flavors maintain.
NOTE: This was a textbook example of the style. There was a good balance between the sweetness, smokiness, and spicy hop presence. There was not one flavor that stood out from the others. I would have liked to have had the initial caramel and fig flavors maintain their quality instead of fading. That would have resulted in a still balanced beer with a little more weight of the sweet side of the spectrum.

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Photo of agedbeers
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is a dark brown and produced a tasty light bubly brown head

Smell is molasses and toffee.

Taste like smell, and is also smoky. Maybe slight metallic from can, really prefer bottled brews but cant beat price at approx $8 for a six pack. Time in the can will surely be a factor in this respect. Also a bit nutty, maybe including walnu. Little sweet like brown.

Feel is medium with bit of carbonation that always some nice chewing.

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Photo of Brewhugh42
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 6 pack (unfortunately canned not bottled) from my local Sprouts store. Surprisingly one of the best ales that i have tasted in awhile. Used to drink only hoppy ales, but have recently been swayed from IPAs to stouts/porters and love this scottish ale. If you are like me and want want to drink something different- you won't be disappointed

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Photo of nutkick
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On sale under 7 bucks, why not lift some up from HEB, at 8% ABV super V.A.L.U.E., before even heralding in multi bagpipe salute to supreme malt riches and cherished stash of smoke, seems natural they’d want to build a third location here in Austin. Very readily available round these parts, maybe it’s the cheap flights to Denver, or the abundant reasons to travel between the vastly different yet intertwined cities. A river floating classic, I still remember one, warming at bottom of nearly empty cooler, scratched and shaken, too much for the situation needed dilution with Guadalupe River, flattening the craft, memorable, but not quite the ideal situation for this interpretation of an ale from a land perhaps similarly caught in the current, dragging it downstream helplessly away from its place. Smells a bit like wood varnished in decades of smokiness and boisterousness which somehow twisted “wee” from an imperial shit ton by most other standards. Balanced somehow on three axes – extra sweet malt fattened with roastiness, stand up hops leaning against wobbly alcohol at a tingly convergence; similar to way burly enough men playing ridiculous looking musical instruments in skirts somehow works. Makes me want to chase something down the street repeatedly.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can Date: 12/2/15
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a dark brown that just doesn't let any light through. Light brown head, too.

Smell is molasses and... olives? There's also scorched something, but it's beyond recognition.

Taste is same as the smell, along with being smoky and having some toffee. I suppose the olive part does lessen with warmth – and it's not unpleasant – but it's not something I'm used to with beer. Maybe it's my tongue's interpretation of metallic since it's been in the can for seven months. There's also a slight bit of hazelnut and walnut tastes. You know what? I get burnt sugar, like a bolo de mel.

Feel is medium with fine carbonation. Nice and chewy.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oops! I'm sure that this is a good example of this style, but much too sweet for me. It does look beautifulbeautiful! Federal taphouse Lancaster, PA with Leah on the last day of our 20th anniversary trip.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale, 8% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours medium thickness, dark brown, with 5 fingers of foam, decent lacing. Nose is malty, taste follows. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent though a bit more watery than Founders Dirty Bastard. Fortune cookie on the bottom "Longtime Listener, Firsttime Caller".

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Photo of Benish
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very dark ruby color with no translucence.
Smell: sweet malt with some smokiness. You could say it's almost like smelling a bacon wrapped fig.
Taste: starts sweet with little notes of graham cracker. As it warmed up, dark fruits and cherries became more prominent. The beer finished with a subtle smokiness.
Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy.

Solid beer. I like the slight smokiness which was unexpected.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toffee and light smoke. It's not as complex as would think it to be. Still great brew.balanced and drinkable. Not boozy at all for the high abv. I prefer the smell

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good scotch ale. Nice color, clear, dark amber. Good head retention. Unblushing sort of taste that appeals to my pallet. No alcohol taste but still 8% ABV. Hint of sweetness and absolutely no bitterness. One I will drink again.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 9/22/15 and poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque ruby red/brown with a small cap of tan foam. The head quickly fades to a thin film, leaving no lacing in the process.

S: Aromas of dark fruits with some chocolate malts. The aroma is somewhat similar to a belgian strong dark ale.

T: Rich malty flavors of dark fruits and toffee with a candy like sweetness. There is a very subtle smokiness on the finish that is barely noticeable, but a nice touch nonetheless.

M: Medium-full bodied with a high amount of carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. In my opinion this beer could benefit from being less carbonated, giving it a creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall I thought this beer was ok but nothing outstanding. It has a candy like sweetness but is not cloying. A malt bomb without a doubt. There is a subtle smokiness on the finish that contrasts with the sweetness very well. A good beer, I just wish it was a bit less carbonated. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't be in a hurry to do so. Pairs especially well with cigars.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet caramel malt aroma spiked with figs and dried plums. Booze peeks through. Tastes of earth, dried dark fruits, spicy booze and caramel malt with a hint of smoke. No head or lacing. Smooth, full body.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Chub is a classic. It pours a classic scottish ale color with hints of ruby, caramel, and almond. The head is well formed even in a rocks glass and stays steady at 2 fingers.

I'm not getting a ton of aroma on the nose with this particular can, but I remember it having stronger aromas of what I'm sensing here - toffee, caramel, lightly burnt malts, some prune and fig.

The flavor profile is heavy and strong, it holds nothing back. Dark fruits absolutely sopped and dripping with pure alcohol are sampled, with a polite caramel-toffee backing and a tight ripe bitterness of blueberry. The finish is pure malt and more of the distilled alcohol.

The feel is burning, hot, and full. Very mean - in your face - like UV rays on a hot summer day.

Overall, Old Chub ain't the best Scotch Ale, but it's one I'll come back to again and again. Not a bad beer at all, and this isn't my first swing at it either.

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Photo of 60sFolks
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice and dark with a formidable copper head. Smell of dried fruit, figs and raisins. Taste of dark roast coffee. Heavy feel of this full bodied beer is outstanding.
I discovered this brew just in time for the summer concert and festival season. Going to carry this one in with me.

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