Old Chub
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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From:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #37
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,852
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.95%
Reviews:
1,768
Ratings:
3,744
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 30, 2022
Added:
Dec 13, 2003
Wants:
  236
Gots:
  1,250
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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Rated: 3.96 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12oz can into a Libbey. Can purchased on 10/17/22. Can date 10//22.

L- Gorgeous deep ruby red.

S- Sweet malty nose.

T- Sweet, almost tangy, flavor.

F- An almost “birch beer “ flavor. Very complex.

O- A great Scotch Ale!
Oct 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Taenim from New Jersey

Sep 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz can, canned on 12-7-2021

On the pour a nice, tan, 3 finger head forms filling my pint glass, it then recedes over a couple minutes to a thin foam cap and ring around the glass. The color is a very dark reddish brown that becomes a dark brown red in the light. Lazy carbonation finds its way to the surface.

Smell is quite roasty but with strong notes of dried date from the mingling of yeast and malts. Some vague hopping possibly detected? Definitely a complex malt forward traditional scotch ale smell. Quite sweet.

Taste follows the smell but brings more roast amd leaves a little bit of the dark fruitiness. It is still present but it shows up more with the slight wave of bitterness after the sweet caramel malt notes pass. The bitterness does build a bit as you drink, as well as sweet yeast character. Quite a complex beer, quite low ibu I'm assuming however.

Feel is quite velvety, and not too heavy especially for the abv. It does stay on the palate a bit and Definitely isn't watery but it is very easy to drink.

Overall a traditional scotch ale from an American brewery. And a very interesting yeast and malt character at that. Some hops present in the form of a vague bitterness, but quite earthy and sweet. This is good.
Apr 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.87 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Apr 18, 2022
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a 12oz. can poured into my Oskar Blues pint glass. The brew is a dark brown, to dark to observe the carbonation. The head is almost a finger of thick tan foam that quickly recedes to a thin cap.
The aroma is sweet malts, toffee..
The flavor starts sweet, some cocoa, a touch of coffee, then there is a crisp dryness with a little alcohol bite at the finish .
The palate feels a smoothness up front, a slight dryness, and a little heat from the 8% ABV.
This tastes very good and I keep going back for more, but I suggest you sip this one and enjoy. I think this one could sneak up on a guy!
Apr 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by SpaethJam from New York

Mar 07, 2022
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brownish red color with a half inch of light tan head. The nose is chocolate, toasted whole wheat bread, rye, wet grain, and a touch of coffee. The taste is almond toffee, brown bread, molasses, hazelnuts with the skin on, roasted corn, and a delicious maltiness. Very nicely balanced beer that goes from mildly sweet to barely dry to a light lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is a pleasant creaminess that borders on chewy. The key here is the malty grainy toffee taste. This is a very good drinkable beer.
Feb 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by kp7 from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Dec 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.87 by Mattbrollins22 from South Carolina

Dec 01, 2021
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Reviewed by MNJR from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very good beer, complex and chewy, woodsy flavors of maple syrup, raisin, butterscotch, cocoa, toasted bread, caramel, vanilla, licorice. The expected sweetness for the style is nicely balanced by a touch of bitterness and even a hint of minty pine as the flavors linger. Excellent smooth rich feel, thick but not sticky, with a great jolt of lively fizz. My personal favorite of the Scotch ales. A malt monster, not for hopheads. An excellent beer as close to flawless as I've had.
Dec 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Rhetion from Florida

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by kkarimi from Texas

Sep 13, 2021
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Rated by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The best!!!
Sep 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Aug 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Aug 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by KT3418 from Colorado

Aug 09, 2021
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Deep reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, nut, cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste is sweet of cola and dark cherries, nutty roasted malts and a definite smoked flavor. Some marshmallow as well. Nice medium chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is held in check by the full malt flavors and overall this is a nice ale.
Aug 04, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass. Canned 3/26/21.

L---Opaque dark ruby brown color. Fluffy tan head settled to a ring and left very nice lacing.

S---Sweet malty goodness. Caramel, dark fruits, bread.

T---Follows the nose closely.

F---it's a wee heavy.

O---A really nice one. I'd get this again.
Jul 05, 2021
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
355 mL can from the LCBO; dated Aug 14 2020 and served barely chilled. This is the last of a 4-pack that I bought in late 2020.

Pours a muddied brownish-amber colour, with a deliberately rough pour producing half an inch of foamy beige head. It leaves behind a thin collar, but little else worth mentioning - though a good swirl does leave some spotty lacing and legs behind. Mostly just sweet on the nose - lots of caramel and toffee, with notes of cherry red licorice candy, dates and figs; these obscure subtler suggestions of toasted bread, molasses, plum and alcohol.

A fine beer, indeed - complex and flavourful, though the scales are certainly tipped toward the 'malt' side of the equation, with an almost fruit cake-like flavour at the forefront. There's caramel, toffee, toasted bread and molasses, as well as cherry, prune, date and fig; hints of cocoa and smoked malt at the finish, leading in to a slightly warming aftertaste with lingering hints of toffee, earthiness and dark fruits, as well as a touch of booziness. Medium in body, with relatively low carbonation levels that weakly brush against the surface of the tongue; feels smooth and a little slick on the palate. If you've got more than one can, you might want to pace yourself - it's easy to pour down the hatch, but as Samuel Jackson once said, it'll get'cha drunk.

Final Grade: 4.2, an awesome A-. Old Chub has been on my wants list for a couple years, and I'm thrilled to strike it off. I don't know if this is the best scotch ale I've ever had - it's tasty for sure, with a varied array of flavours, and the 8% is exceedingly well-integrated. That being said, the smoked malt aspects are fairly subtle, and overall it's a little sweet for my tastes - minor flaws for this style, of course, if they can even be considered flaws in the first place. If you see this beer and are in any way curious, do not hesitate to purchase it - I'll be doing so again at the first opportunity.
Jun 24, 2021
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Reviewed by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours deep mahogany with amber glints and a small toffee colored head. Huge raisin, caramel, stewed fruit notes in the nose. The taste is intensely malty with roasty notes mixed with berry and fruity notes. Leafy, woody hops in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Cherry, chocolate and roasted barley notes in the finish.

A nice Wee Heavy. Very malty and complex. A must try if you like malty beers.
Jun 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by M_Leo from Pennsylvania

May 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by huston84 from Michigan

May 04, 2021
 
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a very deep brown, mahogany if you will. Accompanied by a somewhat thin tan head.
S: Smells rich of toasted malts, sweet, little bit of caramel, dark fruits, toffee, kind of bready.
T: Very much follows the nose, chocolate & vanilla are present in the taste as well.
F: I would say full-bodied, low carbonation, warming feeling from the alcohol, but not too much, smooth...
O: Really impressed by this one, definitely will buy again.
Apr 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by ThinkAgain from Canada (ON)

Apr 18, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
look: two finger off white head which quickly dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles, beer is a clear mahogany colour with good levels of carbonation in the beer.

smell: quite a nice aroma, smokey, peaty, scotch, black bread, toffee, dark fruits, cherry, prune, raisin, fig, molasses, treacle, smells boozy enough, nice sweetness to it.

taste: a tasty malty ale, brown and black bread, toast, smokey, ash, a touch oaky, some whiskey, scotch whiskey, peaty, caramel and toffee, sweet dark fruits, fig and raisin, sweet fruits and smokey malts linger on the finish, as well as some bitterness, quite nice.

feel: medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, would be nice if it was a bit fuller bodied, some alcohol warming, quite drinkable for its strength

overall: a most pleasant ale from oskar blue’s, very easy drinking at eight percent, and quite tasty.
Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear mahogany appearance with a large beige head and very good lacing. Malty aroma dotted with caramel, walnut shells and toffee. Earthy, smoky, toasty, grainy flavor, a touch of licorice, more caramel sweetness. Finally, at the very back of the palate, a modest amount of floral hops. Medium-to-full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming but not intrusive. Overall, just really nice and pleasant.
Apr 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Das Beer Garden. Deep brown. Smells of toffee and caramel. Light butterscotch notes. Tastes of toasty malts, hop bitterness, then toffee and faint hints of butterscotch. Medium heavy. Hoppy enough to barely taste like a wee heavy. Mostly tastes like a big, sweet brown ale, but hints of the scotch ale come back in the back end.
Apr 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by gefinley from California

Apr 04, 2021
Old Chub from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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