Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #26
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,905
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.89%
Reviews:
1,763
Ratings:
5,493
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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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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.04/5  rDev 0%
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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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev 0%
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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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
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
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misteil from Ireland

4.04/5  rDev 0%
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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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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
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ryebread98 from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber with a tiny head that dissolved pretty quickly, however, there was some nice lacing left behind.

Smells mainly of caramel malts, toffee, coffee, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit.

This brew evolved as it warmed, initially when it was cold I was only able to pick up the caramel and the coffee up front with a hint of the dark fruit, but the latter flavors and aroma came alive once it warms up. When it warms it approaches cloying, however I am completely fine with that because sweet beers are my thing. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty tasty brew, cheers! Only thing that's somewhat disappointing is that I'm not picking up much of the smokiness. I paired this with lamb chops.

Mar 29, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber color with a light tan head.

Tastes of smoky malts and toffee sweetness with a bit of breadiness mixed in. Has a mild bitter finish that does not build and a pleasant aftertaste.

Mar 28, 2021
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izraelc from New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep amber. Thick foam. Sweet aroma. This is not that great. Not enough malt character. Really flat body. Slight burnt malt finish. Pretty weak for a scotch ale.

Mar 28, 2021
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keith_katt from Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours pretty dark brown. Reminiscent of dark cola. Is has a half inch head that fades slowly. The leaving hand on all the way through. Smell is typical dark ale, carmel notes maybe a little cocoa. Then drinking it, this is fantastic. Like a flavor boquet in your mouth. There is something lingering that I tried to discern. About halfway through I figured it out! Cherries. A faint but noticable taste of cherries. One thing to notice, there are some sort of solids floating in the glass. Not sure what they are. Visible in both that I have had from the 6 pack. Not too concerned though because the flavor is great. I'll keep buying this one for sure.

Mar 20, 2021
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1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Simply Beautiful. Deep clear amber that makes you want to dive right in. Which I did.
Smell and taste: Smokey Malt. At 8% ABV there is a ever so slight booziness.
Feel: Warm to the soul. Sweet on the tongue with a little bitterness left on the palate.
Overall: What a pleasant brew. Had this one many times and have never been disappointed.

Mar 17, 2021
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Guaro from Italy

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color with red reflections, very creamy cream-colored cap with a discreet persistence. Scent, bread crust, caramel, chocolate, licorice, light smoked. The drink reflects the olfactory sensations, the malts dominate with a sweet gentle path balanced by a delicate final bitterness on herbaceous tones and by the solid ABV. The body is very soft and round and the carbonation is low.

Mar 12, 2021
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MesaDan from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 12/16/20 & consumed 3/7/21: Slight sweet malt nose; amber hue with tan lace; medium mouthfeel with very soft carbonation; taste has a medium bitter caramel malt taste that transcends to a dry placid finish. Don't really sense any 'smoke' as the website says and it would help if the malt taste and finish was a bit more robust.

Mar 07, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12oz on 11/25/20. Pours a semi translucent chestnut brown with a hefty mousse, tan head. Carbonation active. Dark deep warm raisin and prunes. Heavy roasted sweet malt with a bit of cake. No hop aroma, very toasty. On the palate there is more raisin, plus plum. It is so rich, a slow sipper. There are notes of chocolate as well. Alcohol noticeable and carbonation medium.
Old Chub was an excellent all malt brew. It is so rich in dark fruit and driven so more by the copious sweet and toasted malt. The mouthfeel was a little jarring, a bit too slippery from what I expected, still heavy. Overall I would drink this again with a wholesome dark desert or with smores.

Feb 20, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can dated 7/17/20

Dark slightly translucent brown, reddish highlights, one finger’s fine tan head. Full cap, spotty lacing.
Dates, smoked malt, bread, toffee, vanilla aromas.
Caramel, dates, raisins, light smoke, earthy note, spice cake flavors.
Smooth, slight sweetness, coating feel. Light alcohol heat. Good carbonation.
Goes down very easily. Nice warming wee heavy at a good price widely available.

Feb 14, 2021
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Wlerik1 from District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark color; nice creamy head upon pour; very sweet and malty, but not too sweet; just enough carbonation for a pleasant mouthfeel. Best American made Scottish style I’ve had since living in Scotland in the late 1980s.

Jan 29, 2021
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml can served cold into a chalice. LCBO purchase for about $3.35 CDN per can.

Appearance - Clear dark mahogany color. A finger plus of long lasting light tan head. Great spidery lacing.

Smell - Rich and malty, lots of bready, hints of caramel and molasses and subtle bits of smoke and peat. Very balanced and quite aromatic.

Taste - Just like the nose. Starts quite bready and rich with bits of toffee and caramel mixed in. Some bitterness arrives before transitioning to a smoky backdrop. Finishes with smoke and rich doughy bread.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, a bit sticky, light carbonation and hides the 8% ABV quite nicely.

Overall - Excellent Scotch Ale, one of the finest in the style. A beer that has long been sought after, Old Chub delivered in spades. Well worth the price of tasting.

Dec 12, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

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

Look: Very dark ruby red leaning brown in color with a dense tan head that billows up and slowly recedes, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Rich warm brown bread, peat smoke, earthy notes, toffee, dried dark fruits, and blackstrap molasses
Taste: Layers of brown bread, smoke, and molasses open the floodgates and joined by waves of toffee and earthiness. Dried dark fruit (raisins, prunes, dates) and melanoidin notes hold the middle down along with peat smokiness and finishes with more bready goodness
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied – on the verge of viscous but not quite, soft, clean, and a smooth, soft finish
Overall: This is really delicious. A very well-made Scotch Ale with perfect amounts of deep malt notes and enough smokiness to discern it from any other similarly-looking or tasting (malt-wise) beer. Smooth, warming, tasty, and dangerously easy to drink, especially at 8% ABV. One of the top tier American-made Scotch Ales in my book and one I’ve been into for years. Definitely recommended

Nov 09, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/18/20

I was in the mood for something sweet tonight, and a blind grab into the fridge found this. I've had it around for a little bit and forgot about it but tonight's the night

Pours an opaque murky brown with a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

Sweet on the aroma, but still balanced. Lots of caramel malt, dates, apricot, and vanilla, but balanced out by dark bread and a touch of earthy hops

The front end of the sip has an understated dark fruit, bready malt, and whiskey flavor, not really all that much happening. The swallow however is where this thing comes to life, with notes of sweet bourbon, dry toffee, vanilla, dates, and cinnamon

A thick full body combines with moderate carbonation for a slow sipping beer. A touch of alcoholic tingle dries this up a bit, but still finishes somewhere between dry and sticky

This was good, but not quite as remarkable as I expected. Regardless, it filled the sweet tooth for tonight while also providing a balanced drinking experience

Oct 30, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gingerly poured from can into a pink style glass a nice mid tan soft foamy 1
F head is formed. Color is a deep opaque brown like dark coffee or cola.

Nose detects stout like roasted grains along with a whiff o green hops.

Taste is sweet malt with a fruit like creamy finish. It reminds me of caramelized banana or toffee an sweet bread. The hops are in the background and a note of alcohol peaks it's head through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a good amount of fine bubbles. Finish is slick and creamy with a bit of cloying thickness. Body is medium with enough fullness to throttle drinking to sipping.

I expected more hops and less sweetness but the opposite is just as appealing. Lots of toasted grain creamy goodness. Surprised me for sure. Very nice beer!

Oct 25, 2020
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Gordono from Nevada

4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I think this is one of my new favorite beers.
Not much on the nose, but looks great, very dark amber, lacy head,
And the taste, it’s all about, complex, a lot of different things being thrown at my taste buds, yet, all familiar. I get a sweetness of dark dried fruits, prunes and plumes, and licorice, roast grain and a mild smokiness. Every time I sip it’s a little different.

Oct 04, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very nice beer. i am very partial to ipas but this is a great change of pace. canned 6/15/20, consumed 10/2/20 so thanks to my local monger for getting it to me in a timely manner.
L: Drinking from the can. they've changed the motif from the one now shown on the site - I think i prefer the old one but it's still a good looking can.
S: very nice aroma. ripe stone fruit. caramel. dr pepper. very inviting
T: delivers on the nose but perhaps a bit rougher than the aroma, which is really exceptional. all the same notes but not quite as delicious. Still, it's a good tastng beer.
F: the feel is smooth and rich. very nice.
O: it's a winner - defiintely worth your time.

Oct 03, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 10th May 2019 ‘eyes up here’. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A dark amber copper colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly but left lots of nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, caramel malt, dark stone fruit, plum, cherry, cherry coke and pine.

Taste: Light sweetness, light roast, chocolate malt, caramel, coffee, with a hint of smoke and dark stone fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: I like the aroma, but flavour while not bad, didn’t quite match my expectation after that initial whiff.

Aug 14, 2020
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 5493 ratings