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: 1,669 | Ratings: 5,191
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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Photo of Holderness
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L -- Pours a very dark brown/amber with a big, four-finger light tan head produced with moderate pour. Some floaties, but not too many. Decent retention and good lacing.
S -- Very sweet molasses, brown sugar, incense, dark fruits, apple and peach
T -- Largely follows the nose. There's not enough whisky bite, which is my favorite aspect of most Scotch/Scottish ales. That being said, there's not really any 'bad' flavors either. Definitely all malts and no hops.
F -- Medium bodied, with a somewhat sour aftertaste that is both sweet and herbal
O -- Not quite as awesome as I was hoping.... But also not much to complain about

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown with hints of red when held up to light. Thick tan head that sticks around for a while. This is a really nice looking and delicious scotch ale - not quite as good as Dirty Bastard, but no slouch. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Schimms
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at restaurant in smaller snifter:

L: Dark, milky brown - opaque with thick 1" head.

S: Roasty, malty.

T: Malt forward with roasted backbone. Hint of hops. Coffee.

F: Smooth over the tongue.

O: New favorite as spring is springing.

From a can at home:

L: Same as above, but with minimal head; poured into tulip glass.

S: Delicious malt and roasted coffee.

T: Similar to tap, but not as bold.

F: Still as smooth.

O: Great at home from a can. Loving this one - especially the malt balance.

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

Big fan of this for the rich, smoky complexity balanced with malty sweetness. I tried it against a more expensive Dopplebock one night and Old Chub's flavor absolutely killed it in the flavor department. This will definitely be a constant in my rotation.

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

very well done beer.

I would add, this is a "Scotch Ale" - not a "Scottish Ale". The latter originate Scotland, the former are from outside of Scotland and a "take" on the style.

I've read a few reviews/reviewers who do not seem to understand this differentiation.

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

Yummy. Poured from a can, dark opaque brown, smells of roasted malt and nuts, sweet taste of toffee, silky feel, lovely. Bought this as a single, I'll definitely go back for more.

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Photo of BarleyYumyum
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Full bodied dark Scottish ale. Smooth, rich and sweet flavor with a light nutty after flavor. Highly recommended for those that are looking for strong Scottish ales with full flavor.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a deep brown with nice amber mix, very thick foam head and some seriously sticky lacing. Smells of sweet molasses/malt. The taste is very nice, very clean and smooth malt, mild smoke, grainy notes. Overall a medium finish with fantastic flavor. This is a very nice scotch ale, it hits all the marks and is enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of KevCan
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of 12 oz. cans from Total Wine in Arlington, VA. Poured into a tulip glass. "Canned on 11/02/16 @ 10:56 NEON PLAID"

Look: Dark brown with nice light brown head. Good retention, great lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, whisky, hint of hops.

Taste: Great blend of sweet and sour. Bitter lingering aftertaste.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body.

Overall: Solid Scotch ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Viscous dark chestnut with creamy pocked beige head. 4
Kola nut, tree bark, and black cherry skins. 4
Brown soda loaf, walnuts, fresh figs, earth, birch beer, hint of bacon, some leafy hops and cleansing minty bitterness. Buttered rum as it opens. 4
Just medium, fizzy, a bit hot. 3.75

Chewy and autumnal and all that. Ever so slightly thin, light on the dark fruit and too hopped to be right on style. Didn’t catch the smoke until I knew to look for it. Lovely sipper, and I’m glad there’s a non-IPA, non-stout of this quality widely available in cans. But doesn’t hit the heights of Dirty Bastard, never mind Traquair. 4

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice reddish brown with a beige head and great lacing.
A: Fruit, malts and bread.
T: Toffee, caramel smoke.
F: Smooth creamy texture.
O: Not the best, but pretty close. Good stuff.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This has a nice color, it's dead on dark and where the light penetrates you get some light struck dark cherry.

The smell is proper, Smells like a Scottish Ale, a little boozy, enjoyable toffee and smoke notes

Taste is insanely seasonal. well done cashew brittle chased by a glass of Baileys irish cream on the rocks while planted in front of the fire listening to Christmas music... Damn. The finish fades back into a cola v. cream soda.

Mouthfeel is like boozy Yoo-Hoo, creamy, carbonated and enjoyable.

Good Stuff, highest recommendation


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Photo of shiu-chan
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark brown pour with almost no head.
Dark roasted malt and smokiness on the nose.
Medium to full bodied. Chewy, creamy toffee, caramel, syrupy on palate with light carbonation.
Overall, will be a great pair to rich and hearty stew.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid offering within the style. Checks all the boxes - chewy malt toffee, a little bit of smoke - without any off flavors. Lacks distinction to a degree but that's fine.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark reddish brown. Frothy tan head
Smell: Sweet caramel and molasses, toasted bread, and a bit smokey
Taste: Follows nose, dark fruit, slightly bitter finish.
Feel: medium bodied, light carbonation
Overall a good scotch ale.

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Photo of lastmango
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby hue and three finger frothy tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is of brown sugar and smoky malt. Heavy malt flavor with a bit of smokiness. Slightly bitter smokiness on the aftertaste. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

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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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