Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #25
Ranked #5,185
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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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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KRug 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 banan 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 supping.

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
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Plaid can, canned 5/1/20. Thanks Lee for this one!

Dark brownish black, glowing dark russet/garnet tones in the light. Thin cap of tan foam, minimal spotty lace.

Aroma is malty and lightly sweet, hints of molasses and dark fruit.

Sweet and slightly astringent, dark bread crusts, raisin, and molasses, slightly drying alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonated to be sure. Overall it’s a pretty standard issue Scotch Ale, that could use a little more complexity.

Aug 14, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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

A blackish dark brown pour leaves no head, nor does the glass witness any lacing. Be not alarmed. There's some delightful carbonation here that adds to the enjoyment of consuming one of these. A very rich roasted malt aroma takes the mind off the missing head. The taste is full, rich and somewhat complex, with roasted malts presiding over a mild hop appearance. An outstanding mouth feel for a beverage that rings in with a 8% ABV. Since McEwan's is no longer available to me, this'll do.

Jul 07, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours dark copper with a 1 inch tan head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is roast malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, woody.

Taste is strong coffee, roast malts, chocolate malts, coffee, slight smokiness.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

This is one fine Scotch ale.

Jul 02, 2020
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tzbel013 from Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As so many others have said, smooth, sweet, malty, smoky, with a light hop bite that offsets the sweetness. I thought Dirty Bastard was my favorite in this style but this one may have replaced it. Superb!

Feb 16, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a dark reddish-brown in color, has a nice creamy off white head that leaves a clingy lacing in my glass. Has a sweet fruity, malty aroma. Nice sweet fruity, caramel flavors balanced with a lot a decent amount of hops, nice sweetness in the finish. Medium body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, pretty damn good.

Feb 05, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

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

Six pack of cans picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy dark mahogany/cola color, nice light khaki head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin cap, a fair amount of lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Caramel/toffee type malt, brown sugar, dates and raisins, chocolate, light roasted coffee and nuttiness, light spice notes.

Taste- Follows the nose well, fairly sweet with a bit of a tangy cherry cola type finish.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, smooth with a lightly bitter finish, nicely balanced. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- A really solid scotch/wee heavy. Right up there with the likes of Founder's Dirty Bastard and Great Divide's Claymore. A great deal at $9 at six pack too.

Jan 09, 2020
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1.52/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a Lamborghini tulip glass.

Pour: The beer exits the can with ugly slosh of an urban sewage drain.

Head: Worse than my last haircut.

Look: A grimy, spoiled-coffee black. Viscous and gummy. Completely opaque. I could imagine a Star Trek villian enjoying this swill, but not a human.

Smell: Wet parking lot, Jergen's lotion, and apricot.

Taste: Immediate taste is of Hunter rain boots. Malta character is lost in a wash of damp pavement and grandma's leather couch. The back of the palette registers coffee and dark cocoa before an aftertaste of barrel-aged dog shit.

Feel: Just as gummy as it looked, like drinking warm Colgate.

Overall: This is a decent beer. I understand its rating, even if it's not a personal favorite of mine.

Stay Frosty!


Dec 30, 2019
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dhannes from Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.
L=Dark like a cola...nice creamy ecru head.
S=Faint aroma...malty.
T=Chocolate; more sweet than bitter; hazelnut as well.
F=Lighter body than most.
O=Much sweeter than most; would make an excellent dessert beer.

Dec 15, 2019
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

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.

Oct 01, 2019
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-steve- from Canada (ON)

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.

Sep 07, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.

Sep 05, 2019
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branham1989 from Texas

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

Sep 04, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

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.

Jul 17, 2019
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DanO1066 from Maryland

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.

Jul 03, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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?

Jun 17, 2019
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oddcopter from Texas

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!

May 30, 2019
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Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

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.

Apr 14, 2019
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MackT from Florida

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.

Apr 13, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

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.

Mar 23, 2019
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