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 #5,478
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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2xHops from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I genuinely enjoyed this pint of beer. I'm generally not a fan of scotch ale, but it has been a long time since I even drank one. I imagine my palate has changed for the better?

It tasted very malty, and it was slightly sweet. I could feel the alcohol kicking in rather quickly, but it wasn't apparent while drinking. I suppose the malt, and the caramel notes made it extremely easy to drink?

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I think it's expected for this style? Scotch ales always, as I have remembered, a bit thin in body.

Overall, I think I'd buy this again.

Sep 12, 2011
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cbe1961 from South Carolina

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

This is the beer that got me interested in drinking beer again. In 1979, while cycling through England and Scotland, I was taken with the thick, nutty brown ales I found on top in remote village pubs. I came back to the U.S. but was utterly unable to find anything like those ... until 2009, when I randomly stopped in a local liquor store in Niwot, Colorado and asked the guy if he knew of anything like that. He handed me a six-pack of Chub, and that was the jackpot. Big fan ever since.

Oct 07, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can with no freshness date.

A- Deep brown hue with bright reddish highlights when held up to the light. The mild carbonation brings a thin but sticky lace.

S- Chocolate malted milk balls, so malty rich ... faintly cloying with a clean alcohol in the nose.

T&M- Full bodied, creamy smooth mouth feel. The palate is full of unsweetened chocolate, caramel and "Breakfast Blend" coffee. Big maltiness is matched by a slow warming alcohol that gleans a bit of spice. Ghost-like smokiness. Hops are mild or at least meek in comparison to the malt. Very rich with a sweet finish.

D- Very easy to sip, I still would not drink it out of the can ... a beer like this needs a glass no matter what. One of the most amazing beers in a can ... I'd easily have this beer around all of the time.

Mar 04, 2006
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Voldigar from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A regular pickup at the local bottle shop or on tap at Lot 3 in downtown Bellevue, WA.

Look:Lovely, nearly opaque brown beer with ruby tones, almost purple. Thick tan head with hints of orange. Loud prominent head that settles to a thin creamy layer.
Smell: Strong alcohol nose, let's you know you're in for something. Truly smells like whiskey. Something subtle I can't quite detect through the kick, but yeast is certainly making it through.
Taste: The powerful smell travels right into the flavor. Grassy, with hopiness that manages to come through the malt. It takes some getting used too as it's much richer than most ales. Vanilla and caramel middle.
Feel: Great scotch ale mouth feel. Lives up to the genre. Nice balance of effervescence and slipperiness.

Overall: This one is a mainstay for a reason. One of the best and a unique experience. Delivers a serious punch.

Nov 17, 2015
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Can to snifter.

LOOK: clear mahogany color, creamy beige head. excellent retention.
AROMA: oak, hay, grass, peat
TASTE: peat, caramel,oak, cherry, brandy
FEEL: medium to full body, sturdy, bubbly for the body

very nice.


Feb 18, 2019
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Beer-Revelry from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours an almost black, ruby mahogany brown. Forms a nice thick and creamy 2 finger, medium tan head. Whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - Malts, chocolate malt, peat smoke, caramel, and pipe tobacco.
T - Sweet malty smoke, toffee, caramel and a slightly bitter finish which perfectly balances the sweetness.
O - A perfect representation of the scotch ale style. 5 star scotch ale. If you're a fan of the wee heavys, definitely give this one a try, its highly sessionable.
V - Great value, comes in a six pack of cans.

Jan 11, 2015
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy nice Scotch ales so I picked this one up in a can and chilled it down real good in the fridge. I poured into a tall glass to let it aerate better and for the head to blossom. This variety has a nice 8% ABV and lots of flavor so let’s take a look!

Look-Solid black darkness comes with a light red copper shimmer in a strong backlight. The head blossoms full and is two fingers thick, but then settling down to one finger or less later on. The head is silky smooth and has a noticeable creamy off-white color with a caramel base.

Smell-The aroma is subtle yet with many smells. I get caramel and molasses smells singing high above the hint of grassy spices and malts. This beer was brewed with lots of malted barley and beechwood-smoked malts as well!

Taste-This brew tastes of caramel, molasses, and licorice immediately and a pleasant smokiness like smoked oak. The alcohol bite comes through nicely at the end to cut the mild sweetness. The carbonation leaves a nice tinge on the tongue immediately at the beginning and then some spicy black pepper mixed with a pleasant tartness. The hops manifest themselves in a subtle fashion, relying on the grassiness that you get in the middle. This is very medium-bodied and fine-tuned. All of the attributes are so perfectly presented and nothing is overwhelming or distracting from the other flavors and qualities. Excellent!

Mouthfeel-The feel is medium-bodied and effervescent and has a nice creaminess to it. This brew has a tinge of tartness, but is not bitter at all. It has a thin consistency to it which is almost watery, but not watered-down if you know what I mean. You might expect a thick syrupy quality to this Scotch Ale, but it is pleasantly on the opposite side of the spectrum. It finishes clean and moist with a mild lingering sticky coating to the tongue that is almost imperceptible.

Overall-I love this beer! It is so well-balanced and fine-tuned that, as I’ve said, allows all the flavors and qualities to shine through individually without anything overpowering the other. The feel is particularly pleasant, because I was dreading an overwhelming sweetness and thick syrup feel, but as I’ve described above, it was far more inviscid and moist. Great beer!

Jul 24, 2015
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber color, and is topped by a good light brown head. Sticky, malty, candied notes waft from my glass as I pour. When I go in for a deeper sniff, I get toasted malt notes and a hint of roast malt at the end. Wow, this has a good solid mouthfeel and a nice rich body. There are lots of malt flavors here (caramel, biscuit, quite chewy actually). Perhaps a hint of roasty smoke in the finish. This beer is also subtly fruity with notes of raisins in it. This is a damn good beer in a can, certainly the best I have had up to this point. The hop perception is appropriately quite low, with only a hint of balancing bitterness in the finish. This is damn taste, for any beer, and it really hits the spot right now.

Apr 20, 2004
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 06/28/2018. Poured into English pint glass. Dark not quite opaque. Fantastic slight off white head. Two fingers settling to a smooth cover and heavy lacing before the first drink.
Sweet malty nose. Just what a scotch ale should be. No fancy spices or other shit. Earthy rich.
Amazingly deep malt taste with an unparalleled smoothness. Feel is unlike any scotch ale and I have tried many.
Old Chub introduced me to the style of scotch ale. I’ve never rated it because what’s one more rave review. Old Chub does deserve another rave review. Excellent.

Nov 25, 2018
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BeanBump from California

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Its good, really good in fact....but I have had better (to be honest). A top quality yet still affordable scottish ale that comes in a 6-pack at 8%. My personal preference is for a little more sticky, malty flavor in a scottish but this beer is smooth with a little spice and I'll definitely enjoy drinking the other 5.

May 29, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper body, aggressively carbonated, dense pockmarked light tan head. The nose has toasted malt, slight floral/hop character, caramel and roasted nuts that adds smoke. The flavor is rich but drops some of the nuances, and adds an unpleasant chalk/alcohol finish. Mild sweetness prevails over the more mild opposing bitterness. The body is great; full, creamy with the long lasting head, lively but understated carbonation, sticky and slightly viscous/oily, while still being highly drinkable.
Great feel, very good nose, good but flawed taste. I think it fell a bit short of being viewed as a (domestically brewed) style standard, but very enjoyable nevertheless.

Dec 15, 2015
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ConnorJoe from Kansas

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A surprisingly white, sticky head (no pun intended) with a dark, almost coffee-like color. The smell is obviously malty but with a small splash of roasted coffee notes. Feel is silky. When tasting, think a cold glass of chocolate milk. The malts are dark but don't feel heavy. The finish is clean and doesn't leave a film of staleness that some heavier ales have.

A rare scotch-ale that I can enjoy right out of the fridge (mostly because I can hardly wait to drink it).

Jun 16, 2018
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PuffySAJ from South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of the best beers I’ve had in a very long time. Smooth with strong chocolate and coffee notes. Wonderful biscuit aftertaste. My favorite brew right now. Try it!

Jun 16, 2018
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nutkick from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Jul 19, 2016
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MikeyBadnews from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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


Dec 19, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful reddish brown with thick tan cap.

Aroma: Rich dark malt with a hop accent. Can't tell much from the hops except they are present.

Taste: Full on dark rich malt, dark dried fruits, a sense rather than a taste of sweetness, just resounding solid roasted malt with hops occasionally singing a lyric line above the baritone solo.

Texture: Full as bagpipes which we all know is not an indoor instrument.

Overall: From what I recall of Scottish Ales I've had in the past, Belhaven, Traquair, and others, the taste of the Auld Hame is in this one. A drumroll should announce the opening of this one and even if I weren't of Scottish descent I believe I would've rated it just as highly.

May 06, 2016
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depechemode1983 from Texas

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

Pours out a deep brown. The head is tan with good retention. Not seeing any lacing.

The nose has dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla.

Lots of sweet vanilla in the taste. Maybe a hint of cream. Almost taste like a cola. Simple, malty and delicious. Alcohol is well hidden for 8% abv.

Mouthfeel is food bodied and smooth. Its silky and coats the mouth nicely. Carbonation is easy and provides a soft fizz on the tongue.

Sep 18, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 04/06/16

Pours clear dark maroon red with a creamy light tan head. Smells lightly of dark fruits, dried fruits, plum, sweet malt, mild chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, oaky wood, with earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like dark fruits, sweet malt, some smoked wood, chocolate, caramel, molasses, dried fruit, brown sugar, with earthy grass and floral pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really well crafted Wee Heavy Scotch ale.

May 14, 2016
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assurbanipaul from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque hickory with a thin head that settles to a ring in minutes. Aroma is sweet, maple syrup and liquid smoke, faint mocha with a little butter and a dark gingerbread presence.

Taste is malty and peaty. Lots of smokey, caramel, woody flavors, some bourbon elements. More on the sweet side, with an impression of hot cinnamon bun flavors of brown sugar, toffee and raisins (but without the cloyingly sweet glaze). Lots of layers in the flavor profile, but no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium almost to heavy, a little flat. This is like drinking liquid wood -- I imagine this is what a 200-old cherrywood wardrobe would taste like. Me likey. Me want more.

Packaged in a 12-oz aluminum can that wouldn't look out of place in the cola aisle. Never judge a book...

Jan 06, 2006
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akttr from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

May 18, 2013
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Jmamay22 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I saw this at the local liquor store I was excited to give it a try. It's really the first "good" beer form a can I've experienced.

Old chub pours (yes I believe canned beer deserves a glass too) a dark brown black. The tan colored head settles to form a thin collar that leaves no lacing. Lots of caramel in the nose along with a hint of roasted malts. Tastes of caramel and roasted malts, but the roasted flavor is more evident than in the nose. Finishes dry with light bitterness, but the hops add very little flavoring. The 8.0% abv is very well hidden making it very enjoyable and drinkable. Highly recommended.

Not your typical boring pusillanimous canned beer.

Aug 04, 2007
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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

12oz can, garnered somewhere in Montana, Idaho, or Oregon this past summer - I've forgotten exactly where. "Chub at 1st sight" - heh.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and playfully bubbly beige head, which wisps away quite slowly, leaving some loosely webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel and toffee malt, a bit of toasted wood, light boggy peat notes, and nutty milk chocolate, all underwritten by a simmering booze warmth. The taste is somewhat astringent woody caramel malt, treacle (or molasses, for all ya 'mericans), bittersweet chocolate, ethereal cold black coffee, a bit of sour fig and date fruitiness, and earthy, floral, and spicy vegetal hops.

The carbonation is average, just a wee prickly frothiness for our trouble, the body a hefty medium weight, and smooth as can be amongst that edgy booze. It finishes still kind of sweetly malty, but of a sort increasingly overwhelmed by an emboldened drying push from sly meaty smoke and equally sneaky alcohol.

Well, this puts the 'Scotch' in Scotch Ale, it does, without going overboard with all that Islay wankery. Sweet? Aye. Cloying? Nae. The wood, smoke, peat, and booze, all in their relatively minute amounts, contribute to the balance in this offering, and weirdly make it all work. Chubalicious!

Oct 07, 2011
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unclejimbay from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale
Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery
Style: Scottish Ale
ABV: 8.00 %
3/8/09, can>pint glass

A 3.5 - Deep dark rich coffee brown in color, 1 finger head, short head retention, reduced to tan foamy collar surface
S 4.0 - Dark roasted fruity malty nose, unsweetened cocoa notes
T 4.0 - Malty full chewy tasty, sweet/rich but not cloying, not fruity in taste as some of the sweet aroma would imply.
MF 3.5 - think like motor oil! Low carbonation, full body. I prefer a bit more carbonation.
D 3.0 - I am new to the Scottish Ale Style, but this seems right on for the description. It's not very drinkable for my preference but a good rep for the style - so it gets a 3.0 on drinkability for me. I scored appropriately on all other categories.

Mar 09, 2009
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dbossman from Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark redish brown; a nice head sits on top and as it loses its body a clump of head sits in the middle of the top of the beer; lacing is solid across the glass

S: Alcohol and raisins are first present; a sweet almost vinous quality persists beneath; dark roasted malts shine through everything, however

T: A sweet alcohol flavor hits the tongue first followed by hints of raisins, caramel, and plum but the roasted malts are still the stare here providing a solid base

F: A very rich and creamy beer that stays on the top of the tongue long after the beer is gone

D: The alcoholy sweetness makes this a sipper and a bit difficult to take too much of but this is still a great beer from a great brewery

Aug 04, 2010
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adamant1912 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Mar 08, 2013
Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 5477 ratings