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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale
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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."

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Ratings: 5,384 |  Reviews: 1,715
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Medium brown color. Two fingers of frothy head that has average retention and leaves no lacing.

4.5 S: Loaded with caramel sweetness. Also doughy and bready. A touch of dark fruits to round it out.

4.5 T: I've always like me a good old Old Chub. Though I haven't had many of the style, this is easily my favorite. Sweet and sticky on the tongue. Caramel malts reign supreme once again. Toffee and a bit of roastiness. Slight tinge of alcohol.

4.0 M: Heavy medium body. Lower carbonation that works well. Full and sticky and warming alcohol on finish.

3.5 D: The sticky body and sweetness can be cloying. I'd only want one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of cbe1961
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of PuffySAJ
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Voldigar
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of BeanBump
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ConnorJoe
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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).

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.22/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.


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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of nutkick
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Squire
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try of a Oskar Blues brew new to NC.Poured a nice rich clear burgundy with a tight creamy slight off white one finger head that had some lasting power.When first poured the aromas seemed muted but after a minute nice caramel and chocolate infused fruity aromas started to stick out with a hint of smoke.True to form flavors for the style in my opinion,quite fruity and caramelly sweet,a sugar cookie typ flavor came on with a semi sweet chocolate note,finishing with a hint smoke.I think a good stab at a Scottish ale more like a wee heavy in its alc% and bigger chewey mouthfeel,very well done.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one came out of the can a very dark brown in color with some ruby highlights. The head though was solid and very thick. It clung to the inside of my drinking glass. In other words, Old Chub has a nice head.

Smell – This one has an intensely strong maltiness in the nose. It is heavily sweetened and carries a bit of peat.

Taste – Man, is this big. The malts are very complex. There are some dark notes, but mostly this is rich, caramel-laden malts with intense sweetness throughout. There’s a hint of peat in there but not enough to wax on about your favorite scotch. It's just a whole lotta malt.

Mouthfeel – This is between medium and full-bodied with a heavy sweetness at the front of the tongue. The carbonation is very light and the cheeks experience a smooth, creamy feel when drinking this Scottish Ale.

Drinkability – This is a thick, satisfying ale that is well worth the $1.49/can price tag. I won’t make any comments about “swallowing old chub all night long,” but suffice it to say that this is more than a gimmick.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sweet with plenty of chocolate and a nice acidic finish.

Body is near black with port highlights. Mild carbonation, nice creamy tan head that shrinks to a lasting skim. Smells like a chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is full, burnt, and lightly acidic. Taste is bakers chocolate and coffee. This one is more porter like than Scotch Ale like. Rich and sweet. Drinkability is average.

Good beer but not particularly representative of the style.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Allenicomp
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,384 ratings