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 | website

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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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrJay and JeffKrenner for hooking me up via BC2 with this gem.

Pours a hazy dark brown/red, thick tan head forms, tons of lacing, nice retention, really looks nice. Smell is wicked, sweet, very malty, chocolate and toffee, some roast, dark fruits, some dates, really pleasant. Taste is similar, very sweet and malty, dark fruits, heavy toffee, nice roast, cherries, balanced and not a hint of the alcohol, nice heavy finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very nice beer to drink. Could easily put back a few of these and be in some trouble. Thanks Jay and Jeff!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't dodge the can!

Really digging this beer.

Pours a dark and thick brown. Thick head after each pour. Tanned brown. Dissolves down to a thinner film. Nose is sweet and full of caramel candy.

Flavor is comples. Tons of caramel. Chocolate and toffee. Maltiness has a solid backbone. Slight--ever so--hop bitterness. Then I find a smoky essence. Medium body to a fuller and oily trexture as it warms. None of the "tinniness" that I find in most canned beers.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from Mushroomcloud via Secret Bunny 2007

A - this scottish ale pours a dark mahogany/umber reddish brown color with a thick, oer a finger, of caramel colored head that is a bit stubborn, faint carbonation visible, well, actually maybe its carbonation thats faintly visible

S - can smell this gem immediately after i popped the top, before the tab had been pushed through, the aroma is that of caramel, toffee and vanilla highlights above a roasted malt strong background, also slightly persistent is a darker fruit aroma, like raisins

T - roasted malts dominate the aroma, the sweeter elements, the vanilla, toffee, and caramel are present but secondary to the malts, still very nice balanced raosted/sweet flavor

M&D - smooth and full bodied, nearly syrupy, an easy down scottish ale, that truly is a pleasure to drink, a great front porch/hot summer day ale, especially as it comes in a can

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Photo of jmc44
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. Nice, thick, frothy tan head that sticks for a bit but then dissipates to a nice coating. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is primarily metallic, but also malty sweet with a hint of alcohol.

Very sweet, chocolate and caramel; hint of coffee. Spicy alcohol; hops are pretty much irrelevant. Finishes sweet but fairly clean.

Very smooth and creamy, a pleasure to drink. Nicely done; beware the alcohol content however. Definite warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick dense creamy tan head on a dark brown body. When held to light its a clear very deep amber.
S- Earthy notes, bunch of malts, toffee, bit of caramel, and grass hops.
T- Kind of creamy, tons of hops, sweet caramel, toffee, smokey flavors, almost a burnt wood, hints of coffee, grass hops come through and they leave a decent dry bitterness on the tongue.
M- Creamy feel, full body, low carbonation.
D- It is good. I think it is over rated though. It is tasty just wouldn't try hard to get another.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours from 120z can a clear dark brown with a large head of foam that shrinks very slowly but never leaves the scene. There's a solid 1/4 finger of foam at the end of the session and there's plenty of lacing.

The smell is mainly of roasted malt with a touch of dark chocolate.

The taste on first sip is massive in the roasted malt department. Putting that aside, I'm getting semi sweet chocolate and a lot of graininess. Near and through the finish, the chocolate gives me a real biiter flavour that lingers quite a while after the liquid has left my mouth. Also, the 8%bv is pretty well hidden until it goes down my throat...hmm. I've tried this one before and it didn't really impress me as I found it too ordinary when it came to the flavour. Now that I've tried it again, it *still* doesn't do a whole lot for me. :^( Hey, a lot of reviewers *loved* this brew so don't stop brewing it on my account, Oskar Blues. ;^)

Bottom line: I get some roasted malt and some chocolate but it really doesn't work for me. If you see it, try it, because many reviewers found it to be an excellent rep of a Scottish Style Ale. You may too.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, deep garnet color. Great tan head on top. Really is a nice looking brew. Good aroma-very malty with a slight smoke aroma. Nice caramel tinge in there. Fantastic malty flavor. Terriffic blend of caramel sweetness with a slight peated taste. I get a very faint espresso taste to it. Very full body here. Dangerously drinkable at 8%. I liken this to a wee heavy more then just a scottish ale. Damn fine beer in a can.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a mammoth of a beer. Pours a dark mahogany and settles with a nice, creamy head. Smells of caramel and chocolate malts are easily noticeable, I'm sure this is going to taste great. Taste great is almost an understatement. Loads of chocolate, caramel, and perhaps a hint of coffee coming through immediately in a thrist quenching way. Sweet and a little smokey. I can't get enough of this stuff. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, malty with a bitter edge. Definitely a full bodied treat here. Surprisingly, this is very drinkable even with an 8% tag. I would never know if they didn't tell me and in my mind, that's a good thing. The only thing that prevents this from a great drinkability score is how full the mouthfeel is. A little more than it should be. Overall, a pretty great example of the style. Maybe a little overboard in some areas but I enjoy that. Excellent work once again from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of flexabull
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a very nice looking head. (I love these canned craft beers! Thanks again for this one todd1.)

Aromas are a bit muted, there is a smokey smell, and a stewed dark fruit like quality.

This tastes excellent. A very nice example of the Scottish Ale. There is a dark fruit flavor up front, there is also a creamy malt backbone. Finish is smokey and crisp, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Balance is well done on this one.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is about right, and the beer overall is full and well rounded.

Drinkability is great. If this beer was available in California, I'd buy it often. Well done Oskar Blues!

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

A dark rusty/brown/glossy body topped with a minimal laced head.
Very sweet malt smell to it. Robust at the same time. Alcohol tries to break through, but is resisted by the malt.
Roasted duck, is that what I taste? Hmm, perhaps not. Toasted bread, sweet roasted malt, honey and some nuts. Started off a bit odd, but comes off well as a Scottish Ale.
Will have to try this in its can, instead of tap.

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Slatetank for sharing this beer with me. It is really almost more of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy, than a Scottish ale, since it is so rich and thick and smooth and sweet and down right good! mmm =)

Appearance: pours from the can a copper brown color with a tint of ruby hue when backlit. A nice sis froth tan head has decent retention.

Smell: Dark toasted caramel malts. Loads of them. It is a Wee/heavy IMO. That said there is a touch of chocolate malts as well and a hint of smokiness that dangles in the nasal cavity just out of grasp to really latch onto. It is somehow very enticing in that way. I just wanted to drink it up.

Taste: Rich and malty and loaded with caramel and sweetness with some woody oak, bourbon/booze and bread flavors. The finish becomes a bit more smoky grain and cookie flavors on the cheeks. The finish leaves my mouth coated in a divinely balanced coating of sweet dry chocolate, caramel and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Extra smooth. Rich full body just glides like magic across the tongue. The moderate carbonation aids in the slick smooth feel. Nice.

Drinkability: This beer is so approachable. It is blended well so no attribute becomes distracting or cloying. Really this beer is massively easy to drink. I would have no trouble putting down to many of these. You'd never know it was 8% until you try to walk in a straight line. Excellent. And as always Props to Oskar Blues for putting great beer in cans.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 12 oz can. The head was thick and creamy and followed the beer down the glass with a nice Belgian Lace. The color was a nice amber brown.

Notes of caramel, malt, toffee, and chocolate come to mind in both the nose and the taste. It's light and chewy ... though for the first sip or two I could have sworn it tasted a bit of tin ... I think it was more of a mental thing than the beer itself. Not at all like other Scottish Ales I have tried, much more subtle in flavor.

A smooth creamy mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

A nice sipping beer, but just as easy to chug (though not suggested). Watch out though ... I seem to have forgotten about the 8% ABV when I reached for a second one. Subsequently I forgot to set my alarm for work the next day ... whoops. It's a good beer to have in the fridge for hot days or picnics. Love the can idea ... makes for easier transport and cooling. Can't wait to try some of their other styles.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I split this brew with Stopper. Poured into a snifter at room temp. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with creamy beige head of .5 cm foaming up and receding rather quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is rich and malty with caramel and brown sugar and some dark fruit. Quite nice on the nose. First sip reveals an ave to lite body with fairly mild carbonation that is almost non-existent. Flavor is all malt with brown sugar and caramel mixing with a bit of chocolate. An easy drinker with lingering sweet malt and some roasty notes as well. A very nice beer that is worth every penny. No hint of the ABV anywhere.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My frist beer at Track 84! What a good one indeed. Hear a lot about this. It is sold in a can, but this was on tap

appearance - Dark brown color with a nice tan head on it and some lace.

smell -sweet malt aroma here.

taste - sweet roasted malt

mouthfeel - thick body not much carbination.

drinkability - I could drink this all day. I loved this one. I think it took me an hour to drink this and savor it. I should of just bought more lol.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. aluminum can to a pint glass; label claims 8.2% abv. This Colorado treat made it's way to Oregon by way of Virginia, thanks to Metalmonk.

A: Dark mahogany brown, clear when held to light with just a few streams of slow-moving carbonation. Capped with a pillowy tan head, about 1-finger high, which retains its shape well and leaves behind some good-looking sticky lace rings.

S: Lightly fragrant sugary sweet maltiness, with bits of cocoa, caramel and smoke notable. Served a little too cold perhaps, but the aromas never really amplified even as it warmed...

T: Upfront peaty smoke (tasty!) with some caramel and milk chocolate to follow. At first all I tasted was malted grain and sweetness. then a strange thing happened and a richer nutmeg/cinnamon spiciness emerged with a not too subtle evergreen pine hoppiness. Scoring reflects this evolution...very good.

M: Smooth and creamy. Despite an ABV above 8%, alcohol stays hidden. And despite a high level of malty sweetness, it never becomes sticky. Just bittering hops to produce a clean finish.

D: Terrific, easy-drinking stuff! I definitely recommend grabbing some Old Chub if you see it...hey now, did I just write that? Unfortunately I only had one can of it, but I can imagine after a couple more the old chub/junk innuendo is HIGH-larious!!! Again, thanks to Jeff for sending this...and look for the emailed photos coming soon...

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Photo of macster
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with faint ruby red highlights. Produces a fairly massive, tightly bubbled, thick tan head. Great head retention throughtout the entire glass with some spotty lacing.

Moderately assertive, but very complex aromas of peat smoke, burnt caramel candy, roasted malts, raisin, figs and cocoa greet the nose. Medium mouthfeel; fairly full and chewy but with a light fluffy texture.

Flavor’s a bit more assertive than the aroma profile. Rich, complex notes of burnt caramels, peat -smoked dark roasted malts, dark brown sugar, spices, dark dried fruits, cocoa powder and earth are pleasantly expereinced. Some faint charred oak bourbon notes linger in the background. Alcohol is really an afterthought here with just a hint of warmness. Finish is long with a slight hop/charcoal bitterness.

If you enjoy this style, it’s worth seeking out for sure. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of atsprings
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served a deep black, not quite opaque like a stout, but deep enough. There was a thin head that slowly diminished and left a little spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by black malts. The beer was nice and smooth with black malts dominating. There was the slightest amount of hops WAY in the background, as the case should be with a Scottish ale, this provided for a very enjoyable beer, even for a hophead like me; I must admit, I love a good Scottish ale as a change of pace every now and then. The beer was nice and crisp and the alcohol was slightly present, but not overbearing. This is a very good beer when I want a break from hops.

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Photo of
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can.

Deep mahogany in color with ruby highlights. Crystal clear. A modest, light tan head formed after the pour.

Aroma is a malt bomb to the nose! Caramel, dark fruits - raisins & figs. Where are my hops? Smoke & leather. Alcohol.

Taste brought the alcohol again, not obnoxious but clearly there. More sweet than bitter, back to the raisins and dark fruits. Smoke. Blackstrap molasses. Herbal hop finish.

Heavy body, with medium carbonation. Drying.

Not my favorite style in my current hop phase, but a hell of an impressive beer. Seemed very true to style, and one I will return to in between my hop fixes.

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown that almost looks black from some angles. Tan head is thin and settles to a rim above the glass. Leaves some scant lacing. Smells of a mix of chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, stone fruits, and ever so faint smoked malt. Flavor starts off very fruity with a mix of grape and apples. The middle brings more of a chocolate and roasted character. Finish is dried fruits, tobacco, alcohol, and smoked malts, which all linger on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel leans a bit toward heavy, has an almost sticky quality , and has a smooth, light carbonation. Really good American version of a Scottish ale. A sipper, but still rather drinkable.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark ruby closer to a brown when not against light. Nice lacing and a thick full head. Crystal clear.

S: Such an exceptional smell, I find chocolate and coffee up front as expected with toffee and smokiness in the back. Superbly done with a smell of alcohol present, but very minute.

T: Smoky and rich with a weak taste of chocolate and a milder taste of coffee. I am normally not a big fan of smokiness, but this possesses enough that I can enjoy it without it overpowering the taste.

M: Lighter than I thought it would be, but still a heavy beer compared to the typical. Although it isn't an overpowering heavy feel, it retains the consistancy of a good chewy beer.

D: Pretty good, Im not a huge fan of this style but Oskar Blues has once again make a quality beer and allowed me to buy in cans again without feeling like a total loser. Thank you OB.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Duvel glass. Ample head, dark color almost opaque. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel. Flavors are a bit more restrained. I was expecting more of a wee heavy type of ale due to the 8%abv. Malts are there, but not as over the top as some other brands. Good dose of hops as well. Highly recommended. Craft brew in a can. What will they think of next?

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick dark ruby brown with a huge tan colored head. A great amount of lace was left down the glass, and the settling of the beer was a fantastic site, grat pour, looked perfect. Smell was sweet right away. Lots of sugar and caramel smells, hints of grains and breads and even a light hop presence rounded this put nicely. The taste followed right away, but was alot more hoppy then I had envisioned. Lots of caramel and sugar flavors, and more then a hint of alcohol made up the bulk of it. Big hoppy finish which suprised me in a good way. The taste and feel were both very full, smooth and creamy. This was a very very good brew, I enjoyed it tremondously and very glad I have a bunch more!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big head, I poured to rough and had a double pour. The head is fluffy like ice cream and leaves behind a grand lacing. The color is very dark, I can barely see through to the other side. About 7 minutes after the pour the head has gone down into a layer just above the beer, still a little thick in the middle, but no beer exposed from the top. Smell is spicy and aromatic, I smell cinnamin and some other spices. The taste has some clove and is a pretty darn good scottish ale. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and a bit smooth. Overall I would/will have another one of these fine beverages.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a dark appearance, almost black. It glows a deep ruby in the light. The head is slim, made of tan foam that tops it off nicely while holding steady. The aroma has a strong smokiness with notes of caramel and chocolate, plus a raisin/plum fruitiness to compliment. Quite sweet and subtly alcoholic.

The flavor is also quite smoky with plenty of bourbon-like, tawny malt character and hints of coffee and chocolate. Slight hint of bitterness at the finish does well to balance the malt. Smooth, full body with perfect carbonation for the style.

I am less familiar with Scotch Ales and am usually less intrigued by them, however, this brew seemed very enjoyable. Despite being strong on malt, it didn't get overly "sweet" and I was glad for that. Good balance, and complexity of flavors. Recommended...

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz can from a trade with todd1.

A: The ale pours with a dark, coffee-like color with some lighter brown highlights thrown in. The head was large on pour and has laced sporadically.

S: The scotch ale has a thick malty aroma, primarily toffee and nuts, with a hint of smokiness.

T: The flavor is undeniably malty, thick with grainy goodness. It primarily showcases nutty and toffee malts, showing an occasional caramel sweet note. The smokiness in the ale is not intense, but does add a noticeable flavor throughout the sip.

M: The mouthfeel is very filling, full of malty strength from the get go. The slight smokiness adds a nice switch in the profile.

D: Very drinkable, especially from a can! I genuinely hope that more brewers begin to can more of their offerings, as this one can do no wrong.

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