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."

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Photo of klewis
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mjgardner for the hookup

A: Pours a deep brown with a frothy off-white head. The head decays to a small layer of foam, leaving lots of sticky lace.

S: Malty smell with nutty, toasted aromas.

T: Much like the smell, flavors of roasted nuts, caramel, and a touch of smoke with a big malty backbone.

M: Full-bodied and sticky with light carbonation. Long-lasting flavor.

D: Smooth and full-flavored, this one is a winner. I would drink copius amounts of this if available in Ohio. Damn.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, 8% ABV. Very dark brown in color with just a bit of ruby edges. Tan head holds together well.

Chocolate and roasty aroma, with just a slight hint of smoke.

A bit of dark ripe fruit up front, followed by roasty flavors and a lot of chocolate. Only a hint of amoke again. Leans toward the malty side, with a lot of chocolate. Just enhough earthy hop bitterness to keep things from being cloying.

Good body, with a good amount of carbontaion. A bit sweet and chocolatey. Very nice.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at about 40F from a 12 oz can into "Boston Lager" glass.

Appearance is very dark mahogany leaning towards ruby more than brown, with crystal clarity, almost black. Dense dark tan head persists for a long time and leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma has an initial hit of hops and alcohol, both of which subside giving way to mild chocolate and roastiness.

Flavor is fruity, rich, roasty. Mouthfeel is thin, bitterness is low, carbonation is slight. Delicate mouthfeel lets the flavor complexity shine through.

This beer is very quaffable for a Scottish, which are often heavier than this example. Seductive! Highly recommended.

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Photo of ZAP
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark brown. bordering on black with a tan head.

S-Very inviting...chocolate milk shake aroma....maybe a little mild earthy hop aroma but it is dominated by the malted milk chocolate

T-Definitely malted milk chocolate is the first impression...also a little espresso bite....more hoppy on the taste than expected as it finishes dry and slightly acidic..

M-Medium bodied but not a smooth creamy big beer....seems almost a little watery....expected a bigger body with the 8%

D-Decent enough...lacks strong smoky qualities....also would prefer to have the body a little bigger and creamier....don't care for the acidic/dry finish...It has some redeeming qualities but I could live without another one of these..

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Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Old Chub pours garnet with glowing mahogany highlights throughout when held to the light. A 2 finger tan head formed on the pour that eventually fell to a thick cap. Leaves drink lacing after each sip that slowly slides back into the body.

Dark aromas come from everywhere with this beer. Brown sugar, molasses, and sweetly roasted malts. Maybe even figs. Every now and then I catch a hint of smokiness. Chocolate abounds. As this beer warms the smokiness becomes more pronounced. Alcohol fumes rise on the finish. Very nice.

Flavor starts off with roasted maltiness and is quickly followed by unsweetened chocolate. A nice smokiness comes around mid palate and lasts through the finish. The smokiness is there but allows the other flavors room to work. Sweet creaminess on the finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied but as creamy as you could hope for. Mild carbonation with faint alcohol on the finish.

I'm usually not a huge Scotch ale kind of guy but I could easily tilt a few of these back in a sitting.

Old Chub is a high, high quality Scottish ale. Very enjoyable and easy drinking. Big flavors but in no way overwhelming. Excellent.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, one-finger head. Left great rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and caramel.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, sweet caramel and some grassy hops.

M - It was very crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - The best beer I've ever had in a 12 oz. can. Great caramel and malt flavor.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was not tremendously impressed with Dale's Pale Ale, and felt that it received a lot of "extra credit" for being in a can; which I don't understand (the glass/aluminum can liner really makes no difference). This beer is different; I feel that this beer stands against other Scoth Ales even without any extra points for its container type. Its flavor is lightly sweet, peaty, and very malty.Quite good and recommended.

This beer pours a nice hazy red-brown with very good, thick, and durable head formation, comprised of tiny bubbles of varying sizes. Aroma is a bit peaty, and with abundant amounts of sweet malt roastiness. Beer is fairly bourbon-y, with lots of sweet roastiness. You definitely cannot fault this beer for a lack of flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth. This beer is solid all the way around.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours out a very dark brown with a tall (1.5") head that rose up out of my Ommegang glass. In the time between pouring and starting this review (< 5mins) the head settled to a light frothy surface of creamy-looking bubbles. When held in front of a light this beer glows a magnficent shade of ruby.

S: There is a sweet smell in this beer that rushes into my nostrils. The can, yes it is a can, boasts of caramel and chocolate malt. Perhaps it is a mixing of caramel and smoke that produces this enticing aroma?

T: It was definitely caramel I was smelling as it is even stronger in the afterrtaste. The beer is not overly-carboinated but this is still the first thing I noticed when I took a sip. The carbonation seems to move the smokey flavor to the back of my mouth. The sweetness of this beer does well to mask the 8 % ABV and does a lot of justice to the style. As the brewery claims, there is a lot of flavor packed into this little can.

M: Chewier and heavier than an ordinary ale but this seems comparable to other Scotch ales I've had (e.g., Tasgall). All-in-all I enjoyed the feel of this beer much better than the local brewpub's (i.e., Copper Creek Scotch) Scotch Ale.

D: Although the taste does well to mask the alcohol, caution would be prudent here. This beer packs flavor and kick but the former outweighs the latter so I'm getting another! I agree with Jason's comment. In fact, I do keep this beer around ALL the time.

Serving Type: 12oz can poured into Ommegang glass.
Beer reviewed on 01.30.07

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Photo of mshallah
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Dark mahogany with ruby edges. Tan head with tiny bubble carbonation. Looks creamy. Has the look of a porter in the glass. Definitely tastes like a scottish style ale. Fresh wort taste and smell, like standing next to a mash tun. Very sweet start. Hops are big but late in the taste. Reigns in the sweetness. Equates to a 90 shilling plus! American style with pronounced hop flavor and aroma. Best scottish ale in America and competes with Scotland. 8%abv warms but doesn't detract from flavors. The can doesn't impart any flavor because of a can lining. Definitely pour into a glass to see what it looks like unless you are hiking or boating etc., then just crack open and enjoy.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almosy murky brown to me, I guess the lighting was wrong in my kitchen. Nice frothy head that stays.
Aroma-sweet,toffee, caramel and malty. Faint whiff of choclate or cocoa.
Mouthfeel- Smooth, rich and the hops are very mild with the malt obviously dominating the palate. The malt is very tasty, more buttery toffee flavors. Clean finish that is somewhat sweet. At a cooler temperature the alcohol is very well hidden. As this warms up the 8% is a a bit more aggressive and the finish is warming.
I knew I would like this and it is very nice. Got a case for $19.99 at a tent sale, sixers of this go for $7.99. Great Scottish Ale and OB does not disappoint.

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Photo of mcallister
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this bad boy is what takes it to the next level. A clear ruby hued conconction with a thick, whispy, confined head of tan that has unbelievable retention. You can pour shapes into the head if you like. Retention is forever and as expected the lace is thick and coating all the way down the glass.

Lovely aromatics. Vanilla, and milk chocolate with a hint of cherry. Big on toffee and caramel malt with a bit of peat on the ending. Nice level of RS. Can't wait for a sip.

Very nice and easily drinkable, however not the most complex of scot. A good bit of bittering hop hold through the finish and leaves you puckering. Milk chocolate covered toffee bits. A peat smokiness is noticeable and adds a good touch. Some dried fruit and even a nutty character are present. Mouth is medium and thickens up on the long finish, very creamy. A scot I could session for a day or two.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice hazy very dark brown with a decent tan head that started bubbly and smoothed out to a creamy foam, it also left a nice sheeting on my glass

Smell - very pleasant soft chocolate and toasted malts

Taste - solid flavors of roasted malt with a little sweetness that went well, the hops kind of sweep under the palate as an aftertaste, I'll jump on the bandwagon and repeat the surprising taste out of the can comment

Mouthfeel - foamy maltiness, a little yeasty dryness, full body, smooth

Drinkability - nice, I like it, alcohol is warming and the ABV would probably catch me off guard if I had more than a few of these

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Photo of Bighuge
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks the part. Very clear. Very dark bloody red hue. Thick layer of creamy light brown head. It has great retention and very nice lacing ability. Very nice aroma of chocolate, caramel, dark malts and light peat. Body checks in close to medium. Pretty silky feel to it as well. Very smooth and quite easy to drink given the 8% a/v. Flavor comes through with baker's chocolate, light caramel, light smoke and some roasted malt goodness. Pretty nice flavor profile. The lingering smoky, peat bitterness adds a nice touch.

Hands down, the best Scottish Ale from a can I've ever had.

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Photo of cichief
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep dark brown, with a tan head.

S- Sweet, malty, fresh grains and bready, a slight hint of yeast.

T- Very well balanced, sweet, but not sickeningly so, bready, fresh, with a decent hop finish.

M- Smooth, very well done, smallish bubbles, with a medium to full body.

D- Very drinkable, a little high in alcohol to enjoy too manay during a session, but very good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an opaque brown body with a faint hint of light that shines through the base of the glass. This beer has a thick creamy light tan head that last for the full glass. The body is to dense to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a soft roasted malt smell with a nice pale malt and fresh grain note to it. There is an earthy note to the malt that increases when the beer warms.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt with notes of cream and caramel malt. There is also a dark toast note with a hint of black grain in the background. The soft bitterness in the finish is from malt and is balanced with a soft bitterness from hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer has a nice big porter flavor with roasted depth and a good body and I can't imagine a better beer in cans. The smooth malt flavor has a nice hop finish with some nice lager notes.

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