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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

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."

Added by Todd on 12-13-2003

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

Pours an opaque brown with ruby hints when held to light. Has a 2-finger head that fades relatively quickly, leaving rings of lace. My first experience with this one - hard to believe it poured from a can. The smell is what I expect from a scottish ale - sweet, earthy, hints of caramel, earth. I seem to get a little chocolate in the nose as well. Taste is a nice sweetness up front that fades to an earthy, slightly smokey finish. Avoids the scottish ale trap of finishing overly sweetly - very drikable for its style and ABV. A very solid brew.

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

Wow. By FAR my favorite Scottish Ale in a can... Ok, enough with the sarcasm.

This is a very good beer, the fact that it's in a can puts it even further away from the pack. The appearance, when poured into a glass, is very nice. It's a proper color for a Scotish ale, even if it is lacking a bit in the head department. The smell is a nice, malty affair with perhaps a hint of chocolate nose. The taste seals the deal, a faint undercurrent of smoky flavor comes through, just enough to qualify for the style but not enough to scare off the masses. Good mouthfeel, and for a 8% beer VERY drinkable. I'll try to keep a six of this around.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown, two-finger tan head with good retention and lacing

s - big sweet caramel flavor, roasted malt, dark fruits, not much alcohol evident in the nose

t - quite sweet at the start with a big caramel flavor, some brown sugar, roasted malt, slight bitterness, raisin flavor, once again, not much alcohol in the taste

m - medium-to-full-bodied, creamy, low carbonation, would like to see a tad bit more, slightly dry finish

d - this can went down pretty fast, does not taste like an 8% beer, perhaps the sweetness would limit drinkability somewhat

Solid brew overall, though this isn't one of my favorite styles. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned...just like everything Mom's spring house.

Nearly opaque brown with some garnet highlights. Inch high tan head slims down to a coating that lasts 'till the end.

The smell is an earthy, roasted aroma of caramel, chocolate, peat, light smoke, raisins and other dark fruits. Smells like you could slice off a chunk and chew it.

Smokiness comes out a touch more in the flavor...but it's not overbearing. Nice roasted malts, smoked peat, dark fruit, and some sweet caramel. Yum.

Almost full bodied, yet light on the carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste let's you know that they did throw some hops in there. Another great canned beer. Hopefully, other breweries will follow suit.

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

Very dark brown brew with a tan head. Nice trails of lacing. Smell is very malty. Faint alcohol note. Taste is somewhat sweet but not over the top. Malt has a caramel note. Also some smokeyness in the finish on the taste. Little bit of a grainy mouthfeel and some more of the alcohol note in the finish. Overall a very nice beer. Big thanks goes out to Cisco for passing this one along. Was pleasantly surprised to find this one in PA.

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

Finally went out and found some Old Chub. At $5.99 a 6-pack, I'll be drinking this much more in the future.
A - A deep brown w/ a wicked thick, tall head.
S - Roasted malt & molasses. A lot like a brown ale.
T - Sweet, roasted malt. Molasses, brown sugar, and subtle hops show up as well. Only a slight alcohol bite, but it's nice after the sweetness of the malt.
M - The alcohol creates a warm mouthfeel. The sweetness is not overwhelming at all and the malt has a nice smoky feel.
D - Incredible drinkability. Now that I've drank Old Chub in a glass, I can't wait to crack open a nice cold can of this great beer. I drank it at a pretty warm temperature and it was outstanding.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite the off the wall presentation, this ale was a great surprise. It poured a glossy amber brown with some nice lace and sticky malt aromas. Smooth going down, not mild at all- very strong malts, sugary but not too sweet. Sticky on the back end, with some watery hop to bite at the sweetness of the malt. All around very decent and it hides the relatively high ABV very well.

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

Beer poured into my pint glass a nice crimson, almost purple color with a 1 inch creamy head on top.

Smell reveals lots of roasted smells, with a nice soft fruity hop profile.

Taste. Oh yeah! This is great stuff. A nice fruity start, with some roasted malts and a crisp finish. Lovely.

I'm picking more of this up. right away!

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Photo of Neehan
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've poured one from the ole can...

A- Very nice, good thick head with nice retention. Head is fluffy with good character and along for the entire ride.

S- Definite malts on the forefront. Light in character with an ever-so-slight burnt component. Minimal spices-- not enough to fill the nose, but just enough to let you know they are there.

T- Very smooth, light at first with a nice complementing bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste. Quick transition from sweet to bitter.

M- Very mild and easy. Watery in character due to the very low carbonation but with a bit of fluff added due to the remaining head.

D- Good due to the light texture and smooth finish.

Pretty good stuff here. A perfect choice of a six-pack to split between 2-3 friends in a sitting... just make sure everyone has a ride afterward.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can

Pours a rich dark brown with reddish highlights. A medium cocoa head forms and thins. Spotted lacing on the glass.

Aroma has distinct toasted nuttiness and molasses with a light smokiness and herbal hop smell.

Taste is nutty with lots of molasses flavor, but not very sweet. A mild smokiness appears along with a medium bitterness and light herbal hop flavor. Bitterness lingers.

Full body, creamy texture.

Another solid craft beer in a can! I'm digging this new trend. Anyway, this is a nice Scottish ale I had no problems consuming. I like that it's on the dark end of the style (or beyond), but would prefer just a few less IBUs and a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of umfskibum
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany body, nice sized creamy tan head. Quite a beautiful beer from this little can.

S: This sucker is all malt in the nose. Chocolate and caramel come to the fore. Slightest note of alcohol.

T: Big ol' malts, just like the aroma suggested. No bitterness and very little hop flavor, but caramel malt and some smokiness come to the fore. Slightly sweet. Tastes quite a bit like an nut brown ale.

M: Creamy, thick and chewy. This beer feels awesome in the mouth, and has a lot of body to it. Sparse carbonation tickles the tongue, but isn't overpowering.

D: Quite a drinkable brew. Has some nice warmth and mouthfeel, and a full enough taste to want to go back for more. If not the best beer I've had, a really enjoyable and drinkable beer I'd get again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of shp555: Poured an hazy dark brown color ale with a big thick foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt with subtle touch of peat smoke is quite interesting. Taste is a nice balance between smoky malt with some sweetness. Body is above average with a creamy texture and some medium carbonation. This is a very good example for the style with some very good balance.

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Photo of adowney523
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a can. Almost jet-black with a big tan head.

Smells of brown sugar and molasses.

Huge malt body in the taste. Sweet molasses and chocolate fades to a slight hop bitterness and some alcohol burn.

A great beer. Deceptively strong. Love the can!

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Photo of Atlas1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn. I never knew canned beer could be so good.

Poured into a little belgian snifter from the can. Wow. A deep ruby-black color with a thick and creamy one-finger head. No real lace as the beer dissipates, and the head thins out quite a bit, but I am really pleased at how nicely this pours from the can. Malty, sweet, bitter aroma. Caramel with some vanilla and molasses. Sweet, but with a pungent hoppy, coffee bitterness in it. This smell has lots of character. Tastes sweet and hoppy and delicious. Raisins and prunes with a tart accent. Coffee finish. Man, this beer is done right. Even tastes good straight from the can. I think this is the first beer I've ever reviewed that I've given a straight, across-the-board 4 to. Old Chub, indeed.

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

A- Very dark brown, almost black, with creamy tan head that retains very well.

S- Very balanced aroma smells strongly of sweet malt, but the hops come under to support very well.

T- Very balanced but not at all boring. Slightly peaty, smoky flavor with strong malt character and mild hop bitterness.

M- Very thick and smooth initially, with a dry astringent finish.

D- Probably the most drinkable scotch ale in the world. Cheers.

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Photo of cbak999
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dale's big brother - the Old Chub Scottish Ale. In my opinion, this is how a Scottish Ale should taste - sweet but not too sweet, just enough to hide the 8%ABV. Pours a dark brown, alomst black, with a light brown head that lasts.
Smell is of many sugars and sweets.
Similar to Dale's Pale, it under carbonated for my liking - but must be the can thing.
Taste is awesome! This beer is very drinkable - and they sneak up quickly on you! Beware!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown, light black with brown highlights and a 2 finger tan head.

S - Chocolate, toffee and caramel. Nice and malty.

T - Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, slightly nutty, a hint of bitterness from the hops rounded out by a touch of smoke on the finish. The different flavors blend together nicely.

M - Medium to heavy bodied and slightly creamy with a dry bitter finish.

D - The ABV is well hidden. Another fine Oskar Blues beer in a can. It it nice to have good beers for tailgaiting or boating where bottles don't work as easy.

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

You can drink this right from the can and it tastes great! This time around though i poured it into my pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown color with a nice tan head. The aroma is very rich. Chocolate, caramel and loads of malt.The taste is fairly complex, kind of like a very flavorful stout. The caramel, chocolate and coffee flavor works very well together. The mouthfeel is moderate to full and is incredibly smooth.Virtually no bitterness is detected as the hops are covered up by the dominating malt. The alcohol is barel detectable. VERY drinkable.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drink beer from a CAN? You must be mad, sir! Or so I thought, when I saw this staring unobtrusively from the beer cooler at Lone Star Liquor Company in Breckenridge (cool name, by the way). But the guy behind the counter swore by it, so I bought a sixer. Whoof. This is one damned fine brew. Pours that deep, satisfying ruby-mahogany color you'd expect. You can smell the malt. Tastes delicious, malty, sweet, just a background trace of hops (those Scots emphasize the malt over the hops). But be careful: at 8% abv, this beer will sneak up on you! I can now safely say, Drink beer from a CAN? Why yes, I believe I will, thanks!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The almost stout-like aroma features a lot of malt and a bit of smoke. The taste is much like the smell with a lot of dark roasted malt flavors and a nice smokey and bitter finish that features some warming from the alcohol. Overall, this is a rather enjoyable brew that does a pretty decent job of hiding its high alcohol content. I would recommend and certainly have no objections to trying this brew again.

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

Bottle Inspection: It’s a can! Lists 8% abv., very mild carbonation release at opening, but foamed nicely on the pour.

Aroma: Rich malt, some mild peat, and a bit of maple syrup.

Appearance: Thin cover of tan with an interesting darker inner ring along the edge of the glass. Good clarity in the dark brown glass.

Flavor: Earthy with chocolate, peat, chocolate malt and a mild hop note. Really nice blending of all those flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a mild chew, firm carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable brew. Hard to say it’s better than Dale’s Pale, just different. I’d take either one any day.

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