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