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

1,639 Reviews
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 MrDell
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Oskar Blues Brewing – Old Chub
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy – 8.0% - 330ml can – Canned 16.10.2014 - Best Before Unknown

From Wikipedia:
Old Chub is a Scotch ale brewed with seven different malts, including crystal and chocolate malts. Old Chub also gets a dash of beechwood-smoked grains imported from Bamburg, Germany.

Appearance: Pours dark brown – deep brown with a solid 3 finger light brown head. Lots of carbonation moving up the side of the glass. Excellent had retention,a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: Classic wee heavy aroma of liquorice, tobacco, sweet dark fruits, black jack sweets, demerara sugar. Fruit cake / dark sweet bread - like a malt loaf, fresh from oven.

Taste: Sweet fruit, strong hit of liquorice, sweet malt and a very long sweet, then just turning slightly dry, finish. Perfectly balanced and very complex.

Mouthfeel: Quite full bodied and very smooth although it does keep moving around the palate thanks to the lively carbonation(would love to try the nitro version to see how that compares).

Overall: I'm really enjoying these wee heavy / scotch ales at the moment - both the classic/traditional styles and these craft brewery ones. This is up there with the best of them. For overall enjoyment this gets a very well deserved 4.75. Fantastic, complex, malty beer.

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Photo of Jtbennett
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this in the fridge. Been there for a while. Dated 8/15/14. Poured into a shaker pint glass. Dark, like motor oil. Still a good beer. Dark fruit, raisins, and nice finish. Sweet and sticky. Good beer. Surprised at how well an 8% has held up.

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Photo of mac31
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet entry, cinnamon, dark fruit/fig, bready up front. Following is caramel, toasty notes, and a touch of copper/metallic in the finish. I get faint chocolate notes from time to time as well. The alcohol is well covered. There is a touch heat (fusel alcohol fumes) in the finish. The body is slight. Almost non existent are the hops. I get some bitterness about the 3/4 palate. The hops are soft with a little nondescript spiciness. Finish clean and sweet with a touch of grains present. A very rich beer. I have little point of reference when it comes scotch ales. I would have to say this is a good beer. While it's not cloying, it is a tad sweet for me. But drinkability is huge for me and this beer is just that, highly drinkable. If you buy this it will not disappoint.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Very, very dark red with a tan head. Fairly thick. Looks like light bubbling. Extremely dark though, I could mistake it for a stout.

S: Malty and a faint scent of the ABV. Chocolate tones along with some fruit.

T: Rich malt that goes well with a smooth and faint taste of alcohol. Fruit flavors come through, but very softly. The malty, thick and bready, is the main event here. Creamy and sweet, I want to say I taste chocolate and caramel aftertones.

F: Thick body, very robust. Leaves a pleasant mouthfeel for such a high ABV, its very impressive.

O: I'm not a big Scotch Ale guy, but this one is on point. I'd heard good things and finally trying it more than confirms those allegations.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful dark, dark red to almost black depending on the light. Smells actually like a chocolate covered cherry in a way followed by malt. Nice medium to thick body. Taste is amazing! Nice rich chocolaty and over ripe cherry. Amazing!

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Photo of willic
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark, Rich, Intense looking dark copper color with a full head
Aroma: Sweet, caramel, rich malt
Taste: Intense, yet balanced. This is what a Scotch Ale should be!
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy in body, with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Phenomenal, Phenomenal, Phenominal

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Photo of EMV
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a dark mahogany color. 2 fingers of tannish head. Mild lacing.

S: Malts and baked goods. Caramel and molasses.

T/F: Malty and rich with a very tempered sweetness. Dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel. Plum and molasses with a mild hop presence at the finish which is nice... prevents it from being too one-dimensional. Smooth and creamy. Sticky on the tongue.

O: A solid wee heavy... and one of the standards for the style. Not the best of show, but a very solid and reliable old friend. Always welcome in my fridge.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly black, ruby-burgundy. Head is medium thick and beige, with a good deal of lacing left behind. Smooth malty aroma is supplemented with spicy yeast and peach. Taste opens with smooth, sweet malts and then moves into some more sweet toffee, hard candy flavors. Mouth feel is smooth and filling, but easy to drink. Overall, a fantastic scotch ale. It has a good deal going on, and is readily available (at least around here). It's easy to drink while remaining sweet and warming, and canned, so a good solid fall/early spring camping beverage, and at 8%, you can save some cooler space for grilling supplies.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of RocketRaccoon88
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had hummus so I'm taking that into account. Other than that setback, feels and taste really good. Looks creamy and dark. Really good brew to sit and enjoy.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Two finger brownish head, red tinged very dark brown body.

Smell: Smoked wood, dark fruits, and caramel.

Taste: Same as above, but includes toasted bread, a note of coffee, and a touch of nutty hops.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium-full bodied, small but pleasant alcohol burn. Very nicely balanced.

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Photo of MACrist
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Dark brown, ruby up to the light. Big tan foamy head with ok retention. Not much for lacing.
AROMA: Bit of smoke, bready, lots of dark dried fruit, and some caramel.
TASTE: Exactly like aroma, sweet overall, but it has a nice bitter bite on the finish that helps balance everything out.
FEEL: Good solid carbonation to move the flavors around. A little slick up front and then more dry in the finish. Medium thin in body.
OVERALL: Very nice ale. Not two dimensional, you get the dried fruit, smokiness, caramel and bready qualities. The body is a little thin but still decent, almost makes it refreshing. Very good brew.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice sipper; pours a deep and dark brown that is thick; a beige cream head on top with some sticky lace. Smells of roasted malt and that's about all I can sense. Tastes like earth, moss, roasted and toasted dark malt, dark brown bread, figs, and burnt sugar; alcohol taste is quite strong. It's very chewy and full-bodied; the alcohol warms my belly. Good to drink if it's freezing cold outside.

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Photo of EMH73
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with reddish hue with a two inch head. Smells of roasted malts and toffee. Tastes of roasted malts, some sweetness from from fruits, the alcohol is noticeable. Medium carbonation. Another good beer from Oskar Blues, not my favorite, that goes to Ten Fidy, but a solid scotch ale.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

These guys make great beer!only recently tried hotbox,ten fidy n death by coconut and all have been excellent.this one is too....looks very dark for a scotch ale, smells wonderful due to the butterscotch aroma.taste is absolutely the same,malty, bready, caramel goodness all the way through, but perhaps just as good is the feel, its thick and creamy, an absolutely excellent beer.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a red tint, dense vanilla colored head. Smells a bit chocolatey, hints of fruit, perhaps date, plum or fig. Has a big malty flavor and a thick almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is one fine beer, a perfect example of a really solid scotch ale.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark ruby brown with a thick head and good lacing. Nose is all burnt caramel and dried fruits. Flavor is massively malty, deep and rich, dates, and sugars. Would be a 4.5, but is a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is full and not too carbonated; as I said, a touch cloying. Overall, a damn good beer that pushes scotch ale a bit towards barleywine.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep mahogany color with a little red tint nice caramel colored head that lastes about a minute or so leaving a thin head with decent lacing.

Smell you get the boozy notes as well as sweet malts and a little spice.

Taste I get the alcohol for sure a little dark fruit and some sweetness.

Feel little burn from the alcohol surprisingly not very heavy and very smooth.

Overall I really like this and will enjoy many more!

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, dated as canned on 06/2015.

I had this in a side-by-side with Founders Dirty Bastard, and this one was not quite as good as the Founders. The Founders had a slightly better aroma, and, overall, was better.

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Photo of twage04
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby with medium carbonation. I'm not big into roasty flavors and although I don't like roasty flavors there is enough going on here that I could get over it. You get some smoky flavor up front with the roastiness followed by dark fruit and some sweetness. This beer is very sweet but again this isn't enough to make the beer bad, there is enough balance going on that no one aspect of the beer dominates. Overall I enjoyed this even if I have had limited experience with scottish ales.

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

3 year old can appears amber in color with a khaki head.

Nose is pretty simple and enjoyable, it smells of caramel and toffee-like malt sweetness with light alcohol inclusion.

It tastes more like the nose with caramel and toffee leading the way, then booze and an aftertaste of toasty bready malt and slight herbal/raisony touch.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A very nice offering thats good to go fresh or aged. A must have in the style.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/6/15, 09:57 Morning Chub
L - Dark ruby pour with lighter highlights around the edges. Small carbonated head while h disipated quickly. Not much lacing throughout.
S - Heavy maltiness.
T - Sweet and caramel-y. Tastes of alcohol and slight smoky/roasty taste.
F - Smooth like bourbon
O - A good slow drinker for me, that packs a good punch. Might be a style I can grow in to.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This is a dark brownish/reddish color almost black towards the center; the outer edges are deep brown hues but clear. The head is thick and dense and a light tan color. This is a very creamy sexy head and the look overall is very inviting.
Smell: Sweet roasted malts, a little raisin and mild spices to tag along. There’s a hint of chocolate bitterness!
Taste: Sweet roasted malts over all, lightly bitter around the corners of the mouth, where the raisin comes out too. Spicy alcohol, plums appear as it warms up.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a semi dry aftertaste.
Overall: This is a terrific beer overall and nice warmer for the winter months.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/amber with some red tint. A finger and a half of pale head that recedes quickly.

S: Aroma is toffee, raisin and a bread/biscuit quality.

T: Flavors immediately of toffee/caramel sweetness and raisins. No bitterness at all.

M: Light and crisp for the style, fairly high in carbonation.

O: A really nice, value driven Scotch ale. I would not hesitate to lean on this one again.

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Photo of akolb
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 1/7/16 from a 12 oz. can, canned 11/23/15.
L: Impenetrable brown-black. Could be mistaken for a porter at first glance. Tall, dark beige head that thins quickly. 3.75/5
S: Caramel malts, dark fruit, spice, toasted bread, raisins, a little chocolate. Malt-dominated aroma, as it should be. 4.5/5
T: Sweetness, some alcohol. Complex. Plums and bourbon. A suggestion of spicyness. Bitterness down the back of the throat. Hidden dark chocolate. 4.5/5
M: Full bodied, rich, creamy. A virtual planetoid, indeed. 4/5
O: A complex, delicious dessert beer. Almost tastes like a lighter Ten Fidy. 4/5

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very well put together Scotch Ale. Effortless blend of bonfire toffee, caramel malt and peaty smoky back end. Some butterscotch in here without being overly sweet. Fantastic full mouthfeel without the stickiness. Almost feels like it has cream or milky elements to it.

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