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

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Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale

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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 jaketaz
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For an American company they have a great handle on European styles, at a reasonable price. Old Chub is the chewiest beer I've had, left a residue that had me smacking my lips after every sip. It's a deep black cherry color, I had it poured from can to pint glass which resulted in a massive tan head and a clear toffee aroma. Mellow barrel flavor more in line with an 80-proof bourbon like Four Roses, light barrel smoke, nothing about this beer tastes like scotch. Light body and carbonation, but the chewiness and smoothness of flavor make the beer taste substantial. I will definitely revisit this, and it makes me want to see their take on a Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of wetshoes
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of Scottish ales, I liked this. Labeling is a bit weird: "It's like Sputnik". WTF?? And "Scotch Ale". Scotch is a distilled liquor, aged in charred barrels. This is "Scottish Ale" or maybe "Scots Ale" but not Scotch Ale. But they're from Colorado, so credit for trying anyway.

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

L: Dark brown. Lets some light through at the edges, has a reddish hue to it. Big tan foamy head with pretty good retention.

S: Malty with some smokiness to it.

T: Tastes like it smells. Smoky flavor and malty sweetness. Also some nutty and toffee notes. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

F: Light to medium carbonation. Fairly smooth with a decent body to it.

O: Pretty good stuff. I like the smokiness.

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

Poured at 44°F from a 12oz can (canned on 10Feb16) into a thistle. Consumed on 31Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel and figs are supported by mild aromas of chocolate, plums, cherries, sweet bread, smoked goodness, and subtle spicy hop aromas.
TASTE: The taste theatrical begins with a flood of strong caramel and fig flavors. The sweetness is immediately strengthened by mild flavors of sweet bread, plums, and sweet cherries even as the caramel and fig flavors fade to mild. Mild flavors of chocolate bring more sugary sweetness while subtle spicy hop flavors present some balance. Balanced is fully achieved with mild flavors of smoked goodness entering lastly as spicy hop flavors grow to mild and all prior flavors maintain.
NOTE: This was a textbook example of the style. There was a good balance between the sweetness, smokiness, and spicy hop presence. There was not one flavor that stood out from the others. I would have liked to have had the initial caramel and fig flavors maintain their quality instead of fading. That would have resulted in a still balanced beer with a little more weight of the sweet side of the spectrum.

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Photo of agedbeers
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is a dark brown and produced a tasty light bubly brown head

Smell is molasses and toffee.

Taste like smell, and is also smoky. Maybe slight metallic from can, really prefer bottled brews but cant beat price at approx $8 for a six pack. Time in the can will surely be a factor in this respect. Also a bit nutty, maybe including walnu. Little sweet like brown.

Feel is medium with bit of carbonation that always some nice chewing.

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Photo of Brewhugh42
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 6 pack (unfortunately canned not bottled) from my local Sprouts store. Surprisingly one of the best ales that i have tasted in awhile. Used to drink only hoppy ales, but have recently been swayed from IPAs to stouts/porters and love this scottish ale. If you are like me and want want to drink something different- you won't be disappointed

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Photo of nutkick
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On sale under 7 bucks, why not lift some up from HEB, at 8% ABV super V.A.L.U.E., before even heralding in multi bagpipe salute to supreme malt riches and cherished stash of smoke, seems natural they’d want to build a third location here in Austin. Very readily available round these parts, maybe it’s the cheap flights to Denver, or the abundant reasons to travel between the vastly different yet intertwined cities. A river floating classic, I still remember one, warming at bottom of nearly empty cooler, scratched and shaken, too much for the situation needed dilution with Guadalupe River, flattening the craft, memorable, but not quite the ideal situation for this interpretation of an ale from a land perhaps similarly caught in the current, dragging it downstream helplessly away from its place. Smells a bit like wood varnished in decades of smokiness and boisterousness which somehow twisted “wee” from an imperial shit ton by most other standards. Balanced somehow on three axes – extra sweet malt fattened with roastiness, stand up hops leaning against wobbly alcohol at a tingly convergence; similar to way burly enough men playing ridiculous looking musical instruments in skirts somehow works. Makes me want to chase something down the street repeatedly.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can Date: 12/2/15
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a dark brown that just doesn't let any light through. Light brown head, too.

Smell is molasses and... olives? There's also scorched something, but it's beyond recognition.

Taste is same as the smell, along with being smoky and having some toffee. I suppose the olive part does lessen with warmth – and it's not unpleasant – but it's not something I'm used to with beer. Maybe it's my tongue's interpretation of metallic since it's been in the can for seven months. There's also a slight bit of hazelnut and walnut tastes. You know what? I get burnt sugar, like a bolo de mel.

Feel is medium with fine carbonation. Nice and chewy.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oops! I'm sure that this is a good example of this style, but much too sweet for me. It does look beautifulbeautiful! Federal taphouse Lancaster, PA with Leah on the last day of our 20th anniversary trip.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale, 8% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours medium thickness, dark brown, with 5 fingers of foam, decent lacing. Nose is malty, taste follows. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent though a bit more watery than Founders Dirty Bastard. Fortune cookie on the bottom "Longtime Listener, Firsttime Caller".

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Photo of Benish
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very dark ruby color with no translucence.
Smell: sweet malt with some smokiness. You could say it's almost like smelling a bacon wrapped fig.
Taste: starts sweet with little notes of graham cracker. As it warmed up, dark fruits and cherries became more prominent. The beer finished with a subtle smokiness.
Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy.

Solid beer. I like the slight smokiness which was unexpected.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toffee and light smoke. It's not as complex as would think it to be. Still great brew.balanced and drinkable. Not boozy at all for the high abv. I prefer the smell

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good scotch ale. Nice color, clear, dark amber. Good head retention. Unblushing sort of taste that appeals to my pallet. No alcohol taste but still 8% ABV. Hint of sweetness and absolutely no bitterness. One I will drink again.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 9/22/15 and poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque ruby red/brown with a small cap of tan foam. The head quickly fades to a thin film, leaving no lacing in the process.

S: Aromas of dark fruits with some chocolate malts. The aroma is somewhat similar to a belgian strong dark ale.

T: Rich malty flavors of dark fruits and toffee with a candy like sweetness. There is a very subtle smokiness on the finish that is barely noticeable, but a nice touch nonetheless.

M: Medium-full bodied with a high amount of carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. In my opinion this beer could benefit from being less carbonated, giving it a creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall I thought this beer was ok but nothing outstanding. It has a candy like sweetness but is not cloying. A malt bomb without a doubt. There is a subtle smokiness on the finish that contrasts with the sweetness very well. A good beer, I just wish it was a bit less carbonated. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't be in a hurry to do so. Pairs especially well with cigars.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet caramel malt aroma spiked with figs and dried plums. Booze peeks through. Tastes of earth, dried dark fruits, spicy booze and caramel malt with a hint of smoke. No head or lacing. Smooth, full body.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Chub is a classic. It pours a classic scottish ale color with hints of ruby, caramel, and almond. The head is well formed even in a rocks glass and stays steady at 2 fingers.

I'm not getting a ton of aroma on the nose with this particular can, but I remember it having stronger aromas of what I'm sensing here - toffee, caramel, lightly burnt malts, some prune and fig.

The flavor profile is heavy and strong, it holds nothing back. Dark fruits absolutely sopped and dripping with pure alcohol are sampled, with a polite caramel-toffee backing and a tight ripe bitterness of blueberry. The finish is pure malt and more of the distilled alcohol.

The feel is burning, hot, and full. Very mean - in your face - like UV rays on a hot summer day.

Overall, Old Chub ain't the best Scotch Ale, but it's one I'll come back to again and again. Not a bad beer at all, and this isn't my first swing at it either.

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Photo of 60sFolks
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice and dark with a formidable copper head. Smell of dried fruit, figs and raisins. Taste of dark roast coffee. Heavy feel of this full bodied beer is outstanding.
I discovered this brew just in time for the summer concert and festival season. Going to carry this one in with me.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Chub is a translucent, effervescent dark brown beer with ruby highlighting; its giant pebbly tan head shows moderate retention and leaves behind sparse, complex caverns and cavelets of lacing. The aroma is medium in intensity, leading with cookie-dough malt that slides into dark, dark caramel over toasty malt, backed by dark fruit, a more subtle peppery spice and modest boozy undertones. The flavor is a seamless blend of bittersweet dark caramel, more modest plum notes and a hint of cherry, riding atop a style-moderate undercurrent of alcohol. The finish is surprisingly clean, just a flash of dark fruit, but is pretty boozy- the booziest part of the whole beer, in fact. The linger is a modest tart cherry-skin flavor that lasts for a little while. Mouthfeel is on par with the medium-full body and is slightly astringent; the texture is medium creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. For the style, the caramel character is not very complex, but the flavor taken as a whole is pleasant enough and the alcohol is well hidden. Pretty fast-drinking for the style, as a result. (12 oz can, 77 days after pkg)

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - high clarity. Dark little fizz. Minor lacing. Not unlike flat coke.2.75

S ー sweet chocolatey bits of anise and ripe blueberry. Fizzy despite no head. 3.25

T - bitter almost tart. Very roasted initial flavours. Faint syrups. Better the second time but after taste is a bit too bitter-sharp. 3.25

M - not as watery as I expected 3

D - perfectly fine not reasonable because better ales in same price range and not in cans 3

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 04/06/16

Pours clear dark maroon red with a creamy light tan head. Smells lightly of dark fruits, dried fruits, plum, sweet malt, mild chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, oaky wood, with earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like dark fruits, sweet malt, some smoked wood, chocolate, caramel, molasses, dried fruit, brown sugar, with earthy grass and floral pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really well crafted Wee Heavy Scotch ale.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark red, nearly black, and with little lacing. No head to speak of. Smells like dark fruit, tobacco, and alcohol. Nice, complex smell, which is by far the best component of this beer. Taste is super rich, so rich I couldn't finish it. Raisins, plums, and caramel dominate the palate, with minimal hops. Definitely a very malt forward beer. There's a smoky, leatheriness to the taste also, like a high quality whiskey or scotch. The taste is a little too sweet and heavy for me. Feel is also heavy; this beer feels syrupy and sticky in mouthfeel, which only makes the super rich flavor seem more intense. Some noticeable alcohol burn also, felt a lot higher ABV than it was. I found this tough to drink and couldn't finish the last couple of ounces, so I don't think Scotch ales are for me. If you're obsessed with the darker and richer flavor spectrum of beer, you might like it, but I was left craving even a whisper of hops.

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Photo of Squire123
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful reddish brown with thick tan cap.

Aroma: Rich dark malt with a hop accent. Can't tell much from the hops except they are present.

Taste: Full on dark rich malt, dark dried fruits, a sense rather than a taste of sweetness, just resounding solid roasted malt with hops occasionally singing a lyric line above the baritone solo.

Texture: Full as bagpipes which we all know is not an indoor instrument.

Overall: From what I recall of Scottish Ales I've had in the past, Belhaven, Traquair, and others, the taste of the Auld Hame is in this one. A drumroll should announce the opening of this one and even if I weren't of Scottish descent I believe I would've rated it just as highly.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, but not a standout in any particular way. I will say that it does a great job of hiding its hefty ABV. You won't feel like you're drinking an eight-pointer until you get done.

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

Low aroma on a dark pour with some ruby highlights in the color. Surprisingly smooth, roasted & chocolate flavors with some stout like qualities. Very high drinkability & well hidden ABV even when drinking this at cellar temperature.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a surprisingly dark shade of blackish brown, coffee colored with a tan head.

S- Maple syrup, coffee roast, sweet malts and burnt sugar.

T- Follows the nose, but the sweetness is balanced by a kind of smoky bitterness.

F- Medium body, almost syrupy and creamy for the ABV.

O- Love a good scotch ale, being a malt fanatic. This is an excellent representation of the style, second only to Founders' offerings.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4 out of 5 based on 5,191 ratings.
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