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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Old Chub - Scottish Style AleOld Chub - Scottish Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

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

BEER STATS
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#3,725
Reviews:
1,694
Ratings:
5,310
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with a fair amount of light coming through the body. Nice head on this one, a one finger light mocha shade with nice texturing and retention. The lacing left is plentiful, as well.

S: I've had trouble identifying leather in a beer's aroma before - but this is the first beer I've had that's truly leathery in its scent. Beneath that lies some sweet caramel, dried dark fruits, and a subtle touches of smoke and green tea.

T: Has a nice opening sweetness to it, almost akin to a porter/stout, but not quite. Layered notes of both roast and smoke aid the complexity without creating a messy clusterfuck. Smoke builds up more assertively on the finish and aftertaste, as well. The midtaste features some nice dark fruit flavors. I'm impressed with how complex this is - other sips reveal varying flavors like chocolate, mint, licorice, and tobacco. Drinkability is sacrificed for savorability, and it's better for it.

M: Silky and delicate. The heavy body makes it feel quite decadent, as well. In general, it's just a joy to swish around in the mouth.

O: I don't know if I could have more than a single can of this in a session - simply because it's meant to be savored rather than rapidly downed. Any beer that bears a passing resemblance to Schlenkerla's rauchbiers is a great thing, in my opinion. It strikes me as a fantastic 'cigar' beer, too.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of JWU
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a curved porter glass

A- darn brown which turns ruby when held to light, a nice fluffy light tan head sits on top and laces nicely.

S- Malt. A lot of it. Malted milk balls, dark fruits, molasses.

T- Malt bomb. Sweet molasses and brown sugar with some warming alcohol. The dark fruits are a bit more restrained than the nose. Some light earthy hops at the end, but they are futile against the malt wallop. Some slightly smoky/peaty notes on the end as well.

M- Medium to full, chewy, and just a tinge dry on the finish.

O- Great stuff, and proof that Oskar Blues and Sixpoint are on to something...(the cans)

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber in color with a smallish tan head, which soon collapses to scatterings of foam on the surface. The lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Lots of earthy peat notes, combined with molasses and sweet potent, vinous alcohol. In all, an olfactory prelude to greatness.

Taste: Opens with dark toffee, and molasses, soon followed by sweet, vinous and warming alcohol. As the taste progresses, restrained smokey peat notes appear. Towards the close, there is a mild flourish of sweetness, and a blush of earthy hops. Finishes with a mild, lingering earthy note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkabilty/notes: Really quite wonderful, would make an elegant choice for a holiday dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of gentlystewed
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this baby into a Sam Adams pint glass. The body is almost as dark as a cola, with a hint of ruby coloring. Looks like a really strong bourbon and coke with a maraschino cherry at the bottom of the glass. The half inch head sunk down fast to a ring with a few wee clouds in the middle.
The aroma factor in this brew is more than a bit complex. I notice a very rich malt, loaded with raisins, molasses, and pipe tobacco notes along with a little coco as well. I'm also picking up some booze with this, and maybe a bit of black liquorish.
The taste is extremely malty of course as it should for the style. I"m also taking in a lot of nutty flavor coated in toasted brown sugar. Just a wisp of hop sizzle at the end.
Mouthfeel is dense, dark and heavy on the palate.
Overall this is a great Scotch Ale. This would be a good beer to have on hand on a regular basis.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 5,310 ratings