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

5,214 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with ruby red highlights about 1 finger of tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer. Pretty good clarity.

S: Really rich caramel aroma. Hops are present in a nice citrus way. Dark fruits make an appearance. I get some chocolate too.

T: Tons of caramel and rich smoky maltiness. Not nearly as cloying as it smelled it might be. Tons of malt depth. Not cloying or overally dry. Great balance. Hops are really hard to find but for once that's ok. Amongst the rich flavors I get some I get some delicate vanilla.

M: Great viscosity. Smooth with good carbonation. You need the carbonation to keep from being cloying. Maybe a little more carbonation would make this even better.

O: Overall a great beer that shows really great malt depth. I normally drink fairly hop forward beers so this is a nice contrast. Scotch Ale is a style I couldn't drink too regularly but once in a while it's great. Another good beer from OB.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass at low altitude. I was happy to be able to find a sixer of this in a relatively small town in upstate NY.

A: Pours a semi-transparent dark ruby color with a cap of off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Dark roasted and sweet caramel malts. Not much else going on here.

T: Malts dominate here again; plenty of roasty flavors and a lot of sweetness. Unfortunately that's about all you get from this one. As I drink more, I feel that the sweetness is slightly overpowering.

M: Medium- to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Not bad, but unremarkable.

D: Considering the ABV, this goes down pretty easy. At the same time, the sweetness would make it hard to drink multiple cans in one night. Good, but not exceptional in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on: 9/19/11
Consumed on: 1/17/12

A - Coca-Cola, thin soapy rim of head, no lacing.

S - Black cherry, yeast, bread, light molasses, grapes.

T - Black cherry, prunes, grain, finishes slighty dry, chalky, & yeasty.

M - Light-Medium body, low carbonation.

O - Okay, tastes a little bit better than flat Cherry Cola, least favorite scotch ale I have had.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 9-8-2011. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter at 55 degrees.

A. Very dark filtered brown with a ruby tint. A tiny cap of kahki colored head. No lacing what so ever.

S. I get raisons,figs,cherries up front and nice dose of caramal in there. A slight bit of vanilla in the back,with a good alchohol presence.

T. Just as the smell indicates, The strong ripe fruits come first then a sweet caramal and vanilla with a touch of the beechwood in the end.

M. Good creamy medium feel,maybe a touch under carbonated,almost like a barleywine.

Overall excellent scotch ale, I love how it's almost like an heavier version than most. A great sipper that I could drink more than one in a sitting. I recommend.

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

Reviewed from notes. Canned 1-10-11.

A- Pours a dark ruby red with zero head and minimal lacing...a bit conjured up with aggressive swirling.

S- Roasty malts, chocolate, smokey booze.

T- Smokey/peaty character pairs with sweet sugary and roasted malt notes. Chocolate and maybe some dark fruits.

M- Light bodied with minimal carbonation.

O- Not bad, but I like Robert the Bruce a bit more.

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

In recent years I have become open and noticed breweries who have down just as good as a job as bottlers.

Rich brown color with ruby highlights and a light tan head that ends at the tops of the glass. Retention is some impressive lacing that last the life of ale.

The aroma is full of toasted malt, chocolate malt, sweet alcohol, and a bit of smokey.

The flavor is a more intense than the aroma but the flavors are about the same, which is good. Roasted malt brings a mild chocolate flavor and bitter flavor. What balances the ale is the sweetness from the ALV%. Oskar brewery does a good job of blending these flavors together make the drinkability above average. But at 8%abv be careful.

Finished clean an kind slick on the tongue. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation making this ale easy to drink. So watch yourself. Other than that the best canned (but do not drink out of the can, Scotch ale!!!

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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1/5  rDev -75%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown. Small khaki head which dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Malt chocolate, roast, and coffee all swirl around pleasantly. Smell dies down quite a bit after the first few minutes is the only ding I have about it.

T - Malted chocolate milkshake up front for sure. A nice graininess towards the end balances out the intense sweetness. A hint of smokiness is apparent in the graininess. Only a slight hint of an alcohol taste.

M - Medium-heavy bodied. No alcohol burn or carbonation problems. Goes down quite smooth.

O - A very drinkable Scottish Ale. It is as unique as they come but also quite delicious. Certainly a fine example of the style and one that should be tried by any Scottish Ale fan.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4 out of 5 based on 5,214 ratings.
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