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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

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 Rogerlb
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another Oskar Blues joint. This Scotch ale pours dark, almost black but has a nice amber tint to it. Hold it up to the light. A 1/2 finger head is slow to dissipate.

Aroma is malt, lager, biscuit. All good. Taste is raisin, bread, and sweet malt. Maybe a bit of cherry, some smoke, toffee, all those traces that "strong ale" bring up higher than your average IPA. Also, pepper (of the spice kind). It's boozy, and finishes sticky. Grainy, malty, and mellow.

This is pretty refreshing. A crisp gateway Scotch ale, if you needed such a thing. Oskar Blues can't do much wrong.

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Photo of Beersplosion
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willcull78
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An ale that is almost a stout. It is nearly as dark as a stout, or a light stout if you prefer. When poured it has a reddish tint to it and leaves a nice creamy frothy light-brown head. And the taste is nearly as strong as a stout but not as potent. It is quite good actually. It's like stouts little brother. You may not notice it at first but it packs a bunch of flavor in and of itself. This is a hearty little brew that would be good for any and all seasons.

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Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A two month old can enjoyed over brunch.

Very dark brown body with dark ruby highlights, two fingers of rocky tan head, short legs and good lacing. Smells like toasted raisin bread with barely any butter, dark Belgian candi syrup, fresh cherries, a drop of alcohol, red apple, plum. Once it warms up to cellar temp. the "dash" of beechwood-smoked malt comes through very clearly, like a light summer breeze carrying the smoke from your neighbor's fireplace or grill. It has everything here, but is a subtle aroma overall which keeps me from really loving it.

Hops right at the tip and sides of the tongue with lots of dark fruit flavors like plum, date and raisin. Caramels, a little bit of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, a bigger drop of alcohol, barely any diacetyl again. Nice finish which doesn't leave too much sweetness or roast, medium-low hops adds a smidge of woody earth, pine and bitterness. A wee bit of lingering smoke or tobacco. The malt is balanced nicely by the alcohol, fruity yeast esters and hops. Much more malty and roasty in the finish as it warms, I think I prefer it right out of the fridge. Around medium-full bodied, the carbonation and bitterness keep it from being too chewy.

It's pretty easy to drink, very good fresh or within several months, a great introduction to Scotch ales and to Oskar Blues.

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Photo of Jbourke33
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Too boozy on the front end

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

Can to thistle, the appearance was a semi-thick dark amber to brown color with a two finger white foamy head that slid off at a good pace. Some lace, somewhat messy and sliding.
The aroma had some sweet smoke, good dose of peat, some caramel/toffee malts, nourishing amount of breadiness and then some earthy to herbal hops at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet and brought the smoke and the peat in a bit more than the caramel/toffee malts (which is a good thing for the style). Smooth malty aftertaste with a touch of smoke.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation was nice and low allowing the malts to take the lead in the expected smoothness along my tongue. Delicate cling, but allowable.
Overall, another nicely done Scotch ale and perhaps my all time favorite by Oskar Blues. Possibly OB's most under rated beer and it's perfect for Autumn nights, along with BBQ cookouts and one to have for a football game.

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Photo of Prue
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwvman
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oskar Blues rarely disappoints and Old Chub is one that most certainly did not...

Like most other Scott Ale's this one was beautifully dark, had a nice tan head and it stuck around for most of the glass. The smell was a sweet mixture of whiskey, some spice and malt and just a tad of hops. Though it started out very carbonated, much more for my taste, it tamped down as it got warmer allowing the full, rich Scottish ale taste with just enough of some hops to create a complex but smooth brew to imbibe. Overall, this is truly a solid if not great beer. I've had a few of these already and I think it's now officially on my "Go-To" list when looking for great beers to try again on my own or share with good friends.

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Photo of MHJeff06
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brymtb
2.69/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

....another overrated Oskar Blues beer....really just another average beer...

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Photo of Pav42
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 1/26/17 poured into a mug at fridge temp 8.0% ABV. The beer is dark brown with a light brown head. The head fades to a cap after a few minutes with just a little lacing. The aroma is all rich malt and a hint of smoke. The flavor starts with dense smokey sweetness and stays there. It is neither bitter or cloying. Mouthfeel is full, rich and soft with a wet, but pleasant finish. Overall, very good. This is a great example of the style. Recommended

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours dark brown, near black, just a few bubbles rising to the top with no lacing. It doesn't look all that appetizing.
Aroma - Tangy, damp earth, dried fruit, oak.
Taste - Like the aroma, a little tangy up front, thick and lush malt, doughy, prune, earth, medjool dates, a little bit of vanilla with a hint of smoke. Bitterness towards the end. Aftertaste is very long with lingering dark fruits and a touch of leather.
Feel - Medium to full bodied, a bit sticky, ample carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden but has a gentle warmth.

Overall - Ugly looking beer...but who cares, it tastes great. Not overly sweet or bitter. Good stuff.

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Photo of Euphoria69
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of IBUBrew
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mnine
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 5,267 ratings
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