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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#3,972
Reviews:
1,700
Ratings:
5,326
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is similar to their imperial red ale. Pours a brown color. Good clarity for something brown. A light tan head is produced, above average in size, that 3/4" mark I would say. Aroma of peat, chesnuts, bog, brown malt and a little bit of alcohol. Reminiscient of a winter warmer but heartier.

Taste drops substantial roasted malt (not scorched, but rather, smoked) with campfire notes. Those into the varied nuance of different smoked malts would dig this. Thought it was a little more bitter and the alcohol was a little strong in the mouth feel on this one. Carbonation is a little lower and appropriate for style. Toffee presence pushes through. The heavier than usual bitterness starts to evoke some darker fruit notions. Its a decent representation of style for those into this sort of thing, but I'd rather stick with their hoppier offerings.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12oz draft poured into a tulip shows a murky, reddish brown body that briefly floats a 1/4in cream colored head that returns with agitation. Artistic webbed lacing remains behind.

Aroma is oddly boozy over the malty goodness with barely a hint of toffee.

Flavor is more toffee forward.

Mouthfeel is an oily, mouth filling medium but the finish is absent. It just disappears past the tongue.

Overall a fine scotch ale from a consistently successful brewery.

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Photo of Dawon
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nunitn
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ChrisG523
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of foghornleghorn22
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown. with minimal head.
Smell is sweet malt with a bit of dark fruit.
Taste is sweet dark fruit with a hint of smoke, peat, and alcohol.

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

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

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Tasted from 12 oz can.

L - Dark brown color with a little mahogany. Opaque in the glass, although it appears clear around the edges. Thin but persistent sheet of gray-brown bubbles and lace.

S - Aromas of coffee, low burnt wood and smoke. Clean and sparse, with a hint of alcohol on the nose.

T - Malt flavors with roasted, coffee-like notes dominating. Chocolate in the mid-palate, along with some faint, fresh, lightly floral hops. Smoke in the dry finish along with some alcohol sweetness.

F - Medium to heavy body and barely perceptible carbonation (appropriate). Low to medium hops bitterness. Light alcohol presence for the 8% ABV.

O - Beer is clean, malt-focused and surprisingly complex without being sweet or cloying. For me it hits all the right notes for a Scotch ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 32 Great Power. In Teku glass. Watching Broken Mirrror 2x01. With pok cheese. Typical scotch ale well executed. Toffee with a bit of booze and smoke. However, nothing bothering, instead providing it some character.

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

Photo of Manthon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ImbibingInOmaha
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - the color of muddy water. True brown. Ephemeral tan head.

Smell - Something is wrong here. Maybe I got a bad batch. This beer smells like Budlight Clamato and nickels. It has the same metallic smell that some Belgian beers have, but it is decidedly not that. If I try incredibly hard I can smell some sort of fruit, but it's rotting. Almond extract and poppy seeds might be the pleasant way of describing this.

Taste - Malt, cherries, coffee bordering on instant. It's surprisingly tart! Alcohol taste clocks in at exactly 8%. Thankfully very little of the smell is present, a little metallic. Not a complex beer. Diacetyl near the end. Honestly what you first taste is what you get.

Feel - Light carbonation, syrupy, but still dry.

Overall - Bought a single can on a whim, glad it was only one. The smell is doesn't promise a good beer, but it ultimately succeeds at just that level nothing more. I'd give it to someone who says they love dark beers, but drinks mostly Guinness.

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

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

Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 5,326 ratings