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 beerinator
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for this can!

Appearance: Dark beer with ruby highlights. Superb head that lingered and laced throughout the pint.

Aroma: Roasted sweet malt. Caramel, laced with a slight hint of chared wood chips. Maybe a touch of vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste: Nice full mouthfeel. The malt flavor comes through very solidly, but there is a hint of hop presence left on the tongue to balance out the sweetness. The flavors of toasted bread and carmellized sugars make for a very nice balanced beer.

Notes: Someone put Scotland in a can! Very nice beer. The alcohol doesn't show through like I expected. This could be a very dangerous beer to drink a sixer of, because it would sneak up on you.

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Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scottish Style Ale in a can... you gotta love it. I had tried the Dale Pale Ale a few weeks ago and had to give Old Chub a shot. It was worth it. Even though it came in I had to pour this one into a glass to try.

Pours a deep mahogany in color with a tan head that settles. Decent nose with aromas of chocolate, raisin and caramel. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth and not quite as "heavy" as I was expecting. That chocolate from the aroma is very apparent in the taste. Awesome milk chocolate flavor dominates the palate. A little unusual for a Scottis Ale, but incredibly delicious non-the-less. Some brown sugar and molasses. Plenty of malt sweetness here. I didn't detect the smokiness as much as I have in other Scottish Ales, but that's not a huge detractor.
Great offering and it's availability in a can, makes in even more interesting.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can nearly black. In low light I'm sure it would appear as black. Held to the light it's reddish brown, the red gleaming like a ruby. Head is almost brown as well. Nose is a wave of buttery diacetyl. I like diacetyl, but this was just a tad too much. There's a hint of caramel sugar but it's lost amidst the butter. Taste isn't as sweet as I'd like my scottish ales. I get a bit of barely sweet caramel, butter, and that's about it. I long for more in the taste dept since I love this style. The lacing all the way down is a nice touch though. It's heavenly carbonated but the bubbles feel almost delicate. Very nice. It glides over the tongue. Drinkability isn't so high. Even though I'm far from Scotland I can find better alternatives locally for this style.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sweet with plenty of chocolate and a nice acidic finish.

Body is near black with port highlights. Mild carbonation, nice creamy tan head that shrinks to a lasting skim. Smells like a chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is full, burnt, and lightly acidic. Taste is bakers chocolate and coffee. This one is more porter like than Scotch Ale like. Rich and sweet. Drinkability is average.

Good beer but not particularly representative of the style.

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Photo of Naes
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is dark brown in color with a tall tan head that retains and laces well.
Its aroma mostly of caramel malt with a bit of chocolate as well.
The flavor is very sweet with chocolate and crystal malt flavors which seem to stick to ones tongue just a little too much for my likings. There is also a bit of roastyness as well.
Mouth feel is on the verge of syrupy and is generously carbonated.

Overall, this is made of quality, but it is just too sweet for my likings. The aftertaste just seems sugary.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprized to see this at my local grocery. More surprized that it is 8%ABV. Even more surprized that it is only$7.50/6-pack. Most surprising is that this Scottish Ale in a can is one of the best I've ever had!

Very dark mahogany brown pour supports a dense 2 fingers of wheat-hued fluff that retains nicely and leaves delicate spiderwebs of lace.

Aroma is dark and roasty, with plenty of toasted grain notes, lots of bittersweet chocolate notes, and a delicate, but definate presence of peat-like smoke. Nose is actually quite complex as it warms.

Flavor is an impressive medly of sticky, roasty malts, scorched caramel, brown sugar, chocolate pudding, chewy black bread, stewed raisins, and wonderfully subtle smoke. There is a nice hop finish with notes of grass and earthy herbs.

Body is damn near large on this one, with tiny bubbles of carbonation supporting a creamy, slick, dextrinous mouthfeel. Not a trace of the 8% until my second can, when I get unexpectadly relaxed and docile. Great beer in a can, let the revolution begin!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an aluminum can into a pint glass.
Dark brown to ruby in color with copious sticky tan colored head that retains for the entire session.
Caramel and smoke aromas.
This beer is malt heavy with a nice mixture of flavors. Chocolate, roasted, and caramel malts. There must be some hops in there somewhere to balance all this out, but I don't taste them. A very nice smokey finish and after taste. This would be a five if a small bit of the sweetness was replaced by some hop bitterness.
Very thick and heavy in the mouth. Very filling. Drinkable b/c it's tasty, but I could only drink one or two b/c it's so filling.
I have finally found my camping beer!!!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to sampling some of the Oskar Blues stuff after hearing pretty good things about their brews, but I have to say I wasn't that impressed overall with the Old Chub.

It pours a nice enough brownish amber colour with a medium sized frothy head that leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is primarily malty, with chocoalte and earth being the primary culprits. There'sa hint of caramel sweetness as well, and also a somewhat unpleasant aroma of what I can only describe as sweaty socks/dirty feet. It really took away from the other aromas present here.

The flavour is a pretty good mix of chocolate, caramel and earth with a touch of caramel and a faint hint of roasted malt as well. Hops make a brief appearance here and there as well, but this one is basically all malt all the time. The "dirtiness" that is present in the aroma is only mildly apparent in the flavour. I wasn't crazy about the mouthfeel at all: it's full bodied but also very oily and greasy at times and just didn't sit right with me.

Overall, this could be a good brew if some things were changed up a bit. I have a can of Dale's Pale Ale in the fridge and am hoping it's better than this one, which wasn't bad but just didn't hit the mark for me.

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Photo of frazbri
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Chub poured clear mahogany topped by a tall, thick, light tan head. It had a sweet aroma of maple, vanilla, and orange sherbet. Flavors notes of toffee and butterscotch were balanced with a little tartness and bitterness. Body was in the middle range with medium-low carbonation.

Old Chub is a malty, flavorful beer. Bitterness is just a minor player here. If you are a hophead, this won't make your top ten list. Don't let the can scare you, you're pouring it into a glass anyway.

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

It came to me a dense mahogany, ruby in lighter spots. A finger of light tan head soon dwindled to a film of froth. Lacing was liberal inside the glass.

The aroma was rich with the sweetness of roasted malt, wafting caramel and a lighter note of cocoa. Also, way in the back, was the merest feather of smokey peat.

Upon sipping, the malt came fast and heavy, strongly sweet and washing along swirls of caramel, toffee, and a lesser eddy of light chocolate. The center was wound around a rather gentle bit of alcohol, along with an understated peat character. The finish dried nicely, with the hops sensed on the palate more as a sensation than a flavor. It's quite simple, a well-blended malty scotch beast.

Medium bodied, it felt heavier still due to the syrupy malt sweetness, and do coated softly.

The aroma set the stage for some serious malt assault, and the flavor came through. In no way complex, it used the KISS method to deliver a sweet, malt-bomb experience that was pretty much nothing but enjoyable. The hops were there as behind the scenes mitigators, and did their job admirable. It went down hella smooth, and welcomed an encore. Though, the ABV is quite well disguised, and I could see an issue for the uninitiated. It may step off the reservation a bit style-wise, but it's well worth it. Good beer in a can...this is a trend one has to like.

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

Nearly opaque ruby-rimmed dark walnut that becomes uniform dull maroon when backlit. The several finger golden caramel-colored head is thickly creamy and looks great atop the beer. As it melts, the foam leaves behind solid sheets of lace that aren't sticky enough to last, but look good while they do. This one looks the part.

It smells the part too. Equal parts chocolate and dark caramel, this is unquestionably a malt-first beer. It smells darker and richer than most Scottish Ales, but not as dark and as rich as most Scotch Ales. Tough to appreciate the 'dash of' beechwood-smoked malt that the brewery has included. I hope that smoke will be more of a contributor on the palate.

Old Chub is much more of a lighter end of the spectrum Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy than it is a Scottish Ale. Plenty of malt on hand with chocolate-covered toffee flavors leading the way. It's a little brown sugary as well without much of a molasses vibe. There are a few tendrils of smoke, but no hint of tangy peat. Perhaps Oskar would have been better off using some peat-smoked malt (and even more beechwood-smoked malt).

The beer is sweeter and stickier than expected; not necessarily a negative. Hops don't provide much of any flavor--perhaps a mild earthiness--but they do their best to counter sweet with a modicum of bitter. This is unquestionably tasty beer, but it lacks the depth and complexity that the very best versions of the style possess. Very little evidence of the 8% ABV.

Like the flavor, the body is light Scotch Ale rather than Scottish Ale. It's medium-full in the mouth thanks to all the malt sugar, but doesn't quite hold its structure all the way through the finish. A little chubbier yet would be ideal. There's an enjoyable mouthcoating stickiness and an 'active without being too active' degree of carbonation.

Even though Old Chub isn't as good as Dale's Pale Ale (relative to style), it's still the best Scottish/Scotch Ale that one is likely to find in a can. I'd like to see a more complex flavor profile before I jump on the Old Chub bandwagon with both feet, but if I was a camper, I'd load up on both this beer and Dale's so that my malt moods and my hops moods would be equally well-covered.

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Photo of johnniemarg
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red-caramel color. Huge 2 inch head. This actually had foam coming out of the can as soon as I popped it, so maybe I handled it too aggressively. Beautiful lacing. (Note: often a head like this results in a flat beer and that is definitelty not the case here now that I've been drinking it.)

The smell is all caramel. Not a burnt caramel smell or a citrus malt smell, but just a rich butterscotch/caramel. Smells great.

Maybe the tastiest scottish ale I've ever had. A very rich, very buttery caramel, with a mild and very tasty alcohol finish. I can't stress enough how buttery and rich the flavor is. Aweomse. There's a peaty (hops?) flavor as well, reminding me of my favorite single malts scotches (Lagavulin, Talisker, etc.).

Mouthfeel is a nice and thick, full bodied, the soft but full carbonation making it very creamy and warming throughout due to the alcohol content.

I am kicking myself for not having tried this before. I will be stocking up on this stuff at every chance. The verdict is in now that I'm half way through this- hands down the best scottish ale I've ever had. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't sure what to expect from this one when I spotted it in the store, seeing that it's a canned Scottish ale, maybe the only one of its kind. Taking a chance on a six pack, it proved to be decent enough. Not the best but not bad by any stretch. I tried it both from the can and poured into a pint glass, and the glass is certainly better though the can is serviceable. The nose is caramel and malty as might be expected. The taste of roasted malt combined with a little smokiness upfront makes for a nice flavor profile, but it ends up just a little too sweet. Not sure if I could drink a few of these in a row, but one or two are quite agreeable.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very exciting to see Oskar brew in North Carolina and even better that I saw it yesterday in my local grocery store. First time I had an Oskar beer was at the World Beer festival in Durham while I had this one Saturday at the Hickory Hops festival. Also, hear these guys have been visiting the local beer supporters in this state. In other words, I'm showing a strong support for this brewery, and the great beers have helped in the decision.

Nice Coca Cola color and malt characteristics.

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Photo of granger10
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a dark brown to deep red color with a smaller tan head and moderate lacing. Smokey nose with a bit of a cocoa edge to it. Slight scotch alcohol burn. Taste has more of that cocoa powder maltyness in it. There's an intensity of malt flavors up front. Lots of variation of chocolates in here. Sweet honey bread taste and dark fruits compliment the chocolate. An earthy hoppy flavor and peat smoke slip in. Not too strong but they add another element to the flavor profile. Finish is a bit smoky, slightly alcoholic tasting, but still quite sweet and more caramelly. This is dessert in a can. I would love to have this while out on Lake Michigan or golfing.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Chub

Appearance- thick reddish black with a head that overflowed the glass. Extreme lacing and the head lasted til the last sip.
Smell- peat moss, fresh cut grass, and burnt caramel malt.
Taste- sweet smokey/ burnt caramel malt with an equal balance of prune/ raisin/ cherry flavor.
Mouthfeel- Very thick and sweet up front but tapering of to a fruity sweet creaminess.

Overall- The best, if not only, Scottish Ale in a can. For a canned beer this is phenomenal! I think this beer should be poured in a glass and drank. Good sipping beer!

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Photo of AndrewCrestline
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I would have to say this was quite a bit darker than I thought it would be. When she brought me a 20 glass of very dark ale I was very happy. I think that the smell was a great indicator of what I was in store for. It had a rich coco smell with a very earthy undertone. When I drank the first beer I thought that the legs where very nice considering the low carbonation for this beer. As I drank the second one I noticed how boozy this beer is. I had just started my second when I felt a little buzz. I will be going back soon for another.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker than I expected, but a dark, opaque color that was very appealing. Rich texture to it. Medium head.

S: Light roasted smell, like coffee. A lot of depth to it.

T: Rich notes of chocolate or coffee. Strong but not overpowering. Could really taste the grain in it, too, which is what I like about this style. Slight bitter finish that didn't show up until halfway through the pint. The bitterness balanced well with the sweetness of the grain and coffee.

M: Slightly creamy texture. Rolled nicely on the tongue. Poured at the perfect temperature for an early spring evening.

D: Great for heavy sipping. I went back to the pub the next evening and ordered another Old Chub.

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

I found this surprise at Oak Knoll public golf course here in Salem being sold in 12 oz. aluminum cans. I poured mine into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a deep amber with big craggy head that let great, large bubbled lacing down the side of the glass. Nose was big brown sugary malt. Excellent smelling beer. Upon trying the first sip, the temperature at which the beer was sold to me manifested itself as being too cold. I waited five minutes...

The beer improved after warming. The flavors were big malts with a subdued smokiness among them. The alcohol slowly makes its way to the service.

Notes: A high quality scottish ale available in a can. If berweries more breweries were willing to start putting their products in cans, the stigma that follows cans might finally start to wane.

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

This beer was a deep, intense clear ruby-red with a dense, creamy one-finger head. Very nice.

Aroma was of rich darker malts, hints of roasted malts and a mild smokiness being apparent.

Taste was of rich dark malts, with a nice light roasted malt aftertaste. No bitterness to speak of... and of course, no hop character.

Mouthfeel was smooth, and it felt much more carbonated than it looked.

Drinkability was pretty good. A nice quality beer, and as the brewer believes, if you put a good quality beer in a can, you'll get a good quality beer out.

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Photo of nickss
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect upon pour. Deep dark brown in colour, with a 1" resilient beige rocky head. Tons of lacing... fabulous.

Huge chocolate tones. Much larger than I was expecting from this style. Lots of nuttiness and roasted malt. A smooth caramel is also perceptable. If this tastes anything like it smells and looks, it will be a winner.

Big rich nutty taste and large mocha tones dominate this brew. While not as complex as I could have wanted, it is still quite nice.

Big, thick and chewy. Low carbonation levels.... just immensely thick and creamy.

The drinkability is impaired somewhat by its thickness, but as for quality, this one is a new favourite. The 8% is nowhere to be found amid the rich tones of this brew. Absolutely stellar.

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Photo of marinobrew
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Oscar Blues is outstanding!
This is a well balanced scotch wee-heavy ale.
Appearance is deep mahogony with some red hues, the head is a tightly laced off-white to light tan head, but it dissipates quicky. Leaves thick lacing in the glass.
Nose is subtle with blends of sweet caramel malts light smoke, and chocolate.
Mouth feel is smooth and medium thick. Big flavors are structured over a medium carbonation. There are hints of chocolate, cashews, coffee, and licorice in this glass. You are relaxed with a soft chest warming from the alcohol, a lingering soft bitter and coating on the tongue. Smooth as silk!
I cannot believe this is in a can.

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Photo of seedee17
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice suprise to find a craft beer in a can other than a nitro-type ale. But the fact that it comes in a can is not that important when compared to the quality of the brew. The color of the beer is a deep brick red, with a nice tan head that sticks around until the end of the beer. A huge aroma of roasted malty caramel, cocoa, and a hint of alcohol to let you know this is a fairly big beer. Great flavors you'd expect from a quality Scottish ale, sweet smoky malts, with a little bit of a tang, alcohol is pretty well hidden. I look forward to bringing these on campouts

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown color with a tan head that leaves some wands of lacing here and there

Smell: Extremely malty, with wafts of burnt toast and smoke arising from the brew

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit flavor that builds in complexity after the swallow and becomes very smoky and chocolatey with a touch of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Once it warms up, this beer displays all of its complexities; very nice

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try of a Oskar Blues brew new to NC.Poured a nice rich clear burgundy with a tight creamy slight off white one finger head that had some lasting power.When first poured the aromas seemed muted but after a minute nice caramel and chocolate infused fruity aromas started to stick out with a hint of smoke.True to form flavors for the style in my opinion,quite fruity and caramelly sweet,a sugar cookie typ flavor came on with a semi sweet chocolate note,finishing with a hint smoke.I think a good stab at a Scottish ale more like a wee heavy in its alc% and bigger chewey mouthfeel,very well done.

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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