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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 assurbanipaul
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque hickory with a thin head that settles to a ring in minutes. Aroma is sweet, maple syrup and liquid smoke, faint mocha with a little butter and a dark gingerbread presence.

Taste is malty and peaty. Lots of smokey, caramel, woody flavors, some bourbon elements. More on the sweet side, with an impression of hot cinnamon bun flavors of brown sugar, toffee and raisins (but without the cloyingly sweet glaze). Lots of layers in the flavor profile, but no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium almost to heavy, a little flat. This is like drinking liquid wood -- I imagine this is what a 200-old cherrywood wardrobe would taste like. Me likey. Me want more.

Packaged in a 12-oz aluminum can that wouldn't look out of place in the cola aisle. Never judge a book...

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Photo of JISurfer
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Chub eh? Sounds more like a... Actually this is the best beer I've had out of a can. This far surpassed my expectations. I was expecting something bland and average, nothing too bold. What I got was a beer with a very strong malt backbone and alcohol kick. The smell was just as you would expect with a strong Scottish Style, a little smokey, big malt, some light peat, and an alcohol tinge. All in all a great beer. It's definately one of the more drinkable of this style. Don't know if it would be a good conversion beer, but it would be a good beer to give to someone who's looking to expand their palate a bit. I just wish SC would get rid of this stupid cap law, so we could get it down here.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent dark brown with a large off white head. Sticky bubbles and a stubborn 1/8 inch head remains. Smell is smoky chocolatey malts with a little raisin or prune mixed in. Sweet chocolate and mild alcohol throughout the taste, with a long sweet finish. Mouthfeel seems a bit light for such a sweet brew. Drinkability is not bad, the ABV is a bit high for session work. Gotta try one.

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

poured a very deep brawon color with some reddish highlights. Massive tannish puffy long-lasting head. Beautiful lacing ont the side of the glass. Smell is a complex (and superb) moxture of caramel, chocolate (biitter), toffee, coffee, and dark fruits (figs, dates). Very nice. Taste is roasted malt all the way. Medium sweet, as it should be. Very creamy in the mouth and it touches the tongue as smooth as velvet. Finishes with a nice mild dryness and is the perfect ending for this beer. Hides the alcohol very well. I would almost consider this to be more like a Wee Heavy. Excellent first-rate beer.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Looks more like a stout or porter to me. Super dark, just the tiniest bit of reddish/brown hues. The head is thin and biege, leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted malt aromas mix with light English hops, grains, and some yeast notes as well. Chocolate, cocoa, caramel, and molasses notes throughout.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Smooth caramel and roasted malt greet the toungue immediately. They're followed by nice chocolate and coffee type flavor, with hop bitterness starting to shine through. It finishes clean, with a nice lingering hop flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, creamy and full.

Drinkability and Overall: While I wouldn't label it a scottish ale, this is a killer brew. Whatever style you give it, it's a highly drinkable and tasty brew. Go for this, not the Dave's Pale Ale. Yes!! CRAFT BEER IN A CAN!!

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Photo of skynxnex
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola redish color. Very dark with red glowing through. Nice tan head that's all gone by the end.

Smell is toasty, roasty, and smokey goodness. The taste is mostly roasted malt with some hop bitterness. The bitterness of the the roasted malt is nicely balanced by tons of sweetness too. It feels nice in the mouth. But, man, is this beer drinkable. You never could guess it's 8%. Like Dale's Pale Ale, it's an amazing beer from a can. Very, very nice.

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

Unlike the Dale's Pale I decided to pour this one into a proper glass, and I'm glad I did. Incredible red tones with great malty aromas. Mouthfeel was wonderful and chewy.

The taste was good, with malt overwhelming any hop balance. Drinkability was good with the novelty of the can being over-taken by quality.

A good, drinkable scotch ale that I will certainly enjoy again.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a very deep and dark ruby, forming a small and quickly receding soapy light tan head. Lacing is sparse. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is of rich figs, dates, a wisp of smoke, vanilla, caramel, apples, and chewy amber malts. Floral hops are there, but mild. Toast and black walnut linger in the background are coaxed with a swirl. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and semi-dense. The flavor is as I remember it at the brewery...lots of amber malts with apple esters, caramel, toast, a touch of smoke and unfortunate soap. Bitterness is mild but herbaceous hops linger into the aftertaste with the caramel malts. The only fault of this beer is the soapy finish which tends to hang on the palette and hampers the drinkability (although I love smoked beers, the soap interferes with the smoke flavor creating an unpleasant mixture). This particular soapiness reminds me of all the Tommyknocker brews I had on tap. I bet they use the same malt, whatever it is.

The finest canned beer I've had, but that doesn't say alot when compared to the competition. Good stuff and I have to give credit to a small local brewery who pushes the packaging envelope, especially considering it's ABV.

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Pours dark as molasas amber, Minor tan head and some blotchy lacing left behind. Nose is richly of peaty, sweet malt. This is a rich, flavorful scottish ale. Bold, full flavor and tasty. Fine brew indeed out of a can. Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth, with a long soft finish. Well worth a try and at 8% this one packs a punch as well. Nicely done Oskars!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from Whole Foods-Annandale/Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head above the dark, deep burgundy brown brew. Head fades rather quickly to an uneven layer of bubbles, with minimal lacing. Aroma is dark hearty malts, with a smokey peat tinge running through it, and alcohol apparent. Taste is just what I would expect from a Scottish-style ale. Smoke and dark malts upfront, a grain husky heartiness to it all, and then sliding into the lightly fruity alcohol notes. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great on this one. Wow, this was in a can?

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Photo of bultrey
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an aluminum can transported to NYC from Seattle's Bottleworks beer store. Poured into a pint glass, a very dark, almost opaque brown, with a thin head that recedes to almost nothing. Smells like maple brown sugar. Tastes like more of the same, toasted brown sugar and a little bit of smoke, as well as a bit of Tootsie roll-like cocoa powder. SLightly dry and bitter finish, but malt is the master here. Mouthfeel, like the Dale's Pale Ale, falls a bit short, but for this style it works a little bit better. Another impressive canned brew from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can with a tight light brown head settling over clear dark reddish brown liquid. The nose is dark chocolate some sweet and roasted maltiness behind it. Taste is heavy on sweet malt,mild molasses, chocolate, light hoppiness and some alcohol all wrapped within a viscuous mouthfeel. Finishes slightly smoky, delicious!

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with a slight red hue. Decent retention of the tan head with spotty lacing.
Smell is of chocolate, smoked peat, caramel, along with cocoa powder dusting.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, and well balanced. Nicest beer out of a can I've had.

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

It pours a translucent dark brown color with orange highlights and a more than two-finger dense tannish head. Looks damn fine...

Aroma is mostly cocoa and caramel malt with hints of smoke and maybe some dried figs. It is straightforward yet also provokes anticipation.

The palate is wonderful- the smoked malt is much more pronounced and the chocolate malt takes on a secondary role. Mouthfeel, residual sugars and bitterness are all in perfect harmony.

I do wish for a touch more complexity but this is still a very well put together and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed a couple evenings later. Poours a half-finger light tan head over a very dark red/mahogeny liquid. Crystal clear. Smells dark rich careml and chocoalte. Tastes potently caramel with a little bit of sour. Some chocolate and dates. Alcohol sting in the finish that persists into the after-taste. Md body and over carbonated.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How cool! Non-crappy beer in a can!

Nary a "pfft!" when this one opens. Sounded like there was no carbonation in this one at all. Pours a very dark ruby-brown in color. Minimal head. Aromas are certainly sweet. Lots of caramel, sugary toffee, maybe some dark fruits as well. Touch of ETOH. Some smoke. Complex. Flavor is tasty. Again, lots of sweetness here, with a good Heath bar impersonation. Bit of warmth in the belly at the end. Thinner than expected but not enough to turn up my nose. Who would ever have thought a canned beer would get a 4 in drinkability? Here's a good beer for tailgating before the football game. Screw those macors in their plastic bottles.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am in love. A wee heavy in a a can. Trips to Sandy Hook will never be the same. I found a new surf-fishing companion.

Pours a deep chocolate with a three finger tan head. Leaves plety of lacing.

Aroma is sweet malts and some floral hops. Muted earthy notes and fruity yeast.

The taste is sweet malt that dries to a hop finish. There is alittle smokiness to givre it depth and interest but not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is creamy and full. Coats the tougue and throat with a malty elixir as it is consumed.

I am running out today to stock up on this puppy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues' Old Chub pours a clear, very dark mahogany body with glimmering ruby highlights beneath a full head of creamy tan foam that slowly dwindles to a wide collar. The nose suggests cocoa and a touch of roastiness with the initial whiff, and then some darker chocolate and a mild fruitiness appear. It's full bodied and creamy-smooth across the palate with a restrained carbonation. The flavor is richly malty with notes of chocolate-flavored toffee, caramel, a hint of coffee, and more dark chocolate. The bitterness is restrained, but firm enough to balance it; and it's never cloying. A touch of bitterness and some mild roastiness linger in the finish along with a note of peat-smoked malt. Overall, it may be a bit chocolatey, but other than that, this wee heavy is dead on! Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When it pours from the can, the stream looks like cola... as it hits the glass, it look a lot like the Tilburg I just had, but darker. Very clean, very clear, a storng ruby/mahogany colour with some orange at the edges. Head is tan, patchy (tighter and looser bubbles), and just about a finger. Head disintegrates slowly, leaving very thick lace climbing the glass.

Smell is deep, thick, pungent malty goodness, with alcohol right smack in the middle. It's infused with some spicy hop.

The flavour starts with a thick, dark sweet chocolatey maltiness- not quite cloying, but it definitely grabs onto you. It's rather woody, and a spiciness grows up out of it. It's not an overt hop spiciness, but almost a licorice-like spiciness. Very nice, but not the best I've had

The dominant thing in the mouthfeel is the carbonation. It starts of tight, drops out to reveal the thick liquid, then comes back looser and bigger. It then stays to the end. I expected something a bit bigger and rounder.

Despite a few shaky bits, this one os not bad, and I could easily make a session out of it. Granted, at 8%, it may be a shorter session than some others... :)

Be well

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Photo of ericsdawson
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

delightfully suprised by this canned beauty. 1 finger of caramel colored head on dark brew with a faint amber glow. head goes down to a thin bubbly layer. i smell chocolate, caramel and toasted malts. carmel sweetness comes out first with a little bitterness in the end to balance. after it warms up a little, it becomes thick, smooth and perfectly carbonated.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and complex, yet decently smooth, this is a winner. I drank this one on a boiling hot day and liked it. I imagine I'd appreciate the complexity (chocolate, coffee, and on, and on) more on a cold day, but I'm not complaining. This is really well made. It's not trying any smoke and mirror tricks by overwhelming drinkers with certain tastes. It's kind of subtle in its way. There are a nice amount of hops for such a rich, malty beer. Awww, just try it. I don't know what else to say.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good Scotch Ale in a can. Weird name, odd package. This pours a dark, but clear, mahongany body with ruby accents when held to the light. One inch beige head holds well, and some impressive patchy lace is left behind.
Malty aroma, with lots of toffee and caramel burnt accents in the nose. Some subdued, charred malt aromas aren't quite peat, but close.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation enlivens a medium body, with a faint tin metallic note.
Taste is of a well mannered Scottish Ale. Caramel and toffee malt dominate, with some distinctively smoky, fired, grain. Hop bitterness balances just right, but is not immediately identifiable. Alcohol is cleverly concealed throughout. Finish is malty, with a touch of campfire smoke.
This is an excellent American rendition of a strong Scottish Ale. Tasty, and quite drinkable. I'm impressed with the smoked maltiness and masked abv. More impressed, that this comes out of a can.

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

Its great to see the Oskar beers now appearing in Oregon.
Bought this tonight and hurried home with great expectations.
Very attractive looking beer out of the can, dark chesnut brown with a large creamy/bubbly off white head,..that shrinks in a few minutes but leaves a gorgeous lace down the glass.
Very nice malty aroma, mostly caramel style, hint of smoke.
Wow this is a really nice American try at a Scotch Ale ( ok,ok most Scotch ales are American now!)Wondefully sweet and malty with flavours of dark fruits, blackberries, winey in some aspaects and finishes up with a nice smokey aftertaste.Very well done.
Good on the palate , quite smooth and the alcohol is not noticable.
Over all a fine beer..best ever ina can. Will have again.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ruddy-faced amber. thinnish froth (if you must pour) that doesn't say much before good-bye. This is a malt bomb. Dried fruit caramel. Jam-covered toast points. This would raise my kilt once, but I wouldn't dance around kicking up my knees over it. Bit smoky, toasty and warming. Almost too sweet. Old Chub in a can... This would be really nice on a late summer camping trip.

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Photo of mrgrandefromage
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer! Drank from the can, so appearance rating is dead center. Hey, they went to alot of trouble to get it into the can, so why not use it? Also their little blurbs on the can lead one to believe they intend for you to enjoy it from the can. Hard to get a read on the nose through the little hole in the can, but I did detect some sweet malt and caramel. The taste is incredible - chocolate, coffee, toffee, sweet malt syrup...not really scotch ale territory in my opinion, but hey. Pleasantly thick in the mouth, almost comforting. I found this to be very drinkable - a dangerous trait in a beer with 8 abv. Go git yo' self some.

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Old Chub - Scottish Style Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 5,268 ratings
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