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RATINGS: 2042   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Old Chub is a Scottish style ale brewed with copious amounts of crystal and chocolate malts, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malts. While Dale's Pale Ale ("the best-tasting canned beer I've ever had," according to many brewers and beer experts) is a showcase of both hops and pale malts, Old Chub is a celebration of malts. The cola-colored beer features a dense, tawny head, a creamy mouthful and flavors of caramel, chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Complex and rich, it finishes with a whisper of smokiness that calls to mind a fine single malt scotch. Old Chub weighs in at 8 % alcohol by volume.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12719) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2008
330ml can (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Bitter and Sour 2008)
Good deep red, doughy head. Very malty aroma, some wet sheep. Very smooth and soft in the mouth. Massive roasty malty taste - some coffee. Very sticky. Quite authentic Scottish bent. Quite punchy, and with a decent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (969) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2008 Well, I guess this fits the deScription of a scotch ale but for my taste it’s just way to malty and seems unbalanced. Seems to lean towards being a porter at least a borderline one. I have no idea how to rate this one other than to say it’ll be good in chili come next year. Can’t punish it that bad though b/c it does fit the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Clear dark mahogany with a stable craft ale head of various bubble size and with lace. Floral caramel malt aroma with earthy and chocolate notes. Big bodied sweet and fortifying. Has a noticeable hop flavor mingled with dusty cocoa, toffee and smoke. Balanced bitterness. Quite the Americanized version of the style, big and bold upfront but perhaps lacking in follow through complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 Can, Kegs & Barrels, McKinney, TX. Pours a nice dark ruby with tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light chocolate. Flavor is light sweet dark roast, toffee, chocolate, caramel, some light peat smoke. Palate is full bodied with medium carbonation. Very nice!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2008
(Canned) Clear, very dark red with a small, lacy head. Caramely-malty aroma with somewhat burned feel. Very smooth, lightly burned flavor with some starchy-grainy feel. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. A decent scotch ale, but nothing very special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Dark mahogany, almost an opaque dark brown. Small cream colored head leaves small clumps of lace. Sweet and roasty malts. Roasted barley, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, fig, apricot and hints of banana and apples. Sweet toffee and caramel malt flavors predominate, but are pretty balanced by a dry roastiness and mild hop presence. Some banana and buttery diacetyl notes. Soft carbonation, medium bodied, not quite full to be rated higher. Drinks okay, if you’re in the mood for sweet and buttery caramalt pie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2008
12oz can, Courtesy of DeuceDeuceOU, taste is what wins this for me, straight from the fridge the beer is smooth and flavorful, then after it warms a bit out comes tons of carmel flavor with some subtle malt...Very good and no hint of 8% neither.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 12oz can. Pours a thin brown into a dark brown in the glass. Has a thin tan head which dissipated quickly. Smell is caramel malt. Taste is of caramel and malt as well. Mouthfeel is medium-to-thin with slight alcohol noticeable. Was not a bad scottish ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Can from Julio’s Liqour in Mass. Pours with a deep reddish-brown body topped by a thin, off-white head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a prominent peat note and an underlying roastiness that really shows through in the finish. Medium bodied, a bit tingly and slightly warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cavman (2) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2008 does not count
Nice malty/chocolaty aroma, pours a dark brown with redish tints if hel up to a light. Very nice malt flavor with a hint of chocolate and only slight roastiness, leaves a lingering smoky taste. More medium bodied than full, but overall an excellent beer for the malt lovers.

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