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RATINGS: 1972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4156) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 Can. Dark brown; nearly opaque, with a medium head that settles into a small ring that leaves some lace. Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee and slight smoked herb. Flavor is big: dark chocolate, charred wood, sweetened coffee, earthy-tingly herbs, and some slight acidic twinges. The advertised "whisper of smokiness" in the finish is highly accurate, and along with some nice bittering hop, balances the big roasted malt flavors well. Palate is medium-bodied, smooth and dry. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2007
A wonderful, warming beer to enjoy by the fireside on those chilly, raw, dark and nasty winter nights....a cockle-warmer for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
12 oz can. Pours cola-brown with a thin tan head that laces the glass nicely. The aroma captured me with its sweet and roasty malts. The taste continued with creamy sweetness and roast, balanced nicely with just enough bittering hops to avoid a cloyingly sweet brew. It all covers the alcohol well. I’m surprised I like this beer, but I do!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
Seductive aroma of caramel, chocolate, smoked malt and a burnt feeling that reminds me of molasses. The pour reveals a murky dark brown color with a thick, diminishing tan head. The flavor focuses on sweetness and malt, there’s a caramel and chocolate combo with smoked malt and again that burnt feeling. This fine scotch ale has a medium body and oily texture while the carbonation is gentle. I like the fact that this beer is very sweet but doesn’t feel sticky, it’s one of my favorite scotch ales brewed in the USA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1899) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Had this beer at the All Colorado Beer Fest on 11/10/2007. Aroma is a nice roasted malt scent. Color is a deep dark brown with very good carbonation and a thin tight head. Taste comes on with a medium body that goes down smooth with a sweet smokey malt flavor and ends with a very faint hop flavor and bitterness. I am not a big fan of Scotch Ales but this is a tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Can! Nose is lots of chocolate and a touch of fresh roasted coffee beans. Pours a nice cola-like brown with a steady head. Fantastic flavor, chocolate-heavy sweetness with some smoke and caramel in the finish. A really fantastic brew. Full bodied but not too heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Has hintso f cocoa, caramel, spices, and roasted malts. Finishes creamy like a typical Oskar Blues brew. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
Dark ruby beer with a lasting off-white head. Heavy malty aroma, from grainy pale malt to darker roast malts, with some wood, and a hint of smoke. The dark malts and smoke dominates the flavour which is rather sweet. As much as I hate to repeat the marketing speech, there is indeed an aftertaste similar to a good whisky. After half the can, the combination of sweetness and roast/smoked malt becomes too much for me

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Can. Dark brown, almost black pour. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. The flavor is not as impressive as the smell, but still quite nice. The dark fruit, sweet chocolate, some roasted bitterness, smokiness, and some hop bitterness follow. Sort of strange finish for the style; I think because of the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Can. Dark brown color, tan head. Robust malty chocolate aroma. Syrupy boiled down flavor. Smoky wood character with some thick roasted chocolate flavors. Lots of melanoidin. Good with spicy beef and cheddar cheese. Real good for canned beer.

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