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RATINGS: 1978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2653) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Neato. My 2nd canned good beer today! Looked a deep garnet in the pour, but is a near opaque dark brown in the glass, with a large thick beige head. Aroma features the dark malts, with chocolate and to a lesser extent caramel, also a bit roasty. Flavor much the same, features a pleasantly dry roasted chocolate flavor, leading to a dry finish that is complemented by a leafy hop bitterness. They’ve done well to contain the potential sweetness of a beer like this without over-hopping it. Super!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Can from Beerlando. Mildly sweet aroma at first then turning into notes of molasses, some wet wood and a hint of piney hops. Pours a nice deep, rich dark brown with full amber highlights. Plenty of flavor and balanced nicely. Lots of sweet malt, a touch of smoke, molasses, toffee and a kiss of wood smoke. Medium to full bodied. Finishes rather dry at first turning into a linger smoked woodiness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1131) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Okay, so I’m the last guy on the block to try a good canned beer (Thanks for the push Jayb0). Decided to taste it in its element. No glass, just can. First sip seemed off, then a clean the top of the can. Next sip, wonderful. Smoky chocolate sweetness. Wait...molasses. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours a clear cola-colour with a creamy tan head that fades to a sudsy film, leaving behind rings of lacing that resemble those found in N2 beers. The nose is graced by rich chocolate and caramel malts with hints of roast and smoke. The flavour is incredibley rich and malty, blending bountifull dark chocolate, mocha, cola, oats, wood, and caramel. In the finish, the advertised suggestions of smoke comes through along with some bittering, earthy hops to balance out this malty monstrosity of a beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and drying, but the finish is lacking intensity of flavour, although the duration is good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Dark mahogany color with almost no head. Chocolate malts with a hint of roast and smoke in the aroma. Nice malty sweetness. Chocolate dominated with notes of roasted malt, dried fruits, and the lightest touch of smoke. Creamy and full bodied. A lingering dry smokiness in the finish with a touch of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2951) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Can Mahogany with full beige head. Great beer out of a can I must say. Rich slightly woody flavor. Big maly flavvoes with little bittering hops. Modest carbonation. Hard to go wrong with oskar blues.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4225) - 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.

4
   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.

3.7
   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!

3.9
   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.


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