StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Absolutely beautiful as it chugs out from the can, filling in as deep mahogany with safire accents and a creamy, well-retained, foamy tan head. Cherishing aroma dabbles in peat, jerky briefly held in burlap bags, honey roasted peanuts, dry milk chocolate, caramel coursing through brown sugared pralines and hints of crème brûlée pudding. Cocoa butter takes a brisk aluminum flagpole lick to kick off the flavor. Greasy caramel lozenges partially spiced with cinnamon and pepper. Smoked peat plays out with a flavor akin to the damp bottom of a grain bag residing on a rain-sodden barnyard floor. Slight accent of smoked ham. Chocolate covered Werthers originals and Rolos staying in the Christmas stocking over the off-season. Fairly flavorful array that covers the palatary playing field, but a touch thin in the liquid’s recession. That being said, this is the caramel-chocolate-smoked malt show. Cola contributions and smoke roasted (unsalted) walnuts bring up the rear, paired with aluminum, pinching spice accents and dry chocolate shavings.
NachlamSie (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 draught. Man, this is extra red with an off-white head. The aroma is of ridiculously thick caramel, a little oak, and maple syrup. Old Chub shows excellent balance of the elements of chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, etc. while not becoming overly sweet somehow. It finishes much like a smooth burboun.
[Sep 30, 2013]
Another six pack, this one only $7.20 from the liquor store across the way. Ever since that Halloween parade in Atlanta a few years ago, Old Chub has fallen out of my favor. It’s okay, but there is a distinct cola and metallic quality that bring me down. It becomes sticky rapidly. Decent beer, a great value, but not something that I pour into a glass and savor anymore.
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not my favorite beer, but a very malty canned concoction with excellent intangibles. Though I wanted to try this version before getting into the Dale’s Pale Ale because of the oddity of it all, I suspect I’ll like the other better. High alcohol content in this brew is well-disguised; though very sweet I expected a bit thicker flavor from it.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes from the Trivia Pub. Pours a deep copper color. The aroma is full of caramel malt...butterscotch comes to mind...very sweet aroma. Butterscoth also comes to mind in the flavor..super, super sweet malt and perhaps some chocolate malt as well. Full body, a bit clumpy over the tounge at points...thick sweet finish. A pretty good beer, a tad sweet for the style...I would’ve like to have seen a but more dryness...maybe a bit of bitterness somewhere.
mike4aker (27) - USA - MAY 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoy this beer. It’s got a hint of coffee and has a sweet aftertaste. It pours dark brown and has a creamy brown head.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mahogany chestnut color with no head and easily stirred up carbonation. There is a sweet malt aroma, light smoke with dark fruit undertones. The flavor, along with dark fruit, has caramel light chocolate hints and a bit of smoke. Nice creamy sticky full body. A nice brew.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4294) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 This beer has become a staple of my beer fridge. Sampled from a 12 oz can this beer poured a very dark brown color with a large dark brown head. The aroma is roasty with elements of chocolate, molasses, and maple syrup. The mouthfeel is thick. The flavor is roasty malts with chocolate, strong floral hops, molasses, a hint of coffee and a tangy sour finish. Very malty and quite enjoyable. Excellent.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Didn’t enjoy this one as much as the Dale’s Pale Ale, but, as the guy at Sam’s Quickshop said, it’s more of a style-prefernce. I’m a bigger fan of pale ales than I am of scotch ales, no question. This is an excellent example of the style however. Very sweet, caramelly, and some smokey malts. Lively palate, but not overly carbonated. This beer complements a sharp cheddar or gouda cheese like no other.
HogTownHarry (5916) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can (12oz). The legendary "chub" - here goes. Opened with a flat-sounding "snik" but poured a nice deep murky mahogany with a solid lasting tan creamy head. Solid scotch ale aroma of nutty roast malt, chocolate, caramel, light leafy hops, very earthy, maybe a touch mild. Tastes the same with the added beneit of bready yeast and light sweet spice, heavy on the caramel/brown suger deep roasted malt sweetness, the alcohol’s there too - mouthfeel is thick, caramelized, lightly carbonated, almost like syrup with a nice long sweet malty finish. Imagine grabbing a six-pack of THIS when you wanted at the 7-11. I can only imagine, because I can only buy my alcohol from the Gubmint here in Ontario ...
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub, 4/13/06: Very dark brown with a medium-to-strong cooked brown sugar flavor. Roasty finish. Bit thin, yet this is a heavy drinker. It’s too warm outside!