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RATINGS: 1948   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a dark brown that looks ruby when you let light through it. Tan head. Nose is heavy caramel with a touch of a peaty tone. Flavor is sweet with a touch of smokey background. Feel is good. Slightly sticky, but smooth. Pretty drinkable, though the level of sweetness (I think) detracts from it just a little bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
fine offering from this great brewer. Malty for sure, but also more burnt flavors than I was expecting. Smokey for sure, and very enjoyable...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11259) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
Can. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Redamber colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Powerfull bitter flavor with licorice notes. Long really nice finish. Creamy palate. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2412) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2007
On tap at Zeno’s. Pours a dark amber color with a beige creamy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit and malts. Taste is sweet and malty with a dark fruit presence and a light chocolaty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (860) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - SEP 5, 2007
Clear dark, reddish brown with a solid beige head. Very malty aroma of grain, cocoa and a wee bit of smoke. Flavour is sweet and also has elements of cocoa/chocolate along with roasted malts and a nice bitterness supplemented by a light smokiness. A very nice beer indeed, though not overly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2007
Mørkebrun øl. Duft af Chokolade og karamel og let humle. Smag af røg, chokolade, bitter sød karamel. Eftersmag er røget og tør. Udemærket øl. Super duft i starten der dog aftager. For meget whiskey eftersmag til mig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (523) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Pours dark mahogony with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet malt with molasses. Flavor is also sweet, but is nicely balanced by some hop bitterness. Roasted flavors come in late. The alcohol is very well hidden. A good Scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
A sweet molasses like aroma, some malt, mohagony, pours a small toffee head, some lace. Taste is roasted malt, brown sugar. Light bodied, balanced,sweet, bitter. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Pours very dark, deep amber. Scotch ale taste right from the start, but not overwhelmingly so. Finishes very clean, & can taste the malt influence throughout. I’d go w/the smoky flavor others have listed, but not so far as "peaty." Can catch some of the alcohol in the aroma, but they hide the 8% very well. Probably the only scotch ale I’d buy on a regular basis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Date: July 09, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: dark with ruby highlights, solid head
Aroma: rich malty aroma with a bit of roasted and lots of smoked malts
Flavor: rich malt flavor, great smoked character, lots of rich chocolate, a nice amount of balancing sweetness, big smokey peat is the dominant character to the end
Overall: excellent

Date: November 21, 2005
Mode: can
Appearance: dark with ruby highlights, whispy tan head
Aroma: sweet malty aroma with a touch of smokey peat and fruit
Flavor: rich malt flavor, nice touch of peat that grows as it warms

Date: October 23, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac decatur
Aroma: sweet and smokey dark caramel aroma
Flavor: picking up a lot more sweet dark caramel malt flavor

Date: January 10, 2012
Mode: nitro
Source: tmac kennesaw
the nitro brings out a bigger sweeter character but it is still well balanced by the smokey peat, maybe too sweet, I like nitro but it does not work as well in this case,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

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