jgb9348 (5436) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great very dark brown coloured body with a nice sized brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, cherries, chocolate and even some strawberries! Medium-bodied; Chewy taste of nice roasted malt, strong chocolate, coffee, nuts and a very good dose of fresh fruit - both pit fruits and fresh fruits of cherries and apricots. Aftertaste is sweet, bitter, alcoholic and very warming. Overall, a very nice scotch - definitely worth trying...plus the can makes it that much better! I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 15-January-2008.
valpoaj (705) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown pour with the slightest of reddish tints. Thin off-white head. Flavor is roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavor is dominated by roasted malts, but also has the coffee and chocolate flavors, but all are very mellow and congeal together nicely! Bitter coffee on the after-palate. Nice level of carbonation and a nice mouthfeel...well above average for a Scotch Ale. A quality scotch ale (extra points for coming in a can!)
BigBeer45 (1390) - Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can, has a dark ruby pour with little brown and black mixed in, an off-white head appears which leaves lots of lacing, aroma of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar, and faint sweet fruit, some smoke peat aroma, cellar fragrances? Malt sweetness, coffee, some caramel, toffee, lots of toasted and roasted malt flavors, I thought I tasted some burnt malt flavor that was complimentary, hardly any hops in this brew, a very smooth drink, malt flavors linger at the finish, an ale with lots of malt flavor, has a creamy mouth feel and is full on the palate.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can from Plaza Liquor - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Has a lightly smoked malt aroma. Perhaps peat? Flavor is nice and malty but not sweet. Smooth mouthfeel with no lingering aftertaste. One of the better Scotch ales Iíve had.
DialSquare (3975) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
can. pours a dark brown w/ medium thick tan head. sweet aroma with caramel and roasted malt. nutty, oak and malt. very tasty.
kegoguinness (45) - Dodge City, Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
oh, if single malts tasted this smooth! There is a roastiness that cuts the sweet and improves this beer over other similar sugar tidal waves. The finish is a delicate competition between the tongue-tip sweet sensor, and a lingering light bitter dry at the thick end of the tongue. This is Caffreys meets a belgian dubbel and it works well.
malrubius (2424) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce can in pint glass. Deep dark reddish brown with lasting brown head and lotsa lace. Mild brown sugar, gingerbread, earth, and grass aroma. Sweet brown sugar, mild fruit, mild peaty flavor. Very mild bitterness. Seemed smokier when I had it last summer. Medium-full body and medium-low carbo. One of the best Scottish-style ales available, but not as amazing I had remembered it.
highibus (774) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown (mahogany) with a slight tan head. Aroma is heavy and sweet with some alcohol. Nice heavy palate perfect for the style. Flavor is sweet malt and almost an estery component. Really nice balance. I love this beer.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep burgandy color with tannish head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is nuts, cherries and a little bit of dough. Initially the flavor has a smoky aspect to it then the malts shine through with a nice balance of caramel and chocolate. Nice creamy texture. Medium bodied, overall the best canned Scotch Ale I have ever enjoyed.
islay (1998) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can. I picked this up in Madison, Wisconsin about four months ago. Nice, creamy, fruity aroma features chocolate-covered raisin, mocha, chocolate milk, craisin, plum, and caramel scents. Pours a translucent, leathery, dark brown with a maroon hue and a small to moderate amount of short-lasting beige head. Produces little lacing. Very sweet taste. Prune, chocolate liqueur, and fruitcake flavors. Alcohol noticeable but not overpowering. I donít perceive any smoke flavor. I do taste roasted malts, especially in the finish and dry aftertaste, but thatís natural in a beer this dark. The flavors are nice but not outstanding. Medium body. Smooth and creamy in the palate. Old Chub is a pleasant brew in a style that does not particularly appeal to me.