decaturstevo (5396) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep deep dark red/brown pour with a light tan lace. An aroma of raisins and burnt coffee come to mind for me. A flavor of rich toasted malty chocolate and the raisins. It has a very pleasant lingering after taste that reminds me some of a dried fruit drink not the gooy sweetness of dates but something like the juice would taste if you could make it. A full creamy rich mouth feel and excellent carboantion make this a very damn good beer.
Skinnyviking (7626) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Relatively small light brown head. Clear very dark red body. Roasted barley malt aroma with sweet caramel notes. Sweet and mild with a dry and hoppy aftertase. Low carbonation. The high alcohol percentage is very well hidden.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can (I hope this wave of canning beers is going to open up the floodgates for us to try more beers!) wow - deep brown (almost black) pour with a sweet malty smell really packs a punch with itís high alcohol/malty taste - slight smoky flavor balances well with the complex flavors within - vanilla, caramel, chocolate. Excellent (and I donít normally enjoy Scottish style ales).
WankerWeasel (18) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lil 12oz can pours up a nice deep brown colored liquid. Some light is allowed to penetrate in areas where itís thinner. Nice couple fingers of brownish frothy foam cover the top and slowly settle a bit. Great sticky layer of lace coats the walls of the glass as the foam settles. Big rich Scottish malt fills the nose right away. Hint of caramel and a touch of chocolate at the very end. Killer aroma. Big and bold. Maybe a hint of toffee in there too. Super smooth rich malty body. Slightly sweet caramel coating a touch of chocolate and cream. Smooth and silky on the tongue. Amazingly drinkable with a big and bold flavor. Picked up a sixer in Georgia for $6.99. In Wisconsin it runs $10.99 for a sixer. Kinda hard to swallow that Wisconsin price.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 12 oz bottle via JOHNyKAT (hey this guy sends me a package for no reason exept that he is cool..f%&$8ní hey!!!! thanks, mr kat YOU RULE!). Pours A DEEP DARK BROWN WITH A LARGE BEIGE HEAD. Nose is heavy chocolate malt(nuts), phenols, and yeast. Hmm, this is weird as it tastes like an easy drinking vanilla flavored porter but with much more going on...quite nice. Med body, low carbonation..i love this one but i dont like scotch ales, so whaT DOES THIS MEAN...?!!!!!! I DONíT really know, but i like this beer, it is good at 3 AM on an August night:=)
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bonus brew from someone)root beer looking body with a nice head that leaves webbing stuck to the sides of the glass.the aroma is a nice mix of chocolate,smoke,and caramel malt.the flavor mixes up the aroma along with some molasses and brown sugar.
bubbleflubber (1942) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Deep amber pour with a decent tan head and ring retention. Upon first notation, toffee and caramel jump up in the bouquet. This comforting sweetness only enhances the brew as it warms. Sweet toffee notes on the front of the palate, possibly some esters that shine through later in the pull. A deep roasted mid-palate adds woodiness and shapes the body. Some light alcohol peppers the back palate and intermingles with the perfect amount of smoked earthen bitters (about 8-10% of the back palate, just enough not to detract). Upon chewing the finish, there exists semi-sweet chocolates, adding complexity to the mouth. Honestly, one of the better Scotch ales Iíve had. Iím a sucker for this style, when itís brewed much like a barleywine.... sweet, complex and comforting. ////// UPDATE: On draft at the brewery in Brevard, NC, ON NITRO (although the recipe is the same) the nitro pour makes for a super creamy mouthfeel and a very soft palate to enjoy this semi-smokey sweet treat. Similar scotch and malty caramel makeup, the nitro pour really adds a nice touch to this nightcap.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Steveís Liquor Madison
Old Chub pours garnet with glowing mahogany highlights throughout when held to the light. A 2 finger tan head formed on the pour that eventually fell to a thick cap. Leaves drink lacing after each sip that slowly slides back into the body.
Dark aromas come from everywhere with this beer. Brown sugar, molasses, and sweetly roasted malts. Maybe even figs. Every now and then I catch a hint of smokiness. Chocolate abounds. As this beer warms the smokiness becomes more pronounced. Alcohol fumes rise on the finish. Very nice.
Flavor starts off with roasted maltiness and is quickly followed by unsweetened chocolate. A nice smokiness comes around mid palate and lasts through the finish. The smokiness is there but allows the other flavors room to work. Sweet creaminess on the finish. Very nice.
Medium bodied but as creamy as you could hope for. Mild carbonation with faint alcohol on the finish.
Iím usually not a huge Scotch ale kind of guy but I could easily tilt a few of these back in a sitting.
Old Chub is a high, high quality Scottish ale. Very enjoyable and easy drinking. Big flavors but in no way overwhelming. Excellent.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the kind of beer that would probably improve with some age, and while I am begining to trust cans a bit more, I am not sure I trust them for laying down beer for a year or two. That said, it is a fine ale when fresh.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Pours dark brown with a red hue. Frothy off white head and decent lacing. Malty aroma with a twist dark fruit. Silky mouth-feel with hints of smoke. Bitter finish. alcohol was well masked.