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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours deep reddish-brown with a two-finger beige head. Aroma of thick toffee, caramel, and peaty smoke. The flavor is mostly sweet, with that smokiness coming in toward the middle The end is peaty and alcoholic. A tad too sweet, but otherwise excellent; more smoky and less caramel-ish malt flavors would make it incredible. Cloyingly creamy mouthfeel.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2006
02.28.06 12oz can. Deep chestnut brown with ample and thick tan head that lasts and laces stickily. Aroma is a big kick of yummy peat and wood smoke and sticky-sweet nutty malts. Itís way more smoky than I expected, thatís a pleasant surprise. But the beer doesnít seem to have a definite direction - itís very sweet and rather than being a showcase of its malts, seems more a simple conglomeration of many sweet malty flavors, not complex as advertised. Iím not going to lie, I am really enjoying the smoked malts, but the rest just seem to be getting in the way with all their caramel, toffee, taffy, and some unsettling mineral notes. Finishes with some slight cocoa and lacticity that combine to give a dusty driness out of left field. After all the near cloying sweetness of the beer, this ashy and dusty finish is not only out of place, but pretty unsettling. Boy, this stuff has some real highs and lows.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
On can at the EBF... Aroma:light caramel aroma.... Appearance:Dark brown,light brown head... Flavor:Strong carmale flavor,light bitterness,nutty and rosted malt...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgioviano (23) - kildeer, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
a friend picked up a sixer just because of the name...expected the worst, but was a solid beer. creamy with a roasty caramel flavor and a smooth finish

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Sample (can), EBF 2006. Clear, very dark mahogany with a lasting just-off-white head and bit of lace....nose is full-on caramel, sweet and burnt by turns, smoky and lightly herbal (oregano)....dry, woody, character initially in the body, with caramelized banana and oaky vanilla delightful at first, but....turns too dry and ashy, even somewhat dull and turgid at the finish...low-to-medium carbonation, average fullness of body. A nice beer, but somewhat disappointing given expectations.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9728) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Dark clear brown ale with a thick moka head. Sweet caramel aroma, with pleasant butterscotch and vanilla. In mouth, sweet malt with vious notes, warm alcohol, but a bot short in mouth. A novelty scotch in a can. Can at the CNY Brewfest 2006.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pinkzambia (1426) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2006
On Tap at Old Chicago (mall): Dark, dark borwn with a very small light brown head. The aromsa were surprising because I picked up a little smokieness, like a porter. The taste demonstrates some sweetness like cola with high carbonation. But, I wasnít as impressed - it just seemed to have a somewhat nasty and bland taste. So, its ok.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (4458) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
(Can) Sampled at the Central New York Brewfest in Syracuse on February 4, 2006. Iím sad to report that when I say it was the second time I hit the can today that it wasnít the toilets. I have no idea what this brewery is doing? Its poured from a can. Its a scottish lactic ale? Smokey, porterish and grainy? I donít think this beer has an identity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 This beer is just cool because itís in a can. Itís a decent scotch ale, but itís not my favorite style. Really creamy and malty with lots of caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This just blows me away that this brewrey churns out consistently great beers in a can. It must be because the succeeded so well with their stuff in bottles, and then just just transfered that knowledge into a can level product. Rich deep brown, with big malty aromas and flavors. Chocolate and caramel, a bit of honey, and some sweet almost floral hoppiness. Perfectly roasted with a nice smooth mouthfeel.


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