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RATINGS: 1901   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Alder smoke aroma with some underlying alcohl notes. Glorious and deep red in color with a thick beige head. Chocolates and cherries dance around in this melangeof tastiness. Very creamy with some toasted butterscotch. Though not my favorite style this is quite well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Part of a beer and cheese tasting at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. The cheese was Asiago (12 month). Old Chub was a very deep amber colored beer and had a creamy tan head that was slow to diminish. The aroma was very smokey and I could detect the underlying alcohol. The smoke continued into the taste where it met up with some sweet malts. Very smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
Can. Pours a murky dark reddish-brown with lots of bubbles and a large lasting tan head. Slightly mild aroma of caramel malt, chocolate and a hint of smoke -- quite nice! Flavour starts smokey along with caramel malt , chocolate and alcohol and ends with a bitter finish -- quite flavourful. Medium bodied. A can eh? I’m a convert, this is surprisingly really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2006
deep mahogany body, very thin head. It is odd to see something I’m expecting to be good to come from a can. Nose is caramel, chocolate, malt, roasting marshmallows & more. This is what I want a scotch ale to smell like. When I take a sip I get coffeecake, brown sugar, caramel, more of that perfectly roasted marshmallow character, chocolate covered cherries. Finish is sweet but not overly so. I can’t think of another scotch ale - not even Robert The Bruce - that I’ve enjoyed so much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Can at the LI Beer Festival. One of my favorite brews from the festival. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Nice caramel and malt aroma. The caramel and malt follow through in the flavor. Nice full body. The alcohol is well hidden, no real bite to speak of. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Dark brown pour with a small cap of beige foam. Toasty caramel aroma with chocolate cake, and a touch of hay. Sweet hot cocoa flavor that resolves into a clean dry finish. Nice soft palate, substantial body while still conveying the impression of delicacy. A really nice surprise. Best thing I’ve had out of a can so far, and a ridiculously good value.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (2856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (933) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
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.

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