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RATINGS: 2058   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2007
Pours a rich dark brown with a moderate and creamy light brown head. Sweet malty aroma with obvious notes of chocolate, caramel and a little coffee. Tons of chocolate up front on the palate followed by toffee, alcohol and toasted oatmeal. Creamy texture and a long, malty sweet finish with a slight alcohol kick at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
Nice. From the can it pours a dark umber body with a slender khaki head. It has an aroma of rich earthy malt, chocolate, alcohol, old wood, dark juicy fruits, and nuts. A touch of burnt brown sugar and a hint of toffee blend into the flavor along with the elements present in the nose. Iím a hop-head, to be sure, but I enjoy a richly malty drink thatís brewed this skillfully. This is my third beer from this brewery, and I think we need Oskar Blues distributed in the Chicago area!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2007
A deep dark brown ale with with auburn highlights when held up to the light. The nose is malt with a bit of coco powder. The lacing is superb. The palate is sweet, but not too sticky. There are notes of milk chocolate and hazelnuts. I sure am glad the weather is going to be cold this weekend, with a possibility of snow. This makes for a nice winter beer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2007
This beer pours a very dark brown color with a frothy tan head. The aroma is malty and sweet in nature. NOtes of brown sugar and heavy malt in the taste. Some alcohol noted but it is not offensive. Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. All in all a nice scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2007
can: pours a chocolate brown with a tan foamy head. aroma is heavy malt and dark fruits and a touch of chocolate. flavour is thinner than i expected, it is malty and chocolaty with a little dark fruit. an after taste of bitter cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with faint ruby red highlights. Produces a fairly massive, tightly bubbled, thick tan head. Great head retention throughtout the entire glass with some spotty lacing. Moderately assertive, but very complex aromas of peat smoke, burnt caramel candy, roasted malts, raisin, figs and cocoa greet the nose. Medium mouthfeel; fairly full and chewy but with a light fluffy texture. Flavorís a bit more assertive than the aroma profile. Rich, complex notes of burnt caramels, peat -smoked dark roasted malts, dark brown sugar, spices, dark dried fruits, cocoa powder and earth are pleasantly expereinced. Some faint charred oak bourbon notes linger in the background. Alcohol is really an afterthought here with just a hint of warmness. Finish is long with a slight hop/charcoal bitterness. If you enjoy this style, itís worth seeking out for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Pours dark amber with a light brown head. Aroma is big roasted malts, bread, some chocolate, carmel, and a hint of smokiness. The flavor is bread, roasted notes, some carmel. The flavor profile is very light, but still has a solid malty mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2007
(Canned) Pours dark with red hints. Light to medium roasted aroma with coffee and some chocolate truffles. Undertones of caramel, fudge, smoke, fruits and hops. Light roasted, light smoky flavour with a salty sting. Undertones of caramel fudge, coffee, cocoa and prunes. Velvety soft, extremely smooth mouthfeel. Light bitter. Medium body. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2007
12oz can, served in a pint glass, since I have no plans to buy a thistle anytime soon. Just kidding. Or not. Glad to finally see this one in Florida after hearing raves about it from Messrs Degarth and Matta. Couple of enablers those guys are. Whatís one more beer, right? Anywho, I debated drinking this from the can, maybe even with a pinch of salt, for the full old home trailer park effect. Iím not bashing people that live in trailer parks, I used to be one. Just kidding. Or not. Pours a dark brown, some hints of amber shining through when held up to the light. Huge, 3 finger pillowy tan head, good retention and lacing. Nice. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, malt, bread and a nice earthiness. Creamy on the fore of the tongue, a nice bit of the head coats the lips as well. Fore is roasted caramel and malts, some chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Finish is dry, malty and long. First example of the scotch ale style I have tasted, and it certainly gave me an old chub. Very nicely done. Between this brew and Ten FIDY, I can see why this brewery has such a fine reputation in the craft beer world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3413) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a large, creamy head right out of the can! Nose is rich of malts and sweet caramels. Taste is a pleasant blend of chocolate and caramel malt, and some hints of toasted malt. A little sweet from the caramel and chocolate, but overall a very rich and tasty feel. Medium body.

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