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RATINGS: 2020   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Apellonious (53) - USA - JAN 21, 2007
12 oz can....had to try this after trying the Dale’s Pale Ale last week. Admit I was skeptical of the whole great beer in the can noise I was hearing.. Pours black with hints of brown. No head whatsoever. (There was also no carb release when I opened it). The aroma is complex, with subtle hints of chocolate, smokyness, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, with hints of of carbonation to balance it out. The flavor gets sweeter as it warms, releasing more of sugary caramel taste, reminds me of the Mackeson XXX.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 bottle. average fizzy head into black body with fair amount of lacing present. aromas of moderate toffee and light chocolate. flavor is moderate sweeet with a slight touch of bitterness at end. long finish duration. dry texture. I must say that either I was just wrong or the tap had gone back becuase this is an awesome scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Pours nearly black with medium tan head. Sweet caramal malt nose with mild smoky tone. Flavor is mostly black/chocolate malt with some bite and light smoke with very lightly sweet scotch aftertaste mixed with the still over-powering malts on the back of the tongue. It makes a great canned beer if you are not allowed to have bottles (softball fields, public parks, insane asylums) but overall the burnt flavors detract from the experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2896) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Actually drank from the can, then for the second had in a glass. Pours out a nice dark brown with a medium sized off white head. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Flavor is complex with some roasted malt, caramel and slight chocolate, maybe an earthy note or two. Not bad, especially for a canned beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (5033) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2007
Canned. Almost black color with creamy tan head. Malty and roasted flavor with notes of dry roasted barley, alcohol and peat smoke. Malty flavor with dry roastedness, toffee, peat and licorice. Dry roast finish with disturbing peaty and earthy notes. Unpleasant peatiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlruthven (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Impressive. Pours like a cross between Coca-Cola and Guinness. Great light brown head that lasted the duration. Smells of caramel, chocolate, and a smoky hint. Flavor is the same, with a little more of the smoke and roast coming through. I drank four of these (along with a double Johnnie Walker Black Label) on New Year’s Eve, and I was more than satisfied. Too bad Oskar Blues only really has this and Dale’s Pale for mass consumption...I’d like to see them branch out and tackle other styles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CraftAlelvr (9) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2006 does not count
Canned.....obvious appeal if it is in fact a quallity microbrew. Pours a deep garnet tinged brown with a small, quickly dissipating head. Aroma is big on sweet malt with caramel and toffee notes. Some subtle smoke comes through in the nose as well. Flavor is sweet and bready/malty with a pleasant smoke flavor to round it out. Moderate hop bitterness but no real hop flavor to boot. Slightly fruity and complex ester profile to complement the malt and smoke. Slight alcohol warmth going down, but no overpowering alcohol in the flavor. Mouthfeel is very full and smooth with slightly low carbonation though to style for a scotch ale. Great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Dark brown with a mocha tan head. Creamy palate and a malty aroma. Roasted chocolate and caramel malt flavors with a hint of peat smoked malt in the background. Very rich and flavorful with some noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Pours dark brown with dark head that lingers. Great aroma of toasted malt, molasses and nuts. Flavor was ’friggin sweet’. Best can beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
My only 12oz can from Bauer Wines in Boston. Sadly this can had a twin, but it exploded in my checked luggage in the flight home. Damn you, TSA! At least now my suitcase smells like Old Chub. Aroma is nicely malty. Appearance is dark brown with very little carbonation and head. First taste is malty and actually a bit crisp, surprisingly. This one doesn’t round out the mouth as much as I was expecting. Some might say it makes it "drinkable". Surprised to now check and find it’s 8% alcohol - could be a bit of a dangerous combination. A decent brew.

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