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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Can...poured into a Scotch thistle glass this time...nice head and lace, deep brown color. Aroma is malt, chocolate and slight smoke. A big, thick, rich beer, best fit for dessert, I think. Flavor is sweet carmel malt along with lightly smoked chocolate. Quite yummy, no alcohol noticed in the flavor...I wonder how beer ages in a can?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Popped open this can while standing under our canopy, waiting for the rain to stop at Glacier Basin campground in Rocky Mountain NP. Didnít expect much aroma, but was pleasantly surprised by the strong sweet malty hop smoke that came out of the can. The beer is very smooth and thick with malt and a very nice dry finish. At 8%, itís stronger than it tastes. This was really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Can: Deep reddish brown hue with a large creamy tan head and good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, buttered biscuit, mocha, floral hops, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts moderately sweet with a noticeable malt presence. The finish has a smoky and twangy fruit tone. The feel is crisp bite and smooth layering. The alcohol is well masked. This beer makes you wonder what would happen if more micros would starts producing canned versions of their best brews, what would the BMC crowd think. Forget the can, this beer stands on itís own merit, darn good. Thanks Mark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2004
TAP: Looked like a glass of coke, smelled sweet and malty, caramel, flavor is the same, sweet caramel, almost no bitterness. Not utterly complex but quite flavorful, if you like caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Can. Pours minimal tan head. Very dark, sparse light penetration gives reddish highlights in glass. Silky sweet obvious caramel flavor works well & does not overburden senses. Slides down the throat with ease. Faint roasted aftertaste. A minimally bitter brew thatís sweet as can be without being annoying and I would drink this again. I like to think of this as Red Stripe on steroids. Can reminds me of those fruit drinks in the breakroom machine at work that nobody ever buys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2004 The start of a night of sampling on Whalemanís deck-dubbed the 548 Fest. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Big malty, chocolatey aroma. Light roastiness. Chocolatey in the flavor with a mildly sweet finish. Good beer and at 8%, packs a punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 5, 2004
CAN!!! pours deep amber hue with nice tan head. nice carmel, earthy, buttery chocolate notes on the aroma. Somewhat like that of old peculier. velvet-y palate with nice earthy tones-some chocolate in the flavors. long peaty finish. very solid Scotish Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bronze body and thick velvety tan head. Huge caramel nose and a hint of smoke. Aroma reminds me of campfire-roasted marshmallows. Flavor is moderately sweet with some subtle smoke and just enough spicy bitterness to hold the beer together. Chocolate malts come out in the flavor. Also has a distinct rum quality. Smooth palate with nice fullness. Tasty stuff. I like the unpretentious beer in a can shtick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 23, 2004
I really dig this breweryís philosophy--going against the can stereotype (the flavor doesnít suffer at all IMO) and I like how the brewmaster refers to himself as a "healer." as well. Iíve never tasted beechwood in a beer (to my knowledge) before..maybe Iíve tasted the same flavor in other Scottish ales? Mouthfeel is rather thin but it is an ode to malts and smoked peat flavor specifically. Gets a bit stale as it warms but the flavors are hidden when cold. Iíd get it if the price was right. Thanks to Kinz for hooking me up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1292) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2004
The Old Chub pours dark brown with deep red highlights. It has a good sized, tan head that quickly goes down to a film.

Its aroma is roasted malts, with hints of chocolate and figs.

The taste is sweet, chocolate malts initially with some hints of fig. It has a bitter, slightly acidic, coffee-like finish. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, leaving a sticky residue.

Overall, a nice, well-balanced, scottish ale. Definitely the best beer Iíve ever had in a can.

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