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RATINGS: 2054   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 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Clear, garnet colored body with a thick, fluffy, quickly diminishing tan head. The aroma is pretty enjoyable, but has elements of diacetyl that keeps it from thorough enjoyment. Caramel, nuts, cocoa, loads of grain, soft smoke wafts, some mild alcohol and a healthy dose of buttery popcorn. The body is silky, smooth and nice on the tongue. The depth of the malt really shines in the flavor, as each moment sees individual elements of the malt peel away like rings on an onion. The problem is the unmistakable sour butteriness of the diacetyl. While I tried to enjoy it, I couldnít look past the obvious infection. It doesnít seem common for this beer, so I donít know what happened. Hopefully Iíll get another chance to try it and I see what it should be. The Daleís Pale Ale I drank right after this was fine, so I really canít explain whatís happening. Bummer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
pint at Taco Mac SS - Aroma is chocolate malt, toasted toffee and carmel. Pours deep brown with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is creamy and smooth. A very tasty scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Draft - Deep brown, super thick tan creamy head. Malty nose of smokey vanilla, caramel, and roasted chocolate. Flavor matches almost exactly and is extremely smooth going down. Full bodied, soft carbonation, rich malty finish. Really nice malt-head brew...

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (723) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Iím too congested to truly behold this tastey brew. Can poured with a 1/2 inch, creamy, nougaty head. The coffee color blocks most light attempting to come through. Very carbonated tastes of coffee, black and chocolate malts. Tastey high alcohol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Can. Nice dark color. Smells really good, with lots of malts present. Taste is malty, with some smokiness and chocolate underlying a nice hop bitterness. A well crafted Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mumpu (46) - USA - SEP 17, 2006
Very dark scotch ale, malty with a smokiness in the aroma and the palate and hints of burnt coffee/chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2006
12oz Can! Deep brown with slight ruby highlights. Spotty off-white head. Bready toffee nose. Cherry Coke. Sweet caramel and toffee. Slight bitter finish. Nicely balanced between the malt and the hops. Nice burn at 8%. Really nice and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Can. Appealing dark reddish brown pour with tight-bubbled, creamy tan head. Aroma filled with sweet malts that conjure up molasses, caramel, raisin. Tastes rich with sweet malts and a peppery alcohol finish. Thick and creamy on the palate. Easy, tasty drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4838) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Can. Large tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, sparse lacing, transparent, fizzy carbonation, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, chocolate and alcohol nose. Ditto for the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1278) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 My first experience with a canned micro. Iím a big fan of the use of cans versus bottles, and Iím excited to finally get to try this along with Daleís PA. Body is a very deep garnet with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and a bit of smokiness. Although the palate is thin, the beer is still full flavored. Smoked malts abound, with some chocolate and plenty of caramel. Hops take a back seat and are not very noticeable. Finish is smoky and sweet. Nice beer, and I hope to see more brewers get into canning.

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