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RATINGS: 1998   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.

jde123's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Tap, Monk’s in Philadelphia. Arrived with a thick tan head, very cloudy opaque brown/chocolaty body. Was advertised as "...hoppier than other versions of this style..." and it is definitely true! Not sure if I liked it that much...though the 8% ABV really helped make the night more comfortable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackradioboy (124) - SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Tap in Brewdog. Just a sample... Not nice. Whisky-like with a bit of cardboard thrown in. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (1423) - SPAIN - SEP 30, 2015
Tap / Tirador. @ Hackney’s Printers’ Row, Chicago, IL, USA A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro T/S: Malt, chocolate, caramel, sweet / Malta, chocolate, caramelo, dulce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
60minuteman (1089) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2015
A very fine scotch ale. Effervescent, well rounded and bold. Earthy malts, scotch, wheaty malt, dark fruits? It’s clean; doesn’t feel like 8% and it’s got a great smoky flavor that keeps this one very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ozzy70 (205) - - SEP 27, 2015
12 oz. can. Pour is dark brown/black. Minimal lasting head. Aroma of malts, caramel and coffee. Taste is malts, roasted nuts and some caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
e303 (278) - - SEP 26, 2015
Really nice beer. Deep cola pour and tan head. Lots and lots of chocolate and caramel malt sweetness all over this with a touch of scotch smoke. Super solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1421) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Can. Clear, medium brown with a very light tan head. Aroma is roasted grains and a light single malt bourbon. Taste is a very smooth malty taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (342) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2015
I think this is possibly the best beer I've ever had from a can. Pours an exceptionally refined opaque ruby brown color with a long lasting foamy khaki head. Aroma is rich chocolate malt and some coffee-like notes, some slight smokiness. On the palate, perfectly medium-bodied and creamy, full of dark chocolate malty flavors and a smoky cocoa flavor reminiscent of burnt s'mores. Just a slight boozy betrayal of the high ABV in the finish to detract from the palate, but all in all this is a delicious beer that is well done in every category!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
knickskicks (946) - - SEP 23, 2015
Brown pour, creamy tan head. Nose is grains, light coffee liquer. Taste is fruits, toffee, coffee liquer, caramel, burnt toast. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (493) - - SEP 18, 2015
Dark brown hue with a cream white head. Sweet caramel smell. A mouth full of toffee with some raisiny notes. A lovely smooth scotch ale. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1706) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Poured from a 12oz can into schooner glass, a nearly-opaque dark reddish brown with thick, long-lasting off-white foam, tiny little bubbles (I could swear it was bottle-conditioned), plus lots of fine lace. Perfect appearance. Intensely malty, intense caramel, toffee, woodsy/earthy/floral hop balance (though not much in the aroma). Nice hint of roasted grain bitterness, roastier yet in the aftertaste. Smelled and tasted exactly like all the authentic strong Scotch ales I’ve tasted. Impressive. Full body, chewy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, warming but otherwise well-concealed alcohol, loads of residual sweetness, though not cloying nor sticky. Very good.

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