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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
When I first learned to homebrew, I tried my hand at a Scottish-style ale. The kind sir at the local homebrew shop helped me pick out ingredients which included one in particular: peat smoked malt. To the purveyor of homebrew ingredients standing before me, this was as integral to a good scottish-style as was "secret sauce" to a Big Mac. The scales fell from my eyes when later I discovered the sauce recipe was hardly more than mayonnaise, French dressing, and relish - and that peat smoked malt wasnt necessary to scottish-style beers. What was necessary was the long carmelizing boil to perform a deep tissue massage on an otherwise malty beer. Old Chub is like wearing a smoking jacket made of polished mahogany, with leather cuffs and collar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (239) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Nitro 16oz can. The Old Chub pours nearly black with a thick tan brown head that lasts the entire duration of the beer. The aroma is caramel, toffee and a bit of chocolate. The flavor is caramel, molasses, chocolate and fairly smokey. Overall this is a pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ctplt777 (126) - - SEP 10, 2014
This is a new style for me. I have never had a scotch ale before. First of the color....omg the color of this beer is just shear majesty. Aroma is smoky, sweet, chocolate. Taste is just insane. Lots of sweet roasty malts, chocolate smokey just an incredibly balance strong beer. Loving this. Plus the can just makes it that much better. Phenomenal will be drinking this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackflag321 (481) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Poured nitro version from can to pint glass. Cascading carbonation; fine head; cola color. Smooth, smooth, creamy palate. Scotch malt with smokey finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (495) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Nitro version. Can. Cola with a thick rich 2 finger cream colored head. Aroma is light chocolate smoky malt. The taste adds cream, and more rich malts with big scotch notes, and some warm booze on the finish. Very low carb due to the nitro can. Pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (517) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Nitro can version. Awesome head on this guy - super creamy and thick like a Guiness. Hazy, cloudy reddish brown pour. Lots of roasty/toasty/smoky notes in the nose and in the taste. Buttery and smooth. Thin and viscous body that goes down way too easily. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (388) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Can. Dark brown pour with a light beige head. Aromas of chocolate and crystal malts, with a hint of ripe banana. Flavour is also chocolate and ripe banana, with a notable hop edge as well. This can is a bit old, I've heard it's supposed to be hoppier; still, an interesting and very flavourful take on the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stevesie (323) - - SEP 2, 2014
From can. Dark pour with a hint of red. A little bit of lighter brown head that dissipates quickly. Impressive lacing. Nose is sweet with a hint of smoke. Taste is similar; very clean for a Scotch ale. Smokiness comes through in the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
swesson (230) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Poured from a 16 oz nitro can. This is what Guinness should taste like! Pours out a dark ruby red/brown. Makes a beautiful, thick, medium beige head. Nice lacing, too. Smells of caramel, roasted malts, and alcohol. Tastes of malted barley, chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2617) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2014
Can. pours cear deep brown with a red glow and an average, tan head. Aroma of toasted caramel, light smoke and nutty notes. Sweet flavor thar ends up dry and slightly bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewMichaelZ (61) - - AUG 21, 2014
Poured from can into a tulip. Dark opaque obsidian with a quickly disappearing coffee-colored head. Deep roasted chocolate and mild coffee with scotch and a sweet backbone. Nicely carbonated and much lighter body than expected based on the appearance (though the evaporating head could have given it away). A well-balanced brew that is tasty, if not mind blowing. If it was around I'd reach for another though it does seem suited for Fall or Winter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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