AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Can shared by Fidel, pours attractive burnt caramel brown with ruby highlites. Nose is roasted peet and caramel. Same as in the nose, the flavor has some nice roasted qualities with caramel. KawaBomber (225) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2008
12oz Can: Pours brown w/ a smallish tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is sweet malts w/ an almost bready character. Flavor is delightful; caramel, chocolate, smoke & a bit of warming alcohol in the finish. Nice smooth & creamy mouthfeel w/ a slightly burnt/bitter finish. Waiting for it to warm a little more here...A bit more smoke/peat after letting it warm. Alcohol is still well hidden though. 8% in an easy to transport can. Someone is taking care of us beer drinkers...Oskar Blues that is... jde123 (775) - 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. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Can. Pours murky brown with a thin tan head, packed with tight bubbles. Chocolate and malty aroma, a touch of smoke. In flavor, roasty, chocolate and caramel, a touch sweet, some smoke, and a nice dose of hop bitterness to close. Drying and lush in the mouth. Excellent. stchloe (1104) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
It is a wonderful Scottish beer. And it proves that great beer can come from a can. Weird.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 5-10 years ago I would certainly have never agreed that a good beer could come in a can. Oh how times have changed.
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2008
One such cannery is the Oscar Blues Grill & Brewery. Along with Dale’s Pale Ale, they brew damn fine Scottish style ale, Old Chub.
You could drink it out of the can, but I prefer my beer poured and breathing, so to speak. Old Chub pours a dark coppery red/brown and smells beautifully. I partook of mine in a traditional ale glass, within which a slight head forms and then settles. Old Chub is definitely more on the Scotch Ale side then the Belhaven Scottish Ale which is much lighter and very floral. I definitely taste more of the sweet, malt flavor in Old Chub that is characteristic of a heavy Scotch Ale. There are hints of toasted bread amidst the malt and hints of caramel and chocolate. I will always liken this type of chocolate essence to dark chocolate do to the combination of sweetness and bitterness. It’s not overly cloying, but just enough to leave hints of sweetness in your mouth after a long drag. A damn fine Scottish ale and one of the best canned beers I have ever had.
Yum! Enjoyed this brew thoroughly. Pours a very dark brown/red color, with lightly tanned head that disappeared quickly. Chocolate caramel aroma is very apparent in this one. Taste is full of chocolate and caramel notes, very smooth, sweet taste. ABV is well hidden, sweet sticky finish on this one. Good thing I bought a 12-pack! durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Brought a sixer of these bad boys camping and drank them straight out of the can, often chasing a bottle of Jameson. Felt kind of bad that I was mixing Scotch and Irish, but oh well. Even without pouring this out, could see the deep copper/amber beer and the off-white head. Really lovely malt. A bit smoky and peaty, and with tons of hops to match. Great beer. Cabeero (15) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2008
The smells, tastes and appearance of old chub all remind me of sensations I might experience while walking through the study of a retired general––dusty, leathery, and smoky, with just a hint of chewing tobacco and a mildly astringent finish. The flavors are straightforward. This is not a deep beer, but it has lots of character. In short, it tastes and smells like old man.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2008
THOUGHTS: Great beer from a can. Just about as good drank from the can as from the glass. Hid alcohol incredibly well.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a very dark red that was almost brown with nice carbonation and a small, light tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate caramel, milk chocolate and cocoa powder, smoke and slight cola. There was also alcohol as it warmed. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel and chocolate malt, some slight cherry and then smoke. the medium body was creamy with soft carbonation and a chalky, moderate astringent and light alcoholic finish.