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RATINGS: 2121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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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3.3
GarrettB (1692) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2016 June 20th, 2014 - Old Chub is a Colorado institution, and a drink I had early in my eligible beer drinking history, and one that I’ve returned to, for late night gaming sessions to camping. The nitro version is just as splendid as the original, the same black darkness to the body, but a finer, silkier head, the color of a baker’s apron. The aroma is malty, and very sweet, reminiscent of teriyaki and BBQ sauce, dripping with sweet, smoky and umami scents. Before I register the flavor, my palate catches a silky, sensually smooth body, with works very well with the flavors, which emerge like bubbles popping from a thick, smooth tar. The teriyaki gets played down, and dark honey and mesquite takes its place. Alcohol tries to add its signature burn, but the nitro cools it down, making a beer that is edgy, but goes down easy, leaving lingering flavors of sweet and smoked almonds as it makes its exit. (3.3) Everytime I pop open one of these cans it is at once an act of defiance, an indulgence and a bold statement. Tasty too. The Old Chub pours an oak brown color, but gives no head save for a tepid brown halo around the rim of the glass. This doesn’t mean the beer is flat though. A robust, strong waft of malts comes rocketing out of the glass, along with the smells of sweet coffee, grape juice, chocolate malt balls and brown sugar. A rich medley to be sure. The flavor is more bitter and more savory too. Think of a bland kind of beef (chuck roast?) with a light chocolate malts accent and you’ll get a good idea of the semi-meaty semi-sweet flavor that makes this a sn easy to understand and easy to drink beer. The aftertaste is a whole separate side of the Old Chub, spreading around the mouth with a coffee stickiness and the slightest glint of raisin. Okay, so the flavor is a little plain, so maybe this is the littlest brother in the Oskar Blues family, but everyone needs their weakest link, and if this is as weak as OB gets, count me in for everything and anything they make. (8/2/6/3/14)

3.7
mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Can from BevMo, La Mesa. Dark ruby/amber in color. Rich malty aroma. Very peaty with a hint of sweetness. Thick and malty up front. Some dark fruit. Malt dominates with some smokey qualities.

3.4
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Pours dark brown/red with a thin sand-colored head. Fresh aroma mainly of malt sweetness: caramel, bread, dark fruit, sugar. I may have caught Cracker Jack on a whiff. Anyway, the flavor: sweet and sugary caramel followed by some roasted malt. The palate is a little syrupy, accentuating this beer’s singular drive to bang home sweet malts. It’s a decent beer, but Old Chub does not call to mind a fine single malt scotch. Maybe Glenfiddich on ice.

3.7
ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Oh beer, how I missed you. Pours black brown color with a medium to large sized light brown head that quickly turns to off white. Nose is rubber, soy sauce / teriyaki sauce with white rice, caramel, and dusty malt. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and I am left wishing for a more chewy / sticky coating to my palate. The taste is a bit basic as well. I am getting wood, caramel, a fleeting hint of dates, and a definitely some smoked malt. Very bitter and lasting finish that lasts at least 45 seconds.

3.4
Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2008
12 oz can...deep brown-dark tan head...rich smoky sweet scents---a malty peaty scotch-like essence...smooth body..for a can, wow never would suspect it once it is in the glass...it has similar flavors to the aroma...its quite good...i enjoy a bit of peatiness to my brew...there is also a bit of chocolate...a damn good scotch ale, and especially a canned one---even a lacing that looks like drippy dots

3.9
glennmastrange (2940) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Can. Heavy malt aromas of roasted, molasses, and mild coffee, moderate hops and yeast of resin and earth, with notes of raisin, toffee, and vanilla. Head is large, creamy, off-white, with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark brown. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly acidic to start and finishes moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is medium, between watery and almost syrupy and has a lively carbonation. A deep maltiness and well rounded flavors makes this one of the best Scotch Ales I’ve tried.

4
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Pours murky brown with a short off-white head. Peat, molasses, leather, and smoke in the nose. Rich caramel taste with nuts, followed by the peat/smoke and a bitter finish. Kind of chewy ending. Good stuff.

3.7
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Aroma of chocolate and roast malts with some coffee and peat notes. Dark amber brown with small creamy tan head. Grassy hop flavor then roasty malts with some smoke and peat with a touch of alchohol warming in the finish. Moderate bitterness. Medium very creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

3.7
papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 12 oz can from Pizza Port bottle shop Carlsbad: Deep burgandy color with a small, fading tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and caramel. Flavor starts rich and malty with caramel, a nutty note, a little raisin, a hint of smoke and a light bitterness in the finish. Medium body is creamy with soft carbonation.

3.8
Haslinger (998) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Can, totally surprised by this one. Got the 6 pack for free and assumed it would be something cheap. Loads of malt aroma. Great malt chocolate taste. Incredible. Caramel and its creamy mouthfeel make you feel like you’re drinking a beer milkshake. Great


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