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RATINGS: 2129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Can poured into thistle. Walnut brown, stiff khaki head. A mix of candyish smells- caramel and "sour raisins", tootsie roll, toasted rice/milk chocolate "krunch". Taste starts ubermalty, hinting at smoke/apples/cinnamon, then becomes tinny and salty with a flat cola character. Complexity is there, but overall comes across as "artificial". Slightly overbitter for style. Medium palate, thin spitty texture, "flaccid". The description is fairly accurate, yet (speaking as a homebrewer, why is OB taking shortcuts? it seriously fucks up the beer) highlights so many flaws in execution; "copious amounts" of crystal/caramel are neither necessary nor appropriate, and chocolate and/or smoked malts are just plain wrong. That explains a lot of the flavor and aroma flaws. A simple grist, high gravity wort, pitch lots of Scottish yeast, ferment cool, booyah: Scotch Ale. Duh, it’s not a hard style to brew. Try a Scotch Silly (!) or Skullsplitter instead.


4.9
jpbpbeer (1) - San Diego, - JUL 20, 2017 does not count
medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, long finish, brown, raisin, vanilla, smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasty,

3.5
JohananaV2 (159) - - JUL 15, 2017
This on tap would be a beer aroma dream. It's super scotchy and strong alcohol flavor. Absolutely delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
RoJo28 (58) - - JUL 8, 2017
Fair bit going on here. It's a bit of a roller coaster, and while the finish doesn't change my life, it's about the journey, and what a journey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
willisread (3350) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Can from J’s. Pours a deep brown with a small finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Earthy toffee and twigs, roasted cacao. Dry on the palate with some toasted caramel. Abv hidden. Dangerously drinkable.

3.5
GoddamnNoise (158) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - JUN 11, 2017
355 ml. can @ Home. Aroma: quite intense aromas of plums, raisins, prunes, dark dried fruits. Hints of alcohol, roasted and toasted malts, burnt caramel. Appearance: deep brown-reddish color with super creamy light brown head with medium to high thickness. Foam made of tiny-to-small bubbles. Quite dark but it seems pretty clear. High retention. Low to medium Brussels’ lacing. Taste: medium to high sweetness, low bitterness, no sourness. Flavors of dark dried fruits, raisins, prunes, plums. Hints of figs. Very subtle chocolate, nuts and maybe coffee overtones. The warming effect from the quite high level content is noticeable. Balance is much toward the sweet side. Palate: light to medium body, oily-silky texture, very low carbonation, quite sweet and lingering finish of dark dried fruits, raisins, prunes, plums. The flavor is moving to some bitterness as it lingers. Hints of toasted and roasted malts, burnt caramel. Overall: quite good appearance, aromas and flavors. This beer is all about dark dried fruits, plums, prunes and raisins. Very pleasant flavors and aromas. Quite good. It would better with a bit less of alcohol and less sweetness (too much sweetness for me, but it’s ok for the style).

3.3
matbli (394) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 9, 2017
can, pours clear brown with fast falling head. Aroma is very delicate with accents of caramel and chocolate. In taste medium chocolaty sweetness with a roasty bitter finish. I’m missing some wow effect. Definitely not my style.

4.3
Beersandbuds (3) - Alabama, USA - JUN 8, 2017 does not count
Similar to Guinness with a bit more kick ans smoke. Dark, dark beer, with a smooth texture. Love the look. One of my faves.

3.3
AlfredoGarcia (287) - Santiago, CHILE - MAY 31, 2017
355 ml can. Oaked wine smell. Dark fruits. Dark color, dense foam. Complex taste, pretty good, but way too sweet. Kind of cyrup. Scotch ales are really criticaly acclaimed, but are not my thing at all.

4
gepajerry (9) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2017 does not count
Very good semi light scotch ale. Only slightly sweet, which I like, with a slightly bitter touch. Thoroughly enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
teddybeer (3783) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 22, 2017
Dark brown color, off white head with good retention. Aroma has notes of burnt caramel and toasted malts. Flavor is slightly bittery, notes of dry fruits and also dominated by caramelish notes. Toasty final with some burnt notes.


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