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Old Chub NITRO - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
89
very good

735 Ratings
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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 173 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BringbakFavre on 04-16-2014

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Photo of MarkSanchez
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful burgundy body with wet sand cascading down as the head settles to a one inch layer of dense khaki cap. Sweet, fruity caramel malt, light spice. Brown bread and malty sweetness with a hint of dark fruits. Nice wee heavy character. Silky smooth body, as is customary with the nitro serving medium. Solid.

Photo of Zcrizer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of michaelgrant1983
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Everything I like from Old Chub with a really nice nitro smoothness. Absolute quality.

Photo of Harvest06
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmptyPockets
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IanMcGuire
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootny
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A smooth, creamy delicious wee heavy. Nitro can produces a beautiful pour that leaves a dense head that stays all the way down. Decent lacing as it fades and as you drink. Dark, clear garnet brown.

Nose is soft and sweet, just not very big. Light malt brings caramel and a bit of toasted grains.

Taste is texbook. Burnt sugar, malt, grains. Mild hop bitterness. No trace of the high strength booze that lurks within. jEarthy with a tight leafy tea like finish. A bit long and quite dry. I wouldn't oily but there is a significant lingering bitterness.

Feel is sublime. Creamy head and silky carbonation. Surprisingly light and easy as you swallow.

The perfect winter ale. Scotch ales like this are warming, sweet and delicious. This one drinks like a session ale. Hits like a velvet boxing glove.

Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper brown with a reddish hue and a sturdy tan head of foam.

Vanilla, caramel, scotch, earthy, and some smokiness.

Caramel right up front, a touch of vanilla, candied malts, and some toastiness.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet, roasty bitterness, and smooth as hell.

Overall, I am a big fan of Old Chub, but the nitro carbing gives it a supremely smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lattydaddy07
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of todbell
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johnny_Blackhands
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skud
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with a dense, creamy light tan head. Tons of lacing. Smells of caramel, earth, smoke and roast malt. Smoky malt taste. Creamy sweetness. Peat and smoky malt. Incredible creamy mouth feel. Semi-thick. Regular Old Chub is good, but the Nitro takes this to another level.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a nonic pint glass.

A: The nitro-widgets still amaze me. Looks just like it can from a nitro-tap. Just barely translucent. Cola-dark.

S: Creamy sweet, with toasty malts. Very Scottish ale-like.

T/M: As usual, I think nitrogen dampens the flavors at the expensive of a creamy (though not thick) mouthfeel. Which is a shame. Anything going on here is lost in the creamy much, and all that surfaces is a malty sweetness with just a promising hint of darker fruits.

O: Highly enjoyable, if you're into nitro beers. I will seek out the normal version.

Photo of esiason14
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little too sweet for me

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.4oz (why?) can, nice to see these sorts of offerings from the Oskar Blues account starting to trickle northward. Heh - 'Rare Girth'. The crack of the can sounds very much like opening a Guinness.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby red amber hue, with two fingers of initially cascading (always a neat trick, that), and eventually dead creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of crooked sheet rock lace around the glass as it rather lazily fades away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready and meaty caramel malt, mildly peaty campfire smoke, dark orchard fruit, a bit of candy sugar, faint tobacco and burnt coffee notes, cooking vanilla, tame milk chocolate, and soft earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more somewhat gamey smoked caramel malt, peat bog, vanilla crackers, singed black fruit - plums and figs/dates, mostly - ethereal bittersweet cocoa powder, wet ash, day-old coffee, and more subtle earthy, leafy, and weedy hops.

The bubbles are of a different realm, notably that of ales such at the aforementioned Guinness and its widget-driven ilk, and thus are not particularly discernible on their own, but more as part of an overarching creaminess, the body a staunch medium weight, and smooth, which more or less goes without saying at this juncture. It finishes on the sweet side, but not overly so - the smoke bleeding off having its own (monarch) butterfly effect.

A curious choice to apply the ol' nitrogen gas treatment to, I guess it's still keeping it in the Celtic tribe, and all that. Anyways, some the edginess of the base beer is basically shorn off, rendering this actually more drinkable. Huh - new-fangled technology, and how we got to here, eh?

Photo of Azpittil57
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyI
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It's a good thing I had my Guinness pint glass in hand, because the second I popped the top on the chilled can it exploded with gushing foam. Several ounces were laid to waste as they spilled over the sides before I could even attempt to pour it. Wow. What was left in the wake of the explosion was a pint glass full of stubborn off-white foam. It just lingered forever, with amazing retention. The foam served as a barrier to the deep, dark brown liquid beneath it. By the time the whole can was poured and ready to drink, the temperature had warmed significantly. Not that I minded, but it was a little annoying to sop up spilled beer and wait 15 minutes to take the first sip. The can says the nitro widget could cause unchilled cans to overflow. Well, this one came straight from the fridge so I don't know what went wrong here. However, once I tried the beer, everything was right! Although tamer than the standard version, it still produced a nice malty, sweet ale with negligible bitterness. There were hints of smoked peat and caramel, but much more subdued than its predecessor. Unsurprisingly, where it really shined was in the mouthfeel. Exceptionally smooth and creamy. The combination of subtler flavors and enhanced body made this extremely refreshing. Gulpable in fact. In the land of nitro-widget cans this is king. Compared to its non-nitro brother, this one is the smooth, mellow fellow. However, it packs more than enough punch (in both the ABV and flavor department) to be its own man. That said, it's more of a textural experience. If velvety smooth, creamy mouthfeel and subdued scotch ale flavors are your bag, you will fall all over yourself for this beer. If you want the strong scotch ale experience, then you might want to stick with Chub's older, bolder brother. This one could definitely get me in to trouble. I could crush can after can of these things.

Photo of tappangordo
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of changdulla
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JasW
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of George2744
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Old Chub NITRO from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
89 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.