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Old Chub NITRO - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 984
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 32
Gots: 273 | FT: 0
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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 ASirahSyrah
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I don't normally enjoy darker beers but this one is a winner! Looks formidable and almost chewy, smelling of: toffee, caramel, brown sugar and chocolate with a hint of smokiness and the taste certainly reflects it - except with a more nuanced flavor of milk chocolate as opposed to the more bitter, darker smelling chocolate on the nose. What surprises me is how light, smooth and "fluffy" the beer feels considering it's appearance and it's higher ABV, which is almost completely masked on the tongue by the flavor profile. Delicious. A Thanksgiving/X-Mas beer for me. (573 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's collective NITRO scores are lower than the base. I think it's better in the looks and smell, but lower in taste, feel, and overall.

Poured from a 16.4oz. can. Odd! $4 at my ferry bodega.
This gets better as you educate your palate.

Remains a good use of a sweet Scotch Ale is to make a black and tan, say with an American IPA or Ale. Thats delish because it boldens the brew, provides backbone, and cuts the sweetness. Any one else try Black and Tans with Scotch Ales?

A: Pours rubied brown with rising bubbles. Large tan, creamy and long lasting head, lots of lacing.

S: Scotch malt. Sweet caramel toffee, then peat with brown sugar. Inner workings of an laquered temple? Maybe the last beer of the night.

T: Complex, but a bit sweet for me, not a great after taste. Too dessert like, a bit cloying after. Like the nose... brown sugar plus scotch taste with peat and stale smoke. earthy hops, a complex, but thick, over-sweet taste.

F: Medium weight, moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth. Alcohol and sweetness too prominent for me. Dont love after taste, makes me want to get a cleaner American IPA to follow it.

O: If you like Scotch ale, Founders Dirty Bastard is a better path.

On a winter walk, with room for one strong, powerful sipping beer, this is a winner.

Liked this better in subsequent sessions, but only enough to up the aroma score. (1,369 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Old Chub nitro on draft - a chewy scotch ale with heavy toffee and caramel notes along with a brown sugar feel. Earthy and peaty with a back end smokiness. The creamy head and smooth body from the nitro pour allow this to go down like neck oil. A very enjoyable offering from a brewery that is consistently good. (313 characters)

Photo of twosheds
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown with a thick creamy tan head.

Smell is very slight with a hint of malts and smokiness coming through

Taste starts off very creamy from the head and is then very malty and sweet with a subtle smokiness. Caramel is a dominate flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth

This a great beer and I would like to get it more often. (391 characters)

Photo of gerite
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has a 16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Very dark, almost opaque brown with a thick creamy head and solid lacing that last until the end.

Aroma was unremarkable as a standard ale.

Flavors of chocolate, coffee and malt with a hint of hops.

The taste was smooth and silky but somewhat watery. Similar to milk stout but not as sweet.

I expected more but was happy with what I got. (385 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the can into a snifter.

Beer is dark brown in color. Like mahogany wood stain.

Smell is coco and roasted malts. Possibly smoke and molasses mixed with the roasted malts.

Taste follows well smoky carmel malts and coffee. More like a stout than I would have predicted. Very nice but not a great rendition of the style IMO

Overall a bit watery and lacks flavors that hold on the palate. Good smell and flavor. Worth a the price? Not sure. (446 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I saw this yesterday at The Beer Store in Nashua and opted to give it a go. A 4-pack of 16oz cans set me back $10. Bottom of the can has the notation: "canned on 01/30/15 @ 10:12 1.21 gigawatts!" Well, there you go! Did they plan this bier back in 1985? ;-)

Just poured most of one can into a Sammy pint glass. Being nitro, I got some of the Guinness effect. Color is a very dark, dense auburn. Cannot discern any carbo within, and the head is a creamy, 1/4" layer of beige foam. Lacing is solid, with good stick in the glass. Aroma has some sweetness, with a hint of chocolate and some definite smokiness. It is exceedingly smooth going down, though I feel that there could be more to the body, it being a touch less than medium.

Taste is nice, with a bit more choco plus some toffee mixed in with the maltiness. There is also a distinct smoky, peaty aspect present, which is rather enjoyable! The finish has some residual sweetness along with a smidge of floral hopping. Pretty good, all in all, and rather sessionable. Prosit! !

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

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opened can it immediately start foaming over so poured in glass for giant head and for a little bit the truth-color effect. Had a roasted malt aroma mixed with sweet caramel and bread. Light and creamy, the beer is easy to drink with balance of sweet caramel and lactic qualities (reminded me of creamer for some reason) with a dry roasted malt taste. Nothing special but enjoyable and could be a session beer that creeps up on you. (434 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Separated into multiple layers after pour - dark brown at bottom, stout-like creamy foam at the top and another layer in between. Butterscotch and vanilla aroma and taste. Almost too sweet. Not enough carbonation to balance the creamy/syrupy character. Maybe I don't understand what the style is supposed to be, because I think I preferred Kilt Flasher. (361 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color but looks bright, ruby red when held up to the light. Thick and creamy tan head that stays throughout. Not much in the way of smell, slight chocolate and vanilla. Very, very smooth mouthfeel, also chalky and thin. Flavor is malty, caramelly, bready and slightly chocolatey. Overall a delicious brew. Quite different than the non-nitro version. (373 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I can finally say I do not like my scotch ales nitro-ed.
very creamy body, great head & mouthfeel. that's all it has going on here. looks & feel.
where's the taste? back in scotland where they keep the nitro out.
I've tried this style before & disliked it, I don't know why I thought it would change with the brewery. oh well.
very watery flavor, too much malt, not sweet enough for the bitterness on the finish.
skip please. (425 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown with ruby accents; 1 finger creamy light brown head that receded to a thin cap; the lacing was a single sheet that covered the entire empty glass;

S: earthy, caramel, roasted grain;

T: initially follows the nose; smoky and earthy at mid-palate; a little smoke and caramel with mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: nice representation of the style; (420 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can.

A: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with a very thick creamy tan head. The nitro effect is clearly apparent. Incredible retention with lots of foamy lacing.

S: Caramel, browned malts, cracker, brown sugar, molasses, raspberry, plum, cranberry, and a subtle earthiness.

T: Sweet caramel, sweet bread, browned grains, raisin, cherry, brown sugar, cranberry, molasses, and a slight smokiness.

M: Smooth creamy medium bodied brew. Finishes great and the nitro makes it ridiculously drinkable.

O: A delicious sweet malty treat. A very good scotch ale. I personally enjoy the nitro slightly over the original. (635 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brownish, nearly black color with a thick and billowy white nitro driven head. Upon pouring you can see the decent cascade of nitro bubbles streaming through the brew giving the nice white head of the brew. The head has an great level of retention, only very slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is nearly identical to the original brew. It is sweet of some caramel and a big malty smell. Mixed with these are some roasted aromas as well as some lighter notes of darker fruit and some molasses.

Taste – Just like its non-nitro driven brew, this one begins with a strong and sweet flavor of caramel and brown bread. As the taste advances some other tastes of dark fruit of fig and some raisin come to the tongue. A little bit of a boozy flavor as well as some notes of cherry and a light hop of a herbal nature work their way into the taste at the end, leaving one with a rather sweet and somewhat dark sugary flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer a bit more creamy and smooth due to the nitro pour. For the rich flavors of the brew the feel is rather nice and helps bath the tongue in all the heavy and sweet flavors.

Overall – Another good one by Oskar. I am not sure which I like more though, this or the standard (non-nitro variety). Needless to say, both are quite nice and I think it really depends on your mood. (1,496 characters)

Photo of RichH55
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks great..and tastes great. Basically looks and drinks like a better guiness...Full cascade effect

Proper maltyness without too much caramel

Agree with people who say its almost like a Stout

Nitro is very underrated...just make sure its cold enough before you open it (275 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquor in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a heavy, think brownish color with a soft creamy head like you'd expect from a nitro beer. Looks great.

Smell: Huge malt notes, as one would suspect, with hints of that cloying caramel sweetness prevalent in many Scotch ales.

Taste: Whoa, lots of smoked malt in this and that's weird. The taste is more stout-like than Scotch ale like. I went into this beer thinking Dirty Bastard and walked out thinking Dirty Bastard ran through a smokestack with a pinch of French roast coffee thrown in for good measure. Really odd.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy.

Overall: The weird taste just doesn't do it for me. Another one of those Oskar Blues beers that doesn't fit well within the style guidelines. Overall, okay, but not something I'd want a tallboy of. (854 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at an Irish bar in DC. Pouted from a 16 oz. can into a new style Guinness glass.

The beer is dark brown with amber highlights. The cascade effect is nice. There is a 1/4" tan head that sticks around

Aroma of grains, lightly browned malts and something sweet.

Taste tracks the smell. A bit of roasted malts, a hint of raisins and a wee bit of something smoky.

The mouth is standard nitro, creamy but thin.

I like it, would love to try it on tap or cask (479 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned July 2014.

Appearance: Dark brown/caramel in color with some clarity and a solid sponge of light brown foam on top.

Aroma: Usually with a nitro pour most of the aroma gets killed off. In this case there is some rich caramel and toffee coming off it. Very sweet.

Taste: Huge wallop of toffee and toasty caramel with some serious depth. Rum raisin comes to mind along with a touch of earthy hops in a frivolous attempt to bring some balance. The finish is a tad subdued but the syrupy sweetness comes back in the aftertaste. No alcohol present in the flavor, some warmth in the back of the throat. Still, can't believe this is only 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Huge body with a milkshake like consistency. Usual silky nitro feel.

Final Thoughts: I really like the original but this is just a whole other level of massive sweetness. A true dessert beer. I hope this means we'll be seeing Ten Fidy in nitro cans soon... Would I drink it again? Sure. (948 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L (4.25) - Nice deep dark cola brown. Thick creamy head.
S (4.25) - There are a lot of aromas going on here. Toffee, caramel roasted.
T (3.75) - The flavors are here, but not real prevalent. It's okay, but nothing to write home about. I really like this style, but I feel like OB fell short here.
F (3.25) - I like nitro beers, but this is NOT a good one. It isn't creamy, and obviously has no carbonation. And it needs it.
O (3.75) - I've had this in the can and on tap. Both are just mediocre. I'm not a huge fan of regular Old Chub, but this should not have been nitro'd. Swing and a miss! (604 characters)

Photo of Vogie
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/16/15. Served in a pint glass.

An aggressive pour straight down the middle yields a nice but short lived cascade effect. Almost stout or cola like in color with a thick one finger of creamy pancake head that doesn't quit. Aromas of smoked malts, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with subtle hints of caramel, milk chocolate, roasted malts, perhaps woodsy? Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth with a light-medium body.

Yum! I enjoyed drinking this one. The nitrogen subdued the flavors of the Scotch Ale slightly but makes up for it with a creamy delicious mouthfeel. I could easily drink multiple pints of this. For those that like nitro guinness or nitro beers in general this is a must try. (733 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really love Old Chub and wasn't looking to buy a 4pk so instead I just gave the "NITRO" version a try instead.

A - Dark brown color. Pretty clear with a cascade of super fine nitrogen bubbles that form a light khaki head that stays forever. Moderate lacing.

S - All malt forward with some light caramel, toffee, and ale yeast. There is also a light graininess after it warms up. Not as fragrant as the regular.

T - Has all of the malt from the smell. There is the rich malt on the tip of the tongue and then the more subtle caramel and toffee in the middle and then followed by a light burnt sugar taste on the back-end. Not as roasty as a stout but more bitter than the regular version on the finish. Overall flat on the flavor impact.

M - Moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation (technically no carbonation). You can tell that there is body there but with the flat beer character of the nitro and the basically one dimensional flavor impact this beer leaves a lot to be desired in this category.

Overall, this is a very good beer with the rich maltiness that you would expect from a Scottish beer but the nitro seems to kill a lot of the depth in flavors that you get in the OG. I'm sure that there are people that would prefer the smoother mouth-feel and flavor that the nitro allots this beer but I am going to stick with the regular 12oz green can from now on.

Glass- Shaker Pint

Serving type: Nitro Can (1,417 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i see these in every single bar out there, but i wonder how well they sell. ive never seen someone drinking one in public. anyway, i like this fine, but im not sure it improves much upon the regular chub, which for me stands as probably the best all the time example of the style nationally. the pour is obviously nice, it has a nice cascade and a lasting inch plus of thick foam. the beer tastes more like the can that it ever has though, and the tinny metallic tang doesnt suit the beer for me. however, i love the malt bill on this beer, and thats only being critical, its tasty and unique. its like the beer next door, you forget its there for its right in front of your nose all the time, and every time i drink it i realize how much i like it. less true with this nitro edition, but the pint cans are really nice, should have done that a long time ago. still, this feels like a relic, like something thats existed forever, i should spend a little more time with it... (973 characters)

Photo of buckslayer50
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

As the liquor store cashier warned me, make sure you have your glass ready before you open this, and I would open it over a sink honestly, it will bubble over fast! But once I got it in the glass, it looked dark like a stout with a thick tan head that never went down and stuck to the side of the glass. The taste was very nice, really smooth and as a fan of scotch, the influence of it on the taste was a very welcome thing. The star of the show is the feel, insanely creamy and velvety, if nothing else try this beer just for the awesome mouth feel. At a major discount at my local liquor store, I am getting more of this ASAP (632 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deeply caramelized notes, with a touch of dark fruit and smoke. Prunes, raisins, dates.

Flavor is very caramelly, slightly sweet, dark fruity, woody, and smoky, with a dry finish. Lacks depth of malt presence, and that might be due to the nitro. Seems hollow. (260 characters)

Photo of PrincessMeriwhite
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

By far one of my favorite stouts, Old Chub Nitro is a refreshing and smooth ale. The aroma is soft and nutty, with a delicate yet rich initial blast. The feel is extremely smooth with a lower carbonation than many of my preferred beers, but it compliments the softness of the flavor. As for the overall taste, it's nutty and not too dry. Many describe it as caramelly and chocolatey, but I'd personally describe it as a soft oaky flavor. The nitrogen widget makes it taste just like it's off tap, which enhances the refreshing nature of the beer. Overall, a great beer to experience. (583 characters)

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Old Chub NITRO from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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