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Old Chub NITRO - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 26
Gots: 236 | 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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Ratings: 885 | Reviews: 121
Photo of Vogie
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of dmgeng
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

Photo of buckslayer50
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What a gem this is so smooth its hard to stop drinking great scottish ale almost a stout so creamy when you pour and drink

Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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.

Photo of PrincessMeriwhite
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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


Photo of PatrickCT
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can into a 20 oz pint glass.

a: Beautiful pour from the nitro...a perfect one finger head that forms after a minute long cascade. Rusty, Burgundy brown body.

s: Caramelized malts, a little peaty and smokey.

t: Smoked wood, peat, French caramel.

mf: Creamy with a slight smokey bite. A little heavy.

o: I don't usually have nitro beers aside from the occasional Guinness. This was a treat if even to just look at. I am assuming the nitro is what made it less Scotch aleish though?

Photo of HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 16.4 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark reddish brown with a dense, khaki nitro head. Beautiful nitro bubbles cascade after pouring; thick clumps of foam cling to the glass.

Smell: Mild roasted grains with a very slight smokiness.

Taste: Layers of toffee, chocolate and smoky, roasted grains. Coffee hints, more latte than black.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost light body with velvety smooth feel. Fine nitro carbonation.

Overall: Satisfying Scotch ale; smooth nitro body if relatively light.

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

Very smooth scotch ale. Flavor just a bit lacking though good.

Photo of Lobina
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed the nitro touch over regular chub

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

boozy chocolate milk in a can. unstoppable.

Photo of passypass4
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great tasting Scotch Ale, I love regular old chub, on Nitro makes it 10x better!!

Photo of Beerdanza
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

All right! I love the original Old Chub Scotch Ale, so I thought I'd try the newer Old Chub Nitro. Even though it's lost some of it's ABV, it's a really fine can of beer.

It pours dark reddish brown, about the color of a cola. I get a good inch of creamy, cream-colored head. This is the thick, rich head of a nitro-charged beer. Pour it in a beer mug and it looks like the absolute, perfect glass of beer. Looks awesome.

Not much smell can get through the dense head. I detect just a hint of caramel. But what it's missing in bouquet it more than makes up for in taste. The creamy head is delicious, like a milk shake, followed by the bitter sweet taste of Scotch ale. This goes down smooth and satisfying, sweet enough to be easy drinking, with enough bite to make it feel like a real beer.

Overall, this is a fine beer. It goes down easy, and satisfies. One of the best Scotch Ales I've tried. Once again, Oskar Blues puts a premium product in a handy aluminum can.

Photo of kfh227
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Strange. Initially, I loved this. But now I am sick of it. kinda flat but I get that out of all canned nitros except Guinness..

Look: No head, dark
smell: Nothing special
taste: The best part
feel: Not enough nitro
Overall: whatevs ... might never get it again. Bought 8 total. The first one was great but I grew sick of it.

Photo of Czequershuus
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Luxurious mouthfeel, this a a rich and hearty beer. The taste however, leaves something to be desired; it is to soft, to unassuming. Scotch Ales may not be the most agrressive style, but even with the considered this beer seems a bit apologetic.

Photo of clausr
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro version seemed to scrub taste from original OC

Photo of wagoneer79
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very dark amber that can be mistaken for black in bad light. Backlighting reveals deep red tones. Thick almond head that lingers with solid lacing.

S: Leaves much to be desired, very limited malt character on nose with few distinct parts.

T: Malty, sweet, rye notes, some alcohol warmth, very clean overall. No hop character to speak of.

F: Light body for a dark nitro like this, but medium body overall.

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

Poured from a can.
Appearance: deep dark ruby. Dr.Pepper in color with a 1/2" thick dense, foamy head....
Smell: light in the roasted barley dept. which I like. A little dark caramel.
Taste: toffee. Caramel. Chocolate. Roasted barley.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation. Big body. Creamy. Slightly sweet.
Overall: easy: good beer.

Photo of hophead723
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First of all, I would like to note that this beer has 6.9% ABV and not 8.0% which is what's listed here on beeradvocate.
Poured into a claret glass from a fresh and cold can, the nitrogen fizzing.

Look: Deep, dark body but with flashes of a reddish mahogany around the edges. The head was dark and made of microscopic nitrogen bubbles that made a perfectly straight line at both the top and bottom. A handsome beer.

Smell: The smell is deep roasted malts, fig like sweetness, and a flourish of Cavendish. It is subtle in nature yet possesses an air of quality.

Taste: The taste is malty and smoky, with a touch of fig and cocoa. The prominent flavors of this beer come no doubt from the addition of beechwood-smoked malt which give this beer it's big body.

Feel: This beer's nitro characteristics really are what make it so drinkable for me. The head of the beer is as smooth as whipped cream and the body is extremely satiny. It's a smooth, dark elixir who's texture is sleek and immensely appealing.

Overall: Everyone should try this beer. It is a Scotch Ale which isn't even close to a stout but I compare it to Guinness which is of course the world standard for a stout. That is quite the compliment for this relatively new brewery in Colorado so I would surely recommend this one.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers of tight nitro head that sticks around for a very long time

S: Some dark fruits and maltiness up front with a touch of smoke. A little toned down than the regular version

T: Follows the nose, but more on par with the regular version. Starts off with the dark fruits and waves of malt followed by mellow smokiness, dark chocolate, and caramel. Quite a few layers before finishing with a light sweetness and more of the smoke

M: Medium-full bodied with very low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, a la nitro

O: An interesting spin on the regular version that doesn't really add or detract in any major ways (aside from the mouthfeel, obviously). Solid drinkability and great flavors going on within the waves of malt and layers. You'll want to try this if you're a fan of the regular and scotch ales in general, just for the distinct nitro treatment

Photo of RayVB
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice smooth even taste, the nitro is better than the regular old chub.

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

I had this on tap at Melt on Valentines Day, and it was so extremely creamy and easy drinking that I was informed that this must be the nitro version (I am not sure how it was listed on the taps menu). That may be. It was not scottish enough but it was a nice experience.

It was extremely pretty in the glass with a huge creamy head. That was wonderful. It had a slighly nutty aroma.

The taste was very subdued for the style - not nearly bitter enough. There was a nutty under and after taste.

Overall I enjoyed this greatly but I was disappointed that it wasn't scottish enough.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro can from Bert's
Tawny brown color with that micro bubbled tan head that is typical of a nitrogenated beer. Sweet caramel and dark fruity aromas with a touch of smoke in both the aroma and flavor. Nice brew.

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Old Chub NITRO from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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