Old Chub NITRO - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 32
Gots: 266 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by rdilauro:
Photo of rdilauro
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I knew this was going to be a big beer. From the time I poured it out of the can.
There was a strange situation, that happened with me and all the others that tasted it that night. When we poured it, there was a big nice heard, a dark clear bottom, but a hazy cloudy middle. But within a few seconds, that cloudy haze turned into the dark clear bottom. Very strange.

Personally, I think the nitro boost distracted from this beer. It made it a bit too smooth and creamy. I remember this one from the variety pack before it was Nitrod and the overall appeal of this Scottish ale was better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sam-VW
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When you pour this beer (I opted for the straight into the glass nitro pour) you get the cascading Nitro effect with a deep Tan/Brown Colour. Once the thick head rises up, it's a dark Brown Beer with deep Ruby around the edges with a Tan coloured head. On the nose, lots of Caramel, some Woody tones and a little smoke. Great smelling for such a malt forward brew, you can really pick up on the caramalisation. When tasting this beer, there's an initial wave of Caramel, followed by hard Toffee and Fudge. Wood and a light Smokiness carry through the Palate. On the finish there's a little Tea aftertone, which is quite nice. As this beer is Nitro, it's insanely smooth and almost coats your throat. Light carbonation and a Sweet finish.

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev +1.3%

11/9/2014. 16 oz nitro version can purchased at Chuck’s Greenwood, poured into an ale glass. Pours with a thick, dense, creamy head. Mahogany colored and somewhat cloudy. Aroma is of roasted malt, biscuits, a bit of raisin and fig. Sweet flavor, with a slight amount of bitterness and sourness. Creamy and full bodied, light carbonation and a fairly quick finish. This beer most certainly IS still being brewed, and I hope they continue to do so.

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 mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a thistle glass.

Aroma: pleasant caramel and deep toasty malt notes. Sweet bread character asserts as the beer warms. Clean fermentation character. No hop aroma or alcohol notes. All as it should be.

Appearance: Deep brick red pour. Clarity looks good but hard to tell due to the dense color. Head is thick and batter-like with beautiful tan dense foam stand. Head persists throughout.

Flavor: More caramel and sweet bread notes. There is a background earthy bitterness that helps offset the maltiness. Balance is toward the pleasant malt character. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Slightly creamy due to the nitro. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A pleasant and unique slant on this classic beer. I think the nitro mutes the wonderful character of the normal version of this beer but hard to tell without a side-by-side. Still, this is well done and immensely enjoyable.

Photo of Beaver13
2.12/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16 oz can. Pours light reddish brown with a quick nitro cascade after the can exploded. It has a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is more subdued than regular chub - sweet peaty caramel malts and some dark fruit with some chemical nitro.

The flavor is sweet peaty caramel malts and dark fruits with a nitro twang. The mouthfeel is creamy but watery like most nitro.

Overall, the nitro gimmick dumbs down the old chub. The widget helped the nitro head, but not much of a cascade and made it more subdued and watery.

Photo of alarmclock314
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Usually a stout drinker, but this is a fantastic ale on nitro.

Photo of bsp77
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Wood grain red with big nitro tan head.

Smell: Brown sugar, caramel and toffee.

Taste: Fairly sweet with brown sugar, chocolate, toffee and caramel. Not much peat or hops at all compared to the standard Old Chub. Lingering, off-putting aftertaste.

Feel: Thin, flat body - I don't like the nitro feel on this beer. Off dry finish.

Overall: Stick with the standard carbonation version.

Photo of Veeblefetzer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Found this in a can

I'm a big fan of non-nitro Old Chub. Its a "go to" beer for me, and I was interested to try the Nitro version. I'll admit up front that I'm not sold on the "Nitro" concept. My impression is that the creaminess and mouthfeel enhancement that nitro adds comes at the expense of flavor; that is, nitro tends to "flatten out" a beer.

The pour, into one of those funky Sam Adam's glasses, was beautiful. The action of the cascading head and the falling out of the brew was a thing to behold. The head was thick and rich. Not much aroma to this stuff, though.

Very creamy taste and wonderful thick moutfeel, but the overall taste had flattened out from what I expect to find in an Old Chub. If I had never had the regular Chub, I'd probably be more or less satisfied with the Nitro version. Certainly, Old Chub Nitro is superior to Guinness with nitro cans, but I don't find it superior to non-nitro Old Chub.

Photo of PorterPotty
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Loved it. I hadn't seen Old Chub on Nitro before so I had to give it a taste. Hopefully Oskar Blues will make this beer available year around in CA because it's delicious!

Mouthfeel- Exactly the type of creamy mouthfeel that you would expect from a Nitro beer

Flavor- Toffee and Caramel

Appearance- Medium to dark brown with creamy head

Finish- Smooth and satisfying

Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a nitro 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark and hazy brown with some ruby red. Lots of rising carbonation and a big three finger light tan head with very good retention. Leaves lots of creamy lacing.

Smell: A toasty, sweet, and smokey malt forward aroma with big hints of caramel malt, cream, and smoke. Upfront toasted barley malt with sweet hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, smoke, grains, chocolate, cream, nuts, and yeast. Also some hints of peat and wood with the smoke. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very good malty and creamy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a creamy, toasty, and fairly sweet malt driven taste with big notes of caramel and smoke. Upfront toasted barley malts with good notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, chocolate, smoke, and cream as well as some nuts, grains, and yeast. Good notes of sweet brown sugar as well as some peat and wood. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty good malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very high level of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Scotch ale. The nitro adds a lot of cream without burying the malt notes too much.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on date of 05/08/14

Appearance - Pours muddy and dark with an auburn brown tinge. Thin head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin, broken layer of suds on the surface.

Smell - Heavy notes of chocolate and caramel.

Taste - Caramel and lesser notes of milk chocolate with touches of toffee. A bit watery on the finish. Hints of berry tartness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with a smooth, creamy texture before thinning out in the finish.

Overall - Love what's there in the flavor profile, but as others have noted, it seems a bit watered down, especially in the finish. Too bad, because this one could be a monster. Odd considering it comes in at 8%.

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the expected beautiful nitro fashion. A nice fizz is heard when you pop this from a can as the widget gets going. Head retention is of course epic; lacing is thick and slowly slides down the glass.

Brew itself is extremely dark, purplish brown, with a bit of light shining through in the thinnest parts of the glass. Head is dark tan.

Nuts, figs, and prunes dominate the aroma, with some caramel and toffee from the grains. It takes a lot more to draw aroma from this on nitro, but it smells delicious; slightly sharp with grapes and cherries.

Dark fruit and bread abound in the flavor; very distinct and strong, much more significant than in the aroma. Raisins, prunes, and plums; walnuts and pecans; red grapes; dark bread. Thick and delicious.

Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, but perhaps even more impressive is how incredibly smooth the entire brew goes down: silky smooth, with no sting, no hint of ABV, no foaming. It's probably the thickest brew that I feel you could still chug.

It's meant to be enjoyed slowly, but in big sips.

This is a fantastic beer, and I feel the nitro format vastly improves upon the regular Old Chub.

Photo of mlockman
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a step above the regular Old Chub, but my laments about lack of complexity are the same; still, very drinkable beer!

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 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 scootny
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Same thoughts on this as the original Old Chub, yet the taste is smoothed out and the mouth feel is just pure silky luxury with the biggest creamiest head I have ever seen from a nitro can with astounding suspended lacing. Very enjoyable for the style and the BEST nitro infused ale I have EVER had bar none. Most excellent. Try Old Chub, THEN try the nitro....it is EXCELLENT!

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark brwon color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark fruits. Taste is good, dark fruits, malts, bready, easy drinking for the abv. Feels smooth and creamy in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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 puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 07/07/14. Sampled on July 25, 2014.

Whoosh! It sizzles open and overflows from the can like a good nitro widget-induced beer should. Super soft and delicate looking beige head on top of a near black color beer.

Lovely malty, vanilla, and coffee-like aromas just like the original with a bit of the good earth in the background.

The body is medium to full but the soft, delicate carbonation bubbles tickle my upper lip.

The taste goes more toward the malts with sweetness and a lingering bitterness at the end. Very nicely done.

Photo of n2185
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of creamy brown head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Caramel malt with vanilla dominate with burnt sugar, a little cotton candy, and some nutty and roasted malt aromas.

T: Caramel malts here as well with nutty flavors up front. There are flavors of burnt sugar and vanilla following before a finish that is sweet and slightly roasted with a touch of bitterness.

M: Body is on the heavier side of moderate with smooth, creamy carbonation, making it very drinkable.

O: A really tasty beer, overall. The nitro makes a marked improvement over an already solid Scotch ale.

Photo of RMoeNay
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was disappointed by this beer... Looked nice out of the can, from there it was underwhelming.

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Old Chub NITRO from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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