Old Chub - Nitro
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Old Chub - NitroOld Chub - Nitro
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #51
Ranked #8,771
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Old Chub - NitroOld Chub - Nitro
Notes: OLD CHUB NITRO takes you deeper into the rich, malty flavors of the original brobdingnagian Scotch Ale, while the nitrogen widget liberates a cascading, uber-silky smooth oral experience only the CAN provides. This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (6.9% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub Nitro features semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a wee-bit of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. Beige head. 3/4". Aroma was brown maltiness, red maltiness, lighter residual smoke. Didn't get the chocolate or coffee note in the aroma, but the roasted malt and yeast would later give way to these in the taste department.

Taste made me realize this is the rare occasion where I like a nitro beer more than the OG. Sure its definitely smoother, no big surprise there with a nitro beer, but here it seemed to temper the bitterness and alcohol moreso. I didn't think it was sweet at all. The roasted malt did well, a lot of times nitro will cover up roasted malt, whereas here I think it was easier to get those varied notes of chocolate and coffee via the malt roasting than it is in the original non nitro version.
Toffee has always been there regardless of which version. Less dark fruit bitterness this time around.

For once, a nitro version of something that doesn't dumb it down and is actually better than the original.

Aug 28, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/9/15; drank 7/14/15 @ the Yarchives.

NOTE: open over a sink!

Brown/purple appearance.

Nice tan head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Plum, caramel & mild orange citrus notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Plum & orange creme flavors up front; raspberry & mild caramel notes on the finish.

Far more complex & enjoyable than the regular version; a delicious revelation.

Jun 17, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Dark brown color with tan head. No smell. Light and smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of roasted malt and brown sugar. Fairly sweet. Decent, true to the style, but the sweetness is a bit much for me. Don't know that I'd get this again.

Aug 24, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark appearance with tan head that disipates slowly. Aroma is a nutty smooth light caramel. Taste is a watered down stout that has very little taste.

Jan 20, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro version. Brown color with a thick caramel head with medium retention.
Light aroma of red fruits, nuts and licorice.
Nice flavor with notes of licorice, nuts, cola, milk chocolate and lots of vanilla. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light, but still creamy body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is incredibly hidden.
Very pleasant and sessionable for the style.

Nov 26, 2017
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Spondonh from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this from the draught, not the can. Looked dark, but silky as the nitro bubbles slowly settled. Nose was sweet and a little smoky. Taste was absolutely phenomenal, but only because I one very complex flavors. So many great flavors happening here. Sweet, chocolatey, hoppy and smokey. All at the same time. The nitro makes the mouthfeel very smooth. After taste has that scotchy, smoky taste. Despite the ratings on here, this is one of my favorite dark nitro beers now.

Nov 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep dark amber/brown and leaves the same colored body with a two finger white foamy head in my thistle. Adequate light foamy lacing clings to the sides of the glass. In the aroma, a nice showcase of the typical "peat" smells of a Scottish ale along with some caramel and chocolate. I do get the malt scotch. The taste is sweet with all of the previously mentioned flavors showcasing a nice arrangement of sweet notes. Fairly easy on the palate, decent amount of malts subtly coat the mouth. Overall, my first wow by Oskar Blues, its about time, I would definitely have this again.

Jun 05, 2017
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black with a creamy, white head.

Nose is muted but some roasted notes. Taste is malty and a little acrid.

Mouth is to be expected - very mild carbonation and a creamy feel.

Feb 25, 2017
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from nitro tap into a mug. Pours pitch black with a fluffy nitro head. Smells of dark grain but weak. Tastes of light dark roasted grain with slight grapes. Beer is light bodied and easily drinkable for its ABV. Overall, a very good beer.

Dec 29, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Solid offering within the style. Checks all the boxes - chewy malt toffee, a little bit of smoke - without any off flavors. Lacks distinction to a degree but that's fine. The Nitro version definitely nails the texture & improves the optics, though it loses a wee bit of flavor.

Nov 16, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz pint served at the Griffon Pub in Niagara Falls, USA.

Appearance - dark Amber topped with a finger and a bit of decadent off white head brilliant retention and lacing.

Smell - scotch in subtle hints but loads of toffee and caramel and vanilla. Slightly earthy but the sweet Malts dominate.

Taste - like the nose with a more astringent and bitter taste. Scotch and toffee makes for a very nice combo. Caramel and vanilla play a nice backing duo.

Mouthfeel - super smooth from the nitro. Otherwise hefty but smooth body and carbonation is just right.

Overall - sensational beer that is worth trying and lived up to my expectations. Never has scotch ale been so easy to drink.

Sep 01, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught pour into shaker pint at Davis Beer Shoppe. Had some gas delivery problems at the start of the pour, so I should revisit. I've had this beer several times over the years, but alays from a can. Was shocked I hadn't entered it into BA. Nose was mute, but the one thing that really stood out that I hadn't noticed before was the sweetness. Not TIPA malty mess, but way more than I remember from cans. Puzzled, will revisit.

Jul 09, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a pub. It was served in a pint glass. It pours a rich, dark cola color with a thick, creamy, tan, nitro infused head. It's a really pretty pour. The smell was somewhat subdued, but it featured malt, peat, and some caramel. The tastes include lots of roasted malt, burnt, earthy peat, nuts, caramel, and brown sugar. This has to be one of the creamiest beers I've ever drank. It is full-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Overall, it is a really fun beer to drink. I think I like the flavor of the regular Old Chub better but the feel of the nitro version is amazing.

May 12, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holy smokes, this one is the creamiest of the lot. I'm having this in a 4oz sampler on a flight.

Creamy head, unusually dark body compared to the original with copper highlights. Head is guinness-like and totally tight.

Not much on aroma except for some walnut, malts, honey, scotch.

Total deliciousness here. Lots of malty goodness like the original, with a rich honey-scotch layer. Notes of chocolate, plum, and torched banana peels come out.

Feel is nothing short of awesome. Super creamy, super delectable.

Overall, the NITRO is a win-win. I'll have it again and even prefer it over the original!

Apr 17, 2016
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NatoMasochism from Tennessee

3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Flying Saucer downtown Nashville.

Nitro pour - solid 1 finger head. Very nice lacing. Has a pleasing dark red tint.

Sweet, full-bodied, nice malty flavor. Very drinkable but not what I have come to expect from the Scotch ale style. Maybe more of a dark Irish red.

Feb 17, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Looks dark, but still letting some light through. Like a coke, though obviously with different bubble style since this is nitro. Smells malty and lightly roasted. Tastes incredibly malty and delicious. Has a flavor hard to describe: comforting and soothing. Smokey and smooth and oh so good. Feels creamy and more creamy. Overall this was a fantastic beer and I'm already looking forward to my next one.

Dec 12, 2015
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leadpaint76 from Oklahoma

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The head was very creamy and thick-off-white. The aroma has mild smoked malts and chocolate notes. The flavor is very nice and matches the nose. Old Chub hides the 8% alcohol very well. Overall a very good beer. Cheers and have a great day my friends.

Nov 30, 2015
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice creamy (color and texture) that is really appealing. Beer is a dark brown and pretty good looking. Smell is hard to pin down but has a nice caramel and slightly nutty note to it. Taste is pretty good. Strong caramel and nut note. Not much smoke. Feel is really smooth and creamy. Heavy body but fairly easy to drink. Overall, not bad and worth it.

Oct 05, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straight "5's" (or a perfect '10') straight across the board and I will tell you why. Sampled last night on 9/20/15. Comes in a 16 ounce can and had their regular 'Old Chub" before in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 20 ounce "Rock Bottom Mugs Club" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours close a pitch-black in color with a good 2-finger beige creamy head that stayed around for most of the drink. Lots of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped, like a German brew on tap. Aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Fantastic! The taste is...wow! Fantastic also! Lots going on with the taste that follows the nose with maybe a hint of chocolate also. So very smooth and went down so easy. No bitter of harsh aftertaste at all and with the high alcohol content, it ddn't taste 'boozy' either. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation which is on the lower side but works for this great brew. LOVED this one and better than the regular "Old Chub", which is a great brew also!

Sep 21, 2015
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ASirahSyrah from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Aug 21, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Aug 06, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Jun 27, 2015
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twosheds from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Jun 07, 2015
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gerite from Alabama

3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Jun 06, 2015
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Gear54 from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev -5%
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.

Jun 04, 2015
Old Chub - Nitro from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1110 ratings