Old Chub NITRO | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Old Chub NITROOld Chub NITRO

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Evilyak
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of NatoMasochism
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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!

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of twosheds
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of gerite
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Gear54
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -2.3%
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.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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;

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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