Old Chub - Nitro
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Old Chub - NitroOld Chub - Nitro
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #73
Ranked #13,245
3.95 | pDev: 10.38%
Aug 28, 2020
Apr 16, 2014
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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3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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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4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
4.38 by Walt_JR from England on Jan 07, 2019
3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2018
3.82 by Rigobarrozo from Indiana on Oct 10, 2018
3.79 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Sep 14, 2018
4.25 by Tfed_973 from California on Sep 03, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by detgfrsh from Texas

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
4 by paulish from New York on Aug 18, 2018
4.07 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 27, 2018
3.31 by BEERdedCharmer from New York on May 26, 2018
4.19 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Apr 26, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Radcpa from Washington

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
4.14 by BLarson31 from Minnesota on Jan 08, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
4.25 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by FLima from Brazil

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
3.63 by gilgar from Texas on Nov 13, 2017
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4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Spondonh from Massachusetts

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
3.26 by fjdelvalle from Texas on Sep 24, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Cbmcguire from Massachusetts

According to something I read, this ale brobdingnagian. Yep.

Sep 16, 2017
3.75 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Sep 13, 2017
3.76 by brianstrong2 from Missouri on Sep 08, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEER88 from Washington

Nitro helped mellow it out!

Sep 05, 2017
3.87 by Gkruszewski from New York on Aug 31, 2017
4 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Aug 23, 2017
4.15 by chossboss from Oregon on Aug 03, 2017
3.9 by LukeB from Virginia on Jul 27, 2017
4.13 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Jul 26, 2017
3.81 by Raime from Korea (North) on Jul 09, 2017
4.5 by Mindsculptor from Texas on Jul 07, 2017
3.8 by Scudworth from California on Jul 01, 2017
3.87 by Duff27 from Illinois on Jun 27, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by ThaddeusGhostal from California

On tap at Oskar blues. Incredible mouthfeel and much different than regular chub. Recommend.

May 30, 2017
3.73 by bb-magic from Florida on May 28, 2017
4.75 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota on May 08, 2017
4.25 by BeerTest from Florida on May 04, 2017
3.75 by Narthax from Texas on Apr 30, 2017
4 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin on Apr 24, 2017
Old Chub - Nitro from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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