Old Chub - Nitro
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Old Chub - NitroOld Chub - Nitro
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #49
Ranked #8,607
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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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Jul 13, 2014
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Sam-VW from England

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Feb 19, 2015
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mattcrill from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jan 26, 2015
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PacNWDad from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Nov 10, 2014
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Beerdanza from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Mar 08, 2015
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Jul 22, 2014
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xShoWTeKx from South Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nov 05, 2015
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Hohnbaum from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Oct 19, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +13.9%

Dec 07, 2014
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handpullme from Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

I want to like this beer, because I really respect Oskar Blues and love everything else they brew, but I cannot get behind this one. The mouthfeel is very watery and the taste sweet and cloying. It's similar to how I remember the non-nitro version. I thought I needed to try the nitro version, but it was a bad idea. If you want a great example of this style, have a Skull Splitter from Orkney, Founders Backwoods Bastard, or McEwan's Scotch Ale. I honestly have no idea how Old Chub is rated higher than McEwan's.

Dec 13, 2014
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j0hnc2468 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

May 17, 2014
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AleHunter805 from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Jul 18, 2014
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esimonoff from California

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Sep 09, 2015
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plumcrazyfx from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Aug 08, 2014
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BeerMeInStl from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 19, 2014
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mchengcit from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 21, 2015
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dec 05, 2014
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 17, 2015
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Eziel from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 11, 2015
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BurdockBoy from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%

Aug 26, 2014
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crow from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 21, 2015
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DudMan from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Aug 03, 2014
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Ela from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 31, 2014
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Sumdeus from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Sep 17, 2014
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vincehayter from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 29, 2015
Old Chub - Nitro from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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