Old Chub NITRO | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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1,085 Ratings
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Old Chub NITROOld Chub NITRO
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

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.

Added by BringbakFavre on 04-16-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,085
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
325
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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1.24/5  rDev -68.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

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.

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

Old Chub is one of my favorite beers, so perhaps my rating is driven by expectations. I also don't know much about nitro beers (yet), but I think this one is less flavorful, has a worse mouthfeel, seems watered down, and, on the whole, is a poor imitation of the original.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.12/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.72/5  rDev -31%

Photo of utfiero
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Color- dark mahogany. Medium head.

Aroma- roasty, dark wheat bread, hints of caramel.

Taste- Seems flat. Starts roasty and strong, hoppy bitterness, long ashy roasted finish. A mediocre offering from Oskar Blues.

Poured from pint can into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted July 2014.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

16 oz can. I was stoked about this beer, being a big fan of both Old Chub and nitro brews. Unfortunately, the nitro seems to take the nuance out of Old Chub's flavor and leaves it feeling kind of bland.

The pour and cascade were wonderful, and the mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy, but the malt flavors don't pop like I would have hoped. Maybe it will be better on tap.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

not a fan of this

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2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just don't care much for this beer

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2.99/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Luxurious mouthfeel, this a a rich and hearty beer. The taste however, leaves something to be desired; it is to soft, to unassuming. Scotch Ales may not be the most agrressive style, but even with the considered this beer seems a bit apologetic.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Let's start with I REALLY like Old Chub. But on Nitro, all the things I like about Old Chub disappear.

Weak head and not nearly as carbonated as the regular pour. Color about the same.

This is really thin. The carbonation is miniscule and hell, microscopic. It doesn't have the pop that Old Chub regular provides. It is even a bit watery.

The mouthfeel is smooth in the way an average bourbon is. There's no tang on the tongue. It is almost syrupy sweet albeit the ever present thinness.

The tangy dryness is gone. You still get the brown sugars, but this a more like a weak brown ale left too long in the can. It mashes all the high notes and rye like qualities the regular pour has and makes them overly sweet and smooth. I think the Nitro cans have robbed the flavors the regular can has. Too bad, had high hopes for a favored beer of this style.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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Old Chub NITRO from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,085 ratings.
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