Old Chub NITRO | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Old Chub NITROOld Chub NITRO
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Old Chub NITROOld Chub NITRO

Brewed by:
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.

Added by BringbakFavre on 04-16-2014

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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i see these in every single bar out there, but i wonder how well they sell. ive never seen someone drinking one in public. anyway, i like this fine, but im not sure it improves much upon the regular chub, which for me stands as probably the best all the time example of the style nationally. the pour is obviously nice, it has a nice cascade and a lasting inch plus of thick foam. the beer tastes more like the can that it ever has though, and the tinny metallic tang doesnt suit the beer for me. however, i love the malt bill on this beer, and thats only being critical, its tasty and unique. its like the beer next door, you forget its there for its right in front of your nose all the time, and every time i drink it i realize how much i like it. less true with this nitro edition, but the pint cans are really nice, should have done that a long time ago. still, this feels like a relic, like something thats existed forever, i should spend a little more time with it...

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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.4oz (why?) can, nice to see these sorts of offerings from the Oskar Blues account starting to trickle northward. Heh - 'Rare Girth'. The crack of the can sounds very much like opening a Guinness.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby red amber hue, with two fingers of initially cascading (always a neat trick, that), and eventually dead creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of crooked sheet rock lace around the glass as it rather lazily fades away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready and meaty caramel malt, mildly peaty campfire smoke, dark orchard fruit, a bit of candy sugar, faint tobacco and burnt coffee notes, cooking vanilla, tame milk chocolate, and soft earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more somewhat gamey smoked caramel malt, peat bog, vanilla crackers, singed black fruit - plums and figs/dates, mostly - ethereal bittersweet cocoa powder, wet ash, day-old coffee, and more subtle earthy, leafy, and weedy hops.

The bubbles are of a different realm, notably that of ales such at the aforementioned Guinness and its widget-driven ilk, and thus are not particularly discernible on their own, but more as part of an overarching creaminess, the body a staunch medium weight, and smooth, which more or less goes without saying at this juncture. It finishes on the sweet side, but not overly so - the smoke bleeding off having its own (monarch) butterfly effect.

A curious choice to apply the ol' nitrogen gas treatment to, I guess it's still keeping it in the Celtic tribe, and all that. Anyways, some the edginess of the base beer is basically shorn off, rendering this actually more drinkable. Huh - new-fangled technology, and how we got to here, eh?

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz nitro can. Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, large, pillowy head. Left great rings of lace. It smelled of malt, caramel and earthy notes. It tasted of sweet toffee and caramel. Slightly bitter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: After an explosive burst from the can, the beer settles into a classic nitro pour, developing a thick creamy tan head that squats on the clear ice tea-colored liquid; excellent lacing action

Smell: Caramel nougat with a touch of smoked tea leaves

Taste: Caramel, nougat and marshmallow cream with the sweetness fading in mid-palate; the flavors don't change but the finish is less cloying than I was anticipating as a hint of smoke emerges

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with low carbonation

Overall: The nitro was a bit of a gimmick here but I thought it was fun

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque extremely dark reddish brown (bordering on black) in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass after the Nitro cascade and a faint amount of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy foamy dark tan head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts and roasted malts with just a hint of smokiness to it and lots of caramel present. Hints of tea as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted, roasted, and sweet malts with a hint of smokiness and moderate amounts of caramel + toffee sweetness. Light hints of tea and an almost toasted marshmallow like sweetness with a very light amount of earthy hops in the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades very quickly.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Enjoyable but not sure that the nitro really adds a lot of difference to the brew... Possibly a slightly lighter and creamier mouthfeel and a few more hints of sweetness come through but this is a hard beer to improve upon as it is quite good in the original form/packaging. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I had purchased this at The Fridge in furtherance of The CANQuest ™ and then held it in abeyance until now. Merry Christmas!

From the CAN: “Rare Girth”; “A Virtual Planetoid”; “CANs Infinitely Recyclable”; “Pack It In, Pack It Out”; “Charged Nitro Widget may cause unchilled CANs to overflow”.

The Crack! also caused a Hiss! as the widget energized itself and due to it being a tall boy as well as an N2 CAN, I could not undertake an inverted Glug. Instead, I fired some into the glass and sat back in amusement as the cascade took place. I would up with a finger of dense, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and ruby highlights. Nose was syrupy sweet with tinges of chocolate to really ramp up the maltiness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was very sugary, hugely malty, some milk chocolate flavors and then a wash of peatiness hit! Shazam! Warming, I noticed an alcohol burn tingling my nostrils. This was no playin’ around. The finish was semi-sweet, thanks to the alcohol, which prevented it from being a downright sugar bomb. Phew. For me, one was plenty, but if you are a fan of the style or if you just want to try an N2 CAN, this might be your bag.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro helped mellow it out!

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Old Chub NITRO from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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