Time for another craft beer review! This time I review Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale, which is brewed in Longmont Colorado. I'm a fan of the Scotch Ale style of beer, which is full of tasty malt and smoke. I'm also a fan of Oskar Blues Brewery, which is in Longmont, Colorado and was one of the very first craft brewers to can their beer. So when they released their Old Chub a few years ago I immediately picked some up to try, and really liked it. Now they have released a version carbonated with Nitrogen, which gives a great creamy smooth drinking experience. I picked up a 4-pack of 16oz cans of the Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro at my local Total Wine for the price of $8.99, which seemed like a very fair price for the 8% ABV brew. I was interested in seeing if the Nitro version of this Scotch Ale in a can was as good as the regular Old Chub:
Appearance-10 possible points
As you can see from the photo above, Old Chub Nitro is a very nice looking beer. It has an almost "stout dark" color but with a little extra red. The Nitro carbonation yields that super-tiny bubble head that looks like a soft pillow on top of the beer.
Aroma-10 possible points
Old Chub Nitro has a very similar aroma to the "regular" Old Chub with a slightly sweet and smokey aroma that has hints of dark chocolate & molasses. The 8% isn't noticeable at all, unlike some Scotch Ales I've had which sometimes reveal their higher alcohol in the aroma. So far so good, let's see how the flavor is.
Taste-20 possible points
Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro doesn't disappoint in the flavor department. It has all the stuff that I like in a Scotch Ale, slightly sweet malt backed up with some smoke and complemented with a little spice, dark fruit and molasses. The Nitro adds a nice level of creaminess to the beer.
Drinkability-10 possible points
Old Chub Nitro is an eminently drinkable beer. The 8%ABV is well hidden and the Nitrogen carbonation gives the beer a super-smooth and creamy texture. I've had a couple cans of the beer with grilled Lamb, smoked Pork ribs and Chocolate Ice Cream and it went well with all of them.
The Final Score
When I add every thing up, Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro scores very high. Here's the final tally:
Appearance: 8 out of 10
Aroma: 7 out of 10
Taste: 17 out of 20
Drinkability: 8 out of 10
Total Score: 40 out of 50- A "4 mug" Beer
Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro is a very good beer with all the right stuff when it comes to Scotch Ales. The Nitro component adds a great bonus to the beer. If you like malt-forward beers with a hint of smoke, especially with hearty grilled foods, you need to give Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro a try!