Craft Beer Review: Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro

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:

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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 Bottom of Every Oskar Blues Can Has Some Unique Text

 

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!