Chubna | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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4.03/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
33
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16.9 oz stovepipe can (canned April 14, 2016) to a snifter.

A-An aggressive pour produces a tall head of tan foam. The head drops immediately to a collar. No lacing to be seen. The beer is nearly clear and is a nice, deep amber color.

S-The aroma is sweet on the first few whiffs. Smells of maple syrup, vanilla, overripe plum, and toffee start things out. As my nose adjusts, I pick up some wood from the barrel and hints of leaf and pine.

T-The taste is not as sweet as the smell. There is still some brown sugar and toffee up front, but the sweetness fades quickly to more woody, leafy notes. I pick up pine needle and cedar. The finish is more bitter and leafy with a medicinal alcohol drying things out.

M-The feel is on the heavy side, but it is surprisingly clean on my palate. None of the stickiness that I was expecting. Carbonation is chunky.

O-I was expecting to like this beer more. The look and aroma were decent, but the taste was a little too astringent for me. Still, it is an interesting mash-up of flavors.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beer21
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchip
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial scotch ipa aged in buffalo trace. These are a few of my favorite things, but not sure how they'd go together.

Starts out looking pretty. Clear copper color with an off white head. Good retention, no lacing. Surface coating of carbonation sticks around through the entire pour.

Aroma has more of the scotch ale take to it, which is good because it plays well with the bourbon notes. Wood, caramel, vanilla. Light pine.

The gubna makes a stronger appearance in the flavor. Flavor still leans heavily to chub, but has a nice hop kick and bitterness to the back end. It's boozy, but was expected.

Mouthfeel is heavy and holds up to the barrage of flavors. Moderate carbonation. Drying in the end.

It sounds like a strange hodgepodge that wouldn't work well together, but OB pulls it together very well. It actually comes across almost like a hoppy BA barleywine. And the stovepipe is the perfect serving size.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 10 oz pour
Pour a clear golden color with a soft white ring. Heavy scents of bourbon here with hops and malts from the 2 styles . Taste is bourbon first with scotch ale malts lingering hops with a sweet whiskey finish the Barrel is in charge of this brew but some dank hops are present and in the taste of this brew . Hot mouth feel with subdued carbonation musty and woody with malt and barrel. One pour was good for me but would have this again anytime i see it on tap.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltwatson
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bizarre hybrid between two very good beers. Poured with little to no head. Strong taste comes through from the barrel aging. Not sure how to feel about it.

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Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jascott2112
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think it's safe to say that we can place this beer in the "crazy-ass" catagory. Scotch, IPA, Bourbon Barrel, Imperial- it's certain that all the social norms in brewing have clearly been tossed out of the window for the sake of experimentation, uniqueness and simple difference. Still, the beer screams "Oskar Blues" as the common flavors of Old Chub and Gubna combine.

Deep bronze and moderately hazy, the masculine ale wears a dense and lathery crown. Malty with molasses, brown sugar and toast, then hoppy with citrus, herb and pine, its nose suggests both bitter and sweet flavors along with a tingle from bourbon. Sweet upfront, the malty start picks up on rich toffee, molasses, caramel and brown sugar.

As the flavors develop, the formidable malt is met with equal part hops for a bright display of pink grapefruit, freshly grated orange, pineapple, and apricot. As the hops trend bitter, the malt slowly relaxes and the beer's Gubna influence wins out in the finish with an herbal bitterness of citrus peel, freshly torn pine needle and a certain dankness. All the while, a caramel, vanilla and oaken softness engulfs the session with the warmth of bourbon simmering in the gullet.

Full, flavorful and strong in both taste and texture, the creamy malts keep the beer's backbone firm even though the drying sensation of alcohol, oak tannin and hop resisns try and counter the sweetness soundly. Striking balanced throughout, the beer trails with a toasted coffee and dank citrus influence deep in aftertaste.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On my list of preferred beers, two of my less favorite styles are Scotch ales and American barleywines. So when I saw barrel-aged IPA/Scotch Ale, I was skeptical.

However, this works fantastically. The nose has hoppy character, muted somewhat by the barrel. The flavors of the aged hops and Scotch ale, combined with said barrel, meld wonderfully into a mildly sweet, mildly hoppy boozy ale that made me wish I had another.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a clear purple brown color with some brown fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Sweet bourbon and vanilla, notes of Tart cherry, notes of caramel and toffee, don't get much hops, bourbon is strong in this one.

T: Bourbon is forefront, with the vanilla and oak forefront and some Tart cherry, notes of caramel and toffee. Booze is very noticeable.

F: Medium carbonation and full body

O: Not bad beer, but I think the bourbon is a touch too strong.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some whiskey notes, oaky, citrusy. The taste is malty, with some whiskey, oak, citrus. Full Body, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LloydDobler
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I really wasn't sure what to expect here, given the crazy, all over the place description. Once I got my first whiff, I was sure this was basically a barrel aged imperial red. After my first sip all that was assured was in fact false. Hot booze and bitter hops mask any bit of nice sweet and smokey malt that should be present. Interesting, yes. Tasty, no.

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Photo of BEER88
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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