Old Chub - Stranahan Barrel-Aged | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10
Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

I had the pleasure of meeting the brewmasters when they visited Philly during beer week one year. Oskar Blues is known for selling their beer in cans as opposed to bottles, but they had two brews on tap at Eulogy this evening, and I chose this over the stout. Not a casual drink. Strong, flavorful, well-made, and well-aged.

Poured a very dark brown with a small, dense head. Roasted malts on the nose, with scents of dark sugars, and alcohol. Oaked whiskey apparent in the taste right up front, with lots of caramel and brown sugar, vanilla bean, and a touch of black cherry and figs. Smooth on the tongue, though with a definite alcohol kick. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable, though kind of a palate destroyer, so should be saved toward the end of the session.

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Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kbutler1 for this unique offering.

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Good retention and lacing. Color is a deep brown.

Aroma: Sour cherry flavors, oak, vanilla, and malt. Not really whiskey flavored. Some caramel and toffee.

Taste: More roasted and malty here, but it still has a sour cherry flavor and a vinegar taste to it. Some oak and vanilla, but no whiskey. Tastes more like wine –bal aged.

Mouthfeel: Dry, roasted, and sour. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry.

Overall, this seemed more like a wine barrel aged beer than whiskey barrel aged. Sour flavors, but it didn’t seem infected. Odd. It wasn’t undrinkable, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from The Charleston Beer Exchange courtesy of beeruser. Tried side by side with Old Chub. Poured into a DT tulip glass a deep mahagony copper with a light tan head. The bourbon/whiskey aroma totally dominates the nose, in a good way. Peat and smoke join the nose as well. The barrel is very apparent in the flavor as well. Sweet caramel, slight smoke, dark fruit, and the whiskey flavors. Is it just me or does this have a touch of sourness to it as well almost like cherry. Ends with a lingering woodiness and sweetness. Pretty enjoyable. Carbonated more than the regular Old Chub and WAY less sweet.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brown color with a light off white head. Nose brings forward some nice notes of whiskey, vanilla, oak, caramel, and a bit of peaty smoke. The taste is mostly whiskey character, but is still quite nice. The feel is good and a bit boozy. Nice body. Drinks quite well and the base fits well with the barrel character.

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Photo of rye726
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Liquids and Solids.

Pours a dark coffee brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has bourbon, vanilla, lots of oak, chocolate, roasty malts, caramel and toffee.

Taste also has a big whiskey and wood presence along with more vanilla, dark malts and caramelized candy.

Medium to full body is delicately carbonated. Nice lasting finish. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at The Tasty Weasel. Poured into an Old Chub pint glass.

A- Pours a dark caramel with hints of amber. Produces a thin white head that reduces to a ring almost instantaneously. Very nice clarity.

S- There is a nice, subtle aroma of whiskey in the front of the nose. Blended in with this are candied malts, caramel and dark fruit and a little bit of toffee.

T- Wow! What a perfect marriage of flavors. Like the aroma whiskey is evident right up front. However, it's not overdone in any way and just the perfect amount to compliment the caramel malts. From the middle to the finish dark fruits produce a slight sugared sweetness that really accentuates the whiskey and caramel flavors.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. My favorite part was the residual stickiness the beer left on the palate and lips. Good stuff.

D- Probably one of the most drinkable whiskey-aged beers I have ever had. I had two pints of this and was still debating on whether I should get a third.

Overall, Old Chub is a good beer but not one of my favorites. However, the addition of the Stranahan Whiskey really transformed this into something spectacular. What an awesome beer!

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark, amber brown with a thick, tan head that slowly fades into a heavy collar. Plenty of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peaty, with whiskey, vanilla, oak, toffee, toasted nuts, and cocoa pulling through. Very complex.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the barrel aging bringing this beer to another level. The caramel seems to blast through the flavors and take control as this one warms.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, boozy, smooth, and slick in the finish.

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Photo of philbe311
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - Looks exactly like a traditional Oskar Blues Old Chub... Dark brown color, dense and close to fully opaque though a tiny amount of light sneaks in at the top and bottom of the brew... Slight white head quickly fades leaving minimal lacing... Very still...

S - The tradtional Old Chub aromas of nuits, raisins, brown sugar, malt, and caramel are still at the forefront... This barrel aged version adds ton of complexity on top of that tradtional aroma... It's clean as the whiskey and oak scents sit nicely atop the original Old Chub goodness... Sophisticated...

T - The barrel aged goodness cuts to the front of the line in terms of taste... The hints of whiskey and oak are undeniable though they don't over power the Old Chub taste... Toasted grains and malt... Dark fruits... Caramel... Sweet, but not overdone... Perhaps a very faint hint of coffee...

M - Silky smooth... Slightly creamy and rich... Goes down very very easy... Mild carbonation on the tongue... Perhaps a slight smokiness...

D - Never have I experienced a barrel aged version of beer that maintained the integrity of the original brew as well as this... 200+ tastings and this maybe my favorite beer yet... Definitely packs a delayed punch, but delectable none the less...

Note - The gang from Oskar Blues were great. Dave the brewer and Archie the regional sales rep were great guys.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a dark and deep amberish-brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of earthliness, soil, woody, roast, and lighter bourbon. Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, caramel, toffee, woodd, earhty, and chocolate. Light lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this fine beer on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I was contemplating follwing this up with a glass of Stranahans whiskey, but after drinking a glass of the beer I thought there was no need to do so. Pours black/brown that resembles the regular Old Chub, with a nice tan head that fades to a cap that sticks around for the duration of the beer. Smells primarily of the Stranahans and the barrel. Notes of vanilla, new oak, and a hit of maltiness at the end. The taste is rich, chocolatey, whiskeyish, with mellow oak. Really well integrated. Lots of whiskey flavor, but with some nice sweet malt and sweet vanilla from the barrel, the whiskey doesn't overpower everything. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but the barrel has thinned out this brew substantially. Still nice in the mouth, but not as rich and chewy as the unbarreled example. Great malty beverage with a shot of whiskey added. Lovely digestif.

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Old Chub - Stranahan Barrel-Aged from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 10 ratings