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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
A brew well built. This extra special brew was well built intentionally. In team effort with our neighbors and Coloradoís own, Stranahanís Whiskey Distillery, we combined the warming malt notes and pronounced hop characteristics of our Small Batch ESB with their ambrosial whiskey flavors to create the first ever collaboration of its kind. Aged for 6 months in Well Built Oak Whiskey Barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Pours very dark. Loads of oaky barrel and a decent bourbony taste as well. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2013
On tap at Breckenridge Brewery & BBQ. Deep reddish brown appearance with a white head. The aroma is mild with whiskey, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Similar flavor adds medium bitterness and light to medium sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (5071) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Draught @ The Ginger Man, NYC. Pours slightly hazy amber with stable off-white head. Clear aroma of hops with notes of malt and citrus. Sweet, malty and caramellish flavour with notes of fruit and alcohol. Mildly bitter-sweet finish. Warming alcohol presence. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2828) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - OCT 2, 2013
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Hazy, dark rusty brown with a fine, creamy tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, prunes, dates and toffee. Taste of toffee, vanilla, caramel, dates, prunes, lemongrass, hops, alcohol and candy sweetness. Full body and low/medium carbonization. This brew bares little resemblance to an ESB, but does make a fairly decent (albeit sweet) brune ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2013
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor witha quick finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Corked bottle # 10804 and served in a nonic pint glass: Pours darker than expected for the style likely due to the barrel, creamy off-white head and nice lacework upon the glassware. Finally got this one and for the most part I am quite happy with it. The whiskey while noticed did not dominate the profile. Nice oak and vanilla notes along with the base malts and a bit of that "english yeast" earthy character. I get just a hint of what appears to be Fuggle hop around the edges. I would easily buy this again. Yeah it works with some football

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RickReallyBrew (88) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Iíve had Irish whiskeys that are made from distilled fermented barley malt, but putting barley malt back into whiskey barrels for aging is really different. Aging whiskey in barrels from Port or Sherrie produces nice differences that people may prefer. This ESB is full bodied, amply malty, mildly sweet and tastes/feels fairly potent. The hops are not overly discernible but the whiskey flavor perfectly balances the malt, producing a quite enjoyable brew. It is unusual and some may not take a liking to this style. I really liked it - enough to go out and buy half a dozen 26 oz bottles. The flavor is not overpowering. In fact, I had some last night after a glass of Petite Syrah and could not taste it. So I corked it back up and had it with lunch today and it was amazing, as expected, and as I remember it to be. For those who like Strong Ales, enjoy whiskey, and are up for something different, this is worth a try. It could become a favorite brew or a special occasion brew. Variety is the spice of life and so it is with wine, food, song and beer. I loved it and am in the lookout now for similar brews. A friend of mine from Kentucky mentioned that this style of brew is popular there as well. I read that Oscar Blues has a craft beer aged in Stranahanís Whiskey Barrels. I must try it. Prost!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mfrato (110) - - JUL 15, 2013
Interesting oakey aroma, not overly strong whiskey. Pours very dark for an esb, must be from the aging. Starts slightly sweet, and oak hits. Bitter finish. Didnít live up to expectations

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Sampled in the bomber. Bottle says aged atleast 3 months, not necessarily 6 as stated above. The beer really pulls out the whiskey flavor out of the barrels and the color is deep and awesome. Really quality brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
28th December 2011
Cloudy dark red - brown beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Softish palate, semi dry. Interesting beer - tastes like there is some Sorachi Ace in here. Lemon cream wrapped on oak, vanilla and coconut. A little citrus bitterness underneath. Dark toffee at the base of everything. Bitterish dry finish. Unusual and tasty and very drinkable.

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