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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brinehart (199) - Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Deliciously barrelly, but not overpowering. Caramel malt and vanilla. Good balance. Very tasty beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle poured at GABF 2012. Pours a hazy orange-caramel color with an off-white head. Nose is some light caramel and some big whiskey with light fruit and some mild yeast. Flavor is a strange melange of big whiskey with some mild fruit and oak. Light in body and strange overall.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3106) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Pony Bar, NY tap ($5): Pours an amber/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is whiskey, wood, malts, and a bit of hops. Whiskey dominates this rather fully. It has some ESB coming through, but I would be hard-pressed to even call it that. It ainít bad. It is interesting, but it is also somewhat gimmicky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (5679) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Draft. Amber, off white head. Caramel sweet, chocolate, toasted malts, light sweet whiskey. Not hot at all, very well put together. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
On draught at Yard House Denver. The beer is a dark copper color with a medium off-white head that recedes to an outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grainy malt and whiskey. Medium-bodied with an oaky whiskey character and flavors of earthy malt, vanilla and mild hops. The finish is slightly boozy with a rich malt aftertaste lingering. Good beer all around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7445) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2012
Draught as part of a flight, at the Breckenridge tap room, on October 6, 2012
Clear copper color, white head. Sweet, raissin taste, agave, also whiskey, oh so nice. Sweet, whiskey scent. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Pours copper with tan head of foam. The aroma offers up some sweet bourbon notes mixing with a bit of dark fruity esters and a pinch of hops. Smells alright. The taste is nice and barrel aged barleywine like which is right up my alley. It has a modest level of sweet dark fruity esters and molasses quickly getting into sweet and smooth bourbon like notes. Behind those flavors I get a bit of pine hops and boozy heat helping to take this to the finish. This just hit the spot for me.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a medium to large, frothy light tan head, somewhat quick dissipation with spare lacing. Aroma is lightly sugary oak, vanilla and whiskey, green raisins, and figs. Pie crust and cookie malt aromas mingle underneath alongside light notes of spicy and earthy hops. Flavor is subtle malt, somewhat thin and hidden beneath a moderate hop bitterness and whiskey burn. Dark fruit notes work nicely with the oak and vanilla, light toffee flavors. Medium-light body, rather thin with medium-light carbonation. The oak thins this beer out too much and brings a tannic character that detracts from what may otherwise be a pleasant beer. Why oak age a beer just to oak age it?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2232) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2012
On tap at Rackhouse. Pour is crimson/amber with an off-white head and good lacing. Dark fruits, licorice, sherry, whiskey, figs, caramel, and cherries in the aroma. Really sweet aroma, nice. Taste is like a nice brandy, cherry, dark fruits, bourbon, and anise with a light bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. I kind-of enjoyed this one and a nice pleasant surprise.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Had on Draft @ the Houston Saucer during their 12th anniversary party .. . wow, this is very impressive. a good beer by a subpar brewery .. . touch tart .. pure mild bourbon .. light mouth, great aftertaste .. . damn enjoyable, would have loved a few more glasses! .. . . Hey shut up or Iíll wham a stool down your throat...ah no no . I donít want that on the card. well, let me hear how it sounds ...nah- take it out, take it out!


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