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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.


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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5741) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Pour out of 750 mL at Joshís tasting, hazy reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of green bean, vanilla, bourbon, hints of oak, earth and tannic notes, slight caramel and earthy toffee as well, interesting. Taste is a mix of sweet vanilla, bourbon, slight hints of oak, nice Stranahan?s notes in there, hints of slight vegetable notes, touch of earth, hints of caramel, earth, toffee, slight spicy yeast, finishing fairly sweet.

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.

4.1
   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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draft at Pony bar HK. Pours a deep murky brown with lots of off white lacing. Aroma is sweet, tasty bourbon - reminds me of watered down angel share. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet caramel candies, toffee, light cocoa, sweet oak, bourbon and a nice light hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Taster on tap at Cock & Bull in Hyde Park. Mostly clear dark red color. Thin khaki head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. Medium plus body. More dry finish. Good complex balanced whiskey barrel aroma. Nice english malts, some earthy hops. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, some nice light warmth. No sweetness really, finishes dry. Hint of dark fruit. GOod shit. Well done, complex barrel aged ESB.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (4433) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good; a mostly transparent dark amberish brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells like oak and whiskey, but it overpowers the beer. Tastes like it smells with a thin, off-putting mouthfeel. Underwhelming.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (3672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2012
Tap at rackhouse. Clear dark ruby/copper with a thin white head. Sweet malty aroma with rusty notes of oaked vanilla, burnt caramel, and a light char note. Tastes a lot like whiskey but without the sharp or heavy booziness. Charred oak and vanilla, some earthy toffee, light whiskey esters, ending in a earthy cara/toffee tone. Sweet at first, then kinda oaky and dry.
Earlier Rating: 5/14/2011 Total Score: 3
On tap @ The Rackhouse Pub. Murky, whiskey brownish. Equally murky whiskey aroma, with some brown sugar malt tones. Taste was pretty strong bitter malt, like a barleywine, but with a sweet and spicy whiskey finish. Finished somewhat sweet.


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