RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked and caged bottle (number 2849) poured into an English Pint at 41°. Color is a nutty golden brown with good carbonation and a small fizzy off white head. Aroma is fantastic, rich vanilla, whiskey and oak. It has a medium body giving a smooth mouth feel with a light fizz on the back. Flavor is almost as good as the aroma, the whiskey, oak and vanilla come out rich and sweet, this is balanced nicely with a mild bitterness. In the after taste the oak stands out with a whiskey alcohol feel. Overall I love it, only down fall is after drinking it a while it seems to lean more on the sweet side. Great well balanced flavors and it feels like more then 7.8% ABV.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JPDurden24 (1579) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20th anniversary bottle. Shared at a tasting. Aroma is caramel with some whiskey notes. Taste is similar. Not that great, but still happy I got to try it.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #0994.
3.5 A: Opaque mahogany brown color. Nearly three fingers of frothy/foamy beige head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.
2.0 S: Weird. It smells like sorachi ace hops and plastic. It also smells like watered down whiskey, which it basically is. Lemongrass, earthiness, and a light fruitiness.
2.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Lemongrass, plastic, woody earthiness, light honeydew and apricot fruitiness. Vanilla and oak underneath. Strange and not quite desirable. I don’t know if the weird off flavors are coming from the base beer, the whiskey, or the barrel aging process.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit overcarbonated. A bit bity and not particularly creamy.
2.0 D: The idea of putting an ESB in a whiskey barrel makes no sense to me. I had to buy it though to see how it would turn out though. Turns out it was a costly error as this was $15 or something absurd like that. This mainly tastes like watered down whiskey, but with off-flavors added. Not a beer worth your money.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2012 16:57:59
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Rackhouse Pub. I don’t usually like whiskey or bourbon barrel beers but i figured why not get the tick? Served in a small globe glass, not quite a snifter. Dark brown color, almost no head. The tap handle was labeled as "twenty barrel aged extra special bitter". The smell is heavy whiskey and vanilla but still nice and I’m no fan of whiskey. The flavor is dominated by the whiskey barrel but in a good way, lots of vanilla, wood, fruit, cake, sugar.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 04-20-2011 00:11:17
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Pavlov Badzewski. Colour...semi hazy dark amber with a thick head. Nose...loads of whiskey and raisins, with dates to boot. Palate.,.very whiskey like with gobs of raisins, even more dates and Zante currants. The feel is velvety and rather coating and there a tang about the palate. The finish is long and boozy. Best esb I’ve ever had!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a deep mahogany with a small, pillowy, beige head which is mostly diminishing. The nose is decent, very nutty (pecans), toasty caramels, slight date, spicy bourbon, light florals, maybe toffee. The flavor is similar with much more dry oak, still floral, toasty caramels, lightly spicy, and some faint toffee. The palate is nice with a nearly full body, less than lively, and a round, velvety mouthfeel. The finish is long, drying oak, spicy and floral, and toasty caramel. A decent beer but just not that interesting for a barrel aged beer. I love Stranahan's but the base beer seemed too small to handle much of the oak notes. Good not great.
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fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured a dark brown cola color and settled a brownish black color. Half finger of white head that went to a decent collar on the sides of the glass. Just touches of spotty lacing.
S-- Burnt toffee, orange peel, salted cashews, oak, and whiskey. Good nose and well balanced with the base beer and the barrel treatment.
T-- English malts really make this stand out. Lots of orange and toffee flavors. Touches of nutmeg. Hops have pretty well faded out and much more like a wee heavy at this point.
M-- A bit on the heavy side. Got a bit over it at the end of sharing this. Maybe needed a bit more carbonation or I should have drank this sooner.
O-- Really well balanced BA beer. Like that it was also a style that works with a touch of a BA treatment. Still got the base beer and still got what the beer was about.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy muddy brown with thin head. Mild aroma of toffee and bourbon. Palate is full-bodied with coffe & toffee nots and a nice whiskey presence on the finish. Delicious.
AndyReynolds (886) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes of whiskey brown sugar and vanilla dance around in my nose with some other stuff and such. If you read or follow my ratings you realize, I am sick of writing what I think of the beer my numbers tell you.