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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zoucrew102 (1377) - - SEP 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked bottle, thanks Russ! Bottle #9612. Aroma is boozy with whiskey, vanilla, oak, caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin off white head that has poor retention and excellent lacing. Starts with caramel and nuttiness that breaks down pretty quick into booziness. Finishes smooth with whiskey, vanilla and oak flavors as well as a lot of booze still. While some of the flavors have been broken down by time, this is still pretty good for one that was forgotten in the cellar for so long.
crossovert (11348) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Amber pour. It really doesnít see. Like an ESB just a bourbonny strong ale. Its nice.
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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.
Chudwick (2819) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber - nutty with the obvious barrel age presence. Word word word word word.
markducommun (887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tan red-brown, clear. Strong honey, banana, clove notes. Caramel, vanilla. Very sweet, slight notes of bitterness. Pretty upfront alcohol, oily, thicker body. Decent flavors, not very well balanced.
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DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with a average tan frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted malt, vanilla wood whiskey aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Interesting complex brew.
b3shine (8109) - Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
neepsntatties (1763) - 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 Iíve ever had!
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Flannyís in Tempe. Sharp nose of sour bourbon, wet oak, some charcoal, and a hint of dark fruit. Pours dark cherry wood color with a thin, off-white head. Nice, refined taste of moderate bourbon, slight burnt tobacco, heavy oak tannins, caramel, and some dark chocolate late. Moderate body; slightly astringent mouthfeel. Barrel-aged just the right amount, though very few typical ESB aspects remain.