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Fitgers Woodford Barrel Aged Witchtree ESB

Fitgers Woodford Barrel Aged Witchtree ESB
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
We took our Witchtree ESB, a classic malty ESB brewed with British hops and aged it for a short time in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrel. The result? The maltiness of the ESB interplays with the oak and the bourbon from the barrel. Lower in alcohol than most barrel-aged beers with tons of flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at Fobab 10. Pours a deep amber-brown with an offwhite head. Nose is strongly oak, coconut & vanilla. The beer is kind of lost behind the barrel. Some toasted malt, not much in the way of hops. On tasting, loads of barrel character but thin overall, both in taste and in palate. Tannins dry it out but the oak also brings a strong vanilla that washes out the beer. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a near clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a lot of sweet grains with some bourbon with a hint of underlying grass. Flavor has more balance with a grassiness that works well with the bourbon and has a sweet grain backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2389) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2012
September 15, 2012 on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis. Clear brown pour with head. Woody bourbon and some malt in the aroma and taste.

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