b3shine (8864) - Indiana, 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. neepsntatties (1988) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2014
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! DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2013
On tap at Flanny’s 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. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Pours very dark. Loads of oaky barrel and a decent bourbony taste as well. Very good. ajnepple (6606) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2013
On tap at Breckenridge Brewery & BBQ. Deep reddish brown appearance with a white head. The aroma is mild with whiskey, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Similar flavor adds medium bitterness and light to medium sweetness.
Bamsen78 (5400) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Draught @ The Ginger Man, NYC. Pours slightly hazy amber with stable off-white head. Clear aroma of hops with notes of malt and citrus. Sweet, malty and caramellish flavour with notes of fruit and alcohol. Mildly bitter-sweet finish. Warming alcohol presence. OK. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2013
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Hazy, dark rusty brown with a fine, creamy tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of caramel, vanilla, prunes, dates and toffee.
Taste of toffee, vanilla, caramel, dates, prunes, lemongrass, hops, alcohol and candy sweetness.
Full body and low/medium carbonization.
This brew bares little resemblance to an ESB, but does make a fairly decent (albeit sweet) brune ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2013
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor witha quick finish. BBB63 (6557) - 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 RickReallyBrew (99) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2013
I’ve had Irish whiskeys that are made from distilled fermented barley malt, but putting barley malt back into whiskey barrels for aging is really different. Aging whiskey in barrels from Port or Sherrie produces nice differences that people may prefer. This ESB is full bodied, amply malty, mildly sweet and tastes/feels fairly potent. The hops are not overly discernible but the whiskey flavor perfectly balances the malt, producing a quite enjoyable brew. It is unusual and some may not take a liking to this style. I really liked it - enough to go out and buy half a dozen 26 oz bottles. The flavor is not overpowering. In fact, I had some last night after a glass of Petite Syrah and could not taste it. So I corked it back up and had it with lunch today and it was amazing, as expected, and as I remember it to be. For those who like Strong Ales, enjoy whiskey, and are up for something different, this is worth a try. It could become a favorite brew or a special occasion brew. Variety is the spice of life and so it is with wine, food, song and beer. I loved it and am in the lookout now for similar brews. A friend of mine from Kentucky mentioned that this style of brew is popular there as well. I read that Oscar Blues has a craft beer aged in Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrels. I must try it. Prost!