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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A brew well built. This extra special brew was well built intentionally. In team effort with our neighbors and Colorado’s own, Stranahan’s 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.

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3.2
mfrato (110) - - JUL 15, 2013
Interesting oakey aroma, not overly strong whiskey. Pours very dark for an esb, must be from the aging. Starts slightly sweet, and oak hits. Bitter finish. Didn’t live up to expectations

4.1
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - APR 24, 2013
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.

3.9
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
28th December 2011
Cloudy dark red - brown beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Softish palate, semi dry. Interesting beer - tastes like there is some Sorachi Ace in here. Lemon cream wrapped on oak, vanilla and coconut. A little citrus bitterness underneath. Dark toffee at the base of everything. Bitterish dry finish. Unusual and tasty and very drinkable.

3.6
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
jredmond (8285) - New York, 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.

3.9
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
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

4
minorthreat (21) - Parker, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Murky rust colored pour. Nice bourbon-y notes in the nose, vanilla and oak. Taste is really nice, subdued bourbon flavors with caramel and vanilla. A bit less whiskey assertive than I tend to like my BBL brews but this was well integrated and nice. Mouth was creamy. Quality beer

3.7
brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Deliciously barrelly, but not overpowering. Caramel malt and vanilla. Good balance. Very tasty beer.

2.5
markwise (5441) - 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.

3.2
mansquito (6437) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Pony Bar, NY tap ($5): Pours an amber/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is whiskey, wood, malts, and a bit of hops. Whiskey dominates this rather fully. It has some ESB coming through, but I would be hard-pressed to even call it that. It ain’t bad. It is interesting, but it is also somewhat gimmicky.


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