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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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blipp (9300) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Draft. Amber, off white head. Caramel sweet, chocolate, toasted malts, light sweet whiskey. Not hot at all, very well put together. Really good.

4
Dogbrick (13027) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
On draught at Yard House Denver. The beer is a dark copper color with a medium off-white head that recedes to an outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grainy malt and whiskey. Medium-bodied with an oaky whiskey character and flavors of earthy malt, vanilla and mild hops. The finish is slightly boozy with a rich malt aftertaste lingering. Good beer all around.

4
gnoff (10506) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2012
Draught as part of a flight, at the Breckenridge tap room, on October 6, 2012
Clear copper color, white head. Sweet, raissin taste, agave, also whiskey, oh so nice. Sweet, whiskey scent. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

4
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Pours copper with tan head of foam. The aroma offers up some sweet bourbon notes mixing with a bit of dark fruity esters and a pinch of hops. Smells alright. The taste is nice and barrel aged barleywine like which is right up my alley. It has a modest level of sweet dark fruity esters and molasses quickly getting into sweet and smooth bourbon like notes. Behind those flavors I get a bit of pine hops and boozy heat helping to take this to the finish. This just hit the spot for me.

2.7
BeerandBlues2 (13328) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a medium to large, frothy light tan head, somewhat quick dissipation with spare lacing. Aroma is lightly sugary oak, vanilla and whiskey, green raisins, and figs. Pie crust and cookie malt aromas mingle underneath alongside light notes of spicy and earthy hops. Flavor is subtle malt, somewhat thin and hidden beneath a moderate hop bitterness and whiskey burn. Dark fruit notes work nicely with the oak and vanilla, light toffee flavors. Medium-light body, rather thin with medium-light carbonation. The oak thins this beer out too much and brings a tannic character that detracts from what may otherwise be a pleasant beer. Why oak age a beer just to oak age it?

3.7
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2012
On tap at Rackhouse. Pour is crimson/amber with an off-white head and good lacing. Dark fruits, licorice, sherry, whiskey, figs, caramel, and cherries in the aroma. Really sweet aroma, nice. Taste is like a nice brandy, cherry, dark fruits, bourbon, and anise with a light bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. I kind-of enjoyed this one and a nice pleasant surprise.

4.1
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Had on Draft @ the Houston Saucer during their 12th anniversary party .. . wow, this is very impressive. a good beer by a subpar brewery .. . touch tart .. pure mild bourbon .. light mouth, great aftertaste .. . damn enjoyable, would have loved a few more glasses! .. . . Hey shut up or I’ll wham a stool down your throat...ah no no . I don’t want that on the card. well, let me hear how it sounds ...nah- take it out, take it out!

4
djd07 (14601) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
On tap at Flying Saucer Anniversary Party. Pours a cloudy amber with a small beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong caramel malt and oak. Medium mouthfeel with a rich malt and oak with caramel and whiskey with a strong booze finish. A very well done English strong ale from Breckenridge.

3.6
fletchfighters (1532) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
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.

4
QXR27 (4) - aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2012 does not count
At first you’re hit by a strong aroma of oak and toasted malts with a hint of chocolate, But this beer keeps on giving. Upon tasting strong oak and earthy hops present themselves. Awesome beer, but not an every day drinker.


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