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RATINGS: 51   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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gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, 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.

3.7
alexsdad06 (10812) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Taster on draft at Cock & Bull from notes. Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish amber brown color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma had the typical Stranahan’s whiskey barrel character. The flavor has decent English malts, caramel, some earthy bitterness, some mild fruitiness, nice accents from the barrel, warming, finishes dry, medium body, dry finish.

3.7
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2011
On tap @ Rackhouse. Very dark red appearance with a light tan head. Woody, oaky, definitley Stranahans whiskey, dark malty nose. Somewhat bitter, medium hoppiness, but mostly an oaky Stranahan whisky flavor. I love Stranahans so I enjoy this but I am not convinced the esb is a good beer on it’s own.

3.3
onceblind (10572) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2012
Tap at rackhouse. Clear dark ruby/copper with a thin white head. Sweet malty aroma with rusty notes of oaked vanilla, burnt caramel, and a light char note. Tastes a lot like whiskey but without the sharp or heavy booziness. Charred oak and vanilla, some earthy toffee, light whiskey esters, ending in a earthy cara/toffee tone. Sweet at first, then kinda oaky and dry.
Earlier Rating: 5/14/2011 Total Score: 3
On tap @ The Rackhouse Pub. Murky, whiskey brownish. Equally murky whiskey aroma, with some brown sugar malt tones. Taste was pretty strong bitter malt, like a barleywine, but with a sweet and spicy whiskey finish. Finished somewhat sweet.

3.3
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Pour out of 750 mL at Josh’s tasting, hazy reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of green bean, vanilla, bourbon, hints of oak, earth and tannic notes, slight caramel and earthy toffee as well, interesting. Taste is a mix of sweet vanilla, bourbon, slight hints of oak, nice Stranahan?s notes in there, hints of slight vegetable notes, touch of earth, hints of caramel, earth, toffee, slight spicy yeast, finishing fairly sweet.

4
blipp (9691) - 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.

3.8
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
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.

2.9
b3shine (9145) - 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.

4
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - 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.

3.8
jredmond (8645) - 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.


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