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. zoucrew102 (2048) - - SEP 10, 2016
750ml corked bottle, thanks Russ! Bottle #9612. Aroma is boozy with whiskey, vanilla, oak, caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin off white head that has poor retention and excellent lacing. Starts with caramel and nuttiness that breaks down pretty quick into booziness. Finishes smooth with whiskey, vanilla and oak flavors as well as a lot of booze still. While some of the flavors have been broken down by time, this is still pretty good for one that was forgotten in the cellar for so long. neepsntatties (2028) - 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! RSRIZZO (2020) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2012
750ml corked and caged bottle (number 2849) poured into an English Pint at 41°. Color is a nutty golden brown with good carbonation and a small fizzy off white head. Aroma is fantastic, rich vanilla, whiskey and oak. It has a medium body giving a smooth mouth feel with a light fizz on the back. Flavor is almost as good as the aroma, the whiskey, oak and vanilla come out rich and sweet, this is balanced nicely with a mild bitterness. In the after taste the oak stands out with a whiskey alcohol feel. Overall I love it, only down fall is after drinking it a while it seems to lean more on the sweet side. Great well balanced flavors and it feels like more then 7.8% ABV. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #0994.
3.5 A: Opaque mahogany brown color. Nearly three fingers of frothy/foamy beige head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.
2.0 S: Weird. It smells like sorachi ace hops and plastic. It also smells like watered down whiskey, which it basically is. Lemongrass, earthiness, and a light fruitiness.
2.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Lemongrass, plastic, woody earthiness, light honeydew and apricot fruitiness. Vanilla and oak underneath. Strange and not quite desirable. I don’t know if the weird off flavors are coming from the base beer, the whiskey, or the barrel aging process.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit overcarbonated. A bit bity and not particularly creamy.
2.0 D: The idea of putting an ESB in a whiskey barrel makes no sense to me. I had to buy it though to see how it would turn out though. Turns out it was a costly error as this was $15 or something absurd like that. This mainly tastes like watered down whiskey, but with off-flavors added. Not a beer worth your money.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2012 16:57:59
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. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
20th anniversary bottle. Shared at a tasting. Aroma is caramel with some whiskey notes. Taste is similar. Not that great, but still happy I got to try it. Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Smells bready, caramel, slightly sweet. Tastes chocolatey, a nice whiskey flavor- nothing overwhelming, fruity, vanilla. Pretty good, fletchfighters (1553) - 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.
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