RickReallyBrew (93) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
SudsMcDuff (8142) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
bassbug66 (48) - - NOV 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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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RSRIZZO (1970) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
QXR27 (4) - aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
djd07 (11336) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (8282) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
gnoff (9644) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.