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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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A brew well built. This extra special brew was well built intentionally. In team effort with our neighbors and Coloradoís own, Stranahanís 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 (9124) - 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
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

3.9
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Pours cloudy muddy brown with thin head. Mild aroma of toffee and bourbon. Palate is full-bodied with coffe & toffee nots and a nice whiskey presence on the finish. Delicious.

3.9
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at the Rackhouse Pub. I donít 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 Iím 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

3.9
madmitch76 (24360) - , 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.

3.9
crossovert (12614) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft. Amber pour. It really doesnít see. Like an ESB just a bourbonny strong ale. Its nice.

3.8
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2013
On tap at Flannyís in Tempe. Sharp nose of sour bourbon, wet oak, some charcoal, and a hint of dark fruit. Pours dark cherry wood color with a thin, off-white head. Nice, refined taste of moderate bourbon, slight burnt tobacco, heavy oak tannins, caramel, and some dark chocolate late. Moderate body; slightly astringent mouthfeel. Barrel-aged just the right amount, though very few typical ESB aspects remain.

3.8
neepsntatties (1973) - 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 Iíve ever had!

3.8
zoucrew102 (1802) - - 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.

3.8
swesson (440) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2017
From a bomber. Pours a reddish-amber and makes a dark tan head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon and vanilla and English bitters. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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