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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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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.

4
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.

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Dogbrick (13789) - 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
blipp (9696) - 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.

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minorthreat (29) - 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
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

3.9
crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft. Amber pour. It really doesn’t see. Like an ESB just a bourbonny strong ale. Its nice.


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