neepsntatties (1988) - 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! DrSilverworm (9671) - 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. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
Notes of whiskey brown sugar and vanilla dance around in my nose with some other stuff and such. If you read or follow my ratings you realize, I am sick of writing what I think of the beer my numbers tell you. zoucrew102 (1869) - - 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. swesson (453) - 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.
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cubs (10635) - 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. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2012
On tap at Rackhouse. Pour is crimson/amber with an off-white head and good lacing. Dark fruits, licorice, sherry, whiskey, figs, caramel, and cherries in the aroma. Really sweet aroma, nice. Taste is like a nice brandy, cherry, dark fruits, bourbon, and anise with a light bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. I kind-of enjoyed this one and a nice pleasant surprise. brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Deliciously barrelly, but not overpowering. Caramel malt and vanilla. Good balance. Very tasty beer. Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with a average tan frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted malt, vanilla wood whiskey aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Interesting complex brew. alexsdad06 (10389) - Cincinnati, 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.